Saturday, September 23, 2017

30 Days of Readathon - Red

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It was fun looking on my bookshelves to gather books with red spines. The only one in this stack that I haven't read yet is Story Genius by Lisa Cron. I will be reading it soon, though. I listened to a presentation she gave at a writers conference in March and it was amazing and motivational. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

30 Days of Readathon - Short book

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This book is the first I ever read by John Steinbeck. Despite the tragedy in the book it remains one of my favorites. It also fits into the 'short book' category for the #30daysofreadathon celebration for Dewey's 24-Hour readathon. What is one of your favorite short books?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

30 Days of Readathon - Favorite Books

The next edition of Dewey's 24-Hour readathon is Saturday, October 21, 2017. The readathon will be celebrating ten amazing years that day! How cool is that? My kids and I will be reading for our eighth year. I didn't realize we'd found the readathon so early on. We've had the pleasure of watching it grow over the years and this is something we look forward to twice each year.

In celebration of Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon turning TEN the organizers are hosting 30 Days of Readathon. Borrowed directly from their page - here is how you can participate if you wish:

The October 21 Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon marks TEN YEARS of this fantabulous event! We wanted to start the party a bit early this year, so we’re doing 30 Days of Readathon! Feel free to write topical blog posts, post videos, share Instagram photos, tweet your reminiscences and ideas….however you want to celebrate Readathon!
Hashtag? Why, yes! #30DaysofReadathon OR #readathon if you’d prefer because easy.

So, Favorite Book: Like most book loving readers it is difficult for me to pick one favorite book. So, I will list a favorite book from a few genres. Here we go. 
Romance: Born In Ice by Nora Roberts; Classics: The Pearl by John Steinbeck; Fantasy/MG: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling and Crime Procedural/Mystery: Visions in Death by J.D. Robb

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “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 list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare:

I'm here to train the local men. And there are men here,somewhere. Fishermen, farmers, tradesmen, servants. If what you say is correct, and they're outnumbered by managing females... Well, then they'll be eager for a chance to flex their muscles."


Monday, September 18, 2017

Musing Monday: Background sounds

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…


This weeks random question: Do you like something playing in the background while reading?

NO! I used to be able to shut out the background noise - television, music, idle chatter - of my surroundings while reading but no more. Now I prefer the quiet when I read. Therefore, I tend to do most of my reading at night once my husband and children have gone to sllep for the night. It's more peaceful to me. I can concentrate on what I'm reading and get immersed in the story. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Family

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My kids and I had the pleasure of spending the day with extended family. We get to do so again next weekend and we are so happy about it! I think family is so important and it's nice to share time together. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Man Who Invented Christmas


I want to see this movie! It looks fantastic! As someone who LOVES A Christmas Carol and has read it many times this movie will (hopefully) be brilliant to me! In fact, my kids want me to read then the book this year so I was already planning to do so. I'm not sure if they'd like this movie, though. So this may need to be viewed on a night out with girlfriends. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Say Yes to the Marquess b Tessa Dare



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “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 list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare:

He tried to deny it but he was hungry for connection, a sense of belonging in his life. Family. Acceptance. Home. A reason to come around on Christmas and Easter. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Musing Monday: New book

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

Last week the new J.D. Robb book came out. It's called Secrets in Death and I will be reading it later this week. The In Death books are one of my favorite series so I am really looking forward to reading this book. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Pink and sparkly

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My daughter and my cousin are all about things that are pink and sparkly. This sign makes me smile (and made my daughter squeal) because it makes me think of them. Plus, it's pretty and happy. Something that I think we need a lot more of in this world - in whichever way it comes. Pink and sparkly is definitely good, though!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Keep moving forward

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Keep moving forward or as Dory says, "Keep on swimming." I submitted a manuscript on Monday night. It has been a crazy week and a bit stressful. However, I decided this afternoon that I would begin revising another manuscript I have in my catalog. I don't want to sit still. I don't want to be idle. I love writing and I want to do it forever. So I will take steps everyday to ensure that I can. 


Friday, September 8, 2017

Be safe

Be safe! Be strong!

There's so much insanity going on in the world right now. I'm trying really hard not to let it get me down but it's sad to see all the destruction - both to humanity and our world - caused by wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes. Here in the United States we're bracing for Irma to make landfall in Florida after it has decimated the Caribbean. Irma is meant to go into Georgia, North and South Carolina and possibly Tennessee, too. Now they're talking about Irma spawning tornadoes in those states, as well. Of course Texas is still recovering from Harvey. It's scary - all of these "natural" disasters. I'm doing my best to stay strong for the sake of my children - and anyone else - and am constantly hoping for the safety of everyone! So everyone, please, let's be safe and be strong together!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Waiting

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Waiting is SO HARD! I've decided that while I am waiting to hear news about something that is very important to me I will get to work on something else. That way I am still being productive with my time. I will still be moving forward. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “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 list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare:

"Of course one kiss changes things. If it's done right, a kiss changes everything. A kiss is the first step on a long, winding, quite perilous path of sensuality. This morning, Miss Goodnight, is where you turn back."

