Saturday, January 31, 2015

Give Books NOT Roses Giveaway January 31 - February 14

  Books For Your Valentine!!

One Lucky Valentine will receive TWO books and a chocolate bar!!


Best of Luck!!  

USA Entries Only

Enter HERE

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Dear  Reader:

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! The crisp, cool air feels a little sweeter and stores are filling their shelves with greeting cards and candies. But instead of sharing the usual gifts, the way to someone’s heart can be through a story (and maybe a little bit of chocolate). 

Hachette Book Group is offering a “Give Books, Not Roses” Valentine’s Day giveaway for those of you who want to express your admiration for friends, family, and loved ones.

Love Gently Falling written by Melody Carlson is a romantic novella about the power of Valentine’s Day and how one woman discovers love while at the same time saving her family’s business. Successful hairstylist to the stars Rita Jensen returns to her hometown in Chicago after receiving news that her mother has suffered a stroke. Though Rita must come up with a plan to save her mother’s salon, the oncoming holiday and her undeniable feelings for an old classmate become quite a distraction.

Keys of Heaven
is the second book in Adina Senft’s Healing Grace trilogy. Amish widow Sarah Yoder helps her community by creating teas and tinctures from the herbs she grows. She struggles to find love with an Amish man, and she doesn’t know what to do about her attraction to her friend Henry Byler, who has turned away from her beliefs. Sarah’s story will show anyone that romantic love is not the only love that matters.


Valentine’s Day is an internationally celebrated day of romance, dating back to the 5th Century. But today, love touches our lives in so many different ways. Whether you are dedicating the day to your good friends or your life partner, treat them to these wonderful stories of courage, kindness, and love.

Sincerely,  


Christina Boys
Editor of LOVE GENTLY FALLING and KEYS OF HEAVEN 

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Rita Jansen is living her dream in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother is sick. When she gets home to Chicago, Rita finds her mother is facing a long recovery and could lose the family-owned salon. As Rita takes her mother's place at work, she also finds herself renewing a friendship with her classmate Johnny and is surprised by how far he will go to help her.


Sarah Yoder is learning to help the people in her Amish community as a Dokterfraa, creating teas and tinctures from the herbs she grows. But her latest patient seems to have a problem that can't be resolved. Meanwhile, Sarah's relatives attempt a little matchmaking between her and a new visitor. This is the second book in the Healing Grace series (the first, Herb of Grace, received a 4 stars from RT Book Reviews!).

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You can buy either book at the sites below:

LOVE GENTLY FALLING
Books-A-Million:  http://bit.ly/1xu5YKK
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1xX5cWD
ChristianBook.com: http://bit.ly/1yuAhiW

KEYS OF HEAVEN
Barnes & Noble:http://bit.ly/13yw0BI
Books-A-Million: http://bit.ly/1uTtqMg

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Beginnings - 1/30/15


*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page.

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This week's book beginnings comes from THE POCKET WIFE by Susan Crawford:



"The ambulance is still miles away when Dana awakens to the near dark of evening.  It wails ribbon-thin in the smog over the highway as she opens her eyes where she lies sprawled across her couch in a suburb of Paterson, a stone's throw from Manhattan but a different world entirely."

THE POCKET WIFE is a thriller with exquisite descriptions.

I am enjoying the book. My review is scheduled for March 17.  

I like to have things done early.  :)

What are you reading?
 






Book Blogger Hop - 1/30 - 2/5

 Question of the Week:

Do you ever get comments from authors when you have posted or tweeted your review?
My Answer:

Oh yes.  I love it when I hear from the author either in a comment, in a tweet, or in an e-mail.

Authors appreciate what we have to say, and they want us to know it.

I have gotten comments from a number of authors.

What about you?  Have authors been in touch?


Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun - 1/30/15

Feeling Beachie
Love this meme....I hope you can join in the fun.  

Each week, Feeling Beachie lists four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs.  
The statements:
  1. Did you ___ the ____
  2. Sometimes you really need to _____
  3. If I were able to_____, I would___
  4. Different ways of_____makes_____
My Answers: 

1. Did you ever think the time would come when you would say you wish you were a certain age again?

2.  Sometimes you really need to step back and move out of a conversation.

3.  If I were able to be taller, I would like that.

4.  Different ways of thinking makes the world interesting.











Thursday, January 29, 2015

The 11 Types Of People You Meet In Book Club - Courtesy of Bustle.com


When I found this article on Bette Lee Crosby's Site, I just had to share.

What type are you?  Find out here.

I think I qualify as The Quiet Kind.  I read every book but don't have much to say.  I just listen.  :)


Book Image Courtesy of:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/that-old-book-smell-is-a-mix-of-grass-and-vanilla-710038/?no-ist

 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Winter, Winter, Winter

Snow has arrived in Pittsburgh, but nothing compared to what New York and other Northeastern states are going to get.

Stay safe if you are affected.

Here are two shots.  One out of my front door and one out of the back door.  I love seeing the bushes and trees covered.

This may cool off anyone who is having hot temperatures.  :)


Are you getting any snow?


 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 1/26/15


   
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I hope you had a great reading week.  
 
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This is a weekly meme run by Book Journey!
 

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week. 

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Books Completed Last Week:

WAR OF THE WIVES  by Tamar Cohen for a February 12, 2015, post.

It is a pretty good read.  Humorous at times.

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I also finished an e-book...not my favorite way to read.  I like print.

DOCTOR DEATH by Lene Kaaberbol for a February 16, 2015, post.

Set in the 1800's...murders, medical, and an odd ending.

http://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Death-Madeleine-Mystery-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00LD1RWGU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421608619&sr=1-1&keywords=doctor+death


Book Currently Reading: 

THE POCKET WIFE by Susan Crawford for a March 17, 2015, post.

The author told a friend of mine how she got the title for her book, and I love it.  Can't wait to read THE POCKET WIFE.


Books Up Next:   

NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT by Hallie Ephron for a March 24, 2015, post.




WHISPER HOLLOW by Chris Cander for a March 26, 2015, post.

I love this cover. The ARC has a different one.


THE SILVER WITCH by Paula Brackston for an April 16, 2015 post.



TAHOE GHOST by Todd Borg



HIGH SEAS DARKNESS by Burr B. Anderson

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo


GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman



THE BEEKEEPER'S BALL by Susan Wiggs




NATCHEZ BURNING by Greg Isles

MADAME PICASSO by Anne Girard


THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joel Dicker


THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME by Hazel Gaynor


WOMAN OF ILL FAME by Erika Mailman




THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS by Elizabeth Gilbert



PERFECT by Rachel Joyce


UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY by Nancy Horan


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The books below are not necessarily in the order I have planned to read them.  

I normally read in order of publication or tour date.

And....these are not for reading in the upcoming week.  They are books into and including all of 2014.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.  A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel lists. 

     

How was your reading week?