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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Do You Write Stories?

I am an amateur story writer.  I love mysteries and that is usually where I find my thoughts wandering off to when I write.  I just completed a Murder Mystery for a Halloween party I am hosting. 

I have several suspects and clues and then the solution to the story. 

I keep it short which is unusual for me since I am a real gabber... lol...

Do you wrote at all?   What themes catch your eye...  I don't are for the bizarre and gory
but more on the line of Murder She Wrote, which is one of my favorites...  Light and 
no sex or colored language....just good watching and reading.  

Want to read my other short story? check it in the right side bar...
Let me know what you think???

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Books Versus Tablets??? What will Happen Next?

With technology changing reader's lives daily.. 
what is the life expectancy of an actual
 physical book these days?
I mean will a book soon be absolute? 
Will everything be on some sort of tablet or 
computerized communication device? 

Are you a Book reader or a Device reader? 
Do you share the love o holding an actual colored
covered book with hundreds or thousands of pages?

Did you know that....
In January 2011, Amazon.com reported that it sold three times as many Kindle books as hardcover books. In the same month, the company also began selling more Kindle books than paperbacks [source: BBC News].

Or do you prefer... 
Taking a 1000 books with you on 
your next vacation all wrapped up in 1 device? 
Easy to store, easy to carry, lots of choices, easy to buy
and no more large clumsy bookcases taking up space in 
our homes and offices.  
But I love looking at books and book cases.

On a bright sunny day e readers have trouble in the sunny daytime 
a regular book has no problems. Costs are also a problem for e readers.  A tablet or Kindle or Nook can cost $199 upwards to $800. Books average range is around $9.99.  Sharing books with friends can also cause problems with e readers.  The e readers like Nook have the abilities to share, but still have some glitches and limitations. 

With the instant access online to anything you may ever want to read, 
more space, but what happens to library's?  
Will the librarian's job go away? 
 Will those treasured quite moments spent in the back of a library with heads buried in books be a thing of the past?  
And what about the lessons in school?  
Learning how to locate books and sitting in a circle on the floor in front of your teacher listening and looking at those pretty photos inside 
the books during our reading lesson.   

Here's what I have done in my home.... 

I have condensed my books to 3 book cases and 
store them in my home office.  
I read on a tablet for the most part, but sometimes 
I just grab a book off one of my shelves. 
I cannot part with my books I own!
And I do own more than I can possibly read in my 
lifetime, however, I still love to look at them.

So it boils down to this...
Each reader has his/her own preference which may be enough 
to keep books around for awhile, at least temporarily.  I fear though, that our children's children will no longer have a need or appreciation where
physical books are concerned and by then will become a thing of the 
past. The same way that the 8-track, cassette, 
and the transistor radio has, too. [hmmm dating myself now]

Sometimes we just can't seem to part with our hard 
copies of our favorite novels.  I sure do love those dust jackets
and think of all the artists that design those covers. 

Will they all be out of work? 

Will books head straight into the past like the cassettes and CDs have?  Books may not be everyone's favorite today, but many readers will still hold onto those hard covered wonders for their own collections. 
This author feels books will be collected like art and kept to 
show off to other book lover friends. 

According to the Daily Riff
They listed 21 things that will become obsolete in 2020 and number 8 is paperbacks!

8. Paperbacks: 
Books were nice. In ten years' time, all reading will be via digital means. And yes, I know, you like the 'feel' of paper. Well, in ten years' time you'll hardly tell the difference as 'paper' itself becomes digitized.

Friday, October 11, 2013

A New Way to Read Books & Stories on Your IPhone


Do you use your IPhone to read your books??? Dis you know you can? Its a FREE app of course...

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Check Apple's site to read more about it. Its called iBooks. You can download books from the iBook store, all of the newest selling books. 

Or download the new KINDLE app for FREE and read anywhere. Have access to thousands of books anywhere you go. WOW!!

You can buy any book from Amazon.com 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

What Should I Read on the Beach????

Hello all my reading fans...I know "long time no see" well the New Year got away from me but I am back...So let me give you some suggestions for this summer's reading pleasure on the beach, or anywhere..

