Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

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

The Orchard: A Memoir (hardcover) 240 pgs

By: Theresa Weir
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Release Date: 9-21-11

The Orchard is a story of a street smart city girl who must adapt to a new life on an apple farm after she falls in love with Adrian Curtis, the golden boy of a prominent local family whose lives and orchards seem to be cursed.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from the book: Duty Free by Moni Mohsin

1. Paisa- (Bengali) is a monetary unit in several countries.

2. fruit wallah- A fruit seller at Rajasthan- Gujurat border.

Giveaway & Review: "Repairing Rainbows" by Lynda Fishman - Tribute Books Blog Tour Stop

This is a tragic, but true story of the author's life as she tries desperately to cope through her struggles of surviving after the horrendous plane crash that suddenly took the lives of her mother and two sisters.

On the brink of adolescence at the time of the crash, she had to rely on family members to get through. Yet her father completely shut down over the loss and was no help to her throughout the rest of his life.

As the book takes us through Lynda's marriage and birth of her own children, she reveals her feelings of hope, anger, pity and determination. Repairing Rainbows will really touch your heart strings as you see how Lynda learns how to live and not just exist.

All in all, this is a remarkable true story worth reading. It is very sad, but lessons are learned.

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Price: $18.00
ISBN: 9780986607400
Pages: 272
Release: June 2010

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Lynda Fishman's Bio

In 1970, when she was thirteen years old, Lynda’s life came to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters were killed in an Air Canada plane crash.

As a young teen, Lynda made a conscious decision to become happy and to lead a fulfilled life. Lynda chose to live. She was committed to learning, growing and making a difference. Determined to find meaning and purpose in her life, she managed to muster up the courage and strength to dream big, to be idealistic, to strive for more, and to live a meaningful life where she could make a difference in the lives of others.

Lynda Fishman is a trained clinical social worker who has spent over twenty years as a camp director. In the early 90s, Lynda was one of the first camp directors in the Toronto area to incorporate children with special needs into mainstream camp life. Lynda has devoted a lifetime to organized camping and is passionate about the positive role of camping in a person’s life. She is the owner and director of Adventure Valley Day Camp.

Lynda is a motivational and inspirational speaker and facilitator. She has published articles and training manuals on leadership, teamwork, bullying, trust, childhood health and wellness, communication and customer service.

Lynda’s husband, Barry Fishman, has his own amazing story to share, having been orphaned at age 17 and left alone to care for his brother with special needs. Lynda and Barry met as teenagers and have been together since then. They have three grown children, and the whole family is heavily involved in supporting children dealing with tragedy, cancer or other life-threatening diseases, fund-raising and charity events.

Barry has spent his entire career working in the health care and pharmaceutical industry. He is President and CEO of the Canadian operations for the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical company, Teva Pharmaceuticals. Barry serves on the Board of Directors of the Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Lynda is a woman of action. She has incredible enthusiasm for life. She is persistent, focused and faithful to her dreams and goals. She is willing to work for everything with patience, optimism and determination. She finds ways to be grateful and positive. Lynda goes out there and does what she has to do with a CAN DO attitude of gratitude, positivity, compassion, and honesty.





Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My Teaser:

She waltzed into the church, head high, unkempt hair making a silver halo around her head. She wore a turquoise dress and no shoes. (pg. 63)

Taken from: Why God Matters by Karina Lumbert Fabian & her father, Deacon Steven Lumbert.

One Day- The Movie

One Day- The Movie

I went to see the movie One Day over the week-end and although I didn't read the book, found this twenty year friend relationship a true test of time.Dexter is a wealthy playboy, who devotes his time to being a television presenter. Emma struggles with her career and finally gets what she wants by writing a novel and becoming a teacher. Over the years they have other relationships, with Dexter marrying and having a child. He does divorce and meets up again with Emma in Paris. They finally realize they love each other and should be together and marry.I found the ending a surprising one, sad but as you will see life goes on.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mailbox Monday- The Analyst by P.T Dawkins and Loose Diamonds by Amy Ephron

Mailbox Monday

This week I received in my mailbox:

The Analyst by P.T. Dawkins 294 pgs. Published by Llumina Press Received by the author.

After David Heart's father's estate is squandered by bad advice, his mother faces eviction and his grandfather needs life-saving surgery. A seemingly-helpful family friend finds David a seat at a bucket-shop off Wall Street firm with the promise that money flows like wine.

Loose Diamonds by Amy Ephron 166 pgs. published by Harper Collins Received by the publisher.

