Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dangerous Method The Movie

Dangerous Method The Movie

I went to see this movie which was from the 2011 Toronto Intl. Film Festival. It's a film of passion and ideas centered around two twentieth century intellectual giants, Freud and Carl Jung, his disciple. We see throughout the film how Jung's inability through psychoanalysis to keep himself from getting involved with his patients, especially a woman played by Keira Knightly. The relationship between the two men is greatly stained by Jung's affair. It's based on a book of real events and the final screen postings of what happened to these three people is really surprising. Some scenes were very raw and unsettling, but all in all an interesting film.

Gossip Girl - TV Series

Gossip Girl - The Wedding

Finally, the wedding on the show last night. Blair makes it down the aisle after much soul searching and her prince awaits her. As the vows are being said, her true feelings are being heard in the church by everyone via cell phones. She hastily runs down the aisle where Chuck is and tells him she must apologize to Louie and continue on with the wedding. They finally do get married and while dancing at the reception , Louie tells her just how it's going to be from now on. It's only going to be a convenience marriage. She is mortified and runs out and a car with Dan driving awaits her escape. Stat tuned.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Here is my teaser:

Emily waved her hands over the scars and broken tissue on Matt's arms and legs. The blood dripping down his forehead faded from sight as she gently pressed her fingers against the wound.

Taken from: Until Next Time by Amy Lignor Ya E- book

Monday, January 30, 2012

Downton Abbey- Masterpiece Theater

Downton Abbey - Masterpiece Theater

Last night's show was a sad one as William was fatally wounded and was brought back to Downton to die. A wedding was planned much to Daisy's dismay, she didn't think it was right to marry William that it was deceitful. He wanted his pension left to Daisy for her future. Right after the ceremony he died and she was left a widow. Matthew was very seriously wounded and may never walk again. Mary rushed to his side to help, while Matthew told Lavinia to go back home and forget about him and live her life. Will Mary stay with Matthew or will the promise she made to another interfere?Stay tuned.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one book in the mail last week:

The House On Becket Lane by Elizabeth Chanter (romance)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Project Runway - 1-27-11 show

Project Runway

Last night on the show , the designers had to design an outfit for Miranda Kerr and Diane Von Furstenberg, who is one of the most successful designers in the business. They only had six hours to work on their designs, so the pressure was on them. Gelato flavors served as their inspiration. Michael's satin draped gown won out and he won for the second week in a row. April 's blueberry inspired dress wasn't a hit and she was eliminated. Stay tuned.

Follow Friday

Follow Friday

Which book genre do you avoid at all costs and why?

My least favorite is probably the dystopian genre, but I have read a few in between.
I think it's because it's too far out there for me.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Buster- The Shih-tzu pup

Buster - The Shih-tzu pup

On Saturday , we got a few inches of snow and Buster was very excited to go out and frolick around in it. As he jumped around and was truly enjoying himself, I thought that he really is an outdoor dog. We also waited to celebrate his first birthday when my niece brought her two young boys over for a visit. They got a real kick out of singing to him and blowing out the candles on his cupcakes.Too bad he couldn't enjoy them as much as we did. Stay tuned.

Ghost Hunters, Taps - 1-25-11 Show

Ghost Hunters, Taps

Last night Taps investigated Hales Bar Dam and Marina which is thought to be cursed by a Cherokee Chief . Sounds of the ghosts of the dead workers trapped in the world of walls were being reported. When the North American Indians were pushed off the land for the building of the dam , the Chief is said to have cursed it. As soon as the investigation started , sounds of people walking and screaming voices are heard. Jason and Grant are creeped out by this building. When the evidence is analyzed what sounds like a native American flute and voices are heard.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

What's more Important: Good writing? or a good story?

They are both important, but sometimes good writing is the key to the storyline.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

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

How To Eat A Cupcake by Meg Donohue Release Date: 3-13-12 Wm Morrow publisher

How to eat a cupcake, explores what happens when two childhood friends, Annie and Julia, reconnect as adults and decide to open a cupcakery. But success in their new venture business venture will depend on their overcoming old betrayals, first loves and an unexpected and quite dangerous threat.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from Destination Truth by Josh Gates

1. dosimeter- Measures an individual's or an object's exposure to something in the environment.

