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Follow Friday… and our first week of summer

June 7, 2012

Another Friday, another week gone by. Our first week of summer over already. This one was for relaxing and hanging at home. Well, except for Middle who went to work with her daddy… and he did put her to work.

I started working on those summer memories and spent time in the pool, mostly with little one. I forgot, how great a 30 minute swim workout feels. I still feel those little tugs and aches the next day… and it tells me I put my body to work and I’m keeping fit!!! I’m sure throwing around 35 lbs of screaming-in-delight child has a little something to do with it,too.

Time now to join Hilary at Feeling Beachie for her fill in fun. Each week she posts four statements with blanks for us to fill in on our own blogs. She is always looking for new statements, sent her some in an e-mail and if she chooses them you may be her next co-host!!!

Here are this weeks statements:

1.       When I ___ I ____

2.       I wish I was ___

3.       If the world is my oyster then _________________

4.       My favorite meal of the day is __________ and the food I think would be my favorite to eat then would be __________

My answers:

1. When I read a good book I get lost in my own little world.

2. I wish I was able to remember more of the French I learned in school and college. I love the language. 

3. If the world is my oyster then my kids are my pearls.

4. My favorite meal of the day is dinner and the food I think would be my favorite to eat then would be a beautiful selection of fresh sashimi. 

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Skewered Halo {Blog Tour}

April 30, 2012

My friend Brenda Youngerman is a self-published author of 7 books. Her latest novel is Skewered Halo,the only one I have read to date. Something, I want to change. I bought Skewered Halo as a birthday present for myself and I have no regrets.

Brenda writes what she calls Fiction with a Purpose.

Here is what she has to say:

Fiction with a Purpose is what I write. I made a commitment to write novels that will address social issues and have a reader wondering if the stories are real when the last page is read. I also set a goal to have a new book released each year. These are the works – I hope you will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!

After reading Skewered Halo I can say without a doubt that Brenda succeeded in her commitment to addressing social issues and leaving the reader wondering. Oh yes, did she ever leave me wonder. 

From the book cover:

Why would one sister have it in for the other? Sibling rivalry is taken to the extreme in the breathtaking novel Skewered Halo. 
Diane Newsome is the middle child born into a middle-class family. Her older sister, Brittany, has resented her from the moment she was born. Brittany convinces Diane that she was placed on the doorstep as an unwanted child, and she dare not make a wrong move or she will lose her family.
Years later, when Diane finally tells her parents what Brittany has claimed, they are aghast, yet her mother still sides with Brittany. 
Skewered Halo is a thriller exploring the lies and treachery that can exist in families.
Join Diane as she discovers that her entire life has been a lie, resulting in murder and mayhem. It all enfolds in the dramatically 
enticing Skewered Halo.   
I was so excited when I received Skewered Halo in the mail. Not only was it my first Youngerman novel but Brenda actually signed it for me. How cool is that?
I started reading and soon was sucked into the story. I think, it only took me about three days reading a couple hours each to finish the book. Which is a record for me lately. I have always been an avid reader but since becoming a mom of 3, reading is one of the things that suffered. But I just couldn’t put the book down. One night I read late into the night and needed an extra caffeine boost to make it through the next day. The next night, I was soaking in the tub intend on only reading a chapter or two… but two hours later, the water cold and my skin shriveled beyond recognition, I sat in the tub with my mouth agape and the book finished.
As a big sister myself, I cannot understand and will not ever understand how a human being can be so cruel and mean. My little sister has driven me crazy, made me mad and cry, and want throttle her at times… but never ever have I not loved her deeply.
As a mother of three, the ending left me reeling and heart sick. I still shudder thinking about it.
And there-in lies Brenda’s power with words…
She made me think, made me shudder and ache. She was able to reach deep inside me and hook me with her words.
I cannot wait to read her other novels.
I truly hope, you will hop on over to Brenda’s blog, say hello and order a book or two… or 7!!! You won’t regret it.