'Dead Until Dark' by Charlaine Harris
Here are some "BEACH" ideas for a good read....
Dead Until Dark is this author's 1st book in the Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series, which also inspired the HBO TV series True BloodDead Until Dark is a fast paced and and quite sexy boo. It is well written and chocked full of very interesting and lovable characters. If your a vampire or supernatural  reader fan then this isa  perfect beach reading. It is a fast read and lots of twists. And each book will lead you right into the next in the series. :) 304 pages
Tomorrow come back for more...................

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Guest Post -- Barbara K Richarson with Three Favorite Authors You May Not Know

Three Favorite Authors You May Not Know

Writers become writers due to other writers. You can take creative writing workshops or read books on writing techniques, but really authors write because they have fallen in love with other writers’ works and want to reciprocate. We want to join the club.

In Tributary, my heroine Clair Martin loves to read. Tennyson and Rossetti are two of her favorites while she’s unwinding from hard days out herding sheep. Here are a few writers who have influenced me and made me want to join the literary throng. You may not have heard of them, which makes me glad to make the introductions!

Jon Hassler—Minnesota novelist who loves his home ground. And writes about real people in small-town situations who attempt to live good lives, mostly. A Green Journey and Dear John are companion novels which follow the senior years of Agatha McGee—the town of Staggerford’s indomitable sixth grade teacher, now retired—who finds herself in love with a tall dark stranger, who lives in Ireland. The Los Angeles Times said A Green Journey is “a novel to restore your faith in humanity.”

I reread these two novels every few years. I love them right down to the pigeons.

Elizabeth von Arnim—There is something in the great-hearted humor this author creates that soothes me down to my toes. You may have seen the movie Enchanted April. It is delightful. Read von Arnim’s book to get lost in the realistic and magical world of four weary British women who rent an Italian villa for one getaway month. The Enchanted April turns mid-life woes into transformations for all involved, even the recalcitrant husbands, which is no easy feat.

Elizabeth and her German Garden, von Arnim’s memoir of lavishing love on the sorry landscape around the grounds of her Prussian husband’s estate, is funny, fresh, irrepressibly odd and energetic. Meet her husband, “The Man of Wrath,” and marvel at how the birth of an English garden can bestow sanity on a mother of three who just wants her peonies to thrive.

Helene Hanff—I love Ms. Hanff. Yes, I loved the movie 84 Charing Cross Road. I recommend it highly. But before you see that quiet Anne Bancroft/Anthony Hopkins classic, please read the book and also Q’s Legacy. Hanff always wanted to be a writer and writers, as I testified above, need great books in order to become great writers. Q’s Legacy and 84 Charing Cross Road are non-fiction accounts of Hanff’s quest to become well-read. A scrappy New Yorker, she finds her voice and bulldozes her way into perfection with these two slim, moving volumes.

All three authors have influenced my writing. Tributary contains seeds of Hassler’s everyday reverence, bursts of von Arnim’s feisty humor, and the wry basic goodness of Hanff. You have a splendid autumn of reading ahead of you, whichever titles you choose!

And speaking of autumn, visit Barbara’s blog to get her heroine Clair Martin’s yummy recipe for Clair’s Windfall Applesauce. www.barbarakrichardson.com.

BLOG RECIPE LINK: http://www.barbarakrichardson.com/1/post/2012/08/clair-martins-windfall-applesauce.html

Barbara K. Richardson
Guest Blog for DaBooklady’s Reading Life
August 26, 2012

This is a guest post by Barbara K. Richardson of her blog Barbara K. Richardson. She is the author of "Tributory", a new book about the Mormon life of  her fictional character Clair Martin.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Review The Devil's Elixer Book

I cannot believe that I have not blogged in soooo long, but my life has been filled. So filled that I have not even read the books I wanted to 
read. :( 

But I did manage to finish a book, that I needed to critique.

 I got"The Devil's Elixir"  in the mail from a gal at the "The Book Report Network" to review & critique... this was a real THRILLER and anyone that knows me knows that I love THRILLERS!!!

The author Raymond Khoury, part of the "Authors on the Web" is a New York Times Bestseller author of his previous best seller, "The Templar Salvation" I will have to read that one after this one. 