2. sarcophagus- is a funeral receptacle for a corpse, most commonly carved or cut from stone.

3. shaloming- greetings, good day, good morning, bonjour, etc.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Downton Abbey- Masterpiece Theater

Downton Abbey - Masterpiece Theater

Another enjoyable Sunday night,as Downton Abbey gets more exciting. Lord Grantham wants Mary to forget about Sir Richard and win back cousin Matthew. Lady Grantham takes over as cousin Isobel goes elsewhere where they really have need of her. Lady Grantham discovers a secret soup kitchen as told to her by meddling Mrs. Patmore, but ends up rolling up her sleeves and helps out.Branson professes his love for Sybil and wants her to run away with him. Matthew is feared lost but soon returns to Downton just as Mary is entertaining the soldiers with her song. Ethel is let go after her indiscretion with the Major. She returns to announce that she is with child. Stay tuned.

Accidents Of Providence by Stacia Brown Post - review

Accidents Of Providence by Stacia Brown Post - Review

My Thoughts:

I found this to be a very captivating story of Rachel an unwed mother who had an affair with a married man in 1649. The consequences of her pregnancy back then was death by hanging, she was considered a public disgrace. Rachel is a simple girl, who worked as a glove maker.She hid her condition and after she gives birth and the baby dies, she ends up burying the infant to hide the evidence.The body of the baby is discovered and so is her secret. She goes to trial and prison under deplorable conditions. What happens to her is really a so called miracle, I found this book to be very interesting and definitely a page turner.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Here is my teaser:

The puzzle of whether or not information can be destroyed has a huge impact on the paranormal because if the traditional physicists are correct, then your soul does not vanish when you die, but instead becomes part of the universe. pg 224

Taken from Dark World by Zak Bagans

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I just finished reading Accidents Of Providence by Stacia M. Brown

Going to start reading The Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites

I'm also awaiting a book to be sent to me this week.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Project Runway - 1-19-12 Show

Project Runway - 1-19-12 Show

The designers on last night's show had to design a cocktail dress for Miss Piggy to wear while she's walking the red carpet, promoting her new film. As the designers were frantically putting together their outfits, they didn't seem to be having too much fun with it. A lot of them chose black where Austin and Gordana chose pink. Color would be better for Miss Piggy, I would think. Michael was the winner and Gordana lost for a dress that was very pink and pretty. Stay tuned.

Follow Friday

Follow Friday

What 's the craziest thing you've ever done to get your hands on any particular book?

This is a hard question, I never did anything really crazy, just went a little bit crazy waiting for a certain book to come out. How about you?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

" Are you ashamed of skipping parts of books?

I usually don't do that unless the book is really going into too much detail and I'm losing interest in it.

Do you skip ahead in a book?

Very rarely.

Do you feel badly about it when you do?

Not really, if the book warrants it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Desperately Wanting Wednesday

Title: Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1
Author: Amy Lignor
Expected publication: February 1st

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.

GoodReads link to Until Next Time

Glee - TV show

Glee - TV Show

Last night on Glee, Will wants to ask Emma to marry him and enlists the Glee Club to plan a special surprise to sweep her off her feet, they do it in the pool with a synchronized swimming routine. Emma accepts the proposal, so I wonder what the wedding will be like. Becky has a crush on Artie, but it doesn't work out. Finn announces that he wants to join the Army after he graduates and he asks Rachel to marry him. Stay tuned.

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

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

Waiting For Sunrise- By William Boyd -Harper Collins- Release Date: 4-17-12 304 pgs.

Lysander Rief, a young English Actor, travels to Vienna to undergo psychotheraphy. There, he becomes involved in a passionate affair, but is mystified when his lover presses rape charges against him.Escaping back to London, he tries to resume his life and clear the ordeal from his mind, but the memory continues to haunt him. Then strange events begin to unfold.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from The Funniest Words In English.

