Thursday, January 31, 2013

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:   Do you lend your books? Are any out on loan right now? Do you have any that have been loaned to you? Do you put a limit on these? Do you think people should make an effort to read the loaned book quickly?

After I have read a book, if anyone is interested in reading it, I usually let them read it without a time limit. Only if it is a library book, do I expect consideration for getting it back on time.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

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

Children Of Liberty    by Paulina Simons    Release Date: 2-26-13        Publisher: Wm. Morrow

   At the turn of the century and the dawning of the modern world, the fortunes and the future of the Barringtons and Attavianos become entertwined, on a collision course between the old and the new, between what is expected and what is desired, what is chosen, and what is bestowed, what is given and what is taken away.
    He is an idealist, she a romantic, both impetuous and young, Gina and Harry's ill fated love story will break your heart.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from:   Lost Interesting Words

1. Acrasial- short tempered or ill tempered.

2. Coakatively- artificially.

3. Foppotee- A simpleton.

4. Jobler- someone who does petty jobs.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is taken from the book:  Marking Time   by April White

My mother had vanished again.
She did it every two years like clockwork and her absence meant one thing: We'd be moving again.....soon.
So when she left, I ran.

G. Gordon Dean - Scam Factory - Guest Post & Giveaway



Congratulations to our winner!
bn100candg [at] hotmail [dot] com

About the Book

Whoever said 'white-collar crime doesn’t pay' never lived in Washington D.C. TierGroup is a business consultancy firm located in the heart of DC. Its Division Heads have a very cold and calculating unorthodox approach to conducting business. Protecting and serving their clients is the only thing that matters. Nevertheless, loyalty can swing both ways in this journey through greed, corruption, and absolute lack of accountability.

As a former Las Vegas Casino Surveillance Director, Michael Crayter, a straight shooter, becomes an unaware, almost, employee of TierGroup in mid-2001. His transformation takes many shapes from idea man to fraud guru. He embarks on a journey to Iraq, through Hurricane Katrina and eventually takes part in one of the biggest scams in the history of the United States - the TARP funding program. His boss, Charles “The Czar” Zarin, is the ultimate manipulation mentor. Michael Crayter’s experience will last for more than eight years and will make his old Vegas job seem like child’s play.

The investment opportunities the United States has to offer during this timeframe are seemingly endless and the public joins in on the greed. The whole country is riding high on the inflated value train with careless abandonment. There are no regulations followed or laws unbroken by the Mortgage Lenders, Stock Brokers, and Bankers. The bubble is getting bigger and the clock is ticking. It's every man for himself. Divide and conquer. Borrow and spend. No one sees the tsunami coming, except for Charles Zarin. Capitalism will be turned upside down and the money spigot will run dry.

By late 2007 the bubble bursts and our country’s economy is left in ruins. The Treasury is sent in to bail out the white-collar thieves. While losing most of its clients TierGroup and Michael Crayter are left to fend for themselves. The tables are turned on the fat-cat bankers who caused the meltdown. Michael Crayter uses his hard gained experience to get even with the fake bastards. Almost everyone loyal to TierGroup gets away with highway robbery and the American taxpayer is left holding the bag. Michael Crayter begins to tell his story, in this Four Part first-person narrative, during a 2005 interview at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.


Guest Post

SCAM FACTORY started out as a dream I had about a job interview with a high-end consulting firm. I initially thought that my dream would make a great movie, but I decided to write a book instead. As I began to develop the plot and storylines I realized I could tie it all in with, past and current, real life events in the U.S. from 2001-2009. It was also relatively easy to combine some of my business experience, and people I have run across over the years, into this story. I grew up in Las Vegas and lived there for about thirty-five years so knowing about Scams, or coming up with my own for this book, wasn’t so hard. The TRUE events that led to the U.S. financial crash, mass business failures, and declines in property values in late 2007 were nothing but ammunition for this novel.

SCAM FACTORY is not a story about the guy in the white cowboy hat saving the town and riding off into the sunset. It is fiction based on reality with a ‘true to life’ outcome. The characters in this story get away with White-Collar crimes just as the real life participants did. The characters are sadistic and have a knack of getting away with almost everything, just like the in real world. It is as simple as that. One of the messages I wanted to convey in writing this story was to show what kinds of professionals were out there exploiting our businesses and citizens without legal retribution. The characters are mostly cold, calculating, and narcissistic.

