Q&A with Irene Woodbury

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to bring you a Q&A from author, Irene Woodbury! :) I hope that you will check out the post below and her book pop-out girl.

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What inspired you to write the story?

Pop-Out Girl is my third novel. While I was writing my second, I sometimes went to Las Vegas to work and get in a little relaxation. As I walked around the Strip, I got this idea about a man who comes to Las Vegas and meets a beautiful, sweet showgirl. She’s his biological daughter from a long-ago relationship with his first love in high school. But he doesn’t know that and neither does she. She ends up getting involved with a colleague of his. I thought it would be interesting to explore what happens to all of them, including the showgirl’s mother, as the relationship unfolds. And of course the father (Matt) ends up getting shot by the showgirl’s ex-boyfriend, who’s really aiming for her new boyfriend.  It’s wonderfully complicated.

Who is your favorite character?

Brandi, the mother of the showgirl whose name is Jen. As an eighteen-year-old girl, Brandi was engaged to Jen’s father, Matt, back in San Jose. But she leaves town with another guy four days before the wedding because of problems in her family and Matt’s. At the time she has no idea she’s pregnant. It’s really a tragic situation that sets the entire story in motion. Brandi is fragile but strong. I feel sorry for her and admire her at the same time.

What is your daily routine for writing entail?

I like to write from 8 A.M. to about 10:30, and then in the afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30. Just four or five hours a day, but it’s very concentrated and focused. Once I’m in front of the computer, I don’t move.

If you could change the book in any way, would you  and if so, how?

I wouldn’t change anything about Pop-Out Girl. I would have made changes to my first and second novels, but not this one. I’m sure there are flaws, but it all works.

Anything you would like to tell the world about this book?


Pop-Out Girl is an exciting novel with vivid characters and compelling storylines. It was hard to stop writing it, and I hope readers will find it hard to put down.

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Thanks for answering my questions! :) 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Of Jenny and the Ailens

Wednesday, May 24, 2017




"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I am excited to feature a book that looks interesting to me. 

Of Jenny and the Aliens
Author: Ryan Gebhart
Release Date: August 1, 2017


Summary from Goodreads:When boy meets girl meets alien, the angst of first love gets an extraterrestrial intervention in a tale both outrageously funny and full of heart.

Ten years after Earth sent messages out into deep space, there has been an answer. Music from a distant planet has reached the world’s radios. Are aliens about to invade? No one knows, and almost-eighteen-year-old Derek doesn’t really care, because at a wild end-of-the-world party, Jennifer Novak invited him to play beer pong, and things, well, progressed from there. Derek is in love. Deeply, hopelessly in love. He wants it all — marriage, kids, growing old on a beach in Costa Rica. For him, Jenny is the One. But Jenny has other plans, which may or may not include Derek. So Derek will try anything to win her — even soliciting advice from an alien who shows up in his hometown. This alien may just be the answer to Derek’s problem, but is Derek prepared to risk starting an interstellar war to get his girl? Just how far is he willing to travel to discover the mysteries of the universe — and the enigma of love?

 
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Top Ten Tuesday: Good Summer-y Reads

Tuesday, May 23, 2017



Hi Everyone,

Hope you are well! I am stopping by today with another Top Ten Tuesday. This week's topic is another freebie that is centered around Summer. Today I am featuring books that I think are good summery reads. I hope you will enjoy them too! 












Have you read any of these? What did you think?
 

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Week 1 Check In: Over the Rainbow

Monday, May 22, 2017



Check in time! Week 1 has come to an end. 

How has your reading gone this week?


Made any progress on the challenges? 

Let me know in the comments below! 
 

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Guest Post: Bette Lee Crosby

Sunday, May 21, 2017



Hi Everyone! 

I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post from Bette Lee Crosby. She shared with me the information below. I hope you will give this post and her books (featured above a read!).

