Friday, April 29, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

"Summer is coming quickly- What 2011 summer release are you most lo0king forward to?"

I am looking forward to The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.

The Office- 4-28-11 Episode

Michael's last day at the office was not meant to be painful to him.
As the party planning committee made their decisions on what to have for the next day,he came in and told them that he was leaving it up to them. He went around and bid his farewells to everyone individually, they did not know he was leaving that afternoon. Jim figured it out and didn't divulge his secret.Minutes before he was to leave, he calls them into the conference room and still maintains the charade. He then leaves with no songs and not as many tears and just a closed elevator door and cab waiting to take him to the airport. We will all miss him.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

I would like to see Fire Men by Gary Ryman made into a movie, it's published by Tribute Books. It's the story of these remarkable men and how their lives are put at risk every time they are called out to fight a fire and the intense training they have to go through.

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Twilight In Forks: The Saga of the Real Town

This is not a documentary in the strict sense of the word. It's meant to give real-life background to Stephenie Meyer's world of vampires and werewolves. It's an interesting look at how this flailing logging town was pulled out of ruins by becoming a marketing place for Twilight.

I loved seeing the Twilight look-a-likes working in the different stores in the town, for instance, the girl who looked like Alice, who got the job in the flower shop and stayed.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wonderous Word Wednesday

Wonderous Word Wednesday



a. A small mass of material often folded or rolled.
b. A roll or lump, as of tobacco or chewing.

2. gaggle
a. A flock
b. A cluster lacking organization

From the book Releasing Gillian's Wolves

Glee- 4-24-11 Episode

Last night on Glee , Rachel wanted rhino-plasty done on her to look more attractive. Kurt returned after being assured in his own way he wouldn't be bullied anymore. Now the club feels they have a better chance of winning the competition.Quinn is out to win prom queen, but it is discovered that in her past there was a secret that she was heavy and lost quite a bit of weight. She was devastated when a picture was posted in the school at that stage in her life.Rachel didn't get the nose job and accepted herself as she was, a beautiful girl.Everyone donned white tee-shirts with what they thought was there biggest flaw written on the front and came to grips with revealing it.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dancing With The Stars- 4-23-11 episdode

Last night's dancing theme was Guilty Pleasures . Kristie and Maks were first to dance the Samba and got a score of 26 from the judges. Kendra and Louis did well after being at the bottom and got a score of 25. Romeo and Chelsie got a score of 28 and got the first 10 of the season. Karina had a fall over Ralph's costume but he recovered quickly and finished the dance with a pretty decent score.Stay tuned for the results show.

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop - Giveaway of "So Much Pretty" by Cara Hoffman

Book Summary:

When she disappeared from her rural hometown, Wendy White was a sweet, family-oriented girl, a late bloomer who’d recently moved out on her own, with her first real boyfriend and a job waiting tables at the local tavern. It happens all the time—a woman goes missing, a family mourns, and the case remains unsolved. Stacy Flynn is a reporter looking for her big break. She moved east from Cleveland, a city known for its violent crime, but that’s the last thing she expected to cover in Haeden. This small, upstate New York town counts a dairy farm as its main employer and is home to families who’ve set down roots and never left—people who don’t take kindly to outsiders. Flynn is researching the environmental impact of the dairy, and the way money flows outward like the chemical runoff, eventually poisoning those who live at the edges of its reach.

Five months after she disappeared, Wendy’s body is found in a ditch just off one of Haeden’s main roads. Suddenly, Flynn has a big story, but no one wants to talk to her. No one seems to think that Wendy’s killer could still be among them. A drifter, they say. Someone “not from here.”

Fifteen-year-old Alice Piper is an imaginative student with a genius IQ and strong ideals. The precocious, confident girl has stood out in Haeden since the day her eccentric hippie parents moved there from New York City, seeking a better life for their only child. When Alice reads Flynn’s passionate article in the Haeden Free Press about violence against women—about the staggering number of women who are killed each day by people they know—she begins to connect the dots of Wendy’s disappearance and death, leading her to make a choice: join the rest in turning a blind eye, or risk getting involved. As Flynn and Alice separately observe the locals’ failure to acknowledge a murderer in their midst, Alice’s fate is forever entwined with Wendy’s when a second crime rocks the town to its core.

