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Summer Update

Hi all! Sorry I’ve been MIA again… It’s been a cray-cray year so far, and things have gone from one bad thing to another so fast that most times I feel like I can’t keep up…

But I haven’t been lax. I’ve kept doing whatever it is that I do, just a bit slower than usual.

And I have a new project that has been taking up quite a bit of my undivided attention. I’d love for you to take a chance and check it out…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/645968498/five-for-the-road-an-adventure-story

Alot of time has been going into editing this book, so I’d love it to get a little attention.

On another note, it is our local library system’s Summer Reading program, so stay tuned for updates from my reading list – I’m behind on posting my reviews, but not on writing them. Tomorrow I’ll share images and updates on my shelves and reading stack…

Also I’ve been hitting the learning curve hard as I find myself in crash courses about computer updates and such while dealing with a connection issue on the borrowed laptop I use, and have found myself returning to “Ol’ Trusty”, my old heavy-duty Toughbook. I find myself amazed at the issues of Windows 10, and the durability of Windows XP.

Finally, I learned today that I was supposed to have taken a language class. I don’t know when that was, so I’ll find out more tomorrow. I may be opening a new chapter (pun intended) in my reading life! How exciting!

Anyways, just wanted to let you all know I’m still alive and still reading! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update and be sure to check out the Kickstarter!

Old Review, New Review, Movie Night

So, tonight was de facto movie night, and I watched two films while cleaning out my email Inbox, and realized that I had missed out on doing the review for one of the books that one movie was based on –

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I Am Number Four…

Read my review on GoodReads here. Read IMDB’s review here.

The other movie was Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues.

(The cover on IMDB is not nearly as pretty as the cover on the disc I got from the library. I might update this to match, but then, maybe not.)

Hank was a country music legend, and this documentary not only featured his music and original recordings, but so much that I didn’t know about the man – that I’m sure many don’t know. It was sad to hear how much he suffered, and how loved he was by those who knew him. We can all only wish to be as loved and remembered as Hank Williams was.

It was also very humbling to hear a recording of him using a phrase my Pop used to use all the time – a phrase that apparently Hank used just as often…

“Lord willing…”

Catching Up With Reviews

I am working on catching up with my reviews again, so this page is going to go through alot of transformations in the next few days. Feel free to check back often and click on the covers for their reviews. If a cover doesn’t take you to a review right away, check back in a day or two – I may not have finished it yet.

I post short reviews with the link back to the full reviews on many sites:

GoodReads

Powells

Amazon

and introducing: NetGalley (for select titles)

Posting all of the reviews at approximately the same time takes a little time in itself. I try to make sure each is given equal love. To write and post a review takes about an hour, although depending on distractions, it can take longer. Some books it is hard to say something about, and others I can’t say enough, but each review takes a chunk of time. I try to make it worthwhile, for me and anyone who reads this.

That said, I also have a bit of literary events and interests that I post about from time to time, and since I travel for work, I may get to share locations like this:

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Yes. That is a tunnel made from books. (There will be more photos later.)

I also attend some fascinating events that pertain to literature – in some cases remotely, some directly. Like this one:

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#Thinkitup

And I am continuing my reading challenge – are you still reading along? I’ll be posting my selections for each category soon, and would like to know what you have read…

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Finally, this is the year I have declared to be The Year of Women Authors (#yearofwomenauthors #2015YoWA).  I have read books by men and women, but have tried to find books with an emphasis of women. This has expanded my usual reading choices, and encouraged me to release my own story for publication –

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So continue reading along, and I’ll have more exclusives coming your way soon!

 

Baby Donald Makes a Snowfriend

Read: 20 September 2015

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Punky Brewster (#1)

Read: 19 September 2015

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Cheese & Quackers

Read: 18 September 2015

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Movie Night – Max

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Watched: 06 September 2015

Last night we seen a touching story of a boy and his dog, Max. It was an instant family favorite, irregardless of the little inconsistencies that we noticed, coming from a military perspective.

Max is a war hero with PTSD, Justin’s brother’s dog. Justin’s brother Kyle, the good son, was killed while on maneuvers, and even while overseas, Max knew that everything was not kosher in Denmark, as the saying goes. Kyle’s childhood friend was doing a little side business, and used his friend as a cover.

Back home, Justin was a hacker, constantly at odds with his veteran father and hold-it-all-together mother. His friend had him doing a little side business of his own, and the heat was starting to make him sweat as his father was starting to catch on to him.

Not good family relationships, and after Kyle’s funeral, the addition of a strung-out dog adds to a ticking time bomb.

Justin’s friend’s cousin steps in, helping Justin work with Max and challenging racial perspectives (I liked this) with a bit of sass and a bit of manners and a large dose of right and wrong.