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Lately I find myself drawn to books that have a touch of magic in them. I’m not talking about the ghastly creatures of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales I read as a child; no I’ve moved on from there and now spend most of my time in an adult, real-problems, difficult-choices world. But every now and then I like to imagine how a certain bit of luck—good or bad—touched one person and not another.
These thoughts, the ones that made me wonder if maybe there is a bit of magic in our lives and we’re just too preoccupied to take notice of it, are what inspired me to write the Memory House Series.
It began with the concept that when we move on and leave things behind, we also leave our memories embedded in the objects we’ve held dear. It could be a jewel box given to you as a child, or a book with the pages finger-marked and worn. In the first Memory House Book there were a number of such objects, but the most important one was a bicycle that held enough memories to carry a young woman to her one true love.
Of course one small sliver of magic inevitably leads to another, and in Silver Threads it became the small stones of happiness and sorrow that are dropped onto each person’s scale of life. I fell in love with the thought that a rosy-hued stone of happiness would follow each stone of sorrow and a broken life could be restored.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one enchanted by such an idea, because Silver Threads won the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Chick lit.
Rather than give you a synopsis of the story, I’d simply like to share the opening paragraphs and let you decide for yourself… 

On the day Jennifer Green was born, a pile of stones was placed alongside her scale of life. A few were the dark gray of sorrow, but most were a pale blush color. The largest stone was the rose hue of a sunrise. That one would be placed on the scale the day she married Drew Bishop.
Even more brilliant but a wee bit smaller was the pink stone glistening with specks of silver. That one would bring Jennifer a baby girl named Brooke. The Keeper of the Scales smiled. Seeing such happiness laid out before him was pleasing to his eye. 
Since the beginning of time the Keeper alone has been challenged with the task of keeping each person’s scale in balance. A bit of happiness and then a small stone of sorrow, until the lives he has in his charge are measured evenly.
You might think such power is universal, but it is not. There is a silver thread that crisscrosses the landscape of scales and connects strangers to one another. Not even the Keeper of the Scales can control the events traveling through the thread. The only thing he can do is try to equalize the balance once it has been thrown off.

Like Jennifer Green, each of the Coggan twins was also given a pile of stones at birth. Tom Coggan used up the blush-colored ones in his early years—wasted them on frivolities like Patsy, the blond stripper who worked at the Boom Boom Club. During those years the Keeper tried to balance Tom’s life by dropping one gray stone after another onto the scale, but the weight of whiskey and good times far outweighed the gray stones.
Before Tom’s thirty-fourth birthday, only a single piece remained in his pile. It was neither a blush-colored stone nor a gray pebble but a large black rock. The Keeper of the Scales gave a saddened sigh, lifted the rock and dropped it onto the sorrow side of Tom’s scale.
With a resounding thud Tom Coggan’s scale came crashing down and landed on the silver thread that connected him to the woman who had ten years earlier become Jennifer Bishop. 

Have I hooked you yet? I hope so. If you’d like to join me and add the sparkle of magic to your reading time, snag Memory House, Book One in the series while it is still at its teeny-tiny First-in-a-Series price. Trust me, once a bit of magic has enticed you to explore the world of wondering…what if? ...I think you’ll find it hard to turn back. I know I did. I’d love to have you join me as I wander along the path of magical realism.

Find out more about Bette Lee Crosby and her magical stories at:
http://betteleecrosby.com  or catch her on Facebook, Goodreads or Instagram.


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Thanks for sharing with us! 


MORE INFORMATION FOR BETTE LEE CROSBY

Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction—the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.

“Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.”

Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win numerous other awards, including The Reviewer’s Choice Award, The Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal, FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and The Royal Palm Literary Award.

Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back



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Guest Post: A Quest for Healing by Dr. Raymond

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post from Dr. Raymond.  Please help me with giving him a warm welcome.

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My first son, Jun Hyeong, was born the day before I was to defend my doctoral thesis in Chemical Engineering. He was beautiful and perfect, everything my wife, Suk Young and I could have hoped for. We didn’t know what the near future would hold for our son and for us. Expecting parents can never be prepared for their child to have a physical or emotional challenge and Suk Young and I were no exception. We were both working long hours and living with my parents who helped care for Jun most of the time and so the early warning signs escaped us until he was nearly five and could no longer go undetected. Our son showed symptoms of autism and further testing confirmed it. In the midst of our shock, upset and self-blame for not having noticed sooner and gotten Jun help, we were faced with trying to find help for Jun as well as raising our two other sons, Ji and Chae who had joined our family in Jun’s first few years of life.

Around that same time, Jun and my third son, Chae, developed severe cases of atopic dermatitis. Ironically, my career path had led me to the research and development of a skin solution to treat conditions such as atopic dermatitis safely, without prescription medicines and which was geared toward actually healing the skin barrier. My formula was in the clinical testing stage and I used it on both children with amazing success. Both boys’ atopic dermatitis cleared up and did not return.

