Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from:


The Color of Snow
by Brenda Stanley

“Hmm. If you have the power to kill people, then let’s work on how we can use it to bump off my stepmother!” She fell back against the soft forest floor in wicked laughter.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Reading:  The Circle Of Shadows  By: Keith Heim

It is the late 1940's, and Steve Bowman, a fifteen-year-old Nebraska farm boy who has run away from his abusive father, finds himself a small Alabama town with only the clothes on his back. When an elderly woman befriends him, he moves into a dilapidated shed in her backyard and sets about fashioning a new identity.

Friday, July 27, 2012



Q: Summer Reading: What was your favorite book that you were requested to read when you were in school?

I don't think as far as I can remember that we had to read certain books, but my favorite book would have to be Little Women.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Brenda Stanley - The Color of Snow - Guest Post & Giveaway

About the Book

Can a troubled young girl reenter society after living in isolation?

When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.

Guest Post

The Color of Snow has been described as dark or mysterious. I feel most of my writing fits this description because I enjoy looking at the strange and unusual things in life. My novel will definitely make some people uncomfortable. I like to look at situations and issues and try to figure out how people will react. For years I was a crime reporter, so I enjoy investigating stories and learning about the parts of life most people try to hide. When I wrote The Color of Snow, I was working on a story about a young girl who went missing years ago and has never been found. I started thinking about what would happen if she were to suddenly show up now. I loved putting myself in Sophie’s shoes and seeing things for the first time.

Sophie’s relationship with Damien is both intense and tempered. Her father has raised her to believe that she will destroy anyone who truly loves her, so she is torn between her love for Damien and her fear of causing him harm.

The story changes between what is going on with Sophie and what happened in her parent’s past that brought her to where she is. I wanted readers to experience the often isolated feeling of living in a vast rural area, but also the mental confinement of a small town.

Mental illness, teen pregnancy, religious intolerance, and racism are all big parts of The Color of Snow. I like my characters to face challenges and see them grow from them. It is not only the conflicts with the other characters that keeps the story going, but also those within the person’s own mind.


Click here to read an excerpt.

The Color of Snow can be purchased at:

Price: $2.99-$4.99 ebook
ISBN: 9780983741893, 9781476172309
Pages: 413
Release: June 1, 2012

About the Author

Brenda Stanley is former television news anchor and investigative reporter for the NBC affiliate in Eastern Idaho. She has been recognized for her writing by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Hearst Journalism Awards, The Idaho Press Club and the Society for Professional Journalists. She is a graduate of Dixie College in St. George, Utah and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She is the mother of 5 children, including two sets of twins. Brenda and her husband Dave, a veterinarian, live on a small ranch near the Snake River with their horses and dogs.

Connect with Brenda:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

About the Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Damages 7-25-12 Episode


Last night on Damages, Ellen finds out that her mother has taken a job at a local drug store. She confronts her mother while she's at work, but she says she likes working there. Ellen knows something is wrong and she's probably right because she comes to Ellen's apartment in the middle of the night very upset. Ellen tries to get the daughter of the suicide victim dismissed as not a reliable witness in the  upcoming trial. During the last 20 minutes of the interview much to Patty's surprise she finds something to discredited the witness.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday


Do you have a favorite season of the year that you read more? (ex: during snow storms, rainy weather, or sunny and warm weather).

My reading stays the same no matter what the weather is like, but during a snow storm it's nice to cuddle up and read a book.

Where is your favorite place to read? on the beach, inside/outside.

My favorite place to read is in my living room, on a nice comfortable chair.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My selection for today is:      The Wild Princess       By: Mary Hart Perry     Pub.  Harper Collins
Release Date:  7-31-12

To the court and subjects of Queen Victoria, young princess Louise was the "wild one". Proud and impetuous, she fought the constraints placed on her and her brothers and sisters, dreamed of becoming an artist, and broke with the three hundred old tradition by marrying outside of the privileged circle of European royals.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Taken from:  Funny Words