Amy Ephron weaves together the most insightful, profound, and just plain funny stories of her life to form a tapestry of a woman's experiences from childhood through young adulthood,marriage, divorce, remarriage, and everything in between.

Good Graces by Lesley Kagen Review and giveaway

Good Graces by Lesley Kagen Review and giveaway

This the second novel about the adventures of the O'Malley sisters, Sally and Troo. It proves to be interesting in what they get themselves into and how they try to judge the people in their town.Since I haven't read the first book about them, I have to say I think I might do that. It begins with the death of their father and the escape from a murderer and molester the previous summer. Sally whose real father Dave lives with them now and intends to marry their mother as soon as they obtain an annulment.Sally's sister Troo gets herself into situations so she watches her constantly because she promised her father on his deathbed that she would. As they begin to find out something big, Troo conjures up a plan to confront the perpetrator. They find themselves covering their tracks as it goes down. It's an intriguing story of these two young girls,who find themselves with more than they bargained for.

All in all:

An interesting and a fun read filled with events that led them to a uneventful circumstance.


Congratulations to our winner: Bermudaonion!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Project Runway- 8-25-11 show

Project Runway

Last night's show began with Cecilia telling Tim and Heidi that she wants to leave the show,she just didn't want to be there, she wasn't comfortable.Joshua , one of the designers who was voted off came back to replace her. They chose 4 captains from a race they had them run in an armory. Oliver fell and hurt his knee, but still ran the race anyway. Each captain had 3 designers on his team.They were designing active wear to be worn with sneakers. There were only a few designs that were really likeable.
Viktor's was one of them and he was the winner in my opinion. Danielle had to leave, they didn't like the green blouse that she designed.
There was a lot of bickering going on by two of the teams and I think there is more to come.

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Do you have pets?

Yes, well it is my daughter's Shih-Tzu, a 7 month old pup named Buster.
He is a joy to be around and has brought us a lot of happy moments so far. We love him a lot.

Damages - Tv Series

Damages TV Series

Last night I finished watching the first season of Damages. The show keeps you in suspense until the end, it is well written. A lot of loose ends were revealed and a very surprising ending. Patty played by Meryl Streep is amazing as a ruthless lawyer and is a bit scary if you had any dealings with her. A lot of people died during this case and we found out who was behind the murders. Ellen , the young lawyer, who lost her fiancee', means to get even with Patty. She believes that she tried to have her killed and is out for revenge.Can't wait to start season two.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

When is the last time you read a history book? Historical Biography? You know something that took place in the past but was real.

Gateway To The Clouds by Alan Sweeney
About the Short Line Railroad, The Scranton, Dunmore, and Moosic Lake railway in Pa.

My favorite genre is historical fiction, but these true history books are very interesting.

Buster- The Shih-tzu Pup

Buster- The Shih-Tzu Pup

Buster continues to make new friends on the trail in the park everyday. He can't wait to exit the car when he knows he's arrived, he gets really exited. I am amazed at how he wants to play and go up to the largest dog. When the weather doesn't cooperate, like today, you can tell he really misses his daily routine of exercise. I hate to see the winter coming, it is pretty rough here in the Northeast.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

This week's waiting to read selection is:

The Forgotten Waltz (hardcover) 272 pages.

Author: Anne Enright

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

Release Date: October 3, 2011

A haunting story of desire: A recollection of the bewildering speed of attraction, the irreparable slip into longing.
In Terenure, a pleasant suburb of Dublin, it has snowed. Gina Moynihan, girl about town, recalls the trail of lust and happenstance that brought her to fall for "the love of her life." Gina awaits the arrival of twelve year old Evie and the complication and gravity of this second life.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from the book Harvest by Jacob Young

1. proselytizing- Inducing someone to convert to one's faith.

2. prosaic- Lacking in imagination and spirit; dull.

3. diktat- An order or decree imposed by someone in power without particular consent.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Here is my teaser:

" Back when Kitty and I started this ministry, it wasn't so much about the money or the fame, but about helping people get through their grief. And even though I was only a kid, I knew I was making a difference." pg. 315

Taken from Black As Snow by Nick Nolan

Breaking Bad- Tv series - 8-21-11 episode

Breaking Bad

Walt and his family seem to be drifting apart more and more. Skyler tries to leave with the baby but returns home to find out that Walt bought his son a red flashy car and she wants it returned. Walt is having trouble with Jesse, as he is less and less at the meth lab and working more with Mike.Jesse even asks Gus about the reasoning behind it and he only tells him, he can see potential in people. Walt gets the three maids sent back to their country after he hires them to clean the lab. The Pollos Hermanos trucks are getting hit hard and three men have been killed already. Where are the police? Stay tuned.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mailbox Monday- Black As Snow by Nick Nolan