Stylishly written, closely observed, and bracingly unexpected, So Much Pretty leads the reader into the treacherous psychology of denial, where the details of an event are already known, deeply and intuitively felt, but not yet admitted to, reconciled or revealed.

My Thoughts:

This book shows how crimes can be gotten away with in a small town environment by individuals who think they have the right to do it.

Claire and Gene, the hippie parents of Alice, moved to Haeden, a small farm town to escape the city life. They soon find out that they couldn't prevent what happened to their daughter by living there. The book goes back and forth with their lives and friends and the different stages of their daughter's life.

When the murder of a young girl happens and they find her body, a new reporter, Flynn, digs deeper into the violence against women and the women who are killed each day by people they know. She begins to connect the dots and comes to realistic conclusions.

What happens next will surprise you–as it did me.

All in all, it is a riveting book that I couldn't put down.

So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman is available for $25.00 at and

A review copy was obtained from Simon & Schuster.

Congratulations to our winner: Stacie Amelotte!

Monday, April 25, 2011

MAILBOX MONDAY- Anastasia's Secret

I received Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap from

"Will I never see you again either?" I asked, feeling as though I was about to jump off a high mountain peak and hope to land without hurting myself. That's how impossible everything seemed at that moment, no matter what I did.

"Perhaps we will meet again," Sasha said, softening his voice. "But you must see that it does not matter. You have so much ahead of you. It's your choice now. Choose the future! Choose life!"

For Anastasia Romanov, life as the privileged daughter of Russia's last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution. Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government, Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia. But even while the rebels debate the family's future with agonizing slowness and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance quietly blooms between Anastasia and Sasha, a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood. But will the strength of their love be enough to save Anastasia from a violent death?
Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the last days of the Romanov family, Susanne Dunlap's new novel is a haunting vision of the life?and love story?of Russia's last princess.

BOOK GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: "The Shifters of 2040" by Ami Blackwelder

This novel was set in Alaska in 2040. It is the story of the struggle between shifters and humans. Melissa Marn works as a scientist for the SCM , trying to find the genetics of shifters and hybrids. I found the story a very fast read, I couldn't put it down. It takes you into the shifters struggles to live in the human world.

When Melissa finds out she was impregnated by one of them and decides to keep it since it is very much a part of her to,makes you understand the human feelings behind it all.

The Scm tries to raise an army of hybrids through experimentation, which leads to a lot of trouble. Prejudice reigns high among the humans and when finding out soldiers were being used as experiments, they are angry. To think that humans could become half animal and half human is eerie.

All in all- It is a very good read as I am really not a fan of this genre, but it really kept my interest.


Congratulations to our winner: Carina L. Tai!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ghost Hunters, TAPS, 4-20-11 episode

The Taps team investigated the Sterling Opera House in Derby, Connecticut. Many old stars and entertainers from the past appeared at this opera house,so many spirits are believed to be in there. They heard some strange sounds and the reveal found voices.
They also investigated a soldier's house believed to be haunting the family. Their clock kept falling off the wall at times and the children's play room seemed to be having strange noises. The history of this house ,after being researched, was never told on the show. Maybe it has a strange and haunting past.

Booking Through Thursday

CAN you judge a book by its cover?


The cover gives me an overall feel for the personality of a book at first glance. However sometimes a book can have a beautiful cover and be a terrible read or it can have a boring cover and be a terrific read. Yet I think 9 times out of 10 - a great cover usually predicts a great book.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Destination Truth-Ghosts of Antartica

Josh and his team take on one of their most challenging investigations ever when they sail to Antartica to investigate stories of ghosts in the buildings left by former explorers of the continent who never made it back home alive. The trip across dangerous waters that they experienced amazed me, And After scraping an ice berg in that small boat. Strange happenings happened inside one of the buildings they investigated. Things were dropping off shelves and clicking sounds believed to sound like the typewriter that was in the room. Very interesting show.

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:

Girls in White Dresses

by Jennifer Close
Publication date: August 16, 2011

Wry, hilarious, and utterly recognizable, Girls in White Dresses tells the story of three young women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love—all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers.

Isabella, Mary, and Lauren are going to be bridesmaids in Kristi’s wedding. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, eat tiny sandwiches, and drink mimosas. They’re all happy for Kristi, but they do have the ups and downs of their own lives to cope with. Isabella is working at a mailing-list company, where she’s extremely successful, and wildly unhappy. Mary is in love with a man who may never love any woman as much as he loves his mother. And Lauren, a waitress at a midtown bar, finds herself drawn to a man she’s pretty sure she hates.