1. Allegator- Someone who alleges.

2. Bowyang- A strap that holds the pants legs in place.

3. Canoodle- To hug and kiss.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley Review-Post

The Color of Snow    by Brenda Stanley       Review-Post

This is a fascinating story about a girl named Sophie, who was hidden away since birth by her father who believes she has inherited a curse past down in the family. His mother, Theta, Sophie's grandmother is the one that gave it to her family.
After she finally gets her freedom from the only way of living she knows, because her father is sent to jail, Sophie is sent to live with her mother's parents, the Richardsons. Her mother died when she was born.
Damien is a boy that she met while she was hidden away in seclusion and was kept a secret from her father. She falls in love with him, but many circumstances prevent them from being together.
While she is living with her grandparents, Stephanie, her cousin tries to help her see the light by trying to convince her that she is not cursed.
It's an intriguing story of how she finds out about her father's family and how she intends to cope with it and go on with her life.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from:


The Color of Snow
by Brenda Stanley

I thought about the mirrors. I remembered the expression on Damien’s face when he realized all the mirrors in my house had been taken down or destroyed. I still had aversions to them, and rarely gave in to the temptation. They were everywhere at my grandparents’ home, but I did my best to avoid them, knowing that God watched and judged what I did.

L.M. Preston - Flutter of Luv - Review

My Review

Flutter of Luv is a cute short story told in episodes about a young teenage girl named Dawn, who is very much a tomboy and a boy named Tony, a handsome football player. They are complete opposites that happen to form a friendship by hanging out together. It was love at first sight for Dawn, who never thought he would be interested in a girl who wore braces and glasses. Tony appreciated their growing friendship and liked her very much. She was different from any other girl he knew. He became her staunch ally, when the others were teasing her about being a tomboy.

It's a Cinderella story for Dawn as she wins the heart of her prince. As their lives separate towards the end of high school, when Tony moves out of town, she is devastated but moves on to other friendships, but not like the one she had with him.

As fate would have it, they come back into each other's lives just before Dawn starts college. It is a story of liking someone, for not the way they look to other people, but how they relate to you. It's about not caring about what others think, but following your heart.

It was a short, but inspiring, story of a strong friendship that grew into much more. I enjoyed reading it, as will many fans of the YA genre.

About the Book
Dawn, the neighborhood tomboy is happy to be her best friend’s shadow. Acceptance comes from playing football after school with the guys on the block while hiding safely behind her glasses, braces and boyish ways. But Tony moves in, becomes the star running back on her school’s team and changes her world and her view of herself forever.

Price: $0.99
Release: June 1, 2012
Buy Link: Kindle
Other Links: Goodreads

About the Author

L.M. Preston loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. She worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. Her passion for writing science fiction was born under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds feeds her creation of multiple series for Middle Grade and Young Adult readers thirsty for an adventure. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

Links to connect with L.M.:
Web Site
Facebook #1
Facebook #2


About the Blog Tour

Flutter of Luv blog tour site
Tribute Books Blog Tours

Monday, July 23, 2012

Buster The Shih-Tzu Pup

Buster     The Shih- Tzu Pup

Buster has been taking trail walks the past few Saturdays and so far he has experienced six of them close to the area in which we live. He really gets excited, when he knows he is going on a new trail because it means a longer walk. He's a smart dog, who loves to walk.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

This week I received two books in the mail:

Dead Ringer  by Allen Wyler    from: Bluedot Literary
Pittsburgh Landing by Robert Burns Clark   from: Susan Swartzman publicity

Friday, July 20, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:  Christmas in July! Someone gives you a gift card for two books ( whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?

I would probably buy: The Color Of Snow by Brenda Stanley and Spectral by Shannon Duffy

Molly Best Tinsley and Karetta Hubbard - Satan's Chamber - Author Interview

About the Book

He was a crack CIA operative, who vanished from the streets of Khartoum, Sudan.

And he was her father.

She followed him into the Agency’s National Clandestine Service, and now despite her junior status, she gets the assignment she covets: Khartoum.

From the minute Victoria Pierce arrives in-country, nothing is what it seems.

The one-eyed Kendacke, descendant of the first female black pharaohs, is a fugitive in her own land. Bart Wilkins, the buff but bumbling supply officer at the Embassy, keeps turning up one step ahead. The super-rich Adam Marshall has information, but it comes with strings attached.

Whom can she trust as she begins to uncover the pieces of a horrific plan? Thus the mystery begins.