***

Scam Factory can be purchased at:
Kindle, Nook


Price: $4.99 ebook
Pages: 263
Release: October 15, 2012


About the Author

G. Gordon Dean is a Real Estate agent and Business Consultant currently living in Arizona. He has been a media buff for over two decades. As a media buff he has kept himself well aware of past and current events in business, government, and politics. He lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for over 30 years. This is his first novel.

Links to connect with G. Gordon:
Facebook
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


About the Giveaway

Leave a comment with your email address to enter to win an ebook of Scam Factory
Ends January 31, 2013.

Monday, January 28, 2013

A Wonderful Day Spent In New York

A Wonderful Day Spent In New York

Although it was very cold on Saturday, I spent the day seeing the play The Heiress on broadway starring Jessica Chastain. The actor who plays Matthew on Downton Abbey was also in it. It was a real treat to have a break in the winter doldrums. We also went to Carmines for a fabulous lunch before the show, it couldn't get any better than that on a cold winter day.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one new book in my mailbox this week from the author, for review.

Marking Time  by April White

What did you get in your mailbox?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:
What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?

The most recent book that kept me up reading it was Fever by Mary Beth Keane.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Buster The Shih-Tzu pup

Buster   The Shih-Tzu pup

Since we are waking up to frigid temperatures this past week , 0 degrees early this morning, Buster is very much in and out,the fastest ever. He is smart not to stay outside sniffing around. He does his thing and back into a warm and cozy house. I feel sorry for the animals in this awful weather, as they can't be outside too long until it reaches above the freezing point. Spring cannot come fast enough this year. Right now he can only dream of his walks in the park and stay warm.

Breaking Through Thursday

Breaking Through Thursday

Q:  Do you ever try to pair music with the book you're reading? Play the movie soundtrack while reading the original book? Find mood music that fits with your story?

No, I never paired music with the book I'm reading, I'll have to try it sometime.

Malve von Hassell - Rennefarre - Guest Post and Giveaway



Congratulations to our winner!
bn100candg [at] hotmail [dot] com

About the Book

Imagine riding on the back of a blue heron across time and space. Imagine befriending crows, being kidnapped by magpies, and being given a lift on the back of a kindly stag. Imagine experiencing life as an outcast from human society, encountering spirits and mythical creatures from the world of legends, experiencing the plague in Dresden, and being chased through Berlin by Frederick the Great.

Dott is a twelve-year old girl. She lives in the countryside east of Berlin in an unspecified time between the two world wars. When Dott sneaks out to see the bonfire at the edge of her village on the evening of the midsummer night festival, she has no idea what will happen next. In the dark of night, the magical Rennefarre flower falls into her shoe. It not only makes her invisible, but also allows her to see things no one else could see. No longer able to stay with her parents and her young brother and sister, she begins her search to find a way out of her predicament.

Her quest to return home to her family winds its way through the cities and countryside of 20th century Germany—and beyond. As she befriends the local animals, they help her on her way with gifts of food, shelter, and—through the help of a kind spirit—a magical cup which allows her to become small and ride on the backs of the birds.

Flying across the country on the backs of crows and herons, Dott finds herself seeing the country not only as it is, but also as it used to be. She lives through moments in history others can only read about—meeting historical kings and fanciful spirits along the way. But, even with all of the excitement of her travels, she always has one goal in mind: returning home to her family.

Part coming-of-age story, part fantasy, and part social-cultural portrait of Eastern Germany in the early part of the 20th century, the book covers real ground. That is, one could follow Dott's travels on a map of the area. Seamlessly blending elements of fantasy and history, the book contains a fascinating array of details of day-to-day life in rural and urban areas in eastern Germany. Dott’s adventures are interwoven with folklore and myths as well as vivid accounts of different eras and the diverse cultural and ethnic strains that have formed the basis for a rich and complex history of Germany and Eastern Europe. Written on the eve of World War II, the book offers a sobering perspective on the human potential for causing devastation. At the same time it is filled with hope. In one scene, Dott gets a glimpse of the future — an utterly destroyed cityscape; it inspires her to look to her own responsibilities and actions in life.