Mailbox Monday

In this week's mailbox I received an arc :Black As Snow from the author Nick Nolan

Sebastian Black is gorgeous and charismatic- and he's telepathic. So when his prophetess mother: Kitty Black, declares him "New Man."Their tiny spiritual movement mushrooms.But when disciples die and Christian militants declare war on "false messiah," Sebastian runs seeking refuge. He meets "common " people with unforgettable histories: an aging lesbian couple; A Mexican handyman; an anorexic woman; a meth addict; a gay teenager; an unthinking college jock.

369 pages published by: Amazon encore

The Help - The Movie

The Help - The Movie

I went to see The Help, over the week-end and loved it. It was better than I thought it would be, having not read the book as of yet, but heard a lot about it. These women who were abused and often scared to even use the bathroom in the house they were working in ,to me they were brave souls to come out and speak about it during that time.Skeeter, who was the writer of the book really understood their plight ,having had a maid herself growing up. The strength and endurance they had after working all day and then going home to their families, often having to walk if they missed their bus.The movie was well done and you felt both sadness and admiration for them.It's worth seeing.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

"What 's the longest book you've ever read?"

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix 766 pages

Project Runway- 8-19-11 show

Project Runway

Last night's show proved very challenging as they had to design for Nina Garcia, who is a fashion director for Marie Claire magazine. She made known to them the style she prefers,"classic with an edge." The winner would be a featured add on cabs around NYC.A lot of the designs I didn't like except for a black two-piece dress by Viktor. In the end Kimberly was the winner, she designed a gold shirt and black pants, that Nina thought could be transformed from day to night. I thought the shirt was a little snug. Julie had to leave after her creation was considered a "house coat" by Michael Kors.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Buster-The Shih-Tzu Pup.

Buster - The Shih-Tzu Pup

Buster got the go- ahead to go back to his daily walk in the park after his surgery. He gets so excited just at the mention of the word park, that he can't wait to get there. It is a twenty minute walk around the trail that he loves. Yesterday he met two new dogs Lady and Luther and made friends right off the bat.The days that it rains, he really feels like something is missing when he can't go for his daily trek.

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

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

The Snow Child (hardcover) 400 pgs.

By Eowyn Ivey
Published by: Reagan Arthur Books

Alaska 1920: A brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart- he breaking under the weight of the work on the farm; she crumbling from loniless and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone-but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. rakish- displaying a dashing,jaunty, or slightly disreputable quality or appearance.

2. modiste- one that produces, designs, or deals in women's fashions.

Taken from: Whirlwind by Cathy Marie Hake

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Here's my teaser:

Just before the boys marched off, the girls hugged and kissed Billy Boy, and one gave Minder a peck on the cheek. It burned like fire. "You have a look out for Billy Boy. He's just turned seventeen," she told him. pg. 141

Whiter Than Snow by Sandra Dallas St. Martn's Press

Called Home by Gloria Schumann- Review & Giveaway

Called Home by Gloria Schumann Review & Giveaway

When I first read the title of this book, I thought it was going to be about someone who died, but found it is a story of Emma , who was called home to help her mother, who was left a widow after her father's death. It wasn't easy for her to go back to the farm after she made her life elsewhere. She was dealing with the tragedies in her own life and wanted to get past it. Until David , who was also back in town, takes a strong liking to her and she does not approve of his advances at all. Her trust is really shattered after the man she was going to marry destroyed it. But being persistant in persuing what you want sometimes wins out. They faced together some deliberate damages done to their property by someone who was after them. I found it to be a really nice love story, that by helping each other,adversities in their lives could be conquered.

All in all:
A very nice read that moves you from page to page.


Congratulations to our winner: Sherry!

Glee- The Movie

Glee - The Movie

Loved seeing the movie Glee the other day,it was a real treat seeing a concert in 3D on the big screen. They are a very talented group of individuals, who set out to entertain you in everyway they can. Kurt is one of my favorites and he didn't disappoint as well as the others. I didn't want it to end and left the theater wanting more, it was a really great show. If you get the chance go and see it.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mailbox Monday- The Eden Prescription by Ethan Evers

Mailbox Monday

I received The Eden Prescription by Ethan Evers

297 pages
self- published

What if the ultimate treatment for cancer was closer than most of us realize? A silent revolution has been unfolding recently in the science of natural medicine, bringing us so close to the answer-far too close, for some.