The beauty of that success was that not only had I been able to help heal my children of an affliction, but I was in a position to offer that same healing to the world at large. After some more development and clinical testing, Atopalm came into existence and helped heal atopic dermatitis, rosaecea and overall dry chapped skin. Further experience began to reveal that autistic children had a higher incidence of atopic dermatitis and, determined to understand, I began to delve into the possible causes. The research would take a long time and I wanted to be able to do something to bring relief to these children as soon as possible. My solution was to sponsor large-scale events for autistic children and their parents at my company. A program called “Happy Happy Life” was born, a day of exercise, socializing and a barbecue for everyone.

At the beginning of the event, my team and I would check the skin condition of all the children participating, and then check them again at the end of the day. After the exercising and social interaction, we noticed that not only did the boys and girls and their parents become much happier, beginning to smile and talk due to the social connection, fresh air and community of supporting each other, but the actual condition of their skin had improved in one day.

Since then I have been working on developing an early warning system for parents of autism in children that uses the skin’s condition to measure the possibility of autism developing. If the autism is detected early enough, parents can get their child all the developmental help needed as soon as possible. I never want another child’s symptoms to go undetected for any length of time if I can do anything to prevent it. Nor do I want another parent to suffer the added guilt and self-recrimination of thinking they did not help their child when they could have.

A Quest For Healing is, in part, an account of this journey. A book is a crucial way to get a message out to the world and I wanted to tell it as a parent for other parents because we all love our children so much and only want what’s best for them. But this book is also meant to be a gift for my other two sons who have been so supportive and loving of their older brother and who have faced many difficulties because their parents were so preoccupied with their brother’s welfare that we were often absent. That is also a great pain for me as a parent and I have wanted to heal my relationships with them as well. . By sharing with them the challenges I had growing up with my own father, and how I have come to understand my own mistakes as a parent, I hope this book is a way of their understanding how much they have been loved all along and to tell them about all they couldn’t see or know these past years.

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Thanks for sharing with us your story and being on the blog today! 
 
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Guest Post: Rich Israel

Friday, May 19, 2017


Hi Everyone! 


I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post from author Rich Israel. Be sure to check out the post and his book! Check out here to get more information!

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Rich Israel | Why I Wrote My Book

In my memoir, Groovin’: Horses, Hopes, and Slippery Slopes, I write about my wacky experiences during the late 1960s. Fresh out of college and eager for adventure, I was lured by the infamous call “turn on, tune in, drop out.” Whether hitchhiking across the country, exploring the West Coast in my hippie van, or riding on horseback through the Rockies, I pushed forward with a combination of passion, sensitivity, and reckless abandon. Along the way, I stumbled upon one unforgettable character after another, not allowing the occasional heartbreak to slow my stride.
The ’60s were such extraordinary years for me that I wanted to share with people of all ages what it felt like to be there. I also wanted to joggle a few memories for those who were fortunate enough to catch that fantastic wave.

The Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and a generation’s thirst for self-exploration created the hippie phenomenon, which began as a brotherhood of love, compassion, discovery, and rebellion. This shift in consciousness caused an evolution of our society that continues to influence our lives today.

There has never be anything like it—every day filled with freedom, excitement, revelation, and growth—a time when my moral compass was right on point. It is said, “If you remember the ’60s, you weren’t there.” Believe me, I was there and indulged, but I also used enough discretion to preserve a fair number of functioning brain cells.

Luckily, without having kept a journal or taken a single photograph, I can still recall vivid stories from that era. They are personal treasures. When you read them, be prepared for an honest if sometimes youthful portrayal of my actions, thoughts, feelings, strengths, and inadequacies.
Books are designed to transport us to different periods and places. They are also meant to plunge us into the minds and hearts of interesting characters. This is what I wanted to accomplish when I wrote Groovin’. Plenty of books cover the history of the ’60s but few offer the chance to know what it was like to live on the front lines.

Writing my memoir has been an adventure in itself. It took me fifteen years to turn all my stories into a manuscript and then another two years to edit. During this later period, I would often wake in the middle of the night and relive events from my past. With a pen and paper I kept next to my bed, I recorded my feelings at the time so I could accurately convey them. Feedback has confirmed that this practice achieved the desired effect.


