Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.


Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Hollow Cupboards: 1,000 Followers Giveaway!

The Hollow Cupboards: 1,000 Followers Giveaway!:
 I can't believe my blog has surpassed 1,000 followers!  To thank all of you for following my blog and watching it grow, commenting on my po...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Release by Nicole Hadaway

“The ends justify the means”...

For vampire Miranda Dandridge, using her supernatural abilities to rescue children from impossible circumstances is her means to be a part of the human world that she loves so much, despite the atrocities of WWII.

For doctor Ben Gongliewski, saving his fellow Jews from the horrific death camps is an end for which he risks his own life every day, hiding his Jewish heritage while feigning loyalty the SS.

Neither Miranda nor Ben expects to find love in World War II Europe, but that is exactly what happens as they work for the Resistance. When the war draws to a close, it seems like the vampire and the doctor are free to start a future together. But just how far the Nazis will go to further their own evil ends?

Desperate times make for ruthless men as loves and lives are threatened, but, Miranda and Ben know that their world cannot go to hell, not by any means…

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Bitten by Books » Author Kimberly Llewellyn Guest Blog and $40.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest LIVE Here!

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Book Excerpt
Chapter One – “Call me Fishmael”
Where have all the good men gone?
Serina James brushed off the meddlesome thought as she flipped the sign to Closed at the front of her new swimwear shop, Suits You Boutique. She still had way too much work to do to be pining away over the lack of eligible males in the town of Melody Point. Socialites from nearby Newport, Rhode Island to the Hamptons had hit the boutique hard lately with rush orders for custom swimwear women just had to have yesterday. Yes, the summer season was in full swing.
At least, that was the case during the day. But by night, the regular summer crowds filling up the usual trendy night spots in the small tourist town had been, well, lacking in the “available men” department.
But she needed to focus on the task at hand; work on her recent design creation, a two-piece, black bathing suit prototype that she now wore. She wended her way around racks of colorful swimsuits and entered the back private sewing area where her best friend Becca Chase stood patiently waiting.
“All ready for the final fitting?” Becca asked.
“Yes. We are officially closed. Thanks for staying after hours to help.” Serina was just about to stand up on the dressing platform in front of the three-paneled mirror when something caught her eye across the room. “Hold on,” she told Becca and marched over to an ivory string bikini on a hanger.
“What are you doing? You already finished that,” Becca complained.
“Oh, really? This crooked stitch screamed at me from across the room.” Serina fingered the hem on the bikini top. Yep, there it was. “I’ll have to re-sew the entire thing.”
Becca came up beside her to inspect the goods. “You’re kidding me, right? It’s not really crooked, it’s just…wait, let me get this straight. You saw this so-called imperfect single stitch from across the room?”
“Yeah? So?”
“How do you do that?”
“Do what?”
“How do you see things…” Becca shook her head and laughed. “Never mind. Now, can we get back to working on your prototype?”
“Sure. I’ll fix that stitching tomorrow.” Serina lowered the imperfect bikini top onto her workbench and made her way back toward the dressing platform. She climbed on top and inspected the black prototype in the mirror’s reflection. She pointed to a section of hem on the board-short waistline and indicated where to put a finishing pin.
Becca got to work, which allowed Serina’s thoughts to skip right back to the uneven male-to-female ratio in the area. Gosh, she’d been distracted by it all day. How many more times would the thought pop into her head? What had gotten into her?
“Becca, do you think Melody Point has a man-shortage?” she blurted.
Becca peeked up from under her mane of curly brown locks, her eyes wide. “A man-shortage? I don’t know, why?”
“Pickin’s are slim lately. Men seem scarce. They’re either in some obscure relationship, or away on business on short notice, or vacationing elsewhere.” Realizing how silly she sounded, Serina waved off the idea. “Nah, forget I mentioned it.”
“No, I won’t forget it. I’m glad you’re coming around and thinking about getting out there again. It’s about time.”
Serina scoffed. “Don’t get any ideas. I’m not coming around. I just, well, noticed the lack of fish in the sea, is all. Besides, I’m way too busy keeping this business afloat to get back ‘out there’ again.”
She barely finished her sentence when a pinprick stabbed her side.
“Yeouch!” Serina arched her back in time to keep away from her friend before she jabbed her again. “You did that on purpose!”
“Only because I didn’t like what you said. You can’t use your work as an excuse forever. Now stay still and don’t make me stick you again,” Becca barked as she added another pin to the swimsuit…
About the Author
Known as, “the Wedding Writer,” Kimberly Llewellyn is the best-selling author of Almost a Brideand Siren Call. Her humorous women’s fiction and romantic comedies have been published by Kensington and Penguin/Berkley. Learn more about the author and her books at