Breaking Bad- tv series

Breaking Bad

Last nights show found Jesse in a weird predicament, but I think he is being played by Gus ,he is testing him to get to Walt. Walt has it on his mind to kill Gus the first chance he gets, if he can track him down.Hank is back with the case files again, as he is trying to see them in a different way. He finds an ad in the file of Gus's Chicken place. Skylar and Walt are trying to reconcile but Walt isn't ready to move back in just yet.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Project Runway- 8-11-11 show

Project Runway

Last night 's show was quite unique as the designers had to design for stilt models. They were paired up to do the challenge and some got along better than others. They didn't want anything too much like a costume, so four groups of the designers were on the bottom to be voted off. Only one person was going , so the pressure was on.They did the show in front of a live audience outside. This proved to be more nerve racking for the designers.The winning designer was Laura and the one going home was Fallene.

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

"Let's talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two(or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can"t find any, feel free to find one on the internet."

1. Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson

2. Ugly Beauty by Ruth Brandon

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

It's National book week.
The Rules:
Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th. sentence as your status.

Annilsa gasped with shock. "I will never...Peter, look at me...I will never work for Gwen Riley!"

The Eden Prescripton by Ethan Evers



Our Shih-tzu pup, Buster who just turned 7 months old is the sunshine of our lives. He was the runt of the litter and a little shy but I think he is coming out of his shell by his many antics. Buster is so smart and seems to understand what you are saying to him. I know everyone is proud of their pet and should be, but Buster would steal your heart away. He recently underwent a neuter and hernia operation and had to be a cone head for 10 days. He did amazingly well and also healed very nicely. He is a brave little guy.

Damages tv series


I started to watch Damages from the beginning and found it very addictive, wanting more. Meryl Streep plays this very ruthless and you you don't know what she is going to do next lawyer. I found the show compelling and intriguing. I didn't think it would be that good, but was pleasantly surprised.I have been watching the Dexter and Breaking Bad series on AMC and I found Damages peaks my interest also. If you happen to watch this series from the start, the first scene shown will surpise you!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Crazy Stupid Love Movie

Crazy Stupid Love

I saw this movie over the week-end and admit seeing Michael again from the Office in it, made me laugh more than once. The movie flowed with the situations that he got himself into after meeting this young cool guy at a bar who was trying to change his frumpy look and giving him advice on how to attract women. If you want a chuckle or two it is worth seeing. I am a fan of The Office, so for me, I wanted to see it even more.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

"G-D"- When you see this word, please understand that I use it to refer to something that is beyond my ability to understand well. If you are Hindu or Buddhist, you may infer a different understanding of what the word means. Please make no assumptions or pre- judgments about what I might mean by the word and instead , paint the word with your own beliefs . I think you will enjoy the story more that way.

Taken from Peace At The Edge Of Uncertainty by Neil Hanson

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

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

The Freedom Maze (hardcover) ya by Delia Sherman
258 pgs Publisher- Big Mouth House
Rel. Date: 11-15-11
Final Cover not available

Thirteen year old Sophie isn't happy about spending summer at her grandmother's old house in the Bayou. But the house has a maze Sophie can't resist exploring once she finds it has a secret and playful inhabitant. When she makes an impulsive wish, she slips 100 years into the past, to the year 1860. Once she makes her way, bedraggled and tanned, to what will one day be her grandmother's house, she is taken for a slave.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

This is my teaser:

"And don't think you're getting off scott-free either Sally," Mrs. Kenfield adds on." I'll see that Father Mickey knows the part you play in these little 86

Taken from: Good Graces By Lesley Kagen Penquin Group

Project Runway- Tv Show

Project Runway

I love to watch Project Runway with my daughter to see what challenges they have to get through in designing that week. The pressure was on when they brought the designers to the pet store and told them to buy whatever they needed to make an outfit from the materials in the store.It was very funny seeing them pasting bird seed to the material and trying to make it stay put, They came up with some pretty interesting ideas, from ripping apart a pet bed and making a top to making an out-fit from the pee-pee pads. I have to say, I don"t know how they accomplish their task in the time frame given to them.

Pawn Stars- tv show

Pawn Stars

The Pawn Stars were in our area last week-end for a show at one of the local casinos. They drew in a very large crowd, some of them waiting for hours to get into the show.Their popularity is growing due to the interesting artifacts people have in their attics and items inherited through relatives.I find learning about the history behind these items proves to be very interesting. Like they say, you don't know what is going to come through the door next.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Mailbox Monday- Good Graces by Lesley Kagen

Mailbox Monday

I received in the mail from Goldberg McDuffie Communications, Inc.

