Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: Fresh tulips

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Sanctuary by Nora Roberts


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 Sanctuary by Nora Roberts:

"I'm not pushing you, Jo Ellen. But I'm not going to be sorry if you slip."

"I like keeping my feet under me and knowing where the ground gives before I step on it."

"Sometimes you've got to try new territory. This is unexplored ground for me, too."

Monday, April 16, 2018

Words of wisdom

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Words of wisdom and timely advice for me to read. This is always a crazy busy time of year for our family and I often feel the strain of being pulled in a lot of directions. They're good pulls but still - I must protect my writing time and my process. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Be afraid but take action

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I love, love, LOVE this quote by Carrie Fisher! I absolutely agree with it and reading it today feels like kismet. I know I sometimes let fear get in my way. I think we all do but we have to get past the fear in order to be successful. This can be true in any facet of our lives. Recently I believe I have been letting the fear of yet another rejection hinder my writing. I feel kind of stupid about that and yet - human. I know I have to take the next step. I WANT  to take the next step(s). So I will. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Sanctuary by Nora Roberts


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 Sanctuary by Nora Roberts:

"She shouldn't have left us. She shouldn't have gone away. Why did she go?"

"Maybe she had to," Bobby said quietly.

"No, she belonged with us. We needed her but she didn't want us."

Monday, April 9, 2018

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

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In my family Star Wars is HUGE! My husband and I are fans and have been since we were kids. Now, our children are fans, as well. So when I saw Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View at the library I immediately scooped it off the shelf. Now we are going to enjoy experiencing it as a family. The following is the description of the book from GoodReads:

Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view.

On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the 40th anniversary, more than 40 contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the 40 short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by best-selling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars:

Gary Whitta bridges the gap from Rogue One to A New Hope through the eyes of Captain Antilles.
Aunt Beru finds her voice in an intimate character study by Meg Cabot.
Nnedi Okorofor brings dignity and depth to a most unlikely character: the monster in the trash compactor.
Pablo Hidalgo provides a chilling glimpse inside the mind of Grand Moff Tarkin.
Pierce Brown chronicles Biggs Darklighter's final flight during the Rebellion's harrowing attack on the Death Star.
Wil Wheaton spins a poignant tale of the rebels left behind on Yavin.
Plus 34 more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from Ben Acker, Renée Ahdieh, Tom Angleberger, Ben Blacker, Jeffrey Brown, Rae Carson, Adam Christopher, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Paul Dini, Ian Doescher, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Fraction, Alexander Freed, Jason Fry, Kieron Gillen, Christie Golden, Claudia Gray, E. K. Johnston, Paul S. Kemp, Mur Lafferty, Ken Liu, Griffin McElroy, John Jackson Miller, Daniel José Older, Mallory Ortberg, Beth Revis, Madeleine Roux, Greg Rucka, Gary D. Schmidt, Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, Sabaa Tahir, Elizabeth Wein, Glen Weldon, Chuck Wendig

Narrated by a full cast, including:

Jonathan Davis
Ashley Eckstein
Janina Gavankar
Jon Hamm
Neil Patrick Harris
January LaVoy
Saskia Maarleveld
Carol Monda
Daniel José Older
Marc Thompson
All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their proceeds will be donated to First Book - a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies' longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children's books - valued at $1 million - to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education. Over the past 16 years, Disney and Penguin Random House combined have donated more than 88 million books to First Book.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

I love washi tape

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Washi tape is so pretty and I love to use it in my journaling! I use it to decorate my pages. It makes me happy. This page is one that I used on an Instagram art book party this evening. It was nice to learn that I'm not the only one who has a love affair for pretty washi tape. Although, I did already know that. 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Dewey's 24-Hour readathon


Sign-ups are open for the April 28th edition of Dewey's 24-Hour readathon! This is a fun event where the emphasis is on reading. However, there are plenty of other fun book related activities you can take part in, as well. If you fancy taking part you can go to their website to sign up. Oh, and there's absolutely no pressure to read the entire twenty-four hours. I've never been able to participate the entire time but I've always had fun with it. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Birthright by Nora Roberts


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 Birthright by Nora Roberts:

"It occurs to me that we got to be a lot of things to each other, but we never got to be friends. I'd like to take a shot at it."

Monday, April 2, 2018

Review: Shot in the Dark by Cleo Coyle

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Clare Cosi is back in the seventeenth installment of the popular Coffehouse Mystery series. Shot in the Dark finds Clare and some of her baristas dealing with a full house of people who have met through a popular dating app called Cinder. However, things go very wrong when gun shots are fired and a young woman is found with a gun pointed at a rather vile guy she met through the app.

Soon, Clare, her ex-husband, the Village Blend baristas, Mike Quinn - Clare's fiance', her daughter Joy and even Madame and her new beau are lost in the world of tech, dating apps, possible tampering, a new drug on the streets and oh yeah, another dead body. With the usual wit, style and delicious recipes that make you crave coffee and pastries Cleo Coyle has yet another hit with Shot in the Dark.

I was provided an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in return for an honest review. The book will be released on April 17, 2018

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter

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I let this egg sit in the dye for a long time yesterday. It's the one I posted a picture of yesterday that was so bright green. Overnight it changed to show all this blue, as well. I'm amazed at how it now looks like Planet Earth. I love it!

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Part of the plastic Easter egg haul! They're loaded with chocolate goodies! I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful and happy Easter!