Friday, June 29, 2012

Brave The Movie

Brave    The Movie

Went to see Brave the other day with my niece's daughter who is 9 yrs old. We enjoyed this very well done movie very much. It is set in the highlands of 10th. century Scotland. Merida, the main character and very feisty , causes chaos in her kingdom, by defying an age-old custom.It is filled with action scenes and is truly worth going to see. Both children and adults would enjoy this movie.

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:  Birthday Wishes-- Blow out the candles and imagine what character could pop out of your cake... who is it and what book are they from?

I would have to say Aragorn the rightful king of Gondor played by (Viggo Mortensen) from the movie LOTR.

Daniel Armand - Adam Orser: Chronicles of Evolution - Review

My Review

This is the story of Adam Orser, whose life takes some turns from the beginning of his college life to his professional one, which he thought was going nowhere. Adam experiences an automobile accident, which leaves him in a deep coma and one dead and two people severely injured. On that same day he was going to propose to Jazmin, the woman he loved.

While he was unconscious, he was experiencing many dreams that were a metaphysical kind of reality which took him out of his own world. While he was in this coma, everyone wanted to lend a hand a help the Orser family to keep their hope alive.

Adam's experiences continued while he laid in that state of mind, he was to observe and let his heart decide. Many questions concerning existence, causality and truth come together as Adam struggles to get back to Jazmin and to a life that will ever be the same for him.

I found this book to be a very different and interesting read.

About the Book

Adam Orser: The Chronicles of Evolution

Book One in the Adam Orser Trilogy

A visitor in the celestial realm of interdimensional communication

Adam Orser seems to be a regular guy, leading a fairly successful life in Toronto as a psychologist with a loving girlfriend, Jazmin.

But there is nothing ordinary about Adam.

Fate interrupts his planned marriage proposal, and a serious car accident thrusts him into a metaphysical reality behind a deep coma that holds his physical body in check. Through an advanced system of training and evolution created by the celestial realm, Adam is called to a dangerous mission with profound implications for the world he knows, and life and death consequences for one missing nine-year old girl, who is no ordinary kidnapped child. Fantastical forces are at work on both sides of the veil between the world we recognize and those yet to be discovered.

Destiny compels Adam to freely choose the part he will play in a no-limits competition between good and evil. Questions of existence, causality, and truth converge as Adam struggles to find his way back to Jazmin and a life that will never be the same.

Price: $17.95
Release: April 2, 2012
Buy Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble


Chapter 2
The Proposition

"It’s gonna rain,” I said, looking out and up from my fourth-story office window in the Clemensdale Professional building. I was beginning to get a little “steamy” under the collar, primarily because I was not in the best of moods; but also, I had the morbid sensation that my life was very quickly heading nowhere. Apart from that, the erratic weather was going to ruin the outing Jazmin and I had planned. To be more precise, the Ontario Place visit, which Carly anxiously anticipated.

“Beatrice, do we have any more appointments scheduled for today?”

“No, Doctor, Mrs . Palmiero called and canceled her son’s four-thirty appointment.”

Naturally I thought. Why waste time and effort on a useless remedy? If Albert wasn’t ready to put away his childhood and begin accepting the challenges of adulthood, his world would still revolve around Power Rangers and Loony Tunes at sixteen or sixty-one. It’s not like I hadn’t tried reaching him. Lord knows, I’d practically exhausted my means. It’s just that every time I managed to get closer to him, he took a quick step back and built another wall defending the spot where he left behind.

“Beatrice, is Mr Towanna still scheduled for tomorrow?”

“Towanka. Yes, Doctor, he’s still scheduled for his nine o’clock.”

“Thank you, Beatrice.”

Marcel Towanka, twenty-one years old, and a construction worker by trade, was half French-Canadian, half Native Indian. He came to me one day with a very interesting proposition. According to this self-proclaimed “Dragon Chaser,” once, under the influence of drugs that helped him to “psychically travel,” he encountered a tribal ancestor known as a shaman. The grim elder warned Marcel of the dangerous path he had chosen. The shaman severely pointed out how their race was on the verge of extinction, and the young man’s negative conduct was helping to speed up the burn of their long-rooted heritage and proud millennial traditions.

That’s when this young native came to see me. He literally begged me to help him get reacquainted with his lost traits. It’s been nearly four months now since our first meeting, and I am proud—no, that’s not the right word—I am thrilled that Marcel Towanka has not consumed anything more stimulating than aspirin, or drunk anything more relaxing than herbal tea, for over two months now. As for his heritage, Marcel attends religious ceremonial rituals held biweekly on sacred conservation grounds, as well as taking part in Native Indian arts and crafts.