Good Graces by Lesley Kagen

A heat wave has everyone in the close-knit Milwaukee neighborhood on edge. None more so than Sally, who remains deeply traumatized by the sudden death of her father and her near escape from a murderer and molester the previous summer.Although outwardly she and her sister, Troo, are more secure, Sally's confidence in her own judgment and much of her faith have been whittled away.

Robopocolypse By Daniel H. Wilson Review & Giveaway

Robopocalypse By Daniel H. Wilson Review & Giveaway

This book to me was a futuristic and fascinating read, that will peak your interest from the beginning to the end. As the artificial intelligence Archos comes to power as he kills the man who created him. This overwhelming power takes over humanity and everything that rules our lives. It is intriguing how these robots can overtake their human friends. Archos believes humans have reached their pinnacle of their species and have created their successor. They believe that they were designed to live and we are meant to kill. And as these machines try to overtake us, we have to survive. As humans go to war their purpose is to stop these machines.

All in All:
This was not my favorite genre, but it makes you wonder in a world of such advanced technology, can machines overtake us one day?


Congratulations to our winner: Jennifer at the Book Den!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

"What is the ARC you would love to get your hands on now?"

The Touch
by Randall Wallace

Andrew Jones was once one of the few surgeons in the world to have that rare, God-given ability called The Touch. But after failing to save his young fiancée, Faith, at the scene of a car accident, Jones abandons his gift and shuns the operating room.

Lara Blair owns a Chicago-based biomedical engineering company developing a surgical tool that will duplicate precisely the movement of a surgeon’s hands, reducing or eliminating failed surgical procedures. Lara has pursued the best surgeons in the world to test this surgical tool, and all of them have failed.

As Lara pursues Jones’s skill for her project, Jones’s stubborn resistance cracks, and he begins to open up to her about the wounds that still haunt him. But when Jones discovers the urgency behind Lara’s work, he must choose to move beyond his past. As each is forced to surrender secret fears, they are bonded together through the lives of the people Jones serves and by the healing secret that Faith left behind.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Booking Through Thursday


What's the last book you were really excited to read?
Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

And were you excited about it in advance?
Yes, I was . My daughter had read it before me and what she said about it peaked my interest.

Are there any books you're excited about right now?
Well, I love historical fiction so the book The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillippi Gregory is one I am interested in reading.

Ghost Hunters International

Ghost Hunters International

The GHI team was investigating a castle in London with a dungeon inside of it. They brought many devices and stationery cameras with them ,and set them up in the rooms.The most unsettling discovery was the finding of many boxes in one of the rooms of shackles which were used to restrain prisoners and the gruesome discovery of lots of human bones and a human jaw with teeth. They also felt like something was touching them and footsteps. A very eerie place.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

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

The Touch by Randall Wallace (hardcover) 304 pgs Tyndale House Publisher

Andrew Jones was once one of the few surgeons in the world to have that rare, God given ability called the Touch. But after failing to save his young fiancee', at the scene of a car accident, Jones abandons his gift,shuns the operating room.

Release date: 9-1-11

Wondrous Words Wednesday


1. dissimulation- is a form of deception in which one conceals the truth. In the case of half truths, concealing parts.

2. disconsolate- unhappy, without comfort.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser:

"No police report showed any detection of the chemical, let alone analysis. It's just too unstable,"John said.
"We have two months until the FDA decision is due. You have to get something by then."

Pg. 138 The Eden Prescription by Ethan Evers

Grip by Nina Hamberg Review and Giveaway

Grip by Nina Hamberg Review and Giveaway

This is an honest memoir of a girl named Nina, that tells of a young girl who had to confront violence at a young age. She tries to make herself stronger as he gets older by even taking karate lessons. She is often haunted in her dreams of her past life and goes through relationships that are not freeing her from her past experiences. Her father who played an important role in her life, has to begin a new relationship with her before she can have a loving and trusting one of her own. Facing some situations that are not safe for her, doesn't make her stronger. It is a remarkable story of survival beyond terrible personal circumstances.

All in all: A story of challenges and trying to find love to get through them.I found Grip to be an interesting read.


Congratulations to our winner: Gina!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mailbox Monday- Dreamers by Margaret Murray

Mailbox Monday

In my mailbox , I received an advance copy of Dreamers by Margaret C. Murray

It's the 1960's in America at the height of the Civil Rights showdown. Street-savvy Thomas, desparate for stardom meets music student, Annie, desparate for love.