But Max isn’t the only Marine come home.

Kyle’s friend shows up, and as soon as he sees Max, everyone knows that something is wrong. What nobody wants to admit, though, is what. Why does Max have such a strong hate for his former handler’s best friend?

A story that does not follow the rules, but leads to a stronger family in the end, the only thing I found missing from the final scenes was Max’s trainer. Did that ever get resolved and cleared up? Or is that a blemish for future sequels? I don’t know.

Max was a great action story, coming-of-age story, family story, military story… the list could go on and on, but I say watch it. Watch it with someone, because most of all, this is a Coming Together story, and you’ll want to to share a smile with someone as it wraps up. Because.

 

Behind…

Okay, so I have fallen tragically behind on my reviews, although I have been reading still. It’s just that time of the summer, where the kids are getting bored with summer, errands and chores that were put off at the beginning of summer need doing, and everyone wants a piece of your time – so the constantly growing list starts to look daunting. (This sounds like the good premise of a short story…)

But, I am not to be put off, even if the task is challenging – it just needs to be re-imagined and put into a different format to make it easier to read (or do).

So, without further ado, the list of books that will be pending review (please note that links to the reviews will be available as the reviews become complete):

The Diggingest Dog

Read June 22 2015

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Let’s Go To The Park!

Read June 23 2015

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Splat the Cat: The Big Helper

Read June 24 2015

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The Pudgy Pat-A-Cake Book

Read June 25 2015

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The Guardian Herd: Starfire

Read June 26 2015

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In The Blood (A GoodReads First Read)

Read June 27 2015

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The Walking Dead: Volume 1: Days Gone Bye

Read June 28 2015

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96 Cats

Read June 29 2015

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All I Need To Know I Learned From My Cat

Read June 30 2015

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Ignite

Read July 03 2015

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Sailor Moon 3

Read July 05 2015

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Biscuit Goes to School

Read July 06 2015

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Fifty Shades of Chicken

Read July 06 2015

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Charlie’s Dirt Day

Read July 07 2015

 

Birthday in the Barrio

Read July 08 2015

 

Bad Cat

Read July 13 2015

 

New Dad (A GoodReads First Read)

Read July 13 2015

Book of the Week

Thought I’d get this out a little early this week since I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, and I’ve been late enough as it is. Besides, I don’t think any book will outshine this as my Pick of the Week:

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By: Shenoa Carroll-Bradd

A lively, rollicking romp around an alternate Victorian London, filled with steam, surprises, and sudden bouts of lightning fill this book with head-shaking, laugh-inducing semi-drama that begs to be read in one sitting and cries out for a sequel!

(Please, please, please write a sequel!!! And can I be a character, too?)

Read the rest here.

Highly recommended!

Book of the Week

This week’s selection for Book of the Week is:

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By: C.W. Gortner

This was an amazing book, which moved forward quickly, without being bogged down as some historical novels I have read were. The second book about the monarchs of Castile, this book details the life of Isabella of Castile, mother to the imprudent Juana (of The Last Queen).

I have not yet read the first book in the series yet. I have placed the book on hold already at the library, however, and am anxious to see how she is handled. This is historical fiction in it’s finest, and although some of the details have been scrambled a bit, and others entirely made up, the author is kind enough to detail these liberties, along with a summary at the end of the book. This was just as interesting a read as the story itself, although, truth be told, the story is what will stick in my mind.

Read the rest of the review on it’s page here.

Do you agree with my selection? My review? Let me know in the comments!

Mourning Wood – Volume 1: Fiction

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A rousing romp through short stories, author Michael Wood guides us through his early works. Although the stories would stand alone as in an ordinary anthology, the commentary that Wood adds at the beginning of each installment adds not only depth and focus, but also color to his creation.

The first volume in a two part series, Wood revisits 14 unique stories in all their original glory. Some stories are obviously better than others, and are introduced sequentially, from his earliest works to his more current acts of fiction. An introduction to the second volume, Mourning Wood – Volume II: Non-fiction, is at the end of the book, tempting the reader to wonder about the next installment.

We can only hope that Mr. Wood continues to practice his craft, and release further, newer works.

Sydney’s Song (Sneak Peek)

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A new preview from author Ia Uaro, Sydney’s Song is an illustrated look at life in Australia.  I was granted a Sneak Peek at the first few chapters by GoodReads, and I wanted to share it with you, too.

Spattered with slang and raw, honest emotion, this is a fast read. You get the feeling that Sydney is so much more than she admits to herself. A girl on the verge of womanhood, looking to escape her current life, Sydney’s Song is a compelling read and sure to please.

Click here, or on the cover above, to read the Sneak Peek. Then be sure to let me know what you thought in the comments below!