Author Interview with Molly Best Tinsley and Karetta Hubbard

1. How does your book appeal to women?
Satan’s Chamber foregrounds a team of incredible women spanning three generations. There’s our protagonist, Victoria “Tory” Pierce, a junior CIA operative posted to Sudan. A champion high-hurdler and whiz kid in school, she carries a lot of pain over the loss of her heroic father, whose footsteps she followed into the Agency. The novel is her story, her transformative arc, so she begins in relative naivete and learns from her mistakes. Flanking her are two older women with more experience and achievement under their belts. They support her, but one of the lessons Tory must learn is how to accept this support.

In Sudan, Tory encounters the indomitable descendant of a line of female pharaohs, Kendacke. This woman is taking on the homicidal central government of the country, attempting to save and unite the persecuted tribal populations. Keeping tabs on Tory from the States is Maud Olson, Director of Intelligence at the Agency, who has risen to the top of a sexist bureacracy with her integrity intact. Smart, stunning, and gifted in her own way, each woman is willing to place herself in harm’s way for a greater good and comes out a winner.

2. How does your book appeal to men?
Admittedly, our villains happen to be men, but, hey, they are strong-willed, ingenious characters even though despicable. The assistant to one of them is highly sympathetic. Even though he finds himself on the wrong side morally, he suffers pangs of conscience, and when he has the opportunity to do the right thing effectively, he does it. The male characters as a whole are also more ambiguous, and to discuss them in specific terms may give away crucial twists in the plot. Suffice to say, Tory particularly must decide which ones to believe, and she is not the wisest of judges.

3. How does your book appeal to teenagers and those in their 20s?
Any younger person who loves the thriller genre will truly enjoy Satan’s Chamber. Tory is a twenty-something, and we know of two teen-agers who gave the book a glowing report. Individuals beginning their careers will identify with Tory’s insecurities, understand her struggle to grow up emotionally, and fast, as she faces high stakes challenges and navigates the unknown.

4. How does your book appeal to those who are middle aged?
There is a torn-from-the-headlines verity to Satan’s Chamber that will appeal to any readers who are either abreast of the news geopolitically, or would like to be. As Washington, DC, residents for over 30 years, we bring readers the gray corridors of the real CIA, the opulence of the real Metropolitan Club, the funkiness of the real Vienna Inn. Furthermore, Jebel Barkal really is a sacred mountain in Sudan, where our friend and real-life archaeologist Tim Kendall is excavating the ruins of an ancient temple. This gritty accuracy will appeal to the mature reader, as will the very plausible, world-threatening plot that Tory Pierce uncovers.

5. How does your book appeal to the elderly?
We don’t want to stereotype people according to age too simplistically, but perhaps the thread of the story that a senior reader might find satisfying is that attached to the Sudanese leader Kendacke, the majestic, spiritual visionary who’s made it her mission to save and unite the victimized people of Sudan. It is the endurance of her character that promises hope and light in spite of the forces of greed, corruption, and betrayal around her.

6. In your mind, who is the ideal reader of your book?
Anyone 16 and older who enjoys history and appreciates the complexity of geopolitics and loves solving mysteries and is curious about human character and wants safely to visit an exotic, dangerous country, via the imagination!!


Satan's Chamber can be purchased at:
Fuze Publishing

Price: $19.95 hardcover, $14.95 paperback, $5.99 ebook
ISBN: 9780984141203
Pages: 294
Release: August 2009

About the Authors

Air Force brat Molly Best Tinsley taught on the civilian faculty at the United States Naval Academy for twenty years and is the institution’s first professor emerita. Author of My Life with Darwin (Houghton Mifflin) and Throwing Knives (Ohio State University Press), she also co-authored Satan’s Chamber (Fuze Publishing) and the textbook, The Creative Process (St. Martin’s). Her fiction has earned two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sandstone Prize, and the Oregon Book Award. Her plays have been read and produced nationwide. She lives in Oregon, where she divides her time between Ashland and Portland.


As a businesswoman and entrepreneur, Karetta Hubbard has more than twenty-five years of experience in consulting, strategic management, and organizational change for companies throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. Having recently turned to literary endeavors, Ms. Hubbard credits her five grandchildren as her inspiration and encouragement to put pen to paper.

As an active member of the Washington, DC community, Ms. Hubbard has held appointments at the Small Business Advisory Council (SBA), the Tyson Business and Professional Women Foundation (BPW), and the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. Ms. Hubbard attended the University of Virginia and received her B.A. degree from George Mason University. She also attended Catholic University’s Graduate School in Social Work.

