Monthly Archives: January 2010
Happy Sunday and day 3 in Florida. Yesterday Al and I had a laid back morning…. I thought we looked funny, each of us at the kitchen table on our lap tops, he exploring the equipment auctions and I writing a review. We went into town in the afternoon exploring the area picked up a few things at the Super Target, had a wonderful dinner at Red Lobster, then stopped at Penney’s and lastly, a place called Books A Million.
Pause for effect.
I had never heard of a Books A Million before and my husband, heart of gold that he has, stopped and patiently waited for me while I browsed, touched, and yes – I bought.
Today I wanted to share with you what I have decided to call:
Yes! Evermore! I have yet to read this author and I am anxious to do so!
Bargain book and I love a good mystery!
I have seen this one on so many blogs and looks like a good one!
Ok – I never said that my Florida Finds had to be all about books. I needed a pair of casual sandals and I found these little babies!
I am always looking for a pair of tall black shoes… I love them and my two pair I own are so worn out because I can not find ones I like. Yesterday – I found these and I am super excited!
*giggle* Yup – these are my kind of tennis shoes and these will be the shoes that I am wearing around the house today!
Today Al is at the auction. Tomorrow I will be going with him because Tuesday I need to be here all day for the phone guy to come out. It looks a little cool and dreary outside today and that’s ok. I have a book I am dieing to finish and some wrap up things to do for the end of January! Tomorrow I announce winners of the January.comment giveaway winners AND introduce you to my plans for February! ♥
Of the above 6 items… which one do you like?
I am currently in Florida but put this together before I left home on Thursday. Here is what came in my mailbox this past week and thank you to Kristi from The Story Siren for hosting this fun meme.
The action begins when a grizzled professional cat burglar gets trapped inside the bedroom closet of one of the world’s richest men, only to witness, through a one-way mirror, two Secret Service agents kill the billionaire’s trampy young wife as she tries to fight off the drunken sexual advances of the nation’s chief executive. Running for his life, but not before he picks up a bloodstained letter opener that puts the president at the scene of the crime, the burglar becomes the target of a clandestine manhunt orchestrated by leading members of the executive branch. Meanwhile, Jack Graham, once a public defender and now a high-powered corporate attorney, gets drawn into the case because the on-the-lam burglar just happens to be the father of his former finance, a crusading Virginia prosecutor. Embroidering the narrative through assorted plot whorls are the hero’s broken romance; his conflict over selling out for financial success; the prosecutor’s confused love-hate for her burglar father; the relentless investigation by a northern Virginia career cop; the dilemma of government agents trapped in a moral catch-22; the amoral ambitions of a sexy White House Chief of Staff; and the old burglar’s determination to bring down the ruthless president. Meanwhile, lurking at the novel’s center like a venomous spider is the sociopathic president.
In this startling new vision of a cultural classic, Wendy intends to live happily ever after with Peter Pan. But Time, like this tale, behaves in a most unsettling way. As Wendy mothers the Lost Boys in Neverland, they thrive on adventure. She struggles to keep her boys safe from the Island’s many hazards, but she finds a more subtle threat encroaching from an unexpected quarter. . . . The children are growing up, and only Peter knows the punishment.
Gr 6-9- Charlemagne Mack, a 12-year-old African American, is an honors student in a poor part of The City. She lives with her uncle and aunt until the day a giant spider named Miss Lettie comes through her bedroom window to warn her that she is in grave danger. Charlemagne escapes to Louisiana and is surprised to discover that she is not simply an above-average student to whom odd things sometimes happen, but is instead Queen of the Sky Conjuring People. She learns to deal with her new identity, ruins the plans of some very bad, bad guys, and learns about her family.