The book "The Devil's Elixir"[affiliate link] was released in hardcover and
ebook editions last December. The book features the FBI agent Sean Reilly and archaeologist Tess Chaykin, who were first introduced in the New York Times bestseller "THE LAST TEMPLAR."[affiliate link]  

My review:

I found, Khoury's book [which is actually #3 in the "Templar" series] to be one that made my skin chill because of its so "real to life" excitement and plot turns that I wasn't able to put it down. The only warning I have for other
"thriller-a-holic's" is that you should not read it at night, alone, or before bedtime. I fear that you will be "spooked" and/or have nightmares!! :)

It's truly a great thriller, Raymond gives you a little background info in the beginning from the 1700s Mexico and sets the scene switching back and forth between present day and 5 years ago when he was involved in a drug bust. 

Then he switches to the present where he receives a call from a former girlfriend who is in danger and is fearing for her life. She is being chased and doesn't know why? But she does know that she cannot go home because they broke into her house, so she has fled with her little boy. She contacts Reilly for his help. Reilly of course, comes to rescue her and her son in Southern California. The plot thickens with lots of violence, drug dealers, and thrills. 

It catches you right from the first page, fast-paced, entertaining, and action packed with his complex and interesting characters like FBI agent Sean Reilly. He manages to get entangled with the Mexican cartel taking place in Southern California and Mexico. There is the lust of a "mind blowing" drug,"The Devil's Elixir"  that comes from a plant found deep in the rain forest that Reilly races to keep out of the hands of the drug world. If it gets out it could rock the worlds very foundation in a kilter!!

I love to read thrillers that end with a twist that I didn't see coming, and Raymond's book didn't disappoint me.  But, you'll have to read it for yourself to see what I am talking about.  Sorry, I don't want to spoil the ending for you. 

Go ahead and order it today and read an excellent summer vacation thriller when you are laying on the beach; riding on a commuter train to work; camping in your RV; or just sitting in the comfy of your big easy chair at home. 

You'll be pleasantly surprised with this wonderful thrills and chills book by Raymond Khoury, "The Devil's Elixir" I highly recommend it!!


Friday, February 24, 2012

What a great place to Read!


Don't you just want to grab a book and sit on the patio here and read?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Raymond Khoury's "The Devil's Elixir"

I am starting a New Book that I got in the mail from a gal at the
 "The Book Report Network" to review...Looks like a real THRILLER and anyone that knows me knows that I love THRILLERS!!!

The author Raymond Khoury, part of the "Authors on the Web" is a New York Times Bestseller author of his previous best seller, "The Templar Salvation" I will have to read that one after this one. 

This one is called "The Devil's Elixir"[affiliate link] and was just released in hardcover and
ebook editions on December 22nd. The book features again FBI agent Sean Reilly and archaeologist Tess Chaykin, who were first introduced in the New York Times bestseller "THE LAST TEMPLAR."[affiliate link]  However, Khoury's latest novel will appeal to new readers because it stands alone.
The Last Templar

"The Devil's Elixir"[affilate link] [Kindle Ed] is written in the first person from Reilly's point of view.
This is a historical thriller and will be enjoyed by many who love to be kept on the edges of their seats! I know I read with my throw so I can hide under it when the parts get too thrilling! lol

"The Devil's Elixir"[affilate kink]  is about the thought that there is a drug lost in Central America's Jungles capable of inducing an experience so momentous and so unsettling that it might just shake the very foundations of Western Civilization! And both sides of the law gets wind of this and both are fighting to to get their hands on it first!! Whoa.....

Raymond Khoury's million-copy-selling Templar novels, Reilly and Tess traveled the globe to unravel ancient mysteries with present-day ramifications. In 
"THE DEVIL'S ELIXIR", they find themselves dragged into a race-against the clock, against a brutal drug kingpin known as "El Brujo"-the sorcerer-and even against government authorities-to merge two divergent trails, one several hundred years old, the other as current as a heartbeat, that could drag humanity down a whirlpool of pain and destruction.