Friday, November 16, 2012

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The King of Clayfield by Shane Gregory * * * * *

Title: The King of Clayfield   
Author: Shane Gregory
Genre: Zombie Horror
Rating: * * * * *
Publishers: brainofshane (November 18, 2011)

Kindle size: 549 KB (315 pages)
ASIN: B00619GYZ2
FTC Disclosure: Bought from Amazon

In the small town of Clayfield, Kentucky, an unsuspecting and unprepared museum curator finds himself in the middle of hell on Earth. A pandemic is quickly spreading around the globe, and in less than a day has turned most of the residents of Clayfield into murderous zombies. Having no safe haven to which he can flee, he decides to stick it out in his hometown. However, zombies are not his only concern. He must also contend with other survivors, his lack of skills, and his own conscience. 
If he is smart, and a little lucky, he can do more than survive; he can live like a king.

New author for me that I ran across on  just yesterday. Just love that you can read a sample of a book free from Amazon. Without a doubt, this sample of 5 or 6 chapters sucked me in so fast that within minutes I knew I would have to read the whole thing. One of the best and worst things about a Kindle- instant access to anything you can imagine!  Needless to say, I sat up until the wee hours devouring this book. If you love the “Walking Dead” this series is for you. I love that though the world is coming to an end due to a zombie apocalypse, the book is focused more on the people who are trying to survive this horror and their interactions with others.                                                                                                                    
 While told from the narrator’s POV, a nerdy museum guy, totally unprepared for the end, you have no problem  seeing how it effects many of the other small-town people. I love the gradual evolving of this character from a mild meek Clark Kent to a butting kicking zombie killing superhero.                                                                                                    
From a small rural community myself, I can so relate to the individuals and appreciate the advantages of living in the boonies yet having the Wal-Marts and Tractor Supplies within driving distance. Books like these have me appreciating the vast varieties of supplies they (and I) keep on hand. I just need to convince my husband that an eight foot  fence around the 30 acres is a necessity not a frivolity.                                                     
This was a very quick read and I've already purchased book two and am already hoping there will be many more books in this series. Hard to beat the price on this book and much, much more story here than you would think for a mere $3.                                                   

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop

The Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop

September 20th to 25th

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
 & Valerie from Stuck in Books

Here is my chance to share a book that I just couldn't put down. 

A book that sucked me in and kept me glued to its pages 
despite having to fight two other people to read it.

So tell me "What book have you read that really sucked you in and made you totally tune out the world?"

Contest will be open only to the US 
as I'm shipping the book.
I will be giving away a paperback copy of 
The Time Travelers Wife.
I also just read that as of Oct 10 it will also be available as an e-book.