1. Bumpershoot- An umbrella.

2. Furphy- A portable water container.

3. Kerfuffle- An uproar, a mild scandal.

4.Tatterdemalion- A child in rags.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Iron Lady - The Movie

The Iron Lady - The Movie

Over the week-end , I went to see The Iron Lady and was amazed at the performance of Meryl Streep. She really did look like her and really deserved the Golden Globe she won Sunday night. Margaret Thatcher was a tough woman who stuck to her beliefs during the good and bad times. It showed that she paid the price in her life for being The Prime Minister of The United Kingdom for eleven years. I enjoyed the movie very much.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is taken from: The Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites

Buck's closeness is melting me, and I do not want to soften. I do not want to be kind to him. Pg 125.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Downton Abbey - Masterpiece Theater

Downton Abbey - Masterpiece Theater

On last night's show, Downton Abbey becomes a convalescent home for recuperating soldiers. The house becomes very busy preparing for the change and many changes the occupants have to to make, which means giving up a lot of their personal space. Surprisingly, Edith seems to be a great help with the injured soldiers and is commended by a visiting General. Thomas becomes the house manager and also becomes an acting sergeant. The Irish chauffeur of the house attempts to spill a nasty mess over the head of the visiting General at dinner but is caught just in time. Anna tracks down Bates after seeing him in the village. Stay tuned.

The Time In Between by Maria Duenas - Review -Post

The Time In Between by Maria Duenas Review- Post

This is a story of a girl Sira Quiroga ,who at the age of 12 sweeps floors to help her mother who works as a seamstress. By the age of 20 she has learned the ropes and is engaged as a modest government clerk. Her life is full of struggle and with the Civil War brewing in Madrid she goes to her one occupation that can save her, she can create beautiful clothes. She gets involved through her work in the world of espionage and political conspiracy to make this story filled with intrigue right down to the last page. It is an exciting read and not disappointing. It is a long book that you won't regret reading.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I just finished reading The Time In Between, and started Accidents Of Providence by Stacia Brown.
Since nothing appeared in my mailbox , I'm getting caught up with my reading.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Follow Friday

Follow Friday

Many readers/bloggers are also big music fans. Tell us about a few of your favorite bands/singers that we should listen to in 2012.

I'm old school so I really don't have any favorites that are around now, but I do like Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond,Kenny G, to name a few.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Buster- The Shih-tzu pup

Buster - The Shih-tzu pup

Tomorrow is Buster's birthday, he will be turning one and it seems like we just got him. He won't get too much bigger than he is now being he was the runt of the litter. He was a little peanut when we got him.He's getting smarter by the day and when you talk to him, he seems to know what you're saying. Since he is my grand-pup, I'll have to get him a cup cake with a candle on it and a doggie treat or two.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

1. What's your favorite time of day to read?
Late afternoon and evening.

2. Do you read during breakfast?

3. What's your favorite breakfast food?
French toast with bacon.

4. How many hours a day would you say you read?
About 1-2 hours.

5. Do you read more or less now then you did, say 10 yrs. ago?
I would say more.

6. Do you consider yourself a speed reader?

7. If you had any superpower, what would it be?
A powerful mind.

8. Do you carry a book with you everywhere you go?

9.What kind of book?
I like Historical Fiction.

10. How old were you when you got your first library card?
I was about 9 or 10 yrs old.

11. What's the oldest book you have in your collection?
Little Women.

12. Do you read in bed?

13. Do you write in your books?

14. If you had one piece of advice to a new reader, what would it be?
Read books that keep your interest.

15. What? have I not asked a BTT that you'd love me to ask?
Do you like reading a physical book or kindle better?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

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

The Virgin Cure (hardcover) by Ami McKay, Harper Collins publisher

Release Date: 2-15-12

I am Moth, a girl from the lowest part of Christie St., born to a slum-house mystic and the man who broke her heart.So begins The Virgin Cure, a novel set in the tenements of lower Manhattan in 1871.As a young child, Moth's father smiled, tipped his hat and walked away from her forever.The summer she turned 12, her mother sold her as a servant to a wealthy woman, with no intention of seeing her again.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from: Factacular; interesting words

1. Balter- to dance clumsily.

2. Chorizo- spicy pork sausage.

3.Didactic- intended to teach.

4.Emunctory-relating to nose blowing.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pawn Stars TV Show

Pawn Stars

I decided to watch Pawn Stars last night since it wasn't a re-run and sometimes I find it interesting to see what the people want to pawn or sell. A man did bring in an old book and said it was a first edition of Henry David Thoreau. Chum-lee spoke up and said he read the book , and after quizzing him about it , they found out that he was right. The expert came in to look the book over and said the good news was that if it was it would be worth around $25,000. The bad news was it was an English edition and not as rare and it sold for $100.Many other items were brought in, but this was my favorite of the night.