Guest Post

When rereading Rennefarre as an adult, I began to appreciate the amount of research Tamara Ramsay must have engaged in. Alongside an emotionally compelling story of a girl’s attempt to return home to her family, the book offers a wealth of factual detail, vivid descriptions of geography, plant, and animal life, a rich fabric of history and historical figures, and a colorful tapestry of legends and myths, doubly attractive for being rooted in concrete places and events.

For instance, the legendary Frau Harke, protector of nature and animals, appears today in the name of a mountain in Lower Saxony, and she is still celebrated in some local traditions. I searched for information about the plants that Tamara Ramsay mentions and discovered that these plants are not imaginary, but rather real plants that have potent properties and feature in homeopathic and folk remedies. Hence, the Springwurzel, given by the giant spirit R├╝bezahl to Dott as a remedy for her little sister, is the caper spurge. The caper spurge (euphorbia lathyris) has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent and to treat a variety of medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis.

In one of my favorite scenes in the book, Dott and her friend Klaus spend an evening in the cemetery of the church St. Anna in a town called Rosenberg. Today, this town is called Olesno, and it is in Poland. The children, who had been conflicted about their journey, are transported into a moment in deep winter. The children watch pilgrims from all over the county travel to the church for a service. The first wave of pilgrims consists of animals, among others, horses from the mines in Silesia, bent and blind from their labors. Men, women and children dressed in their finest follow. The children watch this procession and decide to go along; and the experience helps them to resolve some of their doubts. When I researched St. Anna, I found that this church had indeed been the site of regular pilgrimages since the 15th century.

In another scene, Dott encounters the bridge builder Matteo Foccio, thought to have built the first stone bridge in Dresden in the 13th century. Matteo Foccio shows Dott a sculpture in one of the pillars of the bridge, claiming that it was his self-portrait and that he carved it himself. I was able to track this down and verify that until 1813, one of the original pillars of the Augustus Bridge featured a stone relief sculpture of a man in a sitting position and dressed in the style of the period. According to local lore, it was a portrait of the Italian architect Matteo Foccio. The bridge was dynamited in 1813 and rebuilt; the figure was lost in the process. This is one of many such instances in the book where Dott’s personal story is linked in seemingly effortless fashion with real history as well as the shifting ground in the way in which we experience and rethink history.

***

Rennefarre can be purchased at:
MyBookOrders.com


Price: $13.99 paperback
ISBN: 9781938690389
Pages: 297
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Release: December 11, 2012


About the Author

Malve von Hassell is a freelance writer, researcher, and translator. She holds a Ph. D. in anthropology from the New School for Social Research. Working as an independent scholar, she published several books and journal articles, in particular, The Struggle for Eden: Community Gardens in New York City (Bergin & Garvey 2002) and Homesteading in New York City 1978-1993: The Divided Heart of Loisaida (Bergin & Garvey 1996). She has also edited her grandfather Ulrich von Hassell's memoirs written in prison in 1944, Der Kreis schlie├čt sich - Aufzeichnungen aus der Haft 1944 (Propylaen Verlag 1994). She has taught at Queens College, Baruch College, Pace University, and Suffolk County Community College, while continuing her work as a translator and writer. She has published a children’s picture book, Letters from the Tooth Fairy (Mill City Press, 2012), and completed a manuscript for a historical fiction book set in the 13th century for young adults, Falconello. She is working on a historical fiction novel set in Jerusalem in the time of the crusades.

Links to connect with Malve:
Web Site
Facebook
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site

About the Giveaway

Leave a comment with your email address to enter to win a PDF ebook of Rennefarre. Ends January 31, 2013.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

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

Orphan Train    by Christina Baker Kline     Release Date: 4-2-13      Wm Morrow publisher

Nearly 18, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Tough Spelling Bee Words

1. Pococurante- Indifferent, nonchalant.

2. Laodicean- Lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics.

3. Logorrhea- Excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is taken from the book: Echoes From The Infantry  by Frank Nappi

pg.9
The attic is also filled with many things about which John knows nothing. His father's army footlocker, a dusty green chest filled with military paraphernalia. He looks quickly, having little interest in the war.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I'm currently waiting to receive, the book Marking Time by April White.

Reading: The House Girl

What's in your mailbox?


