"No one can be lonely who has a book for company." ~ Nelle Reagan

Sunday, July 31, 2011

In My Mailbox (Just Received) August 1, 2011

Thanks for joining me here today.  This is a fun meme that allows us book crazy people to share our new finds, purchased, borrowed or received, from the wondrous world of books.  

The Peach Keeper
by Sarah Addison Allen
I won this!!  Thank you to  Zoe at In the Next Room and Random House Publishing, Inc.
Also included was a Mango Peach Salsa scented votive candle. (smells soooo good!)

....Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.
Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that—in good times and bad, from one generation to the next—endure forever.

Rin Tin Tin
The Life and the Legend
By Susan Orlean
(ARC supplied by Simon & Schuster Canada)

Discovered on a World War I battlefield, Rin Tin Tin goes from orphaned pup to celebrity because one man, Corporal Lee Duncan, saw something in Rin Tin Tin that the world had to see.  This is the story of the bond between animals and humans that endures.  It is history brought to life in the tale of a dog who became a star.  (my words)

What's in your mailbox this week?  Did you receive, purchase or borrow some exciting new reads!  Please comment below with a link to your IMM or tell me in your comment, if you don't have a blog.  I love to see what's exciting and new, don't you?

IMM (In My Mailbox) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

By the way, have you entered my contest?  Win a book here.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Fans of Jeffrey Archer - Giveaway Alert! (Contest Closed)

I could not be more excited to offer you a copy of ONLY TIME WILL TELL, the newest novel by Jeffrey Archer, best selling author of KANE AND ABEL, SONS OF FORTUNE, PRISONER OF BIRTH, FALSE IMPRESSION, PATHS OF GLORY and more.  Readers world-wide have long agreed that Jeffrey Archer is a master of storytelling and ONLY TIME WILL TELL (On-sale in  August in US & Canada) is truly Jeffrey Archer at his absolute best. 

The first in an ambitious new series THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES, this novel tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph and, in particular, the epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life—a classic story of good boy from humble beginnings trying to make his fortune in the world in the face of class differences and World Wars in 20th century London & New York City.

St. Martin's Press has generously offered TWO copies of Only Time Will Tell.  Open to US and Canada.  Please respond to this post with your name and email address to enter for a chance to win a copy!  You don't have to be a follower to enter, but it would be nice!  ;)

Contest open until August 15th! Closed. 

***Review to come in August.***  

Only Time Will Tell is also available as an audiobook from Macmillan Audio.  Narrated by Roger Allam, who has narrated Jeffrey Archer's previous audiobooks, returns to give voice to Only Time Will Tell, adding an enormous excitement to what is already a thrill of a ride!

Giveaway Reminder

Celebrating the month of August


A highly entertaining read to take on vacation or to relax on your deck with, cool drink in hand!

One lucky winner, USA or Canada, will receive a copy of Andrea's book 

"Reflections of a Successful Wallflower.

Here's what others have been saying about Reflections of a 
Successful Wallflower:  

"When I heard Andrea had a book coming out, I thought it would be fun to read how she pulled off some of the biggest events in the World, but the book is so much more..Yes, your heart will race when you hear how she got herself in and out of some of the BIGGEST events across the planet...."~T. Seigel
"Reading Andrea Michaels' REFLECTIONS OF A SUCCESSFUL WALLFLOWER is one of those ways to spend a thoroughly relaxing evening. It is short, sweet, entertaining, and informative."~ Grady Harp
"Wow! This was such a fabulous read. Even if you are not in the Events industry, you will find Andrea's life stories/experiences inspiring. Her humor, determination, and love of life all come through so clearly in this book. Managing these corporate events is no easy task (I know first-hand) but Andrea's stories take it to a whole other level. She is a true professional and legend in the business. I highly suggest you read this book if you have any interest in learning how to navigate and be successful in this industry and in life!" ~BLove1365
"I absolutely love Andrea's conversational style and case and point structure. Each story/event experience is told with purpose, direction and clarity. While reading you never feel drowned in industry jargon or complex theories, rather, you feel comfortable in Andrea's language and at ease with her persona.  This book is real, honest and enjoyable right to the last page. A fantastic book for industry professionals and a must-read for business owners and entrepreneurs of all walks of life.  Bravo Andrea! I look forward to re-reading your book as it was a truly inspiring experience." 
~Julie Danaylov, A2D2 Inc 
"Reflections of a Successful Wallflower has invaluable advice for the event planner, the business person and the average reader alike because most of what she shares can be transferred to our daily lives.  She is inspirational, humble, smart and funny and writes an incredible memoir/guide that will have you laughing and shaking your head in disbelief."~ Shirley @ My Bookshelf

This contest will run now until the 21st of August, 
with the winner being selected by Random.org on August 22nd.  

You must be a GFC follower, new or old, of this blog to participate.  That's it.  
So, leave a comment below with your email address and your GFC name.  
Winners will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond. 

 The winner will be announced here on this blog. 

Good Luck everyone!!

