Archives for January 2013

5 Random Facts About Me

5 Random Facts

This week for the writers workshop I am going to give everyone 5 random facts about me & my family.

  1. I was raised by my grandparents from about the age of 8 on.
  2. I found my mom after I had my daughter and she was at my wedding but since that day I haven’t had contact with her.
  3. I was 22 when I first drank alcohol.  I am still not a big drinker in fact I don’t even remember how long it has been since I drank.
  4. I have never smoked.
  5. I have always been super shy and I talking on the phone.

Those are 5 random things that I don’t think people know about me.  Of course there are many more things that I could have listed but I didn’t really want to create drama or anything like that.  I am not sure who reads my blog so I am not comfortable being 100% honest with everyone right now.

What is one random fact about you?

Is there anything you would like to see on my blog or any topic you would like me to write about?

Mama’s Losin’ It

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Day 7-Favorite Childhood Toys #30DayChallenge

Day 7

For day 7 it wants me to list some of my favorite childhood toys.  It has taken me hours to searching the internet to find this first toy.  I remember I got it when I turned 8.  I still remember the year I got this because I got the max amount of puppies that you could get.  My grandma also in the hospital this year and as far as I can remember I believe that my birthday was on Thanksgiving this year.puppy surprise

It is called Puppy Surprise and let me just say I loved this toy and I even remember opening it and being so excited because I got the max number of puppies that you could get in one.   My grandma also in the hospital this year and as far as I can remember I believe that my birthday was on Thanksgiving this year.

I also loved to mess around with my barbies.  In fact I still have most of them in the basement along with any dolls that I had growing up.  Other than those I don’t remember any toys that I loved playing with.  Growing up I did spend a lot of time outside running around and playing in the dirt or in the winter playing in the snow.

I remember waiting a getting a Furby and I loved it until it would start talking in the middle of the night and wake me up.  After that I hid it in a drawer because it creeped me out to say the least.  In fact we just threw them out because I totally forgot that it was in that drawer and I found it and made sure it got thrown away because they are creepy and I think the new ones are even more creepy but that is a whole different post.

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Quote Of The Week

Destiny

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What I Am Reading

ReadingThis week for the writers workshop the very first prompt had to have been made just for me.  I am going to write about what I am reading currently.  I have several books that I am reading all at the same time.  I almost always have at least one book that I am reading to review and then I have other books on my Nook that I am reading because they seemed interesting.  Here is a list of just a few of the books I am currently reading.

  • Unbreakable by Nancy Mehl
  • Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins- I have finished the first book and I didn’t really get into it.   I haven’t started the 2nd one yet and I am not sure that I will ever actually read it but I do have it on my Nook so if I get bored one day I may pick it up again but it isn’t something I am planning on reading.
  • Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon- Started this one last year sometime and I need to finish it but I keep getting other books I need to review and it keeps getting pushed to the bottom of my list.

  • A Christmas Home by Greg Kincaid-Lets just say I read the prologue of this book and I am not sure that I am going to be able to finish the book.  Even though I am sure it has a great ending the beginning sucked and made me sad so now I am just staring at the book wondering if it is worth it or not.
  • Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee
  • Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult- I am trying to get this one done because her new  book comes out next month I believe and hate when I get a few books behind.  Her stories don’t have to go in order but I love to read them that way.  She is my favorite author and I have read all of her books.

You can also go to my Goodreads page and check out other books I am reading and reviews of some of the other books that I have read.  Just know that I don’t have all the books I have ever read listed because that would talk forever.  Read a couple books a week and if I have a slow week at work I can read even more than that.

I am always looking for new authors to read so if you have any that you love please let me know!

What books are you reading?