My greatest wish is for my readers to step into the pages and visualize the surroundings, taste the excitement, and experience the spirit and emotions. I’m pleased to find that people are enjoying more than a few chuckles from my goodhearted romp.

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Thanks for the insight and stopping by!

Guest Post: DN Carter from Outreamer

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post regarding the Top five literary influences from Outreamer author, DN Carter. Welcome!
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Chretien de Troyes:
 He was a Court poet living in the 12th Century. I started reading his works whilst living in Cyprus in 1976. It was the only book I could find in the library about Arthurian myths. Over the years I discovered there was actually very little factual information concerning him other than that he was reputedly born around 1160 and died in 1191. This has never been confirmed and several authors have claimed he was in fact a made up character, a medieval pen name even, for Grail romances to be published. What we know of him comes mainly from writings attributed to him which included five romance narratives written in rhyming octosyllabic couplets during the final third of the 12th century. A sixth narrative, Guillaume d'Angleterre, has been attributed to him by some, although many scholars find this doubtful. At least two surviving lyric songs are said to have been composed by him and he left several works unfinished, including the Graal. I loved the rich sense of romance within his writings but also his works directed me toward the writings of Geoffrey of Monmouth and his Arthurian material.  Chrétien, as a court poet, that is, a ‘clerc’ attached to the court of the Count and Countess of Champagne and later, after the death of Henri le Libéral de Champagne, the court of Philippe d'Alsace, count of Flanders. I would spend many years researching the Counts of Champagne as a consequence and who feature within Outremer.  But I was captivated by the connection to ancient stories of Celtic origin, such as ‘Tristan and Iseut’, and his Arthurian tales and his constant theme between what appears to be, and what actually is, within his stories. He apparently had a life-long fascination with the complex relationships formed between a man and woman, both within marriage and out of it, but mainly between those totally committed in love, which he articulated as the most authentically human ideal and divine charity. Reading and learning all about Chretien I guess is what set me on my path to try and understand the deeper meanings behind what he was trying to convey. If there were hidden esoteric messages based upon far more ancient stories as some claimed and many rumours persisted with, then I wanted to know what they were and meant. 

Peter Lemesurier:
He is a Cambridge-trained modern linguist and teacher and professional translator. I first read his book, ‘The Great Pyramid Decoded’ whilst living in Cyprus. Having visited the Great Pyramid, I had a deep sense that it was not just simply a single tomb for a Pharaoh, so when I saw his book squeezed between two volumes in the New Age section of the library, I thought it had been placed there incorrectly. Having a great love of castles, ancient ruins and tombs, I liked the drawings I saw inside...I was not so keen on all the mathematics and geometry I saw but decided I would read it, for I felt it possibly held some truths. And indeed it did as this turned out to be the one most significant book I have ever read. It covered everything and hinted at so much more. To my surprise I also discovered that I actually understood it all...my school friends thinking I had lost the plot when I tried to engage them in discussions about it.  Peter is a world authority on Nostradamus, which led me to research him also, which in turn sent me in many directions of research.


Jules Verne
I read his works as part of an English project, and I assumed at the time he was a modern author. I was surprised to learn he wasn’t yet wrote about matters years ahead of his time. His science fiction, in most cases actually became science fact...such as describing submarines and SCUBA diving equipment. So I researched Jules Verne as a person. From that I learnt he was actually an avid researcher himself and was aware of many potential new discoveries coming up and simply wrote them into his stories...so not having some great insight into the future through clairvoyant or psychic means as I had assumed...but it meant I did go on to study clairvoyance, spiritualism and mysticism. But I loved the way he introduced new concepts to the public via an engaging and enjoyable format within his stories. Knowing this is what gave me the idea to use Outremer as a means of conveying what would perhaps otherwise be seen as boring, utter nonsense or simply irrelevant facts into a familiar format that would get the reader’s attention.

