May 31, 2010

Memorial Day


In observance of Memorial Day, please stop, take a moment and say a prayer for all those men and women who gave their lives so that we can live with freedom.

Musing Mondays (2 of 4)

Musing Mondays is now being hosted by Miz B.  Thank you so much for hosting.
Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading
Today's Question:
Do you ever read a word or phrase that sparks a specific place or setting in your mind and makes you crave to read a book with that type of place/setting in it?
My Answer:
  I think that with every book I read, I am transported there in my mind.  If the author conveys, with detailed words the description of where the book is taking place, I can sense the location in my imagination.  And with every book I read,  I travel the world.

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (3 of 4)

Hosted by Sheila at One Persons Journey Through A World Of Books
This is a meme to list the books completed last week, the books currently being read, and the books to be finished this week
Books Finished Last Week:
  So Cold The River by Michael Koryta (Hachette) Photobucket
  Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri  (Pump Up Your Book) Photobucket
  The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon  (Doubleday) Photobucket
Currently Reading (and hoping to finish)
  Damaged by Alex Kava (Doubleday)
Up Next:
  Higher Education by Kenneth Jedding (The Book Trib)
  Alexandra, Gone (Simon Schuster Pocket Book)

Mailbox Monday (4 of 4)

Hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page

Moday 05/24  From The Book Trib

Thursday 05/27 From Yorkhire Publishing

May 30, 2010

Thank You

I have said on many occasions that I am not computer savvy, that I am computer challenged, that I am computer illiterate.  Oh heck, I just know the basics.   I have also said that when I first started book blogging, I was lucky to find the kindest and most patient person and blogger there is.  She took me under her wing and helped me along.  I have posted that she has been my mentor.  Well today, I called on her for some help.  Things that I had seen and would like on my blog.  And again, she was there for me.  I don't know how to thank her.  But I do know one thing.  If you haven't visited her or her blog, you really should.


So to Vicki from Reading At The Beach ( Not only are you my mentor but my blogging computer angel.  Thank You !!!!!!!!!!

Monthly Wrap Up (2 of 2)

May was definitely a better month for me and hoping the same for next month.  So here are the books I finished and my Challenge standings:

  The Memory Thief by Rachel Keener  Photobucket
  Our Promised Land by Michael T. Darkow  Photobucket
  Still Midnight by Denise Mina  Photobucket
  Death of a Cure by Steven H. Jackson  Photobucket
  So Cold The River by Michael Koryta  Photobucket
  Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri  Photobucket
  The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon Photobucket

  Lisa Jackson (originally signed up for 5)  5/5 Completed
  Awesome Author 0/3
  RYOB  1/10
  Romance 2/3
  EBook 1/6
  Reading from my Shelves  20/20  Completed
  Thriller/Suspense  12/12  Completed
  Books I Won 1/6
  100+  22/100
  FOMA 12x12 20/?
  Buck A Book  22/100
  The Arthur Reagan  2/?
  50+  10/50

Holiday (1 of 2)

In honor of those who serve our country, please take time today and remember those that are protecting our freedom.
Support Our Troops

May 29, 2010

Photobucket The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon

The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon (ARC)
Published by Doubleday
ISBN 978-0-385-530-63-7
At the request of Doubleday, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me. for my honest opinion
  Synopsis: (from back of book) Justin Fisher has a successful career as the manager of a luxury hotel, a lovely wife, and a charming young son. While all signs point to a bright future, Justin can no longer ignore the hole in his life left by his estranged family. When he finally gathers the courage to reconnect with his troubled past, Justin is devastated to learn that his parents have passed away. And a visit to the cemetery brings the greatest shock of all-next to the graves of his father and mother sits a smaller tombstone for a three-year-old boy: a boy named Thomas Justin Fisher.
  What follows in an extraordinary journey as Justin struggles with issues of his own identity and pieces together the complex and heartbreaking truth about this family.
  My Thoughts and Opinion: Dianne Dixon, the author of this book, writes a brilliant and masterful story of one family's heartbreaks, betrayals, lies, control, and secrets that can hurt so many people. The book is divided between the past and present lives of Justin, his parents and two sisters. The author interweaves the characters, that were dramatically life like, that it could be either a family the reader knows or maybe even their own. There is suspense as Justin tries to reclaim a life and family, that he thought he knew, because of a song his mother taught him as a three year old toddler, only to find out there are pieces missing in the puzzle of his life. With an ending that was a total surprise. In the plot of this story line, the author conveys about life's lessons and the reality of that saying, that life is too short. A beautiful and emotional book to the very last page. I highly recommend that everyone reads this book, whatever age, because it will have the reader reflecting about their own life.
My Rating:  5      
I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me,
in exchange for my HONEST review.
No items that I receive
are ever sold...they are kept by me,
or given to family or friends.