With blind dates and ski vacations, boozy lunches and family holidays, relationships lost to politics and relationships found in pet stores, Girls in White Dresses pulls us deep inside the circle of these friends, perfectly capturing the wild frustrations and soaring joys of modern life.

Wonderous Words Wednesday



a. Any of the characters in several alphabets used by ancient Germanic peoples from the 3rd to the 13th century.
b. A similar character in another alphabet, sometimes believed to have magic powers.
2. A poem or incantation of mysterious significance, especially a magic charm.

a. A Finnish poem or section of a poem.

From the book City of Ashes (part of the Mortal Instruments series) by Cassandra Clare.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Paranormal State 4-18-11 episode

Last night Ryan and his team investigated a mirror that levitates and shatters on its own and heeds the call to track down a spirit that was unleashed on an unsuspecting family. He must contain it before it does irreparable harm. He had Elfiee try to pull out the spirit but to no avail.

The second investigation was really frightening, when a woman's scratch marks on her back were believed to be put there by the devil. When her credibility was questioned, Ryan and the team have a struggle of another kind. Could she be right?

Dancing With The Stars- 4-18-11 show

It was American week last night and red, white, and blue was all over the place, including their costumes. Even Maks had a tatoo of the flag on the side of his upper waist.Chelsea and Mark performed the Samba and got the highest judges score of the night. Chelsea was told she really was in sync with Mark and a good dancer.Kirstie and Maks got a 22 score along with three others.
Stay tuned tonight to see who stays and who will leave the show.

Top Ten Tuesday - Top 10 Bookish Pet Peeves (Rewind)

Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves

1. Having to return a library book within 2 weeks when someone else is next on the wait list for it.
2. Books that are 900 pages long that could have been written in 300-400 pages.
3. Books that copy off the success of other books.
4. Books that are hyped just because of who the author is and not necessarily because they are good books.
5. Books in a series where you have to wait years for the next installment.
6. Books that have two many insignificant characters that you can't keep track of all of their names and where they fit in.
7. Books that aren't a satisfying read and you feel like you've wasted your time reading them.
8. Unexplainable book twists that leave you scratching your head, wondering where in the heck that came from.
9. Authors who try to write in a self-important manner by spending three paragraphs describing the sky - get to the point!
10. Books that take 100 pages before they actually get going.

Teaser Tuesday - The Shifters of 2040

Here is my teaser from The Shifters of 2040 by Ami Blackwelder (Pages 15-16):

Bullets thudded into the back of the beast, knocking him forward and landing on his chest a couple of feet from Melissa. The bear shifted slowly, resuming his natural form, with black light inside of him. With her back pressed against the wall, her hands shook. The white lab coat had stained with squirted blood from the assistant, and again from the bear when bullets ripped through his fur and body.

Melissa held herself as her shocked stare dropped to her knees, witnessing the spatter of blood all over her clothes. One of the soldiers rushed toward her and extended his hand to help her stand.

When she found her balance, he let her go and resumed his duty. But before she had time to flee the room, another soldier, under command from the colonel, positioned his rifle over the restrained shifter and fired twice, blowing a chunk of the jelly substance onto the floor. He then shot a few times at the shifter hanging against the wall. All the alien lights dimmed permanently to black.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Masterpiece Theatre- Upstairs, Downstairs Episode 2

Last night's episode finds Lady Agnes pregnant and a little leary about it since she lost a child once before. A new maid arrives at the house and they soon find out , she was escaping her other life. She soon dies of a coughing disease and leaves behind a young daughter. Sir Hallam takes her in, to the dismay of his wife.
These times are very tumultuous in Britain and the chauffer in the house seems to be attending many of the rallies. Lady Persehone , sister of Lady Agnes, who is interested in the chauffer ,finds she is getting into trouble , following him to these meetings. Stay tuned.

Mailbox Monday - The Shifters of 2040

I received The Shifters of 2040 from the author Ami Blackwelder.

3 species. Divided lovers. The race is on for planet Earth.

Before April fell in love with Robert and Arken in the Hunted of 2060, her human mother Melissa played an important role in the SCM, the military responsible for the massacre of her ancestors.