Mayo Angelou:
I read her book ‘I know why the caged bird sings’ whilst I retook my A level English exam. It was the teacher who introduced me to a whole new way of looking at a person and their writing style. It was like seeing and understanding the English language with all its depth and multi levels for the first time. But it was the content and deeply moving words of Mayo Angelou that impressed me the most. Her writing resonated within me and moved me. I think this was the first book I had read when it hit home to me the power of the written word and just how deeply it can impact upon a person. The old saying of ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’ I began to question after reading Mayo’s work, for bones do heal, but words can never be taken back once spoken...and they can remain deep within us for a life time. I think this one book demonstrated to me the power of books... Some of the best quotes I have ever heard came from her. Two in particular I kept in mind when I started writing Outremer. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” How many writers feel that deeply? And “The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” I hope my work within the pages of Outremer does just that...reach hearts.

My Mother.
For as long as I can remember, I have memories of laying awake in bed late at night hearing my mother typing away on her old mechanical typewriter. My father was often away with work for weeks, sometimes months on end and she would fill her evenings writing stories for the local Herald and various magazines. Always witty and humorous, her writing was always well received, insightful and at times beautifully perceptive; she could use one sentence to convey an entire story instantly...a skill I have tried, and failed, to emulate. Often I would come down in the early hours and find her sat typing away, a cloud of cigarette smoke hanging heavy like some ghostly blanket had enveloped the room. But my mother’s advice to me on writing, when I asked her how I can become a writer was a quote from Einstein; ‘The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.’ She then looked at me directly, I was thirteen at the time, and she said “You have both...never doubt that.”  Whenever I find myself having doubts, especially about my writing, I simply remind myself of her words.


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Thanks DN for coming by the blog to share with us. 



More about Outreamer here:
Who Controls The Past Controls The Future
 An epic love story must overcome religious divide and a plot to eradicate two blood lines, as the Crusades and the search for the ancient mysteries of the Holy Grail gather momentum.
Raised by his father in La Rochelle, France, Paul Plantavalu is known for his artistic nature, inquisitive mind and Christian faith. He also has an unshakable love for his Muslim childhood friend, Alisha al Komaty. Courageous and outspoken, she returns Paul’s love. But their path is paved with obstacles; religion, war, political chaos and a mysterious enemy determined to destroy their family lines.
Sometime between 1110 AD and 1120 AD in the aftermath of the first crusade, a small band of nine knights — the founding knights Templar — recover ancient precious artefacts left by a former, advanced civilisation, beneath the City of Jerusalem. Ruthlessly guarded, the secrets revealed by this discovery are highly prized by powerful and dangerous forces far and wide; the repercussions of their capture are inextricably linked to Paul and Alisha. As Paul starts to experience dark and vivid dreams and the fragile balance of peace starts to crumble, it will fall to an enigmatic man known as Kratos and his female warrior protégée Abi Shadana, to safeguard Paul and Alisha.
Paul and Alisha’s love story weaves between the threads of our reality and other realms — from the Druids to the Sufi mystics, the Magi of the East, the secret political arm of the Knights Templar and the Isma’ilis, the Assassins. Knights and pilgrims alike will witness some of the darkest battles ever fought. The discovery of a unique sword’s lethal power and whispered connections to King Arthur and the Holy Grail lead Paul and Alisha to question if their lives ever be the same again.
The first of a four-part series, Outremer is an historical epic, which sweeps across England, Scotland and France, to Syria, Jerusalem and Egypt. Discover the truth — and crack the ancient code — behind the great mysteries of the High Middle Ages for yourself.

About the author: After strange and vivid experiences whilst living in Cyprus as a child, author D N Carter has been fascinated by the history, myths and legends of the Middle Ages and mankind’s past. As he got older travels to Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Languedoc region of France and the deserts of Arabia fuelled his enthusiasm. While not decoding maps and mathematical codes D N Carter enjoys adventure sports from parachuting to microlight flying. Today he divides his time between East Anglia in the UK and the south of France with his family.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Unlikelies

Wednesday, May 17, 2017




"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I am excited to feature a book that looks interesting to me. 

The Unlikelies

Author: Carrie Firestone
Release Date: June 6, 2017


Summary from Goodreads:
Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that's part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating.

Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.

Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie's summer changes for the better when she's introduced to other "hometown heroes." These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying "no good deed goes unpunished." Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships--and anonymity--intact?

This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom
 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Mothers Day Freebie

Tuesday, May 16, 2017



Hi Everyone,

Hope you are well! I am stopping by today with another Top Ten Tuesday. This week's topic is another freebie that is centered around Mom's. Well as many of you know, I am not a mother but I do have three 'fur children!' 