Friday, January 18, 2013

Project Runway All Stars The Finale

Project Runway All Stars    The Finale

And then there were three designers left standing, Uli, Emilio, and Anthony Ryan. They were given a challenge of creating a mini collection in just 4 days with a budget of $3000. Anthony Ryan won beating out the other 2 designers. His final collection, called "A Thin Line", won the biggest prize in the history of Project Runway.

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:  Who is your favorite villain from a book?

This might seem like a strange answer, but I liked the creature gollum from TLOTR, he captured my attention, because he was so different.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:  What books do you like to read when it's snowy and white? What books do you read to evoke a real feeling of winter (good or bad)?

When we are in the grip of winter, I like to read a good mystery/thriller to keep my mind off the cold weather and hope maybe that spring is just around the corner.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publication choice is: The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 6: Day of Doom( hardcover)
by David Baldacci
Publisher: Scholastic Press       Rel. Date: 3-5-13

The ultimate sacrifice. It started with a kidnapping. A shadowy organization known only as the Vespers snatched 7 members of the
 Cahill family and demanded a series of bizarre ransoms from around the world. Thirteen year old Dan Cahill and his older sister Amy begin a global treasure hunt, determined to bring back whatever Vesper one needed, so long as it kept the hostage safe.






Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from: The 100 Funniest Words In English

1. Gazump- to buy something already promised to someone else.

2. Gongoozle- to stare at, kibitz.

3. Mugwump- an independent politician who does not follow any party.

4. Snool- a servile person.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book, The House Girl  by Tara Conklin

Pg. 12
A breeze came up and pushed at Josephine's back as she walked the path. RUN, it whispered. RUN.

Monday, January 14, 2013

By Fire By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan Post- Review

By Fire,By Water   By Mitchell James Kaplan    Post- Review

Summary

Within this dramatic story lies a subtle, insightful examination of the crisis of faith at the heart of the Spanish Inquisition. Irresolvable conflict rages within the conversos, who are torn between the religion they left behind and the conversion meant to ensure their safety. In this story of love, God, faith, and torture, fifteenth-century Spain comes to dazzling, engrossing life.

My Thoughts:

This is a tumultuos time of horrific persecution of the people of the Jewish faith. It is the story of Luis de Santangel, who is a chancellor to the court and a longtime friend of King Ferdinand, who has had enough of The Spanish Inquisition. After all the suffering, only one man can offer him a chance to hope for a better world, Christopher columbus. It is an eye opening story of what when on during that time period and what the people had to endure. A truly interesting read.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one book in my mailbox: House Girl   By Tara Conklin
What did you receive?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Kathleen Gerard - In Transit: A Novel - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

WINNER!
Best Romantic Fiction
New York Book Festival 2011


Can a rookie cop survive the men who cross her path in the NYPD?

When a psychic in a shopping mall tells Rita Del Vecchio that she is "destined for greatness," and she will "marry a man in uniform," the restless, wet-behind-the-ears, 22 year-old decides to finally take control of her life. Rita sets out on a quest to become a New York City Police Officer. But can a spry, feisty, single woman thrive in the gritty world of New York's Finest?

Leaving behind the suburbs of New Jersey and a job as an under-tipped waitress, Rita Del Vecchio hangs up her apron and ballet slippers for a bullet-proof vest. But will she wear it? And if she does, will it protect her on the mean streets of Manhattan? Can it also protect her from Cupid’s arrows if they should land amiss?

Rita is assigned to the New York City Transit Police Squad and gets more than she bargained for. Riding the Lexington Avenue Subway Line, Rita winds up meeting not one man in uniform, but many. Whom will she love?

In Transit is a woman-in-jeopardy story, a post 9-11 novel, that delves into the ordinary lives of NYPD career cops and how their fates are often determined by people who hold secrets as dark and as labyrinth-like as the New York City Subway System.

My Review

After Rita graduates from the police academy in New York City, despite the tough training of her superior, Sergeant Gary Hill, she is determined to find a new life and career for herself. Her first assignment is the Transit Department, where she meets her partner, Franko. After getting used to each other, they become close friends.

Officer Billy Quinn enters Rita's life, but little does she know he is very bad news. Franko tries to warn her, but to no avail. Love is blind. After marrying Billy, she soon finds out what he is really like, moments after they say, 'I do.' She is abused by him, and his jealous nature even leads to the point of murder.