Memorial Day


Hope everyone has some fun plans for this long weekend, Memorial Day.  The unofficial start of summer.  But lets not forget what Memorial Day is about.  Stop and take a minute to remember those that gave their lives for our freedom. 

Any special plans this weekend? 

No memes today !!!  I am still on the lookout for another one for Saturdays .  I love participating in daily memes and meeting new blogging buddies BUT yesterday I went overboard.  I had 6 memes going and all that hopping was too much.  A bloggy friend, Julie, who I value her opinion, made me see the error of my ways  lol.  So today I will just be doing my computer to-do list, draft some postings and writing a review.  And then I will relax and read.      Happy Memorial Day and Happy Reading !!!!!

May 28, 2010

Aloha Friday ( 1 of 6 )

TGIF !!!!  THE DAY OF MEMES!!  And the day to do a lot of blog hopping.  Today I am also particpating in two new memes that look like fun.  One (posting 3 of 6) is the debut of this  new hop.  And another, (posting 4 of 6) will be the first time I am participating in.  I found this meme via Vicki's blog, Reading At The Beach, and it sounded like fun. So put on your sneakers and lets go hop!!!

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:
This weekend is the unofficial start of summer.  So my question is, which do you prefer, ocean or pool?
My Answer:
Pool, especially since we have one in the backyard, but if on vacation, then its the beach.

Book Blog Hop ( 2 of 6 )

Hosted by Jennifer from CRAZY FOR BOOKS
Here are the instuctions from her site:

  Every day I seem to find another book blog that I start following. In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blog Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!
  So, if you'd like to participate, just repost this on your blog, sign MckLinky on her site, and check out other blogs in MckLinky! Let's connect and make new book bloggy friends!! So, if you consider yourself a book blogger, come join the fun!
  Pretty please - Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.

Friday Follow ( 3 of 6 )

Today is the first day of this brand new blog.  I think it sounds like a lot of fun so have added my name to particpate.   Here are all the details:
Hosted by Tami from Hearts Make Families,Ian from The Daily Dose of Reality, and Harriet from Harriet and Friends

  This blog is going to be strictly set up for new and improved Friday Follow. The purpose is to help out new bloggers as they come into this huge blogosphere and to help grow membership for some of the bigger blogs as well.
  Starting on May 28, the newly renovated Friday Follow will be run on this blog. We will be hosting the first Friday Follow.
  On June 4, we have already set up two of the hosts, Stephanie from Babes Rockin Mami and Michelle from Mommy Loves Stilettos. We are still waiting for confirmation on the third.
  However, we are looking for hosts for later dates. We have decided that three hosts is a good number for each blog hop. As usual, the top slots will be reserved for the hosts so they will get a lot more attention to their blogs.
  I will prepare the post each week but the hosts will run the blog hop. Since I will be preparing the slot each week, we do ask that each host showcase their work. The person in slot one will showcase their work on Monday. The person in slot two will showcase their work on Tuesday. The person in slot three will showcase their work on Thursday.
  Since there is some work involved in running this site as well, #4, #5, and #6 will be used by the administrators of the blog.
  Now here is where some lucky winners come into play. After each blog hop, we will be drawing 3 lucky winners for slot 7, 8, and 9 by using There is another bonus to being the first person pulled. We will be doing an interview with that person on Thursday to showcase their blog. What a great benefit!
 We do expect you to be on your honor here. Here are some basic guidelines:
*Grab the button up top
*Add your link to the linky
*Tell everyone that you know. This is a great way to get your blog more followers.
*Follow the ones you like (and comment on their blogs to say that you are following)

Little things about the hop which are normal every where:
*Follow someone if they follow you – It is common courtesy.
*Only one linky per blog.
*No xxrated blogs
*No spammers