Dive deep into the motivations behind Melissa, Bruce, General Raul, and the Colonel Marn. Discover new characters in the SCM and with the shifters. Rediscover old faces.

Book Giveaway & Review "The Human Bobby" by Gabe Rotter

I finished reading The Human Bobby last night and it was one of those books you can't put down. It concerns the somewhat tragic life of Bobby Flopkowski. He is a homeless person living in a tent on the beach. It goes back to the history of how he got to that point in his life. You often see a homeless person on the street and wonder how it happened to them. I can't reveal everything about the book but the ending might leave you satisfied. I guarantee it will be a fast read for you.

Congratulations to our winner: Katie!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Author Interview with Karen Schwabach & Book Giveaway of "The Storm Before Atlanta"

My thanks to Karen Schwabach for stopping by Tribute Books Mama and sharing her thoughts about her book, The Storm Before Atlanta.

Karen Schwabach grew up in upstate New York and lived for many years in Alaska, where she taught English as a Second Language in the Yup'ik Inuit village of Chefornak. She now lives in New York where she writes full-time.

** Enter to win a free copy below.

1. How did you come up with the title?

My first two novels, The Hope Chest and A Pickpocket’s Tale, had titles that turned out to have already been used by other authors. I was determined not to let that happen this time. The “storm” is a metaphor for the Battle of New Hope Church, which tore apart the 107th New York, the regiment in my story. It in fact ended with a fierce thunderstorm.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There’s a saying—“An immature man wants to die nobly for a cause, and a mature man wants to live humbly for one.” I don’t know who said it, but it’s true. It’s the journey that Jeremy, the main character, makes in the book.

3. How much of the book is realistic?

All of it! I do tons of research, and the more unlikely something in one of my books sounds, the greater the chances that it’s absolutely true. The most far-fetched stuff in Storm Before Atlanta—children in the line of fire, an untrained kid being asked to administer anesthesia, and enemy soldiers hanging out with each other between battles—is all documented.

The main characters are fictional, but their backgrounds are based on historical fact. And many of the supporting characters are real people.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

No… the editing process at Random House Children’s Books is very thorough, and I had lots of opportunity to make changes as we went along—and did make them. Now it’s pretty much as I wanted it.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The battle scenes, because I’ve never been in combat. But I think they came out all right.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned a lot of fascinating stuff about the Civil War, a lot of which I couldn’t use. For example, I read the autobiography of Susie King Taylor, an African-American woman from Savannah who, at age 14, was hired to teach the soldiers of the first black regiment to read. I was sad there was no way to work her into my story… but she was in a different part of Georgia from my characters and the Confederate Army was in the way.

In fact, I couldn’t use anything about the Union’s 180,000 African-American soldiers because they were actually banned by William Tecumseh Sherman from participating in the Atlanta Campaign, the march my characters are on.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Both my parents are writers. I sort of cut my teeth on The Writer’s Market. And then my 5th and 6th grade English teacher, Mr. Coster, used to call me and this other kid in from recess and tell us both that we were going to be writers. He’d go on and on about it, and we’d both stand there staring at the edge of his desk and shifting about uncomfortably. But I took his word for it.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Diana Wynne Jones, a British fantasy author. She writes mostly middle grades and YA. Her characters are just like us: they’re not above petty things. In a lot of middle grade books, characters are far too concerned with saving the world to worry about who gets the last brownie. Her characters are capable of caring about both. That always makes me feel right at home in her worlds.

9. Tell us your latest news.

I’m in a prolonged good news drought—sorry!

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Read the history that interests you. If what you know about history is what was in your school textbooks, then you’re left with the impression that it mainly involved Great Men, and that everything happened when it was supposed to happen. (Like in 1860, everyone was saying, “Hey, look, it’s almost time for the Civil War.”) And you end up thinking that the world nowadays is going crazy.

Once you start reading real history, you’ll see the world has always been crazy. And events happened haphazardly, and they could very well have turned out differently.