I haven't started read "The Devil's Elixir"[affiliate link] yet, but starting it this weekend and looking forward to reading read more about this intriguing thriller...so stay tuned for a review real soon...

and I will also be hosting a contest coming up this next week to win

2 e-books     

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from  "AuthorsOnTheWeb," A Division of 
TheBookReportNetwork.com I was not required to write a positive review, but to read the book and voice my own objective
 critique. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade 
Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning  the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Reading

Christmas is always a great time of the year to curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book, your "snuggie" and some hot tea or cocoa. The warmth of the fire always makes the book reading more enjoyable especially with the cooler evenings. A few years ago I read "The Christmas Jar" it is an excellent book of giving and saving and the joys of Christmas cheer...if you get a chance I highly recommend it. I know I have a Christmas jar now every year...

One of my other favorite authors is of course, Debbie Macomber and this year she has out her latest and final [sad to say] Cedar Cove series book, "1225 Christmas Tree Lane" it's on my Christmas list for sure!!!

A brief take:  Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane is book 12 and the final novel in the series. You will get to know Beth Morehouse, her daughters, and her ex-husband. There are puppies that will bring back characters from previous books in the series. They adopt the puppies and the reader will learn what’s new in their lives.
You’ll have to read the book Debbie Macomber gives all of the Cedar Cove residents a fond farewell in this satisfying series finale. You will love it and feel bound to this warm neighborhood with all its characters and you might even feel the need to start all over again with the 1st one in the series, "16 Lighthouse Road"
A Cedar Cove Christmas
Here are some other good reads:

A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts

The Perfect Holiday Gift

A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts is a heartfelt book of inspirational stories, fun family traditions, yummy recipes and so much more! This book is the perfect holiday gift for that very special someone on your list, a gift they will treasure for a lifetime.
A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts: Stories to Warm Your Heart and Tips to Simplify Your Holidays

"This book took will take your breath away. Truly beautiful, unique, heartwarming. It's one of those books you'll treasure from year to year, reading and re-reading the stories within until you know them by heart. It has a hodgepodge of everything - recipes, inspirational stories, Christmas tips, poetry, projects. There are 160 pages, and it's an overflowing chest full of treasures!"

A Simple Christmas

Twelve Stories That Celebrate The True Holiday Spirit

If you're looking for a little clarity, sanity, and inspiration at this insane time of year, you're sure to enjoy A Simple Christmas. Mick Huckabee tells the stories of twelve of his own Christmas memories, some funny, some deeply moving, that will make you take a deep breath and appreciate the magic of Christmas. You will laugh and cry it is a touching book not about politics..
A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit

The Christmas List - A Novel

A Story To Warm Your Heart

A beautiful story of the love between a husband and wife that will have you in tears of joy and sadness, and leave you feeling inspired, uplifted and grateful. Be warned - you won't be able to put it down!
The Christmas List: A Novel

Letters From Father Christmas 

A Stunningly Beautiful Book

A beautiful collection of the letters that the children of J R Tolkein received from Father Christmas over the years from 1920 to 1943. Each letter tells a wonderful story and the illustrations are absolutely spellbinding.
Letters From Father Christmas

"Tolkein wrote these letters to his own children as if they were coming from Santa Claus at the North Pole. They are sweet, funny, obviously done with great love. There are sketches to illustrate. you'll have this one around for many years and give them as Christmas presents  and continue to make rereading it a part of getting into the Christmas spirit."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What's A Good Fall Reading?

What do you like to read when the winds kick up and the temps begin to drop? It's time to take out your snuggies, wrap up in that big easy chair in front of the fireplace and grab your favorite fall read!

Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries)

What is your idea of a great fall read? Nobody said that the fun has to end. because summer reading season is over. You can still read all the books you purchased over the summer.  Autumn’s an even better time to read outside. Beach reading gets a lot of promotion, but the weather’s hot and sticky, and the blazing sun doesn’t make the best reading lamp. The softer light of fall, and the cooler weather, can make an autumn afternoon on the patio with a good book a great joy. With fall, the books can get longer. In summer, we like compact, breezy reading, but in autumn, we’re more comfortable with books that don’t have to fit so easily into a beach bag. So enjoy a much longer book.

I particularly like to get into a new series. Starting one with lots of mystery and light romance... that way I look forward to curling up monthly with the next book in the series.
One of my favorite athors is Joann Fluke I love her mystery series. I am now starting the "Apple Turnover Murder? I look forward to trudging through this new one...

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