Connect with Molly and Karetta:
Satan's Chamber Web Site
Satan's Chamber Goodreads
Fuze Publishing Web Site
Fuze Publishing Blog
Fuze Publishing Facebook
Fuze Publishing Twitter

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Damages TV Series

Damages     TV Series

In this season, Patty and Ellen go up against each other in court as they take on a high profile case. Ellen going out on her own needs this case to make herself known. Patty is up to her old tricks as she connives to get what she wants and is always one step ahead of Ellen. It is an interesting battle of wits as the show provides many surprises. Stay tuned.

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Series Or Stand Alone?

I prefer stand alone, It's very rare I can get into a series. I believe it's on to the next book and new characters.

Diana M. Raab - Listening to Africa - Spotlight

About the Book

Poet Diana M. Raab travels to the heart of Africa with her family to experience the beauty and fascination of another world. During her safari, she observes the distress, the delight, and the dignity of the humans and animals who live there and parallels them with her own quest for health.


48-Hour Travel

Should you decide
to take a safari here
you might want to consider
packing some meager comforts of home,
even though they will do little
to protect you from
such haunting newness.
But still, take a two-day supply of patience,
ear plugs, sleeping pills, a few good books,
a thick journal and a pound of prevention,
the comprehensive pill bag
with compartments for each ail.
If you plan on foreign intimacy,
don’t rely on public bathrooms
to supply your protection—
be prepared with your own custom size.
For game rides, snatch volumes
of insect repellant and sunscreen
and a wrinkled ribbed hat,
to shield your neck
from the last blow
of the jungle’s sunset
in this place which will
remind you of the reason for living.

Digestive Paranoia

All drinks and foods
echo travelogue warnings,
specified by tropical disease doctors
written with daunting stories
of the perils of lifelong parasites
and flat admonishments
about this disease-infested land.
I reflect upon the Aztecs and Indians
decimated by steel and germs
and I fear the revenge of the aborigines
passed out invisibly during handshakes,
while my latent cancer cells
which I carry in my mind and marrow,
must never be awakened
under the stars of this dark continent.
I slip through my day
and suckle from sealed bottles
with an ongoing digestive paranoia.

Mischievous Monkeys

This morning as I sat reading my book
inside the empty breakfast tent,
my eyes caught some stirrings
on a buffet of exotic cheeses.
A family of funny monkeys
from a neighboring tree were tempted
by this edible fermentation, as they
sprang themselves onto
the decorated elongated table.
I stood up and tip-toed in their direction.
After another monkey spotted me
and stared deep into my green eyes,
warning me to leave, he tossed
himself onto a nearby branch,
cheese dangling from his primate mouth.
The hostess announced her presence
and clapped them away while another rascal
dropped slippery green grapes to the ground
and scurried up yet another tree.
He glanced back at me like a naughty child
who understands a forehead
written with punishment,
like the one given to my children
during their own mischievous moments.
Here in this African jungle,
I do not want to be a parent—
all I want to do is chuckle
and slowly sip my coffee
and skip along with my day.


Disease Dance

While traveling this continent,
my safari pants’ pockets
brim with Western remedies
to fend off threatened diseases
as germs and parasites conspire against me
within the waters and dense canopies.
We breathe and touch
strange sleeping and sucking ails,
unknown and unspeakable
on every fearsome occasion.
I reach down for the disinfectant
but do not want to touch the spot
laden with lurking dangers.
Under my breath I give thanks
to all the scientists who stand single file
awaiting kudos for their
germ-killing chemicals
nestled between me and the fatal demons.

Dung Beetles

It is an early Botswana morning
and the dew clings to the mellow marsh.
Through our binoculars
we scan for animals, while our driver
points down to dung beetle tracks.
As a city girl, I see only a bare swamp,
until this round tennis-ball-size
mound of mud transports itself
across a closed concave path.
While my naked eyes morph into magnifiers,
the beetle pushes along, as his female
clings for life onto the perimeter of this ball
of elephant dung once mistaken for mud.
Mr. Dung rolls his straight school ruler’s edge line,
and he advances as fast as he can.
As he propels forth his breeding ground,
I wonder what it might look like
if I rolled my king-sized bed up Fifth Avenue
during my own mating season.