Already sloshed from one-too-many drinks at a faculty party, Leah Thornton cruises the supermarket aisles in search of something tasty to enhance her Starbucks—Kahlua, for example. Two confrontations later—one at the grocery store and the other with her friend Molly—Leah is sitting in the office of the local rehab center facing an admissions counselor who fails to understand the most basic things, like the fact that apple juice is not a suitable cocktail mixer. Rehab is no picnic, and being forced to experience and deal with the reality of her life isn’t Leah’s idea of fun. But through the battle she finds a reservoir of courage she never knew she had, and the loving arms of a God she never quite believed existed.
Things are really bustling at the Witt’s End resort in Northern Minnesota. Clients are vying for one of the few remaining rentals, except Cabin 14 thing is no–one gets out of Cabin 14 alive. Sadie isn’t your typical sixty-four year old senior citizen. She has things she wants to do and shouldn’t be expected to solve a murder while trying to prevent an unscrupulous sheriff’s deputy from shutting down the lakeside resort she owns with her straight arrow sister. But that’s exactly what Sadie Witt must do. When five guests with hidden agendas arrive at Cabin 14, they’re stunned to learn that the flamboyant Sadie is their conduit to the hereafter. Clad in the latest fashion trends–fads typically reserved for those without sagging body parts–and sporting hairdos that make bystanders want to look away but can’t, Sadie realizes one of the guests has been murdered and must work against the clock to untangle the web and prevent further mayhem.
Liberal sprinkling of fairy dust charm youthful readers of all ages, while expanding their theatre vocabulary and knowledge of theatre history and lore. On behalf of the league of Historical American Theatres, I express gratitude tot he creative forces that inspire this rare glimpse behind the scenes of Boston’s oldest theatre.
Maura Sullivan never intended to set foot in Granger, Ohio, again. But when circumstances force her to return, she must face all the disappointments she tried so hard to leave behind: a husband who ignored her, a congregation she couldn’t please, and a God who took away everything she ever loved.
Nick Shepherd thought he had put the past behind him, until the day his estranged wife walked back into town. Intending only to help Maura through her crisis of faith, Nick finds his feelings for her never died. Now, he must admit the mistakes he made, how he hurt his wife, and find a way to give and receive forgiveness.
As God works in both of their lives, Nick and Maura start to believe they can repair their broken relationship and reunite as man and wife. But Maura has one more secret to tell Nick before they can move forward. It’s what ultimately drove her to leave him six years earlier, and the one thing that can destroy the fragile trust they’ve built.
This first book by Tomlinson, a management consultant, is a perfect fit for the booming spirituality market, particularly for enthusiastic, evangelical 20- and 30-something audiences. He begins his personal musings with a simple thesis: it is too easy to become a “comfortable Christian” and we must always search for ways to express our active devotion to God and Jesus Christ. This premise is not particularly innovative, but his writing style is straightforward and personally honest. The author acknowledges his own struggles with pride while retelling, often with humor, his only too human attempts to reach lofty spiritual goals such as charity and purity. Every chapter opens with vivid and iconic imagery—a spoon, a bit of floss, a pager—tangible symbols throughout the book for more abstract ideas like obedience, joy, and comfort. In sum, the product is endearing and inspiring, especially appealing to young, male evangelicals. One chapter specifically devoted to the intersection of his spirituality and military service will also draw the interest of Christian men and women in the armed forces.
America is on the brink of war with England, and Fin Button is about to come undone. She’s had it with the dull life of the orphanage, and she’s ready to marry Peter and get away from rules, chores, and a life looked after by the ever-watchful Sister Hilde. But an unexpected friendship forms between Fin and the fiddle-playing cook, Bartimaeus, which sets her on a course for revolution. With Bart’s beloved fiddle and haunting blunderbuss as her only possessions, Fin discovers her first taste of freedom as a sailor aboard the Rattlesnake. She’s hiding some dark secrets, but there are bigger problems for the crew: they are on the run from the Royal Navy, and whispers of mutiny are turning the captain into a tyrant. When Fin finally returns home, will she find Peter still waiting, or will she find that she’s lost everything she once held dear?
