December 31, 2011

Happy New Year"s Eve


REMINDER:  
TOMORROW IS MOVING DAY!!!  I HOPE TO SEE YOU AT MY NEW HOME

WWW.CMASHLOVESTOREAD.COM
(link is working and blog is open)




The end of another year.  And how fast it went by.  However, it was a bittersweet year for me.  It's been two (2) years now that I have been part of this great community of book blogging and reviewing and am having as much fun today as I did when I first started.  I have met many new friends, read some phenomenal books, have had the opportunity for new adventures and have been honored to host Authors as my guests just to name a few events of this past year.  As far as reading, I fell short of what I wanted to accomplish but I hope to do better in 2012.

There were some road blocks that I had to get through this year, but I did, and I want to thank you all for being there for me when I didn't think I was going to make it to the other side.  Your prayers, genuine concern, caring, words of encouragement and comfort helped me through.  I will forever be thankful.


Tomorrow is going to be a big day for me.  
First, I will be moving to my new home over at wordpress.  I hope you all come visit, take down my new address, sign up and/or on, leave me a little comment that the directions I gave or that your GPS worked and you found me.  Since I am not tech savvy, it might take me a while to learn my way around and navigate the new platform, so I apologize in advance.  

And tomorrow, the day I have been patiently waiting for.  I am being very optimistic that 2012 is going to be a better year for me....it can't get any worse  lol.....at least I don't think so.  Remember all those challenges that I signed up for.....all  23 of them....WooHoo.....they start tomorow.  One of my resolutions this year is to read more.  Because of my personal real life issues, I only read 50 books in 2011...pitiful.  There were some months that I read 1 book.  So let the challenges begin!!!!!!!


HAVE A SAFE, HEALTHY AND HAPPY 2012 NEW YEAR!!





December 30, 2011

And the winner is........

........of A WHISPER TO A SCREAM by Karen Wojcik Berner

Random Integer Generator

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6
Timestamp: 2011-12-30 23:04:07 UTC



Vicki said...I belong to WordShakers (hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey)
I also belong to two book clubs at Sparkpeople.com 6 
An email has been sent to the winner and she has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  Thank you to all that entered.




Aloha Friday


Reminder:  As of 01/01/12, the moving trucks are ready and will be rolling to WordPress.  Hope to see you there!!!




Hosted by An Island Life
From An Island Life:
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
If you’d like to participate, visit An Island Life answer the question and then post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!
MY QUESTION:
From a blogging perspective, what are you most looking forward to in 2012?


MY ANSWER:
Hopefully navigating and feeling comfortable at my new home at WP.
Might have to invest in a GPS lol.
Hope to see you there 
www.cmashlovestoread.com







December 29, 2011

NEWS ALERT!!!!! MOVING!!!!


Dear Friends:

I am moving.  Not as in house moving but as in blog moving.  And I would love if you would follow me to my new home.

I will officially be, as of 01/01/12, using WordPress as my platform.  My new address is:

www.cmashlovestoread.com

Due to all the problems I had earlier this month with blogger, when my blog went missing and my gmail account was deleted (all of my Partners In Crime Tours spreadsheets gone), then my blog reappearing but not being able to access it, only my coadministrator could, then 2 weeks later, receiving an email that my gmail account had been restored but no explanation given, was as the saying goes, the straw that broke the camel's back.

I have to give a HUGE THANKS to my good friend Gina, from Hott Books, (my computer angel) woh was able to access my blog, save all of my work,  recreate, set up my new blog, move and teach me the basics of WP, all the while trying to fix her and others' blogs who were having the same problem.

I have said that I am not computer savvy, so there will be bumps in the road until I get used to the new place but hopefully it won't take long...LOL!!

Hope to see you there.......................


Booking Through Thursday


Today's question:
What were your favorite books of 2011?
My response:
I always get palpitations when a question asks for "a favorite", maybe because I'm a parent and I would never be able to answer the question "who is my favorite child".  And since moving into this neighborhood of book blogging and reviewing, I have a total new outlook about books. I used to purchase them, read for enjoyment and either they would go on my shelf or be passed on.  Now I know the hard work, the heart and soul the author puts into writing a particular book for my pleasure of reading.  That book IS "their child"

This year I had the opportunity to read many outstanding books that I would recommend, many more than I am going to list, but I narrowed it down to these 10 that really stood out:
Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard
(review to be posted 01/19/12)

What were your favorites of 2011?