I found this story to be fascinating. It's a read that's hard to put down once you begin. It's a sad story of dirty cops stealing money and drugs from offenders and blackmailing them into submission. But somehow, the truth prevails when the tables are turned and they have to pay the price. I would highly recommend this book to those who like intrigue and suspense novels.

Excerpt

It was a blood bath at Grand Central. By the time Franko and Rita arrived on the scene, commuters were scrambling, trying to get away from the pandemonium. The victim was flat on his back, face up and unconscious on the cold tile platform. It was obvious that life was quickly draining from him. The tails of his tie were flung back over his shoulder, and the lapels of his suit jacket were parted like a curtain that revealed a bull’s-eye of blood right at the center of his starched white business shirt. Papers that had spilled from a leather briefcase were strewn around the lifeless-looking body and sopping up the growing pool of blood.

“Freeze! Freeze!” came the shouts of Rita and Franko, who raised their weapons in order to corner three Latino men wearing leather jackets and holding switchblade knives.

“Drop your weapons. Now!” The commanding shrill of Franko’s voice echoed in the terminal. The two men in the rear of the group did as they were told. They threw down their knives. But there was one holdout—the pack leader, the guy heading up the trio. He waved a bloody knife in front of him, itching for a fight.

A spike of fear rose up in Franko. He stared into the man’s face. The image of those wild eyes, his thick nose and taut lips seared into Franko’s brain as he firmed his grip on his weapon, tight and damp, and ordered, “C’mon, man. I said drop it. Drop your weapon and put up your hands.”

“But I ain’t done nothing,” the pack leader said. He had a well-defined V-shape to his body that made him appear the most muscular-looking of the three. He kept his feet firmly planted. He didn’t blink. Perspiration was raining down from beneath the fringe of his black hair.

“Don’t be stupid,” one of the other men said, his voice rising from behind the group. “Just give ’em what they want. It’s over.”

The pack leader yelled something incoherent in Spanish that sounded like a bark.

Every muscle in Franko’s body was tense, but he could feel his hand, his fingers wrapped around the gun, beginning to quake. Locked in this standoff, Franko couldn’t see a way out of this, but he tightened his bicep so that his arm might feel stronger.

You’re the one in control here, spouted Franko’s internal dialogue. Keep your hand steady and your mind even. Finger on the trigger. Be cool. You’ve got this guy.

With his piece still aimed on the defiant pack leader, Franko took a step closer and said, “Get against the wall.” Franko could feel his adrenaline rushing, even through his eyes. “I said, put your hands up and drop your weapon.”

The two men in the rear backed up toward the wall of the terminal. But brazenly, the pack leader stood his ground. He brandished the knife in front of him like a shield, ready for Franko’s attack.

Franko kept his aim on the leader and again moved closer. One step… Then another. The perpetrator moved from side to side. He wouldn’t back down. Rita, creeping alongside Franko, kept her own weapon drawn and followed Franko’s lead. But as Franko took his fourth step toward the perp, Rita’s and Franko’s police radios hissed and crackled with static. The sound must’ve jarred the man with the outstretched knife. He lunged for Franko.

Pop!

A bullet, a single shot, released from the chamber of Franko’s gun. It echoed like the roar of a cannon. The assailant collapsed onto the platform. Franko had lodged a bullet in the man’s leg.

The perpetrator looked stunned, and so was Franko. His arm was outstretched, and he kept the gun pointed straightaway. For a terrifying instant, a light, gauzy feeling filled Franko’s head. Everything in the cold, desolate terminal looked and sounded muted, except for the bloodied knife-edge. The shiny part of the blade glimmered on the ground next to the perpetrator, and Franko saw it as clear as if he were holding it in his own hand.

“Franko, you all right?” Rita asked.

He couldn’t speak. Have I imagined this? Have I really just shot a man? Franko could feel his face flush. He felt as though he’d just showered with his clothes on.

When the back-up team arrived, along with paramedics, the adrenaline of the scene finally began to drain from Franko. And on he went, business as usual.

The injured businessman, who’d been lying unconscious, was quickly put on a stretcher and rushed out of the terminal. After the victim’s wallet was recovered from the pack leader, Rita and Franko discovered there was only one hundred dollars inside.

The two other assailants were handcuffed. They were read their rights and whisked away. As the wounded aggressor was being carted off on a stretcher, the medical crew worked hard to restrain him. But what they couldn’t restrain were his words.