ABOUT THE STORM BEFORE ATLANTA: At a time when most people have grown weary of the war between the states, two young children are desperate to find their way to the battlefields. Jeremy DeGroot wants nothing more than to join a troop as a drummer boy. For Dulcie, a runaway slave, freedom means she must head directly toward the fighting in the hopes that she'll become "contraband," that is, property of the Union troops. Both Jeremy and Dulcie find a place with the 107th New York Volunteer Regiment and even start to forge a friendship. But all that is threatened when they keep crossing paths with the mysterious Charlie, a young Confederate soldier, who may look like the enemy but feels more like a friend. Young readers who like their fiction filled with exciting historical details, rich characters, and action-packed adventures will be drawn to The Storm Before Atlanta.

For more information on Karen and The Storm Before Atlanta, please visit

Congratulations to our winner: Sharla Long!

Friday, April 15, 2011

My Book Blog Follow Friday

Do you have anyone that you can discuss books with in real life? Tell us about him/her.

Yes - I am lucky I am able to discuss books with my daughter in real life. Even if we don't read the same thing, I was always tell her about what I'm reading and she tells me what she's reading. Now that I started my blog, I'm branching out and reading types of books I never thought I would. Before I would usually read books she recommended to me or stick to certain authors I was familiar with. Blogging has opened up my reading world.

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop "Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her."

At first, I didn't think I would like this book, but when I started reading it I could not put it down. The main character is Bobby Flopkowski who went from being a doctor in Beverly Hills with a wife and baby to homeless and alone on the beach. He is a fascinating character. I highly recommend The Human Bobby by Gabe Rotter.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Why God Matters" receives Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award

Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life by Karina Lumbert Fabian & Deacon Steven Lumbert wins the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award in the Nonfiction/Christian Living category

ARCHBALD, PENNSYLVANIA – Tribute Books is proud to announce that our title Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life has received the 2011 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award in the Nonfiction/Christian Living category.

All readers of Christian books and all retailers selling Christian products were invited to vote for the Book of the Year. Over 3,600 votes were received for 72 books nominated by 48 publishers. The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award honors books produced by small publishers for outstanding contribution to Christian life.

Readers and retailers were invited to vote for one book in each category online at The award is offered in eight categories: Fiction, Biography, Christian Living, Relationships/Family, Bible Study/Theology, Children's Book (4-8 years), Children's Book (8-12 years), and Young Adult (12+ years). The winners of this award are determined solely by Christian retailers and readers' votes.

This is the fourth year the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award has been presented. This year the award has a new website at

About Christian Small Publishers Association:
The Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award is sponsored by Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA). CSPA was established to represent and promote small publishers in the Christian marketplace. CSPA is a supplier member of CBA. Christian Small Publishers Association can be found online at

About Why God Matters:
Many times one sees Roman Catholicism explained using either closely reasoned theology or an appeal to ancient writers of the Church. While both are legitimate approaches, the average reader looking to explore the faith is often left cold. In their collaboration, Why God Matters, Deacon Steven Lumbert and his daughter, Karina Lumbert Fabian, delineate the Catholic Faith as experienced by a pair of average, everyday people like the great majority who make up the 24 percent of Americans who share this religion.

In the stories of this pair, one see both ways people come to Catholicism, by birth (“cradle Catholics”) and by conversion. Their descriptions of their separate paths thankfully lack the religiosity of the all too common "and then a miracle takes place" school of religious experience. Rather than blasts of light, fiery swords, spiritual fistfights, and angelic choirs, theirs is the long religious slog of the everyday. The effort that one must put out each day in the long trek to Heaven.

What is Catholicism really like? One would be hard-put to find a better verbal painting of the faith so many call their own.

Visit the book’s web site at:

$15.95, hardcover
$2.99-$4.99 eBook
ISBN: 9780982256534
5.5" x 8.5"
114 pp

About Karina Lumbert Fabian
Karina Lumbert Fabian was born into the Catholic faith, but truly grew to love it as an adult. As a busy mother of four, she finds some of her strongest encounters with God's love happen in the ordinary events of the day-to-day. Karina started her writing career with diocesan newspapers but has settled into writing fun-filled fantasy and science fiction that nonetheless incorporates the principles of faith-filled living. Visit Karina’s web site at

About Deacon Steven Lumbert
Deacon Steven Lumbert officially converted to Catholicism in 1988, but had been a "practicing" Catholic long before that. He met his lovely and loving wife, Socorro, while serving in Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Puerto Rico, in 1966. They raised their daughters, Karina and Regina, in the faith. Steve spent 30 years as a Colorado State Trooper, but retired when God called him to the diaconate. Currently, he serves the Diocese of Pueblo as the Associate Director of Deacon Formation.