December 28, 2011

W.W.W. Wednesday


Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading 

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?
This book will be touring with Partners In Crime Tours from February through April.  We still have some spots opened for review.  If you think you might be interested in reading and reviewing this novel, please contact me at CMash@Partnersincrimetours.net and I will get back to you with more details.

Synopsis:
Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complications for Matt on multiple levels. However, his life shifts from troubled to imperiled when two cops – men he's known for a long time – come into his home and arrest his son as the prime suspect in the murder of the boy's girlfriend.

Suddenly, the enmity between Matt and his only child is no longer relevant. Matt must do everything he can to clear his son, who he fully believes is innocent. Doing so will require him to quit his job and make enemies of former friends – and it will throw him up against forces he barely knew existed and can only begin to comprehend how to battle.

GODS AND FATHERS is at once a powerful mystery and a provocative international thriller, all of it presented with LePore's signature fascinating characters placed in dire circumstances where every choice poses new and potentially fatal challenges.






December 26, 2011

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DECEMBER 27th to DECEMBER 31st, 2011




BEST OF 2011 GIVEAWAY BLOG HOP
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if rules of giveaway are not followed






Monday Memes


WARNING:  LENGTHY POST


And how is everyone today?  Exhausted?  Feeling guilty that you had that extra piece of pie lol.  I know I am.  Did you have a wonderful day with family and friends?  Did Santa bring you any book related presents, would love to hear if you want to share.  Would love to hear about anything that Santa brought if you want to tell us about.

This weekend was bittersweet for me.  It was very hard for me with my Mom not being here and I have to be honest, there were some tears, for different emotions throughout the day.  However, I realized as we sat around my mother-in-law's table, how much I had to be thankful for.  My husband and I did the blessing before we started eating, which is another story because today I start a HUGE diet after what I ate lol. 

I am blessed.  The fact that my husband was sitting there and did the first part of the blessing after what happened 2 months ago, his chair could have been empty too.  Both my sons were there from out of state and one of their gfs, who I consider my daughter, my other son's gf, who I also consider my daughter, didn't fly in with him and spent Christmas with her parents.  And to see the relationship my sons have with each other, I am blessed.  Some of you know, but I only have one sibling who is 9 1/2 years older than me and is severely handicapped.  My Mom and her were joined at the hip for all of her life and now lives in an assisted living facility and loves it.  She was having a very difficult time this weekend but I was so proud of her.  She came out to eat with us Saturday night and was at my mil's yesterday.  I picked her up and brought her to my house because she wanted me to style her hair and put make up on her to go out.  And she had a wonderful time!!  So even though it was hard, I know my Mom was looking down and smiling.  And then my husband, both boys and Heather (Paul's gf) gave me gifts from the heart that the tears continued until we were done opening presents.  My boys tease each other constantly and Mark said to Paul...."Oh great...You had to give her your present first...you knew that she would do this". And I didn't stop having eyes filled with tears until we left the house to go and eat.  I am sharing one that was book related below.

So how was your day?



Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading
Today's question:
   Did you get any books for Christmas? If so, what were they?
If you didn’t, what books are you most looking forward to reading (and/or buying) in the new year?

My response:
I didn't get any books and/or even an Amazon GC this year, which did and didn't surprise me.  My family knows and sees the big 5 shelf bookcase, and shake their heads in disbelief, when I tell them that those are my TBR books, plus the books in my Kindle and Sony EReaders.  So this year, I think they realize too, that the big bookcase in my reading room/office (now called "hopefully in my lifetime TBR  bookcase) and the little book case that holds my finished reads, that I don't need any more books.  But I love it, since they have started to read again, when they come home, they now go to both bookcases to see what they can take.

However, one of the gifts my Paul (the oldest) and the first gift he said I had to open was this:

The picture doesn't do it justice.  It is a silver plated bookmark.The heart is raised with pearl in the center and rhinestones around the sides of the heart.  There is filigree down both sides and engraved with this saying:
A mother understands what a child does not say.

OK..how many Moms out there are getting that warm and fuzzy feeling?  lol
And as to what books I am looking forward to, lol all the ones that sound like I would enjoy!!!  lol



December is being hosted by Lady Q from Let Them Read Books 
Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia of A girl and her books and is now on tour.

According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.


  The Story Plant (PICT)                     Author                         Meryl L. Moss Media