It is said that when a man’s future looks shaded with gloom, he should attempt turning over a new leaf. The way I see it, this young man, armed only with native courage and fueled entirely with compassion, had managed to turn over an entire season. Regarding my role in his quest for spiritual freedom, all I can say is that he is the artist, the master who, day by day, piece by piece, painstakingly chipped away at his monumental totem pole, in honor of the great warriors of the past and the ones yet to come. I, his humble assistant, merely swept away all the flying dirt and debris, clearing the path for all those who wish to come and see the work of a genius.

My time with Marcel is quickly coming to an end; although this man wishes to continue therapy, and I equally wish to continue to help him. I must honor him and let him go, for he no longer needs my help. Ironic though as it may seem, he never really did.

About the Author

Daniel Armand lives in Toronto, Ontario. His inspiration behind Adam Orser: Chronicles of Evolution originated during the summer of 1983, after a near death encounter offered an incredible insight into the obscured aspects of life, love, and the progression of the human spirit.

Daniel is currently working on the next novel of the Adam Orser saga. "I truly hope this novel will help inspire readers all over the globe, to embrace their spirituality. It is through clarity of mind and understanding that we may one day 'bloom' into harmony and unlock our limitless potential."


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Thursday, June 28, 2012

American Colony

American Colony    Meet The Hutterities

The Hutterities, brought to you by National Geographic, is a small religious colony in rural Montana, who hold desperately to their sacred traditions, while fighting the temptations of the outside world.
I came upon this program accidentally one night while I was channel surfing and was amazed at how this group of 59 people live holding tight to the age-old traditions of their ancestors. It's an intriguing look into their lives.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:   Who taught you to read?

It was so long ago, I had to really think about this one and I have to say my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. James.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My selection today is:  Have Mother Will Travel (Hardcover)
                                          By Claire & Mia Fontaine

William Morrow (publisher's)                                         Release Date :   7-17-12

Their bestselling memoir, come back, moved and inspired readers with the story of Mia Fontaine's harrowing drug addiction and her mother, Claire's, desperate and ultimately successful attempts to save her now. Determined to transform themselves and their relationship once again, the pair sets off on a 5-month around-the-world adventure.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from: Interesting Words

1. Stentorian- Very loud.

2. Threnody- A poem or song of mourning or lamentation.

3. Wizen- To shrival up; wither

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kaitlyn Davis - Simmer - Review

My Review of Simmer

In the second installment of the Midnight Fire young adult vampire series, Kira returns to Sonnyville. She is determined to learn more about her parents. It is the only thing preying on her mind despite the fact that two boys are competing for her attention. Tristan is the vampire whom she is very much in love with; while Luke is a friend, who she cares about dearly. (The vying for Kira's affection reminds me of Edward and Jacob trying to win Bella's heart in Twilight.) Yet both are there to help Kira in her quest to discover if her mother is still alive.

Diana, a vampire, is looking to destroy Kira, but Kira has a very strong power that could make her the conqueror. It is an exciting encounter when the two of them finally get together. Only Diana can tell her where her mother is and Kira has to get it out of her, before she destroys her.

This paranormal romance proves to be a page-turning journey. Join Kira on her quest to find her mother and her true love.

About the Books

Simmer: Midnight Fire Series: Book Two

Slowly, like a whisper almost blown away in the wind, two words streaked across her mind: "Kiss me."

Kira may have survived the eclipse, but her troubles are far from over. She's headed to Sonnyville with one goal in mind: to learn more about her parents. But with Luke and Tristan competing for her heart and Diana gunning for her head, time is running out on the search for her mother. And the closer Kira gets to answers, the more terrified she becomes. The conduits fear her, the vampires fear her, and Kira is starting to wonder if maybe they're right...

Simmer eBook
Price: $0.99
Release: April 4, 2012
Buy Links: Kindle, Nook, Smashwords
Other Links: Goodreads

Ignite: Midnight Fire Series: Book One

With one last look, one final search of the lines of his face for some sign, Kira turned and ran away from the sound of the man she loved laughing in the face of her death.

When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they're keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan's lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.