So my take on the holiday is going to be a little different then the norm, I am going to feature books that I have found enjoyable about different types of fur kids.  :) 

Happy Belated Mothers Day to all of the mothers (both traditional and not!) out there!













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Over The Rainbow Readathon!

Monday, May 15, 2017




Happy Birthday Frank Baum! (Author of the Wizard of Oz) On this day, I am excited to announce the Over the Rainbow readathon, starting today (May 15)-Judy Garland's birthday (June 10th). This readathon has been created to encourage you to set a goal and read. No specific numbers, you tell me what your goal is! :) 

For those of you looking forward a challenge...here are few that I think would be fun!


1) Read a book with magical characters

2) Read a book with rainbow colors
3) Read a book where someone travels to a new place

4) Read a book written by Frank Baum

5) Read a book to movie adaption


Want to participate? Let me know by commenting below! 


 
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2 Years!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

2 Years!



Hi Everyone! 

Just stopping by with a quick word of thanks. Today celebrates 2 years that this blog has been operating. I am excited to meet this milestone and I couldn't have done it without each of you. Thanks for stopping by to read my updates! 

Here's to MANY more!
 

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Book Promotion: Cats in Provence

Saturday, May 13, 2017


 Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by to help get the word out about a book that is available for free on amazon from the 15th-17th!


 I hope that you will get a chance to check it out! :)

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Author: R. F. Kristi
 
Summary from Goodreads:
The third in the Inca Book Series finds our super cat detective embroiled in the world of Art thieves.

Inca and her family are awakened in the night by a disturbing phone call. Someone has stolen a painting from Aunt Florence! Now Missy and the cats must go to Provence to help find the culprit and get back the stolen painting before opening night at the art exhibit. They’ll need all the help they can get to recover the painting and clear Aunt Florence’s name. Inca will have to call on her friends, old and new, to help solve this case. But when the case gets more confusing, will they still find the culprit? Or is Inca in over her head?

Read all about the tantalizing tale of Inca and Company solving a mystery in Provence, France.

The Inca book series is founded on the escapades of a feisty Siberian kitty who considers herself a great sleuth. Inca the Siberian kitty, the main character, exemplifies the intelligence and cunning of our feline friends and is a sure-footed and strong-willed leader. Readers will surely admire Inca’s grace and wit as they follow the detective cat’s adventures in these unexpected tales of redemption.

This book series should be read by children who have a natural love of animals. The book is also great for cat and dog lovers who will enjoy seeing the personalities shine through of their favorite members of the animal kingdom.


 
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Guest Post: Just One Life by Pat Abercromby

Friday, May 12, 2017



Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post from the author of the Just One Life book. Please help me by giving a warm welcome to Pat!

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What inspired the writing of the book?

I have led an interesting life, pursuing different career pathways including a long gap to raise two children. Before the children, I had worked in medical research and then set up my own recruiting agency for finding suitable candidates for my client companies in the pharmaceutical industry. My husband was a flight engineer and for many years we lived overseas as he had flying contracts with international airlines. One country we lived in for six years was Saudi Arabia where I hosted a radio chat show for a year of two and wrote columns and features articles for the Arab English speaking press.

Back in the UK at the age of fifty I retrained in therapeutic massage, sports massage and Seated Acupressure Massage. The latter is perfect for taking into offices to treat staff as a session is only twenty minutes through clothes on the ultra-comfortable massage chair. I was keen to train other therapists is this discipline, so I gained a post graduate certificate in education and with my business partner Davina and we taught courses all over the UK and Ireland for ten years. I loved it.We also wrote and published the first book on Seated Acupressure Massage in 2000 which is still available on Amazon. I also worked with my husband and a team of experienced, retired aviators for three years to start up a new concept, a long haul low cost airline (Dreamcatcher Airways, my choice of name). We were leasing a 747 Combo jet to start with which would carry freight and passengers. The plan was to offer inflight chair massage treatments and all the rows of seats would be a comfortable distance apart. This was our USP. It was all very exciting but the night before our launch, when we were celebrating with champagne, we learned that one of our investors had been arrested by the FBI for money laundering! The venture collapsed immediately with devastating consequences for all those involved. A few months later, my husband had a serious stroke had has never recovered. Our lives changed in a heartbeat, I had to give up my training school career to care for him full time. We had burned up all our savings and investments on the airline project and we struggled to make ends meet on just our pensions.