Great books in my future! Absolute Power sounds wonderful and is suppose to have a Grisham like feel to it. Hook and Jill… well, do I need to say anything about this one? Seriously it looks fantastic! Rise Of The Queen looks good. Walking On Broken Glass is one I have admired from afar. Footlights and Fairy Dust is just going to be cute – I know it! At Witt’s End is a Minnesota author about a Minnesota mystery and I can’t wait to be a part of it! The Pastors Wife sounds wonderful. Crave is going to be so good and I have a giveaway with that one as well. The Fiddlers Gun is one I have waited to have a chance to read!
I didn’t buy any books this week and I didn’t check any out from the library with us leaving Minnesota until February 9. That’s the excitement in my mailbox this week!
I am so interested in knowing what was in your mailbox?
Faith n’ Fiction is a weekly meme hosted by My Friend Amy. Today the question on the table is:
I am currently on vacation and I was talking to my Cousin In Law (my cousin’s wife) yesterday on the phone. She asked me how many books I brought with me and when I said 11 she almost choked. “I don’t think I read 11 books in a year!” she said.
For me reading started a young age. My sister and I were 7 years apart so reading was my “friend” and “companion.” In my later youth years when tragedy struck – books became a source of safety. I could escape in a book. Now these may not sound like the best reasons to read – but that is how it all began…
As I grew older I never lost the passion to read and always have a book with me. Through books I have traveled to places I can only hope to some day see. I have learned about people of interest in memoirs, and learned not only through non fiction – but in fiction books as well. (In fact I challenge our book club each month to learn something new in every fiction book they read).
There are books to match every mood I am in and taking them in is like making new friends. I even learn more about me. I love going somewhere new and when my husband I travel I love to point something out and say “Wow – I have read about that!”
Why do you read? If you would like to write a post about this today – be sure to link to the Faith n’ Fiction post over at My Friend Amy’s!
Day 2 in Florida! There is only an hour difference between Minnesota and Florida but I believe I am still on it. According to “Florida” I slept until 9 am today! 9 am! LOL
Here is my funny story. At home, when my coffee gets cold in my Coffee Cup, I dump the coffee into a near by plant and get a new hot cup of coffee. I had learned a long time ago from a friend I used to work with that the coffee provides nutrients for plants. My plants at home are greener than green so who am I to argue? I do this all the time – I never throw old coffee down the drain.
HOWEVER - when you are a guest in someones home and late at night you take your cold coffee and feed the fake plant with it….. not so cool. I am just saying…. LOL
Today we will venture out together and go exploring. I am excited… I hope to find a local book store….. maybe just to browse…. but maybe to buy. I will be taking a book along with me of course for the road trip… planning to have a review up later today!
I was off and visiting blogs today and commenting here and there because you know I like to chat it up with fellow bloggers…. and then this happens. I leave a comment where I become a faceless snowman shaped icon. Talk about awkward. Whats up with that?
It is rare…. I pretty much have a face wherever I travel (I make it a point not to leave home without it).
So really – that is the question. Anyone know why that happens?
Fashion curator Athena Smith will do anything to get her hands on the Clayworth family’s couture collection for her exhibit. So she’s thrilled when she’s called in to authenticate the gowns…until she falls ill while examining them and wakes up face-to-face with notorious Chicago bachelor Drew Clayworth.
Drew doesn’t trust Athena one bit. He still believes she betrayed him years ago. So when his family’s gowns go missing and Athena offers her help in exchange for the dresses, he reluctantly accepts. But they’re both taken off guard by the barely restrained passion that’s still between them…and the memories that are both bitter and sweet. As they work together to find the dresses, can they resist the sparks between them?