Published by Tribute Books: Please contact Tribute Books for author interviews, review copies, book artwork and any other requests at

To order 10 or more copies at a 40% discount, contact Tribute Books at or phone (570) 876-2416.

Thank You from Deacon Steve Lumbert and Karina Fabian

Dear Friends,

We just found out that Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life won the Christian Small Publisher Association Book of the Year under the Christian Living category. We’re very excited that our little devotional is touching lives so well that people cared enough to take time to vote for us. However, since this is a popular award, it depends as much on publicity as quality of the book—and that came from your efforts!

My dad, Deacon Steve, and I wanted to thank you for hosting us on tours, reviewing the book, and letting folks know about Why God Matters. We would not have won this award without your help.

You have done so much for us, and we are very grateful. May God bless you and yours in the big things and in the everyday.

Karina Fabian

Fact or Faked- 4-13-11 episode

Last night on Fact or Faked the one team investigated a swing set believed to be haunted in Argentina.It seems the middle swing has been moving on its own for a few years now ,while the other two are still. It was believed that the ghost of a boy was responsible for it. After their experiments of trying to prove this wrong, it was thought environmental conditions were responsible.
The other team investigated a family in Florida who claimed they had alien visitations in their bedroom. They tried different ways of proving it could be a set up, but who knows, maybe it was aliens.

Booking Through Thursday

I was reading the other day a quote from JFK Jr who said on the death of his mother, that she died surrounded by family, friends, and her books. Apparently, Jackie’s books were very much a part of HER, her personality, her sense of self.

Up until recently, people could browse your bookshelves and learn a lot about you–what your interests are, your range of topics, favorite authors, how much you read (or at least buy books).

More and more, though, this is changing. People aren’t buying books so much as borrowing them from the library. Or reading them on their e-readers or computers. There’s nothing PHYSICAL on the shelves to tell strangers in your home, for better or worse, who you ARE.

Do you think this is a good thing? Bad? Discuss!


I do not own an e-reader so my books are still visible throughout my home. I have to say that sadly not a lot of my friends or relatives read so I rarely see anything on their shelves in terms of books that would give me glimpse into their personality. But what a wonderful idea!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Copying Beethoven- The Movie

I watched Copying Beethoven the other night and enjoyed it very much. It was a fictionalized version of the last three years of his life. He was plagued by deafness, lonliness,and personal trauma. Anna Holtz enters as a copiest ,engaged to help the composer finish his score for the first performance.She understands his work and tries to correct mistakes he has made. Her personality is such, that he eventually grows very fond of her. By the time the piece is performed, she is an essential part of his world. They find themselves becoming closer through their collabration.

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:


by Diana Spechler
Publication date: April 26, 2011

To escape the grief she feels following her father’s death, twenty-six year old Brooklynite Gray Lachmann becomes a counselor at a summer camp for overweight children, where she discovers she has her own demons to battle both emotionally and physically. In Skinny, the ambitious, accomplished, and darkly humorous second novel from reader-favorite Diana Spechler—a vividly realized cast of characters must come to terms with eating disorders, buried secrets, and the trials of growing up.

Wonderous Words Wednesday



a. Having or displaying an otherworldly, magical, or fairylike aspect or quality
b. Having visionary power; clairvoyant.
c. Appearing touched or crazy, as if under a spell.

2. Scots
a. Fated to die soon.
b. Full of the sense of approaching death

From the book The Iron Queen (part of the Iron Fey series) by Julie Kagawa.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Paranormal State 4-12-11 Episode

I watched the new season of Paranormal State last night with Ryan and his team. They investigated a family home that have been living with spirits for some time and they came to help them free themselves of it. They also researched a surrounding area where a teenage girl was murdered and a young mother seemed to have a psychic ability to connect with her.Just some noises were heard but they might not have been paranormal, they thought also that they saw shadows. Nothing really earth shattering was seen.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Want to See Made into Movies

1. The Iron King
2. The Iron Daughter
3. The Iron Queen
4. City of Bones
5. City of Ashes
6. City of Glass
7. City of Fallen Angels
8. Matched
9. Across the Universe
10. The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels

Teaser Tuesday - Safe Haven

Here is my teaser from Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (Page 11):