Monday, September 4, 2017

Gold light

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It was nice enough this evening to get out for a walk! YAY! This is a picture of the sun setting that I tool. I love how the gold light is glowing through the trees!.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sudden rain storm

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It has been SO HOT here this past week. However, yesterday and today we had afternoon rain storms. THey remind me of the monsoon rain I experienced while living in Arizona as a teenager. Today I am super thankful for this rain though because Los Angeles is in the midst of the largest wildfire in its history. I am hopeful that this deluge of rain assists in putting it out. It has also cooled things off here a bit for which I am also thankful.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Creativity as Imporatant as Literacy

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The above quote was at the end of an e-mail from my child's teacher. I am amazed that I have never heard this quote or of Ken Robinson! I whole-heartedly agree with his statement! My husband and I have always felt that encouraging the creativity of our children is as important as teaching them to read, write and solve math. There are several books written by Mr. Robinson (some with co-authors) and I will definitely be reading them in the near future. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hello September

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This is not my picture though I think it is GORGEOUS! I got it from a Google search. As our heatwave continues I am given hope by the turning of the calendar from August to September! It is almost Autumn - my most favorite time of the year! Cooler temperatures are within reach. So are apple cider, a trip to the orchard for apple picking, the pumpkin patch, Halloween, Thanksgiving, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and the cheerful, warm lights of Christmas decorations. In other words, LOTS of family fun! Yes, in my opinion we're on the threshold of the most wonderful time of the year! So, I say thank you and goodbye to August; Hello September!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Heatwave

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It's HOT here in Southern California! I know there are worse things happening all over (Harvey, for example) and feel for all the people affected by those things. It is hot as heck here, though. It happens every year around this time (it is summer!) but it always makes everyone in my family a little bit cranky. So we increase our pool and beach time in an effort to stay cool. Oh, and our electric bill goes up due to using the air conditioning A LOT! However, I am super grateful we have said air conditioner. I can't wait for Autumn and cooler temperatures!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Three Nights With a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “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 list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Three Nights With a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare:

"There's only you. If you're determined to see me wed, you'll have to do the duty yourself, Julian. I won't have any other man. No one makes me feel the way you do. No one ever will."

Monday, August 28, 2017

Beautiful sky

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I took this photo during my walk this evening! I love the light of the sun beginning to go down and the little sliver of moon showing! The swish of the trees looks so cool to me, too! I LOVE nature and adore nature photography!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Heat wave and beach days

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We are at the beginning of a heat wave here in Southern California! It's supposed to last about a week with the worst of it being in the lower 100's on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. OF COURSE, it's also the first week of school for my kids! UGH! My poor babies! Needless to say though, we are definitely going to fit in a day at the beach and lots of swimming after school. Now thaqt school is resuming I am SO READY for the cooler temperatures of Autumn! 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

I love books

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My kids and I went to Michaels yesterday. They bought a birthday present for a friend and I bought the above mug. I had to have it once I saw it! It's perfect! It is also the truth because I love everything about books: Reading them, writing them, learning from them, smelling them, seeing my keepers on my bookshelf. Yes, I have a love affair with books! I'm happy to say that I have passed my lifelong love of books onto my kids, as well. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: You Say it First by Susan Mallery



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “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 list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from You Say it First by Susan Mallery:

"You can't control every aspect of what's happening."

"She smiled. "I can sure try."

"Sometimes the mess-ups are the best part. It's where the magic happens."

"I'm too pragmatic to believe in magic."

Monday, August 21, 2017

Musing Monday: A new series

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…


Susan Mallery has a new series called Happily Inc. The first book in the series is called You Say it First and it comes out tomorrow! I am a HUGE fan of her Fools Gold series so I am super excited about this new series! Needless to say I will be buying a copy of You Say it First tomorrow and diving right into it!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Adjust the plan, never the goal

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I had given myself a goal of today to submit my latest manuscript. I'm not quite ready to do it, though! I'm close - so, so close. Yesterday, when I realized I was going to miss today's goal I started to go into a bit of a funk. I don't like missing deadlines of any sort - even self-made deadlines. The thing I realized is that I have to cut myself some slack. I'm only going to be off by a day or two and honestly, that's not bad! I'm not letting anyone down - including myself - so I'm not going to worry about it. Who knows, maybe I will make today's deadline? I have half the day still to go.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Voltaire

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I saw this quote today and it resonates with my soul! So of course, I HAD to share it!