Departure Morning

As we gather our belongings
hunched over suitcases
set for the trip home, I glance
down at my five pairs of safari shorts,
warm wool socks and rain jackets
and wonder about their future use.
At breakfast we hear our guide
speak of once-a-month ten dollar bus rides
to visit families, and my heart
bleeds into his story
as I realize how there is really little we can do
to redress his life here in Zimbabwe
where houses are vandalized, burned
and run down and where natives
labor long hours for food
or clothing and where currency
holds no meaning.
I march to my tent and grab
the laundry basket hidden beneath my bed
to pile my safari clothes, folded in neat piles.
I tromp up the hill grasping its handles
to tell our guide that my stuff is for his people.
He turns around and hugs me tight
and with a shattered sense of love says,
“You made me a spiritual millionaire!”—
And I feel my blood bubble with joy.

Trip Summary

You can have the Bahamas, Figi, and Belize.
You can have Club Med and Pebble Beach Golf Resort.
Now, the only place that tugs me is a
faraway world with hidden surprises,
where barefoot young pilots
land and take off on short gravel runways
as sweat drips from my brow of curiosity.
So return the fluffy softened towels,
perfumed personally wrapped soaps,
roll-on suitcases and collapsible luggage racks
and take in nature singing at sunrise,
lighting the dance of barefoot smiling maids
lugging buckets of homemade detergents
down long winding wooden paths,
fresh-baked breads and open markets.
They will bestow you with memories
guaranteed to make you weep, even
if you live your time there in unforgettable fear.


Listening to Africa can be purchased at:
Antrim House
Price: $16.00 paperback
ISBN: 9781936482184
Pages: 80
Release: April 18, 2012

About the Author

Diana M. Raab is a memoirist, essayist and poet. She has a B.S. in Health Administration and Journalism, and an RN degree from Vanier College in Montreal, in addition to an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Spalding University’s Low-Residency Program.

Diana has been writing from an early age. As a child of two working parents, she spent a lot of time crafting letters and keeping a daily journal. A journaling advocate and educator, Diana teaches creative journaling and memoir in workshops around the country. She frequently speaks and writes about the healing powers of writing.

She’s the award-winning author of eight books, and the author of over 500 articles and poems. Her release is Writers on the Edge: 22 Writers Speak About Addiction and Depression, co-edited with James Brown, which is a compilation of essays by renowned writers discussing how addiction has influenced their literary lives. She is also editor of Writers and Their Notebooks, a collection of essays written by well-known writers who keep journals.

Raab is the author of two memoirs, Regina's Closet: Finding My Grandmother's Secret Journal, winner of the 2008 National Indie Excellence Award for Memoir and Healing With Words, the 2011 Mom's Choice Award Winner for Adult Nonfiction.

She is also a registered nurse who teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and at various writing workshops across the country. She is the author of four poetry collections, My Muse Undresses Me (2007); Dear Anais: My Life in Poems for You (2008), winner of The Reader Views Award and an Allbooks Review Editor's Choice Award; The Guilt Gene (2009); and Listening to Africa (2012).

Her poetry and prose have appeared in national journals and anthologies such as Rattle, Rosebud, Litchfield Review, Tonopah Review, Writers' Journal, A Cafe in Space, the Toronto Quarterly, Common Ground Review, The Smoking Poet, Snail Mail Review, New Mirage Journal, Lucidity, Blood and Thunder, Jet Fuel Review, Ascent, and The Huffington Post.

Links to connect with Diana:
Web Site
Tribute Books Blog Tour Site

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My selection for today is:

Gilded Wings: The Angel Chronicles, Book 2   
by Amy Lignor     

Publishing Date: 11-01-12
Tribute Books

Cover Reveal
Coming soon to Novel d'Tales - stay tuned for more information.

Title - Gilded Wings
Thank you to all the fans that voted for the title of Book 2.
By a whopping 73%, the winner is Gilded Wings!

Goodreads To-Read List
Click here to add Gilded Wings (coming November 1, 2012) to your Goodreads to-read list.


Thank you to everyone who downloaded Until Next Time, The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 during last week's free Kindle event (nearly 17,000 copies!) allowing the ebook to break into the Kindle Top 100.

Amazon Kindle link

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

These are taken from Interesting Words:

1. Senescence- Growing old or aging.

2. Penultimate- Next to last.

3. Uxorious- Extremely submissive to one's wife.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from:


Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1
by Amy Lignor

His gaze was that brilliant horizon that kept her steady so she never got lost in the wide majesty of the stars, or the treacherous depths of the ocean.