Ignite eBook
Price: $0.99
Release: October 9, 2011
Buy Links: Kindle, Nook, Smashwords
Other Links: Goodreads

About the Author

Kaitlyn Davis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Writing Seminars. She's been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to finally share her work with the world. She currently lives in New York City and dreams of having a cockapoo puppy of her own.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from:

The Color of Snow
by Brenda Stanley

I had given her the secret of what I feared and what had formed my life. She had the power to destroy my world by exposing my enigma, yet I felt assured she would guard it, regardless of her own doubts about its truth.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

In my mailbox this week are two (e-books):

Simmer  by Kaitlyn Davis
Kira may have survived the eclipse, but her troubles are far from over. She's headed to Sonneyville with one goal in mind : to learn more about her parents. The closer Kira gets to answers, the more terrified she becomes. The conduits fear her, and the vampires fear her.

Adam Orser  by Daniel Armand
Adam Orser seems to be a regular guy, leading a fairly successful life in Toronto as a psychologist with a loving girlfriend, Jazmin. But there is nothing ordinary about Adam.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Feature & Follow

Q: If you could "unread" a book, which one would it be? Is it because you want to start over and experience it again for the first time? or because it was that bad?

I think I would want to "unread" The Lord Of The Rings and experience it all over again for the first time. The book and movie were really a great treat that doesn't come along too often.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q: Do you have a favorite quote from a book?

My favorite all time quote is from "Gone With The Wind" when Prissy says: Lawzy, we got to have a doctor, I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies.  What is yours?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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:

Society of Feathers #1
by Emma Michaels
Publication Date: October 13, 2012

Somewhere between falling and flying...there is a girl.

Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the fa├žade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.

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Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from the book I am currently reading called: Grail Mysterium  by Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield.

Lienzo- In ethnohistory, a lienzo (Spanish for "canvas") is a sheet of cloth painted with indigenous Mesoamerican pictorial writing.

Mithtraeum- is a place of worship for the followers of the mystery religion of Mithraism.

Gasson Bells- Located on the Chestnut Hill Campus in Boston, the four large bells were named after prominent Jesuit Saints.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from:

The Color of Snow
by Brenda Stanley

“You were going to kill yourself. Why?”

Stephanie took a deep, labored sigh. “I didn’t see the point in living. My mom was dead and my dad married that crazy bitch.” She shrugged. “I don’t really fit in anywhere. Even at school, the kids hate me.”

I shook my head. “I don’t believe that. There is no reason to hate you.”

Stephanie scoffed. “You say that because you don’t know any better. You don’t know what normal is. That’s why we get along. I’m a freak, but you’ve never had any friends, so you don’t know how weird I am.” She smiled.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Killing Finale

The Killing      Finale

The final episode of season 2 proved to be a twisty hour until we finally found out " who killed Rosie Larson.?"Jaime Wright was the one who chased her through the woods and brutally beat her, stuffed her into a trunk, while Rosie's Aunt Terry put the car in drive and sent her to a watery grave, not knowing she was in the car. I hope there is a third season and look forward to a new case. I guess we will have to wait and see.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I didn't receive anything in my mailbox this week but I just started reading: The Grail Mysterium
 By Thomas Kaplan- Maxfield (for review).

It's the fall of 2010 at Jesuit-run Boston College, where senior Jack Knect has just seen a ghostly figure in long antique robes slipping into Gasson Hall, the Gothic bell tower looming over the stately campus.                                                                                                                           

Friday, June 15, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:  Happy Father's Day!  Who is your favorite dad character in a book & why?

I would  have to say Matthew from Anne Of Green Gables. This is one of my all time favorite series.
Who is yours?

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q: Have you ever bought a book, started reading it and then realized you have already read it?

That never happened to me as of yet, I usually like to keep a list of books I have already read and refer to it. Has it happened to you?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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:

Back to Bataan
by Jerome Charyn
Publication Date: July 1, 2012

Hiding out in Riverside Park after lashing out at the boy who stole his girlfriend, Jack joins ranks with a group of vagrants and is soon under the sway of a man called the Leader, a charismatic ex-convict.

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Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from The Hunger Games.

1. tesserae- a token worth one year's supply of grain for one person.

2. dystopia- an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives.

3. reaping- cut or gather; to obtain, win.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from:

The Color of Snow
by Brenda Stanley

I took a deep breath. “There is something terrible that happened a long time ago and it’s the reason Papa and I had to hide all those years.”

“Did he kill someone?” she asked, both horrified and intrigued.

“No,” I said firmly. “It’s not something we did, but something that was done to us.”

Stephanie lowered an eyebrow. “What?”

“A curse.”