With most of the work now behind her, she liked to sit on the front porch in the afternoons and read books she'd checked out from the library. Aside from coffee, reading was her only indulgence. She didn't have a television, a radio, a cell phone, or a microwave or even a car, and she could pack all her belongings in a single bag. She was twenty-seven years old, a former long-haired blond with no real friends. She'd moved here with almost nothing, and months later she still had little. She saved half of her tips and every night she folded the money into a coffee can she kept hidden in the crawl space beneath the porch. She kept that money for emergencies and would rather go hungry than touch it. Simply the knowledge that it was there made her breathe easier because the past was always around her and might return at any time. It prowled the world searching for her, and she knew it was growing angrier at every passing day.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Masterpiece Theatre- Upstairs, Downstairs

I thoroughly enjoyed the return of Upstairs, Downstairs on Masterpiece Theatre last night. A new couple moves into 165 Eaton Place and sweeps away the cobwebs from the most famous address.The hiring of the staff was made according to a certain budget. Lady Maud then appears and throws a curve ball , when she tells her son, he must provide a home for her,apparently she is there to stay. The ending of the episode finds Lady Maud and Marsh's Rose Buck sitting together on a park bench."We have experience, you and I, says Maud,"we are what that house requires."I can't wait for the next episode.

Mailbox Monday - Safe Haven & The Iron Queen

I received Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks from the Valley Community Library.

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.


I received The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa from the Valley Community Library.

The New York Times Bestseller

My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Author Interview with Shelly Marshall & Book Giveaway of "Respect-Me Rules"

My thanks to Shelly Marshall for stopping by Tribute Books Mama and sharing her thoughts about her book, Respect-Me Rules.

ABOUT SHELLY: Shelly Marshall has dedicated her entire life to working with young addicts. Her books Day by Day and Young, Sober, & Free are recovery classics which have been joined by her very popular 24/7 recovery support book, the Pocket Sponsor. Her research in adolescent recovery has been published in five international journals making her world-recognized in the addiction's field. In addition to teaching counselor's how to work with young people in recovery, Ms. Marshall is the Russian Charity NAN (No to Alcohol and Drug Addiction) Foundation's representative to the United Nations. She is currently working on a first response manual for parents who need answers, not accusations, on meeting their child’s drug crisis.

** Enter to win a free copy below.

1. How did you come up with the title?

It naturally flowed from our 12 abuse-stopping rules. The crux of them all is to demand to be treated respectfully by our life partners. Or anyone else for that matter.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes. We call it the Miracle Principle. It empowers the abusee. It essentially says that no one can continue to abuse you without your consent. Abuse in a relationship is like a dance. If one partner decides not to dance, the dance ends.

This is not to say we think our techniques are easy—allowing abuse is usually a gradual process. We are told to “be nice” and “get along” and women are often trained that they are responsible for holding their relationships together. Often abuse creeps up on you—every time you are “nice” when they are being mean, they push the envelop just that much more the next time. Soon the abuse is a lot worse then you realize, similar to putting the frog in the boiling water—do it when the water is cold and the frog doesn’t notice that it’s slowly boiling to death. So our message is to understand first that a target has to recognize how far it’s gone and next to understand that by not stopping it, they allowed it to get worse. But please don’t take this to mean we in any “blame” the target. They, like the frog, most assuredly didn’t see it coming.

3. How much of the book is realistic?

We actually put this book together because we didn’t see much “realistic” work out there to help women and men being bullied by their partners. Although there were a few groundbreaking authors that brought the reality of verbal and emotional abuse to the forefront, the techniques offered to change the situations were lacking. They either told partners to get the heck out of Dodge, it would never get better, or techniques offered were not in a cohesive whole—as an entire way of thinking about the situation to change it. You see, you can never change them. It is their job—you can only change yourself. So any solution that has a partner trying to change them to make them stop is not going to work. You can only change yourself. Changing yourself to not allow abuse from them is a different approach. The person may still be an abuser, but they will not abuse you if you use these techniques. The abuse stopping techniques we provide are relatively clear, simple, and psychologically sound.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