 

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My 10 Most Remembered Books

April 22, 2012

So, it’s Monday and I skipped out on the list master Stasha last week. Mostly because I was kinda, sorta busy and didn’t get around to it and also because I couldn’t really think of anything. Because lets face it… celebrities are in a class of their own.

I’m an avid reader, well, I used to be before I was a busy mommy running after three kids, 2 dogs and a cat… oh, and you know, can’t forget the hubby. (I like to call him my fourth child!!!) Although, I don’t get to read as much as I used to, I still do and enjoy every minute of living along with various characters.

Here is my list of books that I remember most vividly for one reason or another. They are in a kind of chronological order by their appearance in my life.

1. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

This is the first novel I remember reading that truly started my love affair with books. I remember when I got this book as a present from either my grandma or my parents (I’m a little fuzzy on the details here.) for Christmas. It was MY first book and a hard cover to boot. Books, especially hard covers are very expensive in Germany. I felt so special. The story sucked me in. I still have the book. Middle daughter just got it out of the shelf… oh, the memories.

2.  New Orleans Legacy by Alexandra Ripley

The book has a different title in German and I had a hard time finding the name and author… my mom came to the rescue. I remember this book as another one in hard cover and it was a biggie. I fell in love with New Orleans reading this book. Even more when I went for Mardi Gras one year. I hope, to go back one day and look at it through more adult eyes. Craw fish and beignets… sigh.

3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Here is the scenario: Newly immigrated German student, barely speaks any English (even after studying it for four years), comes in during the second semester of 11th grade and the first book report due… Of Mice and Men. I don’t remember much about it, only that I had to look up every second word in my dictionary. I HATED it. I should get myself a copy now and see if I would enjoy diving in.

4. His Bright Light:The Story Of Nick Traina by Danielle Steele

I’ve read many of her books, some over and over again. But this one has always stood out. It’s about her son, his battle with bipolar disorder and his subsequent suicide at age 17. I just remember crying and feeling her pain.

5. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

This is the one that started it all… my love of all things vampire. I fell in love with Louis and Lestat and their nocturnal life in New Orleans and Paris. After this one I read many more of Anne Rice’s vampire novels and just recently got myself Interview with a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat at our friends used book store. I can’t wait to dive in again.

6. Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

I’m pretty sure I read this before I ever saw the movie and was somewhat disappointed in the movie. The book also made me into a Thomas Harris fan for quite some time and I loved reading his books. I don’t really enjoy reading this type of stuff anymore. Especially, since reading his Black Sunday… I still get scared just thinking about it.

7. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Have you ever seen No Reservations on the Travel Channel? Bourdain is in a class by himself. The hubby got the book because he loved the show and was fascinated by the man’s cooking advice. This book is an auto biography and chronicles Bourdains rise to fame from dishwasher in tiny, hole in the wall restaurants kitchens to head chef at Les Halles in NYC to host of his own show on the Travel Channel. Reading the book you feel like watching one of his shows. I loved it.

8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Who hasn’t read this book? It’s been a big deal for a while now. This was one of the “heavier” books I’ve read recently. I prefer easy reading, fluff if you will, that doesn’t take too much concentration. (Having only a limited amount of reading time.) But this one, I couldn’t put it down. You just can’t help but feel for Lisbeth and what she’s going through. I can’t wait to read the other two. Already got my copy of book number two in the trilogy.

9. The Twilight Saga ( Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn) by Stephenie Meyer

You knew this one was coming eventually, right? This is the little saga that I haven’t been able to put down… I’ve read all the books numerous times. As a matter of fact, I believe, I spent most of 2011 reading and re-reading these books. I know, I will again before long, so the details are nice and fresh again before Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 comes out in November. I know, I’m a total nerd… but I love me some Twilight and sparkly vampires.

10. Skewered Halo by Brenda Youngerman

This is the last book I read. I was so sucked into this story that I ended up sitting in the tub for two hours with the water growing cold because I had to know the ending. It was my first Youngerman novel but it won’t be my last. Budget allowing I will start getting Brenda’s other books one by one. Some of you know and love Brenda as much as I do. But if you haven’t heard about her, I urge you to check out her blog. She’s a self published author and all around wonderful human being.