5 Question Friday (4 of 6)

And another new one for me that I found via Vicki at Reading At The Beach.  I have seen it for a couple of weeks now and another one that looks like fun, so will be particpating today for the 1st time.
Hosted by Lua at My Little Life About Me
Rules for Five Question Friday:
Copy and paste the following questions to a blog post. Answer them then c'mon back to link up! Grab the MckLinky bloghop code, if that's your kinda thing! I'd LOVE it if you'd link back to me, Mama M.!
Rules for Five Question Friday: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then c'mon back to link up! If it floats your boat, you can even grab the blog hop code! I would love it if you'd link back to me, Mama M., but that's not a requirement! ;)

If you don't have a blog, but want to play along...feel free to answer the questions in the comments of my blog, or any blog along the way! And remember, the linky is always open til Sunday any of you who are late to the game, can still play along! (Aren't I thoughtful?!!)
Questions for Friday, May 28th: (Special thanks to Lorilynne, Erin, Sandy, Kyrsten, and Renee for their question suggestions! If YOU wanna be linked in a future 5QF, c'mon over here, to my community and offer up your best question suggestions!)

1. Is there something you've always wanted to try but just can't muster up the courage to actually do yet?
Travel longer distances on planes...5 hours is maximum for me.
2. If you had $100 handed to you in cash without your significant other knowing about it, what would you spend it on?
Books, Books and more books.
3. What was your favorite piece of playground equipment as a child?
The swing and remember would spend long periods of time on them.
4. Do you prefer a sweet or hearty breakfast?
5. Are you a Neat Freak or a Messy Bessy?
Neat freak

Friday 56 (5 of 6)

Hosted by Storytime With Tonya and Friends
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
Later, Robert realized that his mother had never forbidden him to go to Hawaii: she had simply prevented it by making it seen like an act of brutality.
From The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon

Friday Fill-ins (6 of 6)

Photobucket we go!

1. A large salad -- the best food to take on a picnic.
2. Summer here!!
3. The most comfortable shoes are flip flops.
4. To love someone is a beautiful feeling.
5. No way am I going with a walker on a long hike. LOL
6. When I crave food, it's usually chocolate peanut butter ice cream.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to spending time with hubby, tomorrow my plans include my computer to-do-list & reading and Sunday, I want to sit outside with my hubby and my book!

May 27, 2010


Today I received yet another award !!!!  And from TWO book bloggers.  This is a new one for me.  For those who have received awards from our peers, know what a great feeling it is.  Knowing that someone thinks your blog is deserving and today, 2 blogging friends did just that.  And to them I say Thank You So Much!!!  It is an honor to accept this award from Jackie from Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories  ( and Julie from Reading Without Restraint (  Their blogs are wonderful...stop by and check them out.  Here is the award:
And the rules for accepting this award are:
When you receive this award, you must share seven things about yourself and then pass it on to 15 blogs you have recently discovered that you enjoy!
Since I had to list 10 things about myself with yesterday's award, I won't bore you again today.
And here are the 15 new blogs that I have recently found and who I am passing it on to:

A Novel Source
Always with a Book
Book Clutter
Caroline Bookbinder
I'd So Rather Be Reading
Lady Scribble's Book Lounge
Loving Books
Naomi's Book Reviews
Patiently Waiting
Rose City Reader
Sharon's Garden of Books
Smitten With Books
The Crowded Leaf
With a Good Book

Booking Thru Thursday

Yesterday I was so excited about the award I received that I totally forgot the other good news.  Its not any less importan than the award but as most of you know, awards can be time consuming when passing them on.  I also received and email that I had won "9th Judgement" by James Patterson.  WooHoo, I now have the entire series, now I just need the time to read them.  Thank you Karen from Bookin' With Bingo. 

