Mindfulness (Google Dictionary): 1. The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. 2. A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Continue reading 30 Days of Joy!
“Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. Soon, she will need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.” Continue reading Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
2017 Broadway Books
“When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft.
But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?” Continue reading The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry
My random non book related rant of the day yesterday on Instagram was all about my wanting to read more. Faster that is, so I can squeeze a book or two more into my monthly reads. I average 6-8 books, but being a blogger and bookstagrammer there’s always the need for more! While chatting with @writerrhiannon she mentioned audiobooks to get a couple extra in a month. I’ll be honest, there’s nothing better than a book in my hands, nothing can replace that. I don’t even own a e-reader. The idea of randomly listening while commuting to and from work, doesn’t entice me. It’s not like I’ve never utilized audio format. I “read” (listened) to Night by Elie Wiesel. That is one book I highly recommend listening to. Hearing it, the spoken word, leaves you with an entirely different experience. Haunting.
Continue reading Let’s Chat…Audiobooks
A young reindeer named Ronaldo, dreams of becoming an elite flying reindeer one day like his hero, Vixen, and join Santa’s hand-picked North Pole Reindeer team. Saturday’s are his favorite day of the week, not because it’s the one day his Father cooks for the family (not such a good cook) but because it’s the day he attends flying school!
When Ronaldo arrives at flying school that day, he is greeted by Dasher, Comet and Prancer who tease him about his unique name. Ronaldo is delighted to see his best friend Rudolph! Their instructor is Wing Commander Blitsen, whom Ronaldo likes very much. She is the highest ranking member of the Reindeer Air Force. They compete in an endurance challenge, the winner receiving a silver cup engraved with “Reindeer Flying Academy Award of Excellence – Endurance”. The current record holder just happens to be Vixen, Ronaldo’s hero. If one of the reindeer breaks the record held by Vixen, they win the prestigious “Golden Wings”. Will Ronaldo win? You’ll have to read to find out! Continue reading Ronaldo- The Reindeer Flying Academy by Maxine Sylvester
I’m an avid YouTube viewer. Books and beauty. Yesterday I watched a video from one of my favorite booktubers, the topic- Books I hate that everyone loves. As always, she was articulate and very well prepared with her rebuttal. While talking about one very popular series that she didn’t like, her reasoning was how a particular group was depicted. She argued that even though the book is written about an individual(s) and their experience, she thought the person should have been written in a different manner to better represent the group as a whole. She went on to describe norms that should be challenged (agree) as well as challenging authors to think of the readers, instead of just the one individual character. Here’s where we disagree… Continue reading Be a voice, not an echo
September 2017 Sojourn Publishing LLC
“I cannot guarantee that I will be the person you want in your life, but I will do everything in my power to be the person you need.”
“Elara Dunlin never imagined how much her life would change after moving across the country at the start of her senior year of high school. Who is the mysterious man with the deep blue eyes that follows her everywhere she goes? Strange events begin to unfold, causing Elara to question her own reality. The predictable and simple life she has always known dramatically changes on one cold, fateful night…the night when the elusive blue-eyed man finally approaches her directly and shares information that completely turns her world upside down. Eventually Elara realizes she has to tell her only friend, Cyrus, the truth about the mysterious visitor. Will her believe any of it? The elusive man continues to reveal dark secrets about her troubled past, adding a new dimension to their growing relationship. Is she willing to place all her trust in the one person who pushes her physically and emotionally farther than she ever thought possible? He had warned Elara that her life would change forever, but does she have the courage to move forward?” Continue reading Seeker of Time by J.M Buckler
2015 Henry Holt and Co.
“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… Continue reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I’ll admit, I’m not one who gravitates towards poetry. There is no specific reason why- I suppose being a bit of a romantic and emotional gal I want to feel something and connect on a deeper level when it comes to poetry and prose. But the great thing about poetry is, what I connect with someone else may not even really like. And what others may find ground breaking- I just can’t see the hype. Continue reading Thoughts on Poetry