Teaser Tuesday

Tuesday Tuesday

My teaser for today is taken from: Lifting The Wheel Of Karma by Paul H. Magid

"Remember? I've never seen dad so mad then or since. I still don't know what he was madder about, us shooting up a hundred perfectly good bottles or taking his shotgun without his permission", Joseph said. pg. 35.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Downton Abbey - Post

Downton Abbey- Masterpiece Theater

Last night the return of Downton Abbey returned for its second season and was both intriguing and everything you might wish for.World War 1 has been going on for two years and there is tension between the fighting men and the men at home.Matthew returns on a short leave and announces he is engaged to a girl he met in London. Mary is definitely surprised and you could see she is shocked and is still in love with him.Poor Anna is heartbroken as Mr. Bates has to go off with his ex-wife after she threatens to blackmail him.Due to the overfilled hospitals, Downton is turned into a rehabilition home. A lot went on in the two hours and I enjoyed every minute .

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I didn't receive anything in the mail this past week, but I am currently trying to finish reading The Time In Between. What did you get?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Buster- The Shih-tzu pup

Buster The Shih-tzu-pup

Since the Christmas tree was put away and the lights and decorations, Buster, was sort of looking around for them. I guess he felt the way everyone did that where did it all go. Since the weather was very, very cold here, his trips outdoors had to be limited. Buster longs for his daily walks on the trail in the warm sunshine, but in a few more months it will be spring again, and it can't come soon enough.

Follow Friday

Follow Friday

Go count the number of unread books sitting on your shelf. How many?

I would say probably 30 , not a definite number.

It's hard to keep up with them all, especially when the book I am reading now is a little over 600 pages.

Paul H. Magid - Lifting the Wheel of Karma - Giveaway & Author Interview

My thanks to Paul H. Magid for stopping by Tribute Books Mama for an author interview during the blog tour for his book, Lifting the Wheel of Karma.


Leave a comment with your email address to win a FREE paperback of Lifting the Wheel of Karma. There will be 3 winners. Giveaway ends 1/31/12.

1. How does your book appeal to women?
I have found that women find appealing the deeply emotional component to my novel. It is a story of finding a way to heal by overcoming tragedy and extreme adversity, with the support and love of his family. It is also a tale of spiritual discovery and insight on the wings of forgiveness and redemption.

2. How does your book appeal to men?
Men, it would seem by nature, are not as attuned to emotional elements, but rather in my novel's case, to the universal journey of understanding and enlightenment.

3. How does your book appeal to teenagers and those in their 20s?
The spiritual journey is a universal experience, and I believe this applies to people of all ages, including teenagers and those in their 20s.

4. How does your book appeal to those who are middle aged?
Everyone questions the path they are on in this life, and those who are middle aged know they are halfway through the journey of life, which naturally and instinctively leads to trying to figure out the journey.

5. How does your book appeal to the elderly?
The elderly have had by far the most experience in pursuing meaning in life and the spiritual questions and answers that are posed in my novel may very well resonate strongly with them.

6. In your mind, who is the ideal reader of your book?
The ideal reader for my novel is everyone who is curious about the journey, purpose, and meaning of life. Everyone who enjoys an extraordinary story will find a great connection to my novel.

About the Book
Lifting the Wheel of Karma

Book Details:
Price: $15.00 paperback, $9.99 Kindle
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Publisher: Point Dume Press
Published: September 2011
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780984016068
Genre: Fiction, Spirituality
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle

A Profound Spiritual Journey of Extraordinary Healing and Redemption - a modern tale that harkens back to the myths of antiquity. It takes you on a remarkable journey, while exploring the themes of healing, redemption, forgiveness, sacrifice, and ultimately...peace within.

Joseph Connell is a gifted high school athlete from Montana, loved deeply by his family, yet tormented by nightmarish visions he can neither explain nor escape.

He believes the answer to what threatens to crush him can be found in the knowledge possessed by a mystical old wise man, who lives deep within the remote Himalayas of India.