For eight years when I looked after him at home, I forgot who I really was and became invisible. He deteriorated, started having seizures and developed vascular dementia. Two years ago, he went into a residential dementia care nursing home. I claimed back some of my freedom and found my voice again. I needed an outlet for the frustration of the lost years and I quickly wrote a short fictional, but cathartic story of 10,000 words using my knowledge of medical research and journalism to craft the outline of the plot. Being a journalist first, the story was all ‘telling’ and factual, hardly any dialogue. A couple of friends who read it thought I should use some of my own life’s experiences in other countries to expand on the story and try to get it published. I wanted the main premise to be about how a life can change overnight when a family member suddenly needs full time care. As his wife, I took on the mantle of caring automatically. People used to say I was ‘doing a marvellous job,’ but as I know from talking to many other carers, one’s own life is totally sublimated. What got me through those dark years was the support of my friends, friends to whom you can confess, ‘I could kill him!’ and not be judged. Friends who could make you laugh and let you cry when you needed to.
I joined a creative writing class. It was wonderful to learn the craft of writing from the tutor and to have the opportunity to read extracts from the story and have it constructively appraised by my fellow writers. We all encouraged one another and it helped to keep me going.


I basically wrote the story for me, but hopefully it will help anyone who reads it and is a carer themselves, or knows a carer, to remember that they too have a life to lead and that needs to be supported and acknowledged in any way possible. I mentioned the importance of friendship earlier and I have been blessed with some extraordinary friends in my life and this story is a tribute to them too.

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Thanks Pat for coming by the blog today and sharing with us :)

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More details about the book:
Just One Life

When you realise you have just one life left to live, how do you make peace with the mistakes of your past? Fran should be looking back on her life with pride. She’s risen to the top of the job ladder, having left behind a council housing estate in post-war Glasgow, to forge a colourful, fulfilling career and enjoy all the trappings of success.

But instead, Fran is consumed by regret. A shocking revelation has cast her life, and her thirty-year marriage, asunder. She finds herself the full-time carer for her husband, a man she now accepts, she has never loved. The sacrifices she has made, the personal freedoms she has lost, have left Fran crushed. Her free-spirited friend Iona is her one salvation. Their friendship has survived the storms of conflict and loss since childhood, their deep affection for one another the only constant remaining in Fran’s life, a life she no longer recognises as her own.

Her husband’s new brush with death will give Fran the chance to reflect on what she has left, the choices she has made and the two men she has loved and lost.
Can Fran find a way through the ruins of her marriage and find inner peace, to make the most of what remains of her life's journey?


About the author: Living in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, Pat Abercromby has enjoyed a varied career - from recruitment consultant to journalist in Saudi Arabia and massage therapist - eventually setting up a training school for Seated Acupressure Massage. Today she continues to work within the field of corporate wellness with her business partner Davina Thomson with their joint company Wellbeing Direct. She also co-wrote and published Seated Acupressure Massage with Davina Thomson in 2000. In her spare time, Pat enjoys being an active member of her local creative writing group, classical music and the outdoors.

 
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#Imaginormous Challenge

Thursday, May 11, 2017




Hi Everyone!

Hope you are well. I am here today to help with getting the word out about a challenge that may be interested for the kids in your life!
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The Roald Dahl Imaginormous Challenge is unlike anything else. It's geared towards ages 5-12 and the idea is to get kids to think of a story they would love to write. Any story. A mermaid who meets a kangaroo and they go to Montana together. Kids can submit their ideas (with parental/guardian help and approval) online: www.imaginormouschallenge.com (Also check out the website for inspirations and ideas!)

You'll be entered to win prizes for the child's classrooms, a trip to a Broadway showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or even a trip to London or New York City for you and your family. The key thing to know about timing here is that the contest runs until THE END OF THIS MONTH, May 31st so it would be great get your ideas in by then!