About the Author, courtesy of the publisher:
Sherrill Bodine has been writing stories since junior high, when she won a pair of silver skates in a state-wide essay contest. While moving twenty-two times back and forth across America and rearing her four children, she published fifteen award-winning novels under two pseudoynyms (Lynn Leslie/Leslie Lynn). Now she’s decided to be herself and write about the people, parties, and high-life in the city she knows best: Chicago. When she’s not in the Windy City with her husband, family, and Newfoundland and pug dogs, she’s fulfilling her passion to travel to exotic locales around the world.
A light romantic read that was just simply fun. This book for me was a little jolt of the theme on “the one who got away”. I liked the quirky idea that Athene is thrown into a project that puts her working alongside the before mentioned “the one who got away” Drew. A second chance perhaps? Well, nothing like solving a mystery together to see if that is a possibility! While the plot is not strong and the characters are not ones I would find myself hanging out with, Sherill has woven together a tale that did hold my attention.
A light afternoon read curled up in a chair or sitting at the beach. This is one that will bring a smile to your face and perhaps bring up a memory or two…
Don’t forget – I have a giveaway of 5 copies of this book!
I received my review copy from Hachette Book Group
Ok ok…. before you go calling the CAA (Challenge Addicts anonymous) – hear me out. This is a POSITIVE thing. What Delgal’s Book Reviews has presented here, is a challenge for us to put away $1 for every book we read. From Jan 1 – Dec 31, a buck a book put somewhere that you can not spend it. At the end of the year you have a little bonus money for all the wonderful reads you read during the year and the money is to be used for something special for yourself. Is it books? A new book shelf? Maybe it is a little pampering? Die hard readers this could be the start to your BEA 2011 fund! Whatever it is – it is yours for the reading! How super fab cool is that?
So – of course I am in! And I owe money for my January reads! Pop in at Delgal’s Book Reviews for official details and to get signed up! Come on! EVERYBODY’S doing it!
Good morning from Florida! How nice it is to wake up without snow! Al is off this morning to check out the equipment auctions in Orlando and I am at my cousins home in Deland, Florida. Alone. Solitude. Oh yeah.
Al doesn’t get this. He kept telling me, “You realize I will be gone all day. You will have no car, no way to venture out.”
What he has trouble understanding is that this is perfect for me. I like nothing more than the occasional (and oh so rare) days of nothingness. Life lately had been running from one commitment to another…. trying to juggle home, two offices, phone calls, appointments… here I have none of that. Today is going to be a day of books and catching up with my bookish friends on their blogs.
How about you? When you are given the rare opportunity to have a day of “no commitments” what do you like to do with it?
Sales clerk, barista, telemarketer, sign waver…
At twenty-five, free-spirited Becca Daniels is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. What Becca doesn’t want to be is bored. She craves the rush of a new experience, whether it’s an extreme sport, a shocking hair color, or a new guy. That’s why she quit her bookstore job, used her last bit of credit to go skydiving, and broke her leg.
And that’s why, grounded and grumpy, Becca bristles when teased by friends for being commitment-phobic. In response, Becca issues an outrageous wager—that she can sustain a three-month or twenty-five date relationship with the next guy who asks her out. When the guy turns out to be “churchy” Ben—definitely not Becca’s type—she gamely embarks on a hilarious series of dates that plunge her purple-haired, free-speaking, commitment-phobic self into the alien world of church potlucks and prayer meetings.
This irrepressible Getaway Girl will have you cheering her on as she “suffers” through her dates, gains perspective on her life’s purpose, and ultimately begins her greatest adventure of all.
Book store jobs? Book Clubs? Well this is a book right up my alley! This is my first Laura Jensen Walker read, this book is third in the series but I did not need the first two books to follow the story. I enjoyed the characters and the turn that Laura Jensen Walker takes while making her main character, Becca a non Christian in a Christian book. While Becca starts out as not always likeable…. a little rough around the edges, I found myself cheering her on as the book goes on.
Truth is – I like Becca. This character has a free spirit and a sense of adventure that is attractive. A light read that was humorous…. and I enjoyed getting into this book.
I received my review copy of this book from Christian Fiction Blog Alliance