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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I Am Moving!

As I stated above, we have recently sold our house and the next few days are moving days! Our new house won't be ready until mid-July so we are temporarily staying in my mom's camper. With that being said I will be taking the month of July off for moving and settling into my new house. I have a few  book tour posts that I will be setting up to post while I am away from my computer but since I can't guarantee that I will have internet I do not plan to post any book reviews. I do plan to catch up on many TBR books and writing reviews so be prepared for a ton of reviews posting August..:D Thanks to all my readers in advanced for understanding. Hope everyone has a great July!!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Read So Far In 2013

This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given.

This week the topic is: 
Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013

2. Lover at Last by J.R. Ward

4. Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep

5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

6. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

7. Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell

8. Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep

9. Scorpio Rising by Monique Domovitch

10. Stolen by Daniel Palmer

Monday, June 24, 2013

Acre Blog Tour Guest Post: Ten Things People Do Not Know About George Johnson


Most of my adult life friends and family have said that I snored loudly. In college I had roommates change dormitory rooms on me because my snoring kept them awake. For the last two years I now sleep with a C-Pap machine. This forces enough air to my lungs and my snoring disappears.

As a young child I was Sweet Pea in a Halloween parade. I rode atop of an elephant made by my father. Below and in front of the elephant my brother Dave, who played Popeye the Sailor, guided us down Main Street. We won first prize for floats and took home fifteen dollars.

I did not like school. As a result I graduated close to the bottom of my class. The only time I applied myself was during baseball season when my grades had to be a certain level for me to play. I’ve always regretted that because I paid a terrible price for it when I went to college.

One summer I worked in a donut shop in the boardwalk in Ocean City. I saved three hundred dollars. Then I sent for my learner’s permit to learn to drive. After several futile efforts trying to persuade my brothers to teach me I took matters into my own hands. I took the car into the country myself, scraping gears all the way. The gear shift was on the floor. Breaking the law, I taught myself how to drive well enough that after three trips I felt I was prepared to take the test. I persuaded my father to go with me. I passed the driving test on my first trip.

Studying for an English course final examination in college three of us spent two nights preparing for the test. Using our class notes and copies of old exams given many semesters and years ago we felt we knew the material very well.

When we went to take the exam we were given the exact thing as one of the old exams we had studied for two nights. What was I to do? I purposely answered one question incorrectly.

As a teenager I hitch - hiked 35 miles to a baseball tryout with the Orioles. Fielding groundballs I leaned to make a play and the stitching in my old dungarees gave way from the fly and under the seat. By the end of the tryout I was taking in very serious air. When the tryout ended I was hitch - hiking back home trying desperately to conceal my southern exposure.

My favorite dog was one I could never afford to own. I always like the big chested English bulldog, but the price tag was too steep for me.

Learning to fly small planes was always a dream of mine. Finding money to pay for lessons was a problem, and the dream never came true.

Being avid campers, dictated by living on a teacher’s salary, we exposed our children to many places that many other children only read about in books. Many times, in their adult life, our children often relate back to these experiences.

As young boys we used to have corn cob battles. On Sundays, after church, we would go to a friend’s place, a huge farm, and there we would do battle. One team would be in the cow pound and the other team would be in the barn loft. After a good rain the cobs would leave brown splotches all over us. When we got home afterward our mother greeted us at the end of the back porch where we had to remove our clothes as she washed us down with a hose before she allowed us into the house.

George Johnson is a retired elementary school teacher from Prince George's County, Maryland.

He thought about Acre for two years before he finally put it in writing.Then, it took him three years, off and on, to complete it and put it in print. Being a late starter, the author completed his second book of fiction called Timber. Acre and Timber are brother and sister. Timber took him two years to complete.

At the present time, he is compiling a collection of short stories he has composed over the years. George Johnson lives in Hagerstown, Maryland with Sharon, his wife of fifty-four years.

Remember When Baseball Really Was America's Past Time?

Acre Thomas Tulley proved to be a product of his time.  In the late forties and early fifties, back before laptops and computer games, he was outside more than indoors.  He spent hours on the railroad tracks hitting cinders with a stick.  Afternoons were meant for swinging at corn cobs or having cob battles between the barn loft and the cow pound with his friends. Acre, George Johnson's debut novel, is about a boy from the heartland of America, who grows up to become baseball legend. It is a story that takes readers back to a time when family was everything, contracts were sealed with a handshake, and a man was as good as his word.

From swinging sticks at cinders, Acre grew up to hit baseballs with his bat. From the beginning, Acre Thomas Tulley set his goals high. He was still a teenager when he accomplished feats in major league baseball never achieved by any other player in the history of the game.

Keeping to his good family roots, Acre never forgot a promise he made early in his career.  But now, after achieving a legacy that will remain a benchmark for many years to come, will Acre Thomas Tulley walk away to keep that promise? Can he?


Friday, June 21, 2013

Audio Book Review: Carrie and Me by Carol Burnett

Read by: Carol Burnett
Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Format: Audio CD Unabridged
Source: publisher

Carrie and Me is the story of Carrie Hamilton’s life through the eyes of her mother, Carol Burnett. The reader is taken behind the scenes in a sense into the not so glamorous early childhood of Carrie. Carrie struggles with addiction and during this time she and her mother have a really rocky relationship. After several attempts at recovery she finally comes into her own and sets to discover herself. Carrie finally finds peace in Colorado and discovers a passion for writing and music.