A book is a never-ending project. We have already started a list of points that need to be stated more clearly in the next edition. There’s also some new research that backs up the position we espouse regarding the way people treat you—it has to do with posture and the way we carry ourselves contributing to how people treat us. You can find the research and discussions on our Respect-me RULES blog. We will also add some new material in subsequent editions that is worthwhile, as well as reader feedback that offers some good suggestions for improvement.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Getting started. Dr. Mike and I talked about writing this book for 10 years before we ever started. We kept waiting to find the time. When we realized we would never have any spare time left over in our demanding lives, Dr. Mike finally took a sabbatical to write this book and I write full time anyway, so it accommodated my schedule. We dedicated ourselves to this project. We had our web site and free tutorial up for 7 of those years and of course we both have a lot of experience working with abused partners—so it finally came together.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

We learned lots of things in researching the book topic. Many others have addressed this topic in previous books and on-line websites. Our goal was to take the information that was already available out there and distill it to its essence so we could present it in one easy to understand and handy source. We also processed a lot of the old information and presented it in a new and dynamic way that we believe is more engaging and user friendly to the reader.

And not to discredit the courageous people whose work we built ours on, but we emphasize the personal responsibility absolutely necessary in order to break and change the patterns of abuse. This has not been done before to this degree. We do not spend much time on the abuser because we know that changing him isn’t the answer—the answer lies with the target and what they will or will not allow in their lives by the choices they make and consequences they enforce at each juncture.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Writing runs in our family. Every family member is a published author. It must be a combination of genes and environment. Dr. Mike and I began writing together when I was doing research on adolescent addiction recovery. We actually had 4 papers published together in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Mike's first book, Why Spanking Doesn’t Work, was published 9 years ago, and I'm a well-known Hazelden author on addiction recovery. Our father, Don Marshal wrote some very successful books on shipwrecks along the west coat. He also wrote an autobiography about his experiences in WWII, Alligator Marines. Our mother had a column in the local paper for some years and wrote two booklets about living on the high desert. Our brother from Alaska, Chris, has been published throughout Alaska regarding Arctic lifestyles and local politics. In addition, my daughter is a very successful children’s author best known for the Bear Snores On series.

I would say we were born with this talent.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My hero in psychological writing is Abraham Maslow because of his emphasis on free will, the positive, and the possible, rather than fate and fatalism.

Dr. Mike doesn't really get a chance to do much recreational reading, being that he's somewhat of a workaholic. So his reading usually has to do with his work in psychology. Since he is a forensic psychologist, a particular body of work that stands out to him is that of Stanton Samenow, who studied the sociopathic mind.

9. Tell us your latest news.

We are just about to launch a revised online workshop in abusive relationships and implementing the Respect-me RULES. For anyone who completes the entire tutorial, we offer a Certificate of Completion. It’s a practical way to learn the lessons in conjunction with the book—it gives a hands on approach to changing the old mindset of helpless victim to one of empowered target. The workshop is free to anyone. The first section of the tutorial can be started immediately. The second half of the online tutorial is designed to be used in conjunction with our book.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

We ask abusees to start thinking about what they are doing that allows themselves to continue to be a target. You can change your relationship—you don’t have to leave your partner if you don’t want to but you also don’t have to sit still for target practice any longer.

To all those who would like to receive a free bookmark for Respect-Me Rules, please email:

ABOUT RESPECT-ME RULES: That's the message the Marshalls want to convey to the abused. Through their proven Respect-Me method, they teach targets of abuse to change their mind-set, turn away from the role of the victim, and regain the power to restore their self-respect and take control of their lives.

Learn To:

Understand Abuse Patterns and Cycles

Enforce Boundaries

Choose the Right Support Group

Spot an Abuser on the First Date

And More

The Marshalls' expert advice will empower you as they draw upon their own experiences and share new insights. With Respect-Me Rules at your side, you'll find the strength you need to improve your relationships and demand the respect you deserve.

For more information on Shelly and Respect-Me Rules, please visit Respect-Me Rules blog.

Congratulations to our winner: Linda Kish!

Friday, April 8, 2011

My Book Blog Follow Friday

Do you judge a book by its cover?

Yes! My daughter just shared with me the cover of The Raising from GRGenius's blog over at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers (a great blog by the way that you should follow) that looked like it was a book about an alien abduction when it was really a life-after-death, paranormal story. The cover is crucial to giving an accurate depiction of the book in a glance. Something that is hard to do and for covers that do it right - it is a sort of art form.