And it just keeps getting better, today I won "Change In Attitude" from Reading At The Beach, Thank You Vicki!
What a way to wake up !!  And 2 more awards that I need to pick up.  I will post about those later.    Maybe this is all a dream, and if it is, I don't want to wake up!!!  lol

Today's question:
  What books do you have next to your bed right now? How about other places in the house? What are you reading?
My answer:
  This question is a bit difficult to answer.  It would take a very long time to list each and every book.  Because of my operations I sleep in a recliner in our living room because I am not capable of laying flat yet.  So on the table next to the recliner, there are 13 books, the majority are for review and the others that I had won.   On our hutch, I have 10 books I read and need to send to my cousin.  And then there are 2 floor to ceiling bookcases in our family room.  I can guarantee, if I were to check them right now, I would be surprised as to what books are there, that I have collected over the years and have forgotten about.  Thinking about this, that would be a nice project for me during my recuperation.  Because of this question, it has me thinking,  I am truly a book addict.  There are so many books in this house and all these books are mine since no one else reads.
I am presently reading The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon.

May 26, 2010


It never ceases to surprise and amaze me when presented with an award.  Today I was honored to have Darlyn from darlyn & books bestow on me this new award.
We live near and far but as book bloggers, we live in a very kind and friendly neighborhood of the blogosphere.   We have the same thing in common, the love of books.  I have said it before, sorry to keep repeating myself, but the nicest people are book bloggers.  I can not express how much it means to me to be part of this community.  So thank you Darlyn for this award !!!!   Now the criteria:
The award requires me to list 10 honest things about myself before pass it to 10 other bloggers. Hope I don't bore you lol.
   1.  I wish I could go back in time when my boys were toddlers
   2.  I miss my old job and not being able to work
   3.  I  believe one good trait I have is being a good listener
   4.  Another good trait is that I keep secrets.  When asked not to tell, I don't
   5.  I can't bake, it becomes a disaster
   6.  I despise lying
   7.  I despise clutter
   8.  I love to read while sitting on a float in our pool
   9.  I love to read during thunderstorms
 10.  In winter, I love to read during snow storms with an afghan around me.
Now I will be passing this award to both old and new friends and in no particular order:
Busy Moms Who Love To Read
Dollycas's Thoughts
Under The Boardwalk
Rreading At The Beach
Paper, Pens, & Lipgloss
Tea Time With Marce
A Cup of Tea and A Cozy For Me

Wathcha Reading Wednesdays

Just about 7 months ago I didn't even know what a "meme" was.  But once I found out, I was always on the hunt to find a new and fun one.  And today in my Google Reader, there it was !!!  Another Wednesday fun meme.  And here it is !!
Hosted by Busy Moms Who Love To Read.  The link to this blog is so that you can visit and sign in with McLinky. 
A prize is also included.  Here is the criteria:
Since there is a prize at stake this week I am going to make it slightly more work: Go to page 50, count down 50 words and then type out the next two full sentences. If it is a spoiler at all be sure to put **Spoiler Alert** at the top of your comment (like if the selection announces the death of an integral character or something).
I will be right back to posting since I need to count down to 50!!!.........I am back and here are my 2 sentences.
  In Caroline's growing up, there had only been herself and her mother.  When Caroling would ask about her father, her mother's response was always the same:  "You don't have one."
   From The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon
Hope you join in the fun!!

W.W.W. Wednesdays


Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading
 *What are you currently reading?
     The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon
 *What did you recently finish reading?
      Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri  (5 star)
     So Cold The River by Michael Koryta (4 star)
 *What do you think you’ll read next?
     Damaged by Alex Kava

May 25, 2010

Photobucket Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri

Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri
Published by R.J. Buckley Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9819654-0-6
At the request of Pump Up Your Book, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
  Synopsis: (from back of book) In Moonlight Falls, novelist and photo journalist Vincent Zandri asks the question "If you knew your life could end at any moment, how far would you go to prove you murdered your lover?"
  Albany, New York is the setting of Zandri's paranoid thriller (in the Hitchcock tradition) about Richard "Dick" Moonlight, former APD detective turned private investigator/massage therapist, who believes he killed Scarlet Montana, his illicit lover and wife of his ex-boss Chief of Detectives Jake Montana. The dilemma...Moonlight doesn't remember what happened!
  My Thoughts and Opinion: Mr Zandri introduces the reader to Richard Moonlight in a masterful writing style of first person perspective, which is the most difficult to write in. In the first chapter, it describes how Moonlight attempted suicide by a self inflicted gun shot to his head but lives, however, a bullet fragment is lodged in his brain and affects his ability to know right from wrong.  This book, from page one, was a nonstop, heart pounding, roller coaster ride until the very last page.  The list of characters enthralling.  The plot mesmerizing.  The story line has so many twists and turns that had this reader trying to unravel, and with an ending that was never seen coming.  Wild!!  This book is Hitchcock meets James Patterson!!  Alex Cross meet Richard Moonlight!!!  Fantastic!!  This is the type of book that I call a, "just one more chapter" read, whereas the chapters are a couple of pages long but you realize that its four (4) hours since saying "just one more chapter".  Warning: from starting page one, be prepared of not being able to put this book down until finished.  A definite page turning read!!  This book...Incredible !!!!  On a scale of 1 to 5, Moonlight Falls, is a ten (10)!!  Mr. Zandri....Bravo!!!!!
  Rating: 5+ 