Thank you to everyone who downloaded Until Next Time during last week's free Kindle event (nearly 17,000 copies!) allowing the ebook to break into the Kindle Top 100.

Amazon Kindle link

Monday, July 16, 2012

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad      

Breaking Bad returned last night for it's fifth and final season. Walt had to destroy evidence left on Gus's laptop. He couldn't walk into the police station, so he gets a giant magnet and sets it up in back of a van, which they pull along side the station. It works and soon the laptop is in a pile of damaged evidence.But a bank account routing number is found behind a smashed picture frame. Skyler is terrified of Walt after she finds out he killed Gus. Stay tuned.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

In my mailbox today is:  The Red Serpent Trilogy  By: Rishabh Jain and Delson Armstrong

The Red Serpent Trilogy presents a highly evolved vampire to fear: cold, and callous, powerful and dangerous, possessed by mystic promises and destroyed only by silver. It is the year 2021- the human world has degraded, it's inhabitants unworthy of the supernatural gifts bestowed upon them.

Part of the Tribute Books blog tour on September 25th.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:  What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?

Actually, my daughter got me interested and started on doing a blog and she also did a great job in designing it for me. I enjoy doing it on a daily basis.

Hillary E. Peak - Wings of Hope - Review

About the Book

The letter said he was dying, that’s all Jules Weinstein knows when she leaves her life in San Francisco and moves to New York City to be with her father. She goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope is a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life. Little does she know that by getting to know her father, she will find herself. While her father struggles with whether his life was meaningful, Jules discovers that her father’s last gift to her is the ability to reach for her dreams. Her journey teacher her that “the goodbye” is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life.

My Review

This is a story of familial love. A father/daughter relationship is renewed after Jules gets a phone call from her dad. He has only months to live due to a brain tumor. He wants her to come and spend his remaining time with him because he he has a lot of personal things that he wants to share with her. Jules quits her job and leaves everything behind to honor her father's wishes.

They share many precious moments together, as he tells her things from when he was young. This is the first time Jules hears about many of these experiences since he was always so busy when she was growing up. He knows that she has a great interest in becoming a fashion designer, and he insists that she pursue this dream in order to find happiness.

They make a trip to Paris, where Jules meets Jacques. She falls in love with Jacques, and her father encourages her to follow the path she always wanted for herself.

It is a great story of finding your true self and accepting death as a part of life. A sad, but eye-opening story, of love and acceptance. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wings of Hope.


Wings of Hope can be purchased at:

Price: $9.99 paperback, $2.99 ebook
ISBN: 9781466312197
Pages: 226
Release: December 2011

About the Author

Hillary Peak is a recovering idealist. She became a lawyer to change the world and is still somewhat shocked that didn't occur. Now, her goal is to retire from practicing law and write novels that people love. She is currently a practicing attorney in the District of Columbia. She lives with her family in Alexandria, VA.

Connect with Hillary:
Web Site
Tribute Books Blog Tour Site

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:  What book(s) have you read that you're secretly ashamed to admit.

I guess being older, it probably would be the Twilight series.

The Queen's Vow by C.W. Gortner Review-Post

The Queen's Vow    by C.W. Gortner     Review-Post

This is a fascinating story of Isabella, who at a very young age was taken from her mother's home to live with their half- brother King Enrique, so he could have them under his watchful eye. At the age of seventeen she finds herself heiress of Castile, the largest kingdom in Sppain. She marries the man she loves although forbidden to her, Prince of Aragan, Fernando and they unite their two realms under one crown.
After many pregnancies to produce a male heir, she has only one son and the rest are daughters. She also endures many years of conflict and wars to get to her goal.
She was truly a visionary, who sends Columbus to discover the New World and the champion of her faith. A remarkable story of a Queen who overcame all odds.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Buster The Shih-Tzu Pup

Buster    The Shih-Tzu Pup

On Saturday it was so hot and very humid, we decided to take Buster to the drive-in in the evening. The Amazing Spiderman was playing, not one of my favorites but it was good to be a little cooler at least. As we sat outside on chairs that we brought from home, Buster seemed to enjoy watching the big screen and stayed relaxed. He amazes me.