Here's a few details about the project:

**Challenge is for US only, ages 5-12 but anyone can help spread the word/share with the kids in their lives!
**Contest ends May 31st!
**Idea can be up to 100 words max. 
**Idea doesn’t have to be a whole story but enough to give a good idea about where the story would go. 
**Everyone should check out www.imaginormouschallenge.com for contest rules, examples and resources for parents and teachers.
**Kids can submit as many times as they want to the various categories. 
**There will be FIVE winners chosen—one winner for each of the five categories. 
**Children will obviously need adult help entering and resources for adults can be found on the website. 
**It’s important to the Roald Dahl Literary estate that kids of all levels/walks of life are encouraged to enter. The idea will not be judged on spelling or grammar, just the idea itself. 
**The challenge is not just for writers/artists—the challenge prizes are for kids interested in music, video games, candy!
**Kids should be encouraged to use post-its (dark blue, light blue and yellow colors encouraged), as well as an easy to create idea book (can be created with a folded piece of printer paper) to come up with ideas and brainstorm. 

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**Examples of entries are: 


Brady, 6

Brady makes an unusual friend named Bang Bang Bingo Bingo Bong Bong - or "Sound" for short, because he is...a Sound. You can't see or touch Sound, but he can make any sound you could imagine! Sound plays tricks on Brady's Auntie Kimberly, like making a door knocking sound (which confuses Auntie when no one's at the door) and squeaking "please don't eat me" when Auntie picks up an orange. Sound gets in a bit of trouble with his tricks, but becomes a hero when he makes a police siren sound to stop a robbery at the ice cream store!

Abrielle, 8

Yo Dippy D is an avocado. He hates the way is he shaped. Big and round on the bottom. All the other vegetables tease him and call him names. He sad and runs away. He runs into worse things in the jungle. Then he meets watermelons and cantaloupes. They show him how its cool to move. And its better to have more on the bottom.

Sean, 12

A boy tries to create a musical play with the help of a miniature giraffe, a tap dancing tortoise, and a bird that's afraid of heights.

Jose, 9

A talking frog named Henry lives in a space shuttle ,and his ship gets hit .Henry has to travel to Cheese World to get a tool. Cheese World is a giant cheese planet shaped like the moon. Once Henry gets there, Henry steals the tool, but somebody finds out, and she tells on Henry. He escapes Cheese World, but Henry has to go though the mouse army the mouse army is a bunch of soldier mice. It takes hard work to escape, but he makes it out.

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Good Luck! 

Free Comic Book Day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017



Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by with a quick picture of my comic book haul from Free Comic Book day this last weekend. The store that I visit had TONS of them, but I didn't want to be over zealous, so I settled for these:

Betty & Veronica
Riverdale
Monster High

So the first two are part of the Archie series and I know the new TV show Riverdale is out on CW. I have not done much with Archie or these, but I am intrigued.

I picked up Monster High because it looks like something that may appeal my nieces in the future and I wanted to give it a read to see if it is interesting.

Did you participate? Which ones did you get?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Things On My Reading Wishlist

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Happy Tuesday! I hope you are well. 

This week's TTT is about Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist.  You are encouraged to share what you wish you could see more books about. I am sure that if you read this blog regularly, then you will be able to predict these. :) 

So here we go...

1) Books where the animal doesnt have to pass away at the end (dog books, cat books, etc) I get that it is about reflecting and remembering, but it always makes me so sad!

2) More books about thru hiking! :) I love these, I can't get enough.

3) More memoirs. Just love when people tell their stories!

4) More graphic novels. It has grown, but I love to see them getting out the world! 

5) More books about rural locations! I grew up in a small town and I would love to see that expanded on.


What things do you wish you would see more of?



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Book Promotion: Solo

Monday, May 8, 2017



Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to help by celebrating the book birthday of Lauren Rico's new book, Solo. It looks like a great one! I have not had a chance to read it yet,  but I am very much looking forward to it. I hope that you will get a chance to check it out as well.

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Here are a few details/
Summary from Goodreads:
When graduate student Katherine Brenner walked into my class, I couldn’t stand her -- all perfect skin and big, blue eyes -- just like the woman who broke my heart. 

If it wasn’t for that blizzard, if her car hadn’t broken down outside my house, if she hadn’t looked amazing by the firelight, I never would have kissed her. No matter how hard I try, every excuse I make not to see her comes up flat. 

I can’t stop thinking of her lips. Or the way her curves fit perfectly in my hands. There’s a million reasons why this won’t work. I’m her professor. It’s against university policy. 

And if this gets out, I could lose everything.

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I hope to get to this one soon! 

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