When I started listening to Carrie and Me I thought it would be an in depth look into Carol and Carrie’s relationship. What I found was a very glossed over quick history of what happened. Not that it wasn’t heartfelt, because it was, but Carol never really goes into details of Carrie’s tumultuous childhood. Instead Carol focuses more on Carrie’s life after her drug recovery and the woman she became. Which I suppose was the point of this loving tribute. We discover all the ups and downs of Carrie’s life through emails and phone conversations with Carol and for the conclusion Carol shares Carrie’s unfinished book. Once finished you know how much Carol did love her daughter and how unfortunate that such a talent was taken from this earth far too soon.

DISCLOSURE: If you are considering purchasing this book or anything else from Amazon or Book Depository, please use my link above since I earn a very small percentage of the sale which helps for maintenance and giveaways on my blog!  I received this book from the publisher at no charge and in no way influenced my review.  

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WWW Wednesday (June 19, 2013)

 Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading

Finished reading

Up next

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books at the Top of my Summer TBR List

This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given.

This week the topic is: 
Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

1. A Feast of Crows by George R.R. Martin-my goal is to read the rest of this series but I decided to be realistic and just put one on my list.

2. Crave by J.R. Ward-just haven't gotten into her Fallen Angels novels but I vow to at least try to second one.

3. Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

4. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran-Michelle's writing is so vivid and I always enjoy one of her novels.

5. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan-this was a employee favorite at my local bookstore so I decided to add it to my growing TBR pile.

6. The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner-Gortner has never let me down with his novels.

7. The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell-this series was recommend for lovers of A Song of Ice and Fire type of books.

8. Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

9. Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan

10. The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue

Monday, June 17, 2013

Blog Tour Guest Post + Giveaway: A Day in the Life of Inge-Lise Goss

A Day in the Life of Inge-Lise Goss
by Inge-Lise Goss

This morning the sun streamed into the bedroom around 6 a.m. and woke me up before I finished dreaming about spiders invading a coffee shop. I turned away from the window and attempted to capture the dream again. After tossing and jerking around in bed for fifteen minutes, I gave up and forced my feet to the floor. Now I knew that I’d have to wait until I dozed off tonight to find out if the spiders got away. Bummer!

I slipped on a pair of yoga pants and a t-shirt and trudged down the stairs to the rowing machine looming in the corner in anticipation of my arrival. There, I stuck ear buds in my ears, flipped on the music, and listened to rock-n-roll while I rowed to the beat for twenty-five minutes. As I continued enjoying the music, I headed out the front door and walked a couple of miles.

Feeling sweaty when I returned home, instead of grabbing a bottle of water, I gulped down a cup of coffee. While I kept an eye on the quail family that had taken residency in the ivy surrounding our patio, I poured a bowl of cereal and drenched it with blue berries. Breezing through the newspaper, I chatted with my husband about a few of the articles. Then I filled my coffee mug and moved to the den on the second floor.

After turning on my computer, I checked emails. Satisfied I had responded to everything, well, almost everything, that needed my attention, I opened the file containing my current project. My daily goal was to be writing by 10 a.m. Most of time I managed to make that hour work, and today was no exception. That was also the time when my muse was up and ready to get to work. In fact, she pouts when I’m running late or she’s been ignored for a few days.

Shortly after eleven, Bran, our dog began to wildly bark, dislodging me from the story flowing onto the pages. I looked out the window and saw a UPS man delivering a package. My husband went to the door to fetch it. I returned to writing, but it took me about ten minutes to become immersed.

Enjoying the adventure flashing through my mind as my fingers punched the keyboard, the alarm buzzed on my computer. Glancing at the bottom of the screen, I saw “4:00 PM,” time to wrap up my writing, but my muse kept me at the computer for another fifty-five minutes. It was almost cocktail hour when I finally hit the safe button, leaned back in the chair, and closed my eyes. I gathered my thoughts and put the story to rest for the day.

I quickly discarded my yoga pants and t-shirt, and hurried into the shower. As soon as I stepped out of the bathroom, cocktails were poured. After dinner, I curled up on the couch and read until the doorbell rang. I had completely forgotten that I had promised I’d do a tarot reading for a friend, but I never let on how surprised I was to see her. We polished off a bottle of wine as the cards were turned over. At 11:30 p.m. I crawled into bed and hoped I’d dream about the spiders in the coffee shop.

Inge-Lise Goss was born in Denmark and immigrated to the United States at the age of four with her family. She was raised in Utah and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has audited numerous companies. She has four grown children. She now lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their dog, Bran.
After running from her boyfriend’s powerful organized crime family, Sara Jones starts a new life in a new town. But when people around her start dying from poisonous spider bites after she receives a mysterious package with a spider concealed inside, she worries that the family has found her. Life takes an even more bizarre turn when she seems to be not only immune to the spider venom, but also surrounded by a sinister group of people she suspects is a spider cult. Even her new boyfriend starts acting suspiciously. Just who can she trust?


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