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My selection for today is:

The Great Escape   by: Susan Elizabeth Phillips     Publishing Date: 7-10-12   Wm. Morrow Publisher

Where do you run when your life has fallen apart? Lucy Jorik is a champ at never embarrassing the family she adores- not surprising , since her mother is one of the most famous women in the world. But now Lucy has done just that, and on her wedding day, no less, to the most perfect man she's ever known.Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. irresistible, Lucy flees the church.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from the book:      The Queen's Vow     by: C.W. Gortner

1. Majestad- is the Spanish word for your majesty, her majesty.

2. Curative- serving or tending to cure, a remedy, something that cures.

3. Ocher- an earthy usually red or yellow often impure iron ore used as a pigment.

4. Meseta- "inner plateau" the high plains of central Spain.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from:


Back to Bataan
by Jerome Charyn

“Darling,” Mama said, “what’s wrong?”

I couldn't tell her how I lost a fiancée, because she would have figured I was insane.

“Mama, I’m blue...that's all.”

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

The Color Of Snow  (Kindle  Edition)    by: Brenda Stanley

A beautiful 16 yr old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage - like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley.

Also in my mailbox I received:

Circle Of Shadows   By: Keith Heim
From: Author Solutions

Dead End Deal    By: Allen Wyler
from: Blue Dot Literary

Janiera Eldridge - Soul Sisters - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. How does your book appeal to women?
Soul Sisters was written specifically for women who like strong heroines. Both Dana and Ani are strong, passionate women in their own ways. There are great fashions, locations and plenty of drama that keep female readers glued to the pages.

2. How does your book appeal to men?
There are also some very strong male leads that I think men can relate to. There are some great action scenes for them to enjoy as well. The second book in The Soul Sisters trilogy: Dark Expectations has even more action and men will enjoy that book even more!

3. How does your book appeal to teenagers and those in their 20s?
Teenagers will love the exciting and drama filled life that Dana and Ani live. The girls don’t live like rock stars but they love to have a good time for sure.

4. How does your book appeal to those who are middle aged?
Middle age people will like because while Dana and Ani are young on the outside their very mature emotionally and handle a lot of the situations like adults, there is no teen angst here.

5. How does your book appeal to the elderly?
It will appeal to the elderly because the book is fast paced but it is not action scene after action scene. It is a book that you can really sit down and settle into.

6. In your mind, who is the ideal reader of your book?
My ideal reader for Soul Sisters is anyone who wants to read a book with a multicultural cast and female characters that like to kick butt and take names! Vampire and werewolves junkies are ideal too.

About the Book

Soul Sisters is an urban fantasy novel about African-American twin sisters Ani and Dana who have a rather unique secret: one sister is human while the other is a vampire. While the sisters have lived peacefully with each other for many years one fateful night will change both their lives forever. When a drunken man tries to attack Dana (the human sister) Ani (the vampire sister) protects her sister with all of her ferocious power.

However, when the vampire’s leader Donovan finds out about the public display he calls for the sisters to be assassinated for disobedience. Ani and Dana now are in for the fight of their lives to protect each other as well as the lives of their dedicated friends who have joined them on their mission for survival. If Dana and Ani can make it through this time of uncertainty, Ani can take her new place as vampire queen.

Soul Sisters is expected to be a trilogy; The book also features a multicultural cast of characters that brings a new edge of chic to the vampire world.

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: May 23, 2012
Formats/Prices: $10 paperback, $2.99 ebook
Buy Links: CreateSpace, Kindle

About the Author

 Janiera enjoys feeding her  book addiction when she not writing. She is also a book blogger at Beauty and Books where she mixes being a book nerd with keeping things chic. When not reading or writing she is freelance writing in the entertainment industry. Soul Sisters is her debut novel.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

#Spectral by @ShannonDuffyLit Twitter Party


#Spectral by @ShannonDuffyLit
Twitter Party

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
2-3:30 p.m. Eastern
Follow hashtag #Spectral as author Shannon Duffy answers your questions for 90 minutes live on Twitter.

A great app to use in order to follow the #Spectral hashtag during the Twitter Party can be found at tweetchat.com

We offering at least (1) $50 cash prize to the person who has a receipt confirming an ebook purchase of Spectral and tweets at least once during the Twitter Party.

We'll also be giving away a variety of Spectral swag throughout the event:
  • t-shirt
  • necklace that has the cover and a butterfly
  • bookmark
  • pen
  • three main character trading cards of Jewel, Roman and Chase that have their pics and stats on them