If Joseph is ever to find the peace he so desperately seeks, he must get this wise old man to reveal what he truly knows, but that will not be easy…for this sage knows far more than he admits.

About the Author
Paul H. Magid

Paul H. Magid started writing his debut novel, LIFTING THE WHEEL OF KARMA, twenty-five years ago while still in high school. It took him so long to complete because he tried repeatedly to abandon it, but the work refused to be forsaken. Eventually he realized that sharing this story with the world was, in fact, his Dharma.

Along the way he has worked as a Wall Street financial analyst, a waiter (not a very good one), a Hollywood Agent Trainee, a real estate developer, a summer day camp director, an award winning screenwriter, and independent filmmaker—including his autobiographical film, A LIFE UNFINISHED, which screened in The Hamptons International Film Festival.

Connect with Paul:
Web Site
Facebook (book)
Facebook (author)

About the Tour

Tribute Books Blog Tours

Lifting the Wheel of Karma Blog Tour Site

Tour Participants:

January 1 (review)
Dad of Divas

January 2 (review)
Crazed Mind

January 3 (review)
Minding Spot

January 4 (review)
Live to Read

January 5 (review)
vvb32 reads

January 5 (author interview)
You Gotta Read Reviews Guest Blog

January 6 (review)
Tic Toc

January 6 (author interview)
Tribute Books Mama

January 8 (review)
Red Adept Reviews

January 9 (author interview)
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

January 10 (review)
My Favorite Things

January 10 (review)
Knits & Reads

January 10 (review)
Adventures of Frugal Mom

January 11 (author interview)
The Book Connection

January 12 (review)
Book Dragon's Lair

January 13 (review)
Bibliophilic Book Blog

January 13 (review)
Concert Katie

January 14 (review)
My Tower of Books

January 15 (review)
Cheryl's Book Nook

January 16 (review)
Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways

January 17 (guest post)
CMash Loves to Read

January 18 (review)
Community Bookstop

January 18 (review)
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

January 19 (guest post)
Community Bookstop

January 20 (guest post)
Splashes of Joy

January 21 (guest post)
A Bookalicious Story

January 23 (review)
The True Book Addict

January 23 (review)
Proud Book Nerd

January 24 (guest post)
Proud Book Nerd

January 26 (guest post)
Ascroft, eh?

January 27 (review)
Whispering Winds Book Reviews

January 28 (review)
Scorpion Stalking Duck

January 29 (author interview or guest post)
The Plot Thickens

January 30 (review)
Celtic Lady's Reviews

January 31 (author interview or guest post)
The Character Connection

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

If you could sit down and interview anyone, who would it be?

I would have to say off the top of my head the British author J.K. Rowling.

What would you ask her?

How did the idea of Harry Potter come to her?

How did she keep the storyline going for all seven novels?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

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

Until Next Time By Amy Lignor

An ebook 1st. Edition Release date: 2-1-12 by Tribute Books

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the "life" they 've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

FINAL SNEAK PEEK of Chapter Twenty of the young adult ebook "The Priest and the Peaches" - NOW AVAILABLE

A final sneak peek of chapter twenty of The Priest and the Peaches - a young adult ebook release from Tribute Books by Larry Peterson


buy links

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Beatrice Amon and the Peaches

Teddy said uneasily, “Well look, Father. I can't help but think that all Miss Amon did by calling the cops was cause a whole bunch of trouble for all of us—even you.”

The priest’s exasperation with the young man's remarks was obvious. “Oh really? That's what you think, is it? Did you listen to one word I just said? Did you?”

Now Teddy was unnerved. When Father Sullivan got angry he seemed to grow two feet in height. He became very intimidating, especially for an 18 year old who knew him since the third grade. “Yes, Father, I was listening.”

“No, Teddy, you weren’t. You were too busy thinking about how much you don't like Miss Amon. Your pride has gotten in the way of your faith. L-Y-N, remember? Time to move on, Teddy. Miss Amon is not the mean-spirited person you think she is. In fact, none of you really know anything about her, do you? Now, you’re going to have to take this pride of yours and stuff it in your back pocket and sit on it. The fact is, you owe Miss Amon something.”


Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad's funeral.

They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of "grown-up world." A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.