Mama’s Losin’ It

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The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

 

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 About The Book

Filled with page-turning suspense, The Tutor’s Daughter takes readers to the windswept Cornwall coast-a place infamous for shipwrecks and superstitions-where danger lurks, faith is tested, and romance awaits.
Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father when his boarding school fails, accompanies him to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But soon after they arrive and begin teaching the two younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte at night, only to find the music room empty? And who begins sneaking into her bedchamber, leaving behind strange mementoes?
The baronet’s older sons, Phillip and Henry Weston, wrestle with problems-and secrets-of their own. They both remember the studious Miss Smallwood from their days at her father’s academy. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her…
When suspicious acts escalate, can Emma figure out which brother to blame and which to trust with her heart?

 

 

About the Author

 

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

 

My Review

 

It took me awhile to get into this book but once I did I couldn’t put it down. I had to know who was causing all the problems and why they were doing them. I wasn’t shocked to find out who the bad people were but I was shocked to find out how and why they were doing the things they did. I knew who Emma would end up falling in love with but once again I was shocked at how things ended there as well. The author does a great job to describing the scenes and at times I felt like I was really there with the characters.

FTC:  I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine.
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Secretly Smitten | An Evening of Giggle, Gab & Prizes


The “gals” are celebrating the release of Secretly Smitten with a fun Live Webcast on February 5th. They’ll be debuting the *NEW* animated Smitten trailer, giving away tons of prizes, dishing on the book and their friendship. They’ll also be wrapping up the Secretly Smitten blog tour, answering audience questions and testing your trivia skills. Don’t miss the fun and bring your friends. Click here to RSVP and set up a reminder.

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Quote Of The Week- Benjamin Disraeli

Experience is the child of thought,

and thought is the child of action.

 

Benjamin Disraeli

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Day 6- Zodiac Sign and Does It Fit? #30DayChallenge

Day6Today’s topic is what is my Zodiac sign and does it fit.  I am a Sagittarius and here is what I found that describes the sign:

Comparison with its symbol, the Archer: Sagittarius is symbolized by the Archer–half-man, half-horse. This symbolizes the Sagittarian’s attempt to free itself from man’s animal nature. The centaur is thought to symbolize the development of the human soul. It symbolizes the animal natures and desires of man, as well as its spiritual aspirations. In Greek mythology, centaurs were adventurous, brave, and wise; they were also given to brawling and uncivilized behavior.

The glyph for Sagittarius is a straightforward one — it depicts the archer’s arrow slung in a bow. This glyph symbolizes the desire for direction, a higher purpose, and abundance.

You can click here and go to where I got that information and also get ton’s more information on people who are Sagittariuses.

 

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From what I have read about them I think that there are things about it that fit me and other things that don’t really fit me.  When I was reading through different articles I could see things that are 100% who I am and then there are other things that couldn’t be farther from who I am.  It seems people who are Sagitarriuses are supposed to be out going and things like that and that isn’t me by any stretch of the imagination.  I am a shy person but other than that one fact everything about them pretty much is me!

Does your sign match you?

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Day 5- Favorite Comfort Foods & Why #30DayChallenge

Favorite Comfort Foods & Why

Today’s topic is my favorite comfort foods and why are they my favorite.  I can’t say that I am a huge fan of comfort foods because and I sit here and think about what I eat when I want comfort food I can’t really think of anything.  I will sometimes eat ice cream but other than that I don’t have any that I can think of.

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”The Tutor’s Daughter” by Julie Klassen! Enter to win a “Downton Abbey” Kindle Prize Pack

Julie is celebrating by giving away one of the new Paperwhite Kindles, Downton Abbey (season 3) and hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. (January 31st)

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One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Paperwhite
  • Downton Abbey, Season 3
  • A Julie Klassen library (The Tutor’s Daughter, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 30th. Winner will be announced at “The Tutor’s Daughter Author Chat Party on January 31st. Connect with Julie, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be great giveaways – gift certificates, books and season 3 of Downton Abbey!

So grab your copy of The Tutor’s Daughter and join Julie on the evening of the January 31st for a chance to connect with Julie and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!