The Time Traveler's Wife was the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, published in 2003. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences. Niffenegger, frustrated in love when she began the work, wrote the story as a metaphor for her failed relationships. The tale's central relationship came to her suddenly and subsequently supplied the novel's title. The novel, which has been classified as both science fiction and romance, examines issues of love, loss, and free will. In particular, it uses time travel to explore miscommunication and distance in relationships, while also investigating deeper existential questions.
As a first-time novelist, Niffenegger had trouble finding a literary agent. She eventually sent the novel to MacAdam/Cage unsolicited and, after an auction took place for the rights, Niffenegger selected them as her publishers. The book became a bestseller after an endorsement from author and family friend Scott Turow on The Today Show, and as of March 2009 had sold nearly 2.5 million copies in the United States and the United Kingdom. Many reviewers were impressed with Niffenegger's unique perspectives on time travel. Some praised her characterization of the couple, applauding their emotional depth; others criticized her writing style as melodramatic and the plot as emotionally trite. The novel won the Exclusive Books Boeke Prize and a British Book AwardA film version was released in August 2009.
Using alternating first-person perspectives, the novel tells the stories of Henry DeTamble (born 1963), a librarian at the Newberry Library inChicago, and his wife, Clare Anne Abshire (born 1971), an artist who makes paper sculptures. Henry has a rare genetic disorder, which comes to be known as Chrono-Displacement, that causes him to involuntarily travel through time. When 20-year-old Clare meets 28-year-old Henry at the Newberry Library in 1991 at the opening of the novel, he has never seen her before, although she has known him most of her life.
Henry begins time traveling at the age of five, jumping forward and backward relative to his own timeline. When he leaves, where he goes, or how long his trips will last are all beyond his control. His destinations are tied to his subconscious—he most often travels to places and times related to his own history. Certain stimuli such as stress can trigger Henry's time traveling; he often goes jogging to keep calm and remain in the present. He also searches out pharmaceuticals in the future that may be able to help control his time traveling. He also seeks the advice of a geneticist, Dr. Kendrick. Henry cannot take anything with him into the future or the past; he always arrives naked and then struggles to find clothing, shelter, and food. He amasses a number of survival skills including lock-picking, self-defense, and pickpocketing. Much of this he learns from older versions of himself.
"It's hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he's okay. It's hard to be the one who stays."
Once their timelines converge "naturally" at the library—their first meeting in his chronology—Henry starts to travel to Clare's childhood and adolescence in South Haven, Michigan, beginning in 1977 when she is six years old. On one of his early visits (from her perspective), Henry gives her a list of the dates he will appear and she writes them in a diary so she will remember to provide him with clothes and food when he arrives. During another visit, he inadvertently reveals that they will be married in the future. Over time they develop a close relationship. At one point, Henry helps Clare frighten and humiliate a boy who abused her. Clare is last visited in her youth by Henry in 1989, on her eighteenth birthday, during which they kiss for the first time. They are then separated for two years until their meeting at the library.
Clare and Henry marry, but Clare has trouble bringing a pregnancy to term because of the genetic anomaly Henry may presumably be passing on to the fetus. After six miscarriages, Henry wishes to save Clare further pain and has a vasectomy. However a version of Henry from the past visits Clare one night and they make love; she subsequently gives birth to a daughter, Alba. Alba is diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement as well but, unlike Henry, she has some control over her destinations when she time travels. Before she is born, Henry travels to the future and meets his ten-year-old daughter on a school field trip and learns that he died when she is five years old.
When he is 43, during what is to be his last year of life, Henry time travels to a Chicago parking garage on a frigid winter night where he is unable to find shelter. As a result of the hypothermia and frostbite he suffers, his feet are amputated when he returns to the present. Henry and Clare both know that without the ability to escape when he time travels, Henry will certainly die within his next few jumps. On New Year's Eve 2006 Henry time travels into the middle of the Michigan woods in 1984 and is accidentally shot by Clare's brother, a scene foreshadowed earlier in the novel. Henry returns to the present and dies in Clare's arms.
Clare is devastated by Henry's death. She later finds a letter from Henry asking her to "stop waiting" for him, but which describes a moment in her future when she will see him again. The last scene in the book takes place when Clare is 82 years old and Henry is 43. She is waiting for Henry, as she has done most of her life, and when he arrives they clasp each other for what may or may not be the last time. (from Wiki)

This is a book that my daughter had taken to the beach with us nine years ago on a family trip. Now when I go to the beach, I take more books than clothes. I'm determined not to be without something to read when on vacation. At some point on this vacation, I was unable to get interested in any of my  books so picked up my daughter's book, The Time Travelers Wife. OMG, right away I was sucked into this story. I found myself clutching the book till my fingers were numb and constantly dabbing my eyes as I cried. Every time I put the book down, my daughter grabbed it to read and before I had finished it, my daughter-in-law had also started it. So at one point all three of us were reading the same book. This is also one of the few books to movies that I thought was done on an acceptable level. Though it helped that Rachel McAdams, from my favorite love story of all times, The Notebook, portrayed Clare. 

Here is a  full list of participating bloggers in the hop. At this time there is over 100 great blogs to visit and enter their giveaway! This is a great way to meet more bloggers, win books, gift cards and more!
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So tell me "What book have you read that really sucked you in and made you totally tune out the world?"

Saturday, September 15, 2012

September New Release Hop

Welcome to Stop #5 of the 
September New Release Giveaway Hop!
The  September New Release Giveaway Hop
  is hosted by 

Take time to visit the other blogs 
on this awesome giveaway!
Winner may choose one (1) of the following!