I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me,
in exchange for my HONEST review.
No items that I receive
are ever sold...they are kept by me,
or given to family or friends.

Teaser Tuesday


Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
*Grab your current read
*Open to a random page
*Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
*BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
*Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
The stakes had changed.  Crime scene all gone.  More like, investigation, all gone.  It meant that now the fingers of Albany justice were about to point at me as a suspect.  I turned and started back across the lawn towards the still burning home.
     From Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri     page 143

May 24, 2010

Photobucket So Cold The River by Michael Koryta

So Cold The River by Michael Koryta
Published by Little Brown and Company
ISBN 978-0-316-05363-1
At the request of The Hachette Book Group, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion
  Synopsis: (from back of book) It starts with a beautiful woman and a challenge. Alyssa Bradford approaches filmmaker Eric Shaw to make a documentary about her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a ninety-five-year-old billionaire whose past is cloaked in mystery, the only clues being the name of his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life.
  Only a few hours after his arrival in Campbell Bradford's rural hometown, Eric experiences a frighteningly vivid vision. As the days pass, the frequency and intensity of his hallucinations increase. He's drawn deeper into the town's dark past which is centered on a glorious hotel where presidents and mobsters once mingled, drawn to the area by the curative powers of its mineral springs. Eric discovers that something besides the hotel has been restored-a long-forgotten evil that will stop at nothing to regain a lost glory. Brilliantly imagined and terrifying real, So Cold the River is a tale of irresistible suspense.
  My Thoughts and Opinion: Some of the words that I would describe this book would be gripping, suspenseful, unreal and mostly strange. It is hard to review this read without giving a lot away but will try. The mystery and suspense held my attention to the very end. Parts of the plot were questionable and unbelievable but still held my interest. The characters real, but their situations doubtful. The words written of this rural town are beautiful and it's history interesting. The ending explosive with questions being both answered and not answered leaving the reader dangling. My rating is based on the nature of suspense that held me captive the entire book even knowing that some of the story line could never be true. Words to describe. Gripping yet Strange.
  My Rating: 4 star  Photobucket

I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me,
in exchange for my HONEST review.
No items that I receive
are ever sold...they are kept by me,
or given to family or friends.

Musing Mondays (1 of 3)


Before getting to today's memes, I want to thank Mr. Vincent Zandri author of Moonlight Falls, for spending the afternoon with us and to all those that stopped by and joined in our discussion.  There were some great comments and fantastic questions.   It appears, that both EReaders and Books will continue to live together in the avid reader's and consumers lives.  There is not one clear winner but both have pros and cons to what we like as individuals.  And the poll that was placed this week on this blog had HC 45.5%.  I have to admit, that surprised me, with today's economy and the price of HCs.  Or either that, used book stores are very busy lol.  Paperback books followed and EReaders came in last.

Also, I have a favor to ask.  I enjoy all the memes that I participate in.  Great way of finding new blogs and meeting the new people behind those blogs.  So what is my favor?  I am looking for a couple of more memes for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  If you know of any or have joined some on those days, would appreciate you linking me up.

Its Monday, What Are You Reading (2 of 3)

Hosted by Sheila at One Persons Journey Through A World Of Books
This is a meme to list the books completed last week, the books currently being read, and the books to be finished this week
Unfortunately I did not finish a book last week, had too many distractions for me to complete my current read.


Mailbox Monday (3 of 3)


Hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page
05/18  Monday from Pump Up Your Book
05/19 Tuesday
From Author
Won from Bookin' With Bingo