“I’ll be back to get you, you fat pig,” he wailed.

“Aw, I bet you say that to all your arresting officers,” Franko chimed, trying to act nonchalant while a sick feeling shivered through him.

Through the barrage of paramedics and police, the aggressor defiantly craned his neck. When he found Franko through the crowd, he raised his hand in a gesture of an imaginary gun.

“Bang, bang,” he said, taking aim and firing a make-believe shot in the direction of Franko’s head.

When Franko turned away, his gaze landed on Rita. He saw his own horror reflected in her pale face.


***

In Transit: A Novel buy links:

Hardcover (U.S.):
Amazon U.S.
Barnes and Noble

Hardcover International:
Amazon Canada
Amazon UK

eBook:
Kindle
Nook
Untreed Reads

Price: $4.99 ebook, $25.95 hardcover
Pages: 246 ebook, 284 hardcover
ISBN: 9781594149665
ASIN: B009RR815S
Hardcover Publisher: Five Star (Gale-Cengage-Thorndike Press)
eBook Publisher: Untreed Reads
Hardcover Release: May 2011
eBook Release: October 2012


About the Author

Kathleen Gerard writes across genres. Her fiction has been awarded The Perillo Prize, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award and was nominated for Best New American Voices, all national prizes in literature. Her prose and poetry have been widely published in magazines, literary journals, anthologies and broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). Several of her plays have been staged and performed regionally and off-Broadway.

Links to connect with Kathleen:
Web site
Blog
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


About the Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book: By Fire By Water  by  Mitchell James Kaplan
Pg. 11
"Near Lisbon, pirates attacked us, "he reminisced. " They set my ship ablaze. I had to swim ashore. Lost everything. Had to start all over in a foreign land.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

Last night on Downton Abbey, we learn that Lord Grantham has lost Cora's fortune in some botched Canadian Railroad investments. Matthew, the world's most accomplished accidental heir may be just in line to inherit a vast sum of money from Reggie Swire, father of Lavina. Despite his talent for stumbling into great wealth, Matthew wants to live a simpler life with Mary and doesn't want to accept the money. Stay tuned.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one book in my mailbox:    The House Girl   By Tara Conklin


Friday, January 4, 2013

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:  What New Years blogging or writing resolution have you placed on yourself?

I haven't placed any resolutions about blogging, just to keep on doing it in the New Year.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Buster The Shih-tzu pup

Buster   The Shih-Tzu  pup

With a few inches of snow on the ground, Buster is enjoying jumping in it when he is outside. As I look over at him napping, I wish it was me lol. The winter is hard on them, since they are in so much of the time and I am sure Buster will be welcoming the spring and the trips to his favorite place, the park. Luv from Buster.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:  Any reading resolutions for the New Year? reading more? reading less? reading better books? more series? more relaxing books?

       I would definitely like to read more Historical Fiction books, which is my favorite genre for the New Year.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Dark Souls by Paula Morris Review-Post

Dark Souls  By Paula Morris    Review-Post

Summary:

The ghost was there.
   Miranda froze, still clutching one of the curtains. He looked even more breathtaking this time, his face like chiseled marble. Tonight he wasn't smiling at all, but his eyes were warm, velvety dark. He opened his mouth. Was he trying to say something? Then the flame of the candle leapt, just for an instant, and died. he was gone.
  Miranda peeled her hand off the glass and staggered back to bed, her heart racing. What was he going to say to her?  What did he want her to know?

My thoughts:

This book takes place in York, England, where Miranda and her family are on vacation. She realizes right away that this is going to be a very interesting and exciting one for her as she thinks she is seeing ghosts. I found it to be an intriguing read as it kept my interest from page one. As countless ghosts roam the cobblestones of the city, the story is captivating.


Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My "can't wait to read selection" is:  There Was An Old Woman   by Hallie Ephron  Rel.Date:  4-2-13

William Morrow  publisher

" Don't let him in until I'm gone." That's what Mina Yetner's neighbor whispers to her just before the emt's take her to the hospital. Mina writes down the message- at nearly ninety, she has to write most things down lest she forgets and calls Sandra's daughter Ginger, telling her that once again her mother needs help.


Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from the book:  By Fire By Water  by  Mitchell James Kaplan

1. Cortes- Legal councils

2. Colo'n- "colonizes"

3. Columbo- "dove"