Saturday, January 22, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up (01/22/11)

Books Reviewed:
My Posts This Week:
My Week In Review:
I got together with a couple of my friends Michelle & Monica to watch the first season of True Blood. It seems like it's been a long time since we just hung out with no kids or husbands. It was just us girls, and it was great! Don't get me wrong, their kids are great and I love them dearly, but sometimes you just need a "free" day. I think we are going to the Vera Bradley outlet sale together this year. I can't wait! I just recently found VB and I LOVE IT!  I read alot this week. I finished Cell, Father Mine: Zsadist & Bella's Story(a novella), I finished Eternal Prey, I read Carpe Corpus & Fade Out! I was a very busy girl, books wise! And I went to the library to get my new library card (mine had expired) and so I've been downloading books to read! I love having a Kobo ereader! I've joined a ebook tour group, Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours! Well that's it for the week. How was YOUR week?

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Friday, January 21, 2011

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

What Makes A Writer A Writer?

A few days ago, I joined a ning network, Writers and Readers of Distinctive Fiction and I received an invitation from author Lynda Coker (who created WRDF) for a free issue of BOLD, her new E-Zine. And it said that if I am a blogger, I could submit an article for the E-Zine. Immediately, I thought, oh no! I'm not a writer, why would I do that? Then I thought about it. I do write, short, to the point reviews for books and products that I choose to review. I write short posts about things that go on at various times throughout my day, if something is blog worthy. Does that make me a writer? My answer is, kinda. I can write. Do I think I write well? No. But I write honestly. I wish I could create worlds that people fall into when they read them. I think I can come up with some get ideas. But the actual story. Nope, the people are boring. The conversations are horrid! If they were real, I would fall asleep talking to myself! So will I submit an article? Who knows! But this makes me wonder. What do you think makes a writer a writer?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (2)...

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted each week by
My pick this week:
River Marked by Patricia Briggs 
Mercy Thompson Novel #6
Publisher: Penguin Group
Date: March 01, 2011
ISBN13: 9780441019731
ISBN: 0441019730
BINC: 3224013 

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father's people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help... 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cell by Stephen King


Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his comic book project.  His joy at finally hitting it big is shattered by an event called The Pulse which causes all those who were using their cell phones at the time of The Pulse to become zombies attacking and killing anyone in their way.  Fortunately for Clay, he does not own a cell phone.  In the panic to get out of Boston and find his way home to his wife and son in Maine, he is joined by Tom McCourt, a man he meets in the meleĆ© immediately following The Pulse and a young girl, Alice, who they rescue from being killed by one of the “crazies.”  The story follows their terrifying journey, avoiding capture—and worse—by the “crazies” who are beginning to “flock” and are led by one they call Raggedy Man as they attempt to reach Maine and a place called Kashwak which they hope will be their salvation. 

my thoughts:
Let me start out saying this book took me awhile to really get into. I think I was intimidated by how big the book was. BUT. Once I pushed my way past that, I really enjoyed it! This is the first Stephen King novel that I've read and I can tell you it won't be the last! And not just because I'm participating in the 2011 Stephen King Reading Challenge!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tenderly & Softly by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck

Maybe out there in the country she could catch her breath, learn to breathe again…
Happily married, and owner of two successful boutiques, Jade longs to begin a family with her husband, Max. But when she discovers that Max has an illegitimate son - who he wants her to help raise - Jade's life is turned upside down.
She flees to her childhood home, a rambling Iowa farmhouse, with enough room to breathe. There - while her mother's health grows fragile, and the tug of her first love grows stronger - Jade begins to question everything she thought she knew about family, love, and motherhood.
In the wide-open landscape, Jade begins to see a future that doesn't rest on the power of her past, but in the goodness of God's tender mercies.

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595544909
  • ISBN-13: 978-159554490
 My thoughts:
I loved this book! When I asked to read & review Softly & Tenderly, I didn't realize that it was the second in the Songbird series. But like any great book, it can stand alone. Jade's story touched me. She's happily married to Max, a lawyer who has (she thinks) overcome a drug addiction, together they have suffered through the loss of miscarriages, her mother living with them while fighting leukemia and refusing another round of chemo & radiation. She finds that her in-laws are keeping secrets, and those secrets have the potential to destroy Jade's world. But Jade's ability to forgive and her faith help her through some of the toughest times. I will definitely buy the first book, The Sweet By And By and read it soon!
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