Yearly Archives: 2013



Above all this bustle you hear… a Christmas Ditty

Above all this bustle you hear… a Christmas Ditty

He smiled and gave a single nod as if to say thank you. “Do you play?”

She shook her head. “Not at all. I love music but I’m not talented.”

“I wouldn’t say that,” he argued. “Look at what you do every day. You do a lot for these kids that I couldn’t do. That’s a gift, right there.”

Olivia blushed a deep crimson. “I never thought of it that way.” She checked her watch and groaned. “Speaking of that gift, I have to go use it.”

The music stopped as JC brought his hands to his lap. “I hope I didn’t get you into trouble.”

“I was on a break. It would have been worth it, if I did. It was nice of you to check on me.”

He laughed. “I’ll be honest, it was Joey’s idea. But I did want to make sure you were okay.”

Olivia beamed. “And do I look okay?”

He studied her for a long, quiet moment, from her long dark hair pulled into a high ponytail to deep brown eyes and clear, peaches and cream skin. “You look great, Liv.”




The Plague by Lisa C. Hinsley [Review]

The Plague by Lisa C. Hinsley [Review]

The Plague by Lisa C. Hinsley Expected publication: December 9th 2013 Summary:  A new strain of the bubonic plague is diagnosed in London. Before it can be contained it spreads through the population, faster and deadlier than anyone could have imagined. Three weeks is all it takes to decimate the country. Johnny and Liz are devastated when their young son, Nathan, starts to show symptoms, but Liz phones the authorities anyway, and a few hours later the army arrives and boards up their house. Now Nathan is dying and there is nothing they can do to help him. Hours pass like weeks as their little boy grows weaker and weaker. All Liz wants is for them to die with some dignity, but the authorities refuse to help. Then their Internet and phones stop working. Cut off from the world and stuck inside their house, the family tries its best to cope-but there is nothing they can do to stop the lethal epidemic. My Review:  My rating: 4 of 5 stars First of all I would not recommend that mamas of babies read this. Also if you’re very sensitive or have a weak stomach, skim skim skim or skip this one. That said, I guess I am morbid and perverse because I just could not stop reading. This was really short but very descriptive account of a terrifying ‘what if’– what if there was another outbreak of The Plague, but in these modern times? What if your government turned its back on you? What if they abandoned you and left you to die? Lisa Hinsley immediately dumps her readers into this world by introducing her son, young Nathan, who has been sick for a few days. No worries though, because while there is an outbreak, it’s contained to the southern part of the country…. isn’t it? Too late, the residents of this small, close-knit village find that not only has the plague spread beyond the south, but it is nowhere near […]



15/15/15 challenge update (late edition)

15/15/15 challenge update (late edition)

I totally spaced doing this yesterday!   [progpress title=”Books” goal=”15″ current=”12″ previous=”0″ label=”Books”] [progpress title=”Pounds” goal=”15″ current=”3″ previous=”0″ label=”Lbs”] [progpress title=”Chapters” goal=”15″ current=”10″ previous=”0″ label=”Chapters”] Everything’s fantastic here. Good writing progress last week, especially with a couple of sprints over the weekend. “Winning” for NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words. For me that’s slightly under 50% done with the book.  I’m making great progress, however I know I won’t hit the finish line on Nov 30th. Weight loss……..continues. I lose slowly so I”m okay with that. I’m entering the time of the month during which I usually lose so yay? Right. And I finished two books over the past week, so awesome. I’m at 72 of 75 books read for the year!       and 800 million books on my TBR list……………..   Have a great week. WRITE ON!




Marching to Zion: A Novel by Mary Glickman [Review]

Marching to Zion: A Novel by Mary Glickman [Review]

Marching to Zion: A Novel by Mary Glickman Summary: Mags Preacher, a young black woman with a dream, arrives in St. Louis from the piney woods of her family home in 1916, hoping to learn the beauty trade. She knows nothing about Jews except that they killed the Lord Jesus Christ. Then she begins working for Mr. Fishbein, an Eastern European émigré who fled the pogroms that shattered his life to become the proprietor of Fishbein’s Funeral Home. By the time he saves Mags from certain death during the 1917 race riots in East St. Louis, all her perceptions have changed. But Mr. Fishbein’s daughter, the troubled redheaded beauty Minerva, is a different matter. There is something wrong with the girl, something dangerous, something fateful. And it is Magnus Bailey, Mags’ first friend in the city, who learns to what heights and depths the girl’s willful spirit can drive a man. My Review: My rating: 3 of 5 stars I had a difficult time with this book. The story jumps from Mags to Magnus and then Minerva, back to Mags, to Aurora then back to Minerva. Such a huge cast of characters, all needing to tell their story. It begins interestingly enough, with a young country girl arriving in the big city with a dream. We meet Magnus, who runs a number of businesses with Fishbein, a Jew who owns, among other pursuits, a funeral home. Mags gets a job there, falls in love, has a child. Her husband is killed in a riot. Fishbein, his daughter Minnie, Mags, her child and Magnus all leave town. What follows is what seems like an odd wandering through time and Tennessee. Magnus discoveres that Minnerva(Minnie) has fallen for him. He runs from her with a lie. She discovers the lie, is terribly hurt by it and as a result runs off to become a prostitute and runs a highly favored house of il repute. At some point in the book Magnus realizes […]




Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson [Review]

Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson [Review]

I love flawed people and books about flawed people. The more f*cked up, the better. Matt seemed perfect when Lucy met him. A little too perfect. A little too exact opposite of Griffin, the man she shouldn’t love considering he’s a complete louse, but still does. I don’t think Lucy was ready for a relationship when she met Matt, but she convinced herself that she was. She let herself believe that she might be enough for him.



15/15/15 Challenge + NaNoWriMo! Update

15/15/15 Challenge + NaNoWriMo! Update

Hello old friends! It’s Monday again (how does that keep happening??) so it’s time for  some updates! Let’s take care of the challenge update first: [progpress title=”Books” goal=”15″ current=”4″ previous=”0″ label=”Books”] [progpress title=”Pounds” goal=”15″ current=”2″ previous=”0″ label=”Lbs”] [progpress title=”Chapters” goal=”15″ current=”2″ previous=”0″ label=”Chapters”] Not a bad week at all! In fact I am pretty pleased. I got in another book read and a chapter written. No weight loss, since I usually don’t see changes in my weight but once a month. I am, however, wearing a smaller size today so I still get to do a victory dance! On to NaNoWriMo! Current word count is 8093 words so far I’m also very pleased with that. Right on track. I am seeing some folks with amazing numbers and I think that’s cool. I’m afraid of burning out, so I am taking it slow. I had a great convo with a blogging/writing friend yesterday so I have some new ammo with which to go at this project. I’m optimistic.