Children's Book Review: Buddy's Tail by K. Anne Russell

Buddy's Tail
Author:  K. Anne Russell
Copyright:  2011
Publisher:  Self-published
Pages:  171 (39 Chapters)
ISBN 978-1456411954
Genre:  Children's Fiction


Summary:  Buddy's story teaches young readers about the bonds of love and friendship, the role of free will in building character, the importance of responsibility in our lives, especially as it relates to animal welfare, and the acceptance of death as part of life's journey for ourselves and our pets. (from www.buddystail.com)

My Review:  Buddy is a standard poodle living with a family who neglects his needs.   Buddy longs for a home where he will be loved, with humans he can care for but his end is near.  That's when Buddy and the Good Shepherd strike a deal and Buddy is given another chance for happiness.  Six years later, the deal's conditions must be met and Buddy must leave his earthly life behind.  In Haven, Buddy's talents are recognized and he becomes the best guide dog, helping other dogs find their way to Haven when their time comes.  Until one day when Buddy must make a decision that alters his position in Haven and Mackenzie finds herself acting as defence for her friend Buddy.  This day changes Haven forever.

Of all the dog books I've read and reviewed on this blog, Buddy's Tail has truly found a place in my heart.  Buddy's Tail is a tale of love; friendship; the bond between humans and their pets; loyalty and doing what's right, even if it is difficult.  K. Anne Russell wrote Buddy's Tail for an audience of children, nine  and up being the recommended age group.  But as I sat with this book this morning, enjoying Ms. Russell's incredible talent as a diverse writer, I marvelled at the depth and the messages of Buddy's Tail.  On the surface it is a dog's tale, but it is deeper, with resonating lessons for all. Lessons that not only children need to know. 

Buddy's Tail, in its unpublished version, was part of the curriculum for a group of children.  The children and moms of Coachella Valley served as reviewers for Buddy's Tail.  I'd like to have been there to hear their response to the valuable recital of human/dog bonds.  I'm sure they were as taken with it as I am.

Rated 4/5

Katharine A. Russell writes under the names Kath Russell (see review:  A Pointed Death a Pointer Mystery), Katharine A. Russell (see review:  Deed So) and K. Anne Russell (Buddy's Tail).

Author Biography

Katharine A. Russell received a BA degree in history from Northwestern University, holds an MS degree in journalism from Boston University and an MBA in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern. She finished her certificate in creative writing through the U.C.L.A. Writer's Program in 2009.

She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Women's National Book Association, and the Palm Springs Writers Guild. She also is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Association for Business Communication and Women of Higher Caliber, a women's shooting club.

Russell divides her time between Palm Desert, California, and Baltimore, Maryland. russellwrites.blogspot.com                                          http://www.russellwrites.com

Friday, July 29, 2011

Can't Wait to Dig Into This....Book Blogger Hop

This Meme is hosted by Jennifer from Crazy for Books on Fridays.  


Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews. 

1.  Before you add your link, you must post about the Hop on your blog and link directly back to THIS POST at Crazy for Books (not just my domain, but the direct post for the Hop).  
2. While you are creating your post, answer the following question (there’s a new prompt each week):

“Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!”

Last week I received some very good, enticing books so it was difficult to choose just one.  After a few seconds of hemming and hawwing, I would have to choose The Bridge Club by Patricia Sands.  I am in the mood for something just like this.  The story of a few women friends who get together to play bridge; at least that is how it began.  But years later, it has developed into so much more.  They have become the best of friends.  Always there for each other, through the good and the bad.  Think Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but older.  Lately I have been craving  just such a read.  Hmmm....what does that say, I wonder?

Of the books you received or borrowed this week, which one are you dying to dive into?  

Please Comment below with a link to your post for Book Blogger Hop.

Book Review: Max on Life

Max on Life
Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions
Author:  Max Lucado
Copyright:  2010
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Pages:  260
ISBN 978-0-8499-4812-1
Genre:  Religion/Christian Life/General

Source:  I received a copy from Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

From the cover:  "We have questions.  Real, important, and challenging questions.  Questions about sex, finances, and forgiveness.  Unsettling questions regarding illness, suicide, and eternity.  Don't we crave answers to these queries that tug on the deepest parts of our hearts?"

My Review:  Years ago I came across a children's book, You Are Special, written by Max Lucado.  My husband and I liked it so much that we purchased copies for each of our children.  Inside I wrote a personal tribute to each child, sharing with them what makes them special. Each child was given this as a Christmas gift.

When I saw this book, Max on Life, on BookSneeze, I just had to request a copy.  I am glad I did.  Each of us have questions and trials and Max Lucado addresses several that many of us may be seeking insight and answers to.  

Max On Life is designed to answer common questions about life and the spiritual answers from Max Lucado's perspective based on his work as a pastor and from scriptural passages found in the Bible.  The entire book is comprised of seven segments:  Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots, and Hereafter.  Within these segments are questions he has commonly been queried about in his work as a pastor and the answers he found based on scripture and personal spiritual insight.  With some good advice for handling the trials that life can throw your way, Max on Life may offer the answers and comfort you seek.  

"Here's hoping that his answers to the questions of others will help you find answers to yours."  (from the dust cover)

Rated 3/5

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WWW Wednesdays - July 27, 2011

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?

I am reading The Map of True Places and Max on Life

What did  you recently finish reading?

(you may read my reviews by clicking on the underlined titles)

What do you think you'll read next?

True Believer by Nicholas Sparks is calling out to me as well as a re-read of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Book Giveaways on My Bookshelf:

Few requirements to enter.  Just follow this blog and leave a comment on the contest post with your email address so I may contact the winner.  That's it.  Now go on over and enter to win!!  (Open to US and Canada)

What did you recently finish?  What are you reading now and what is planned for the upcoming week?  PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or answer in your comment.   Thanks!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Book Review: Shut Up and Stay Married (The Secret to Marriage Success) by Yisroel Roll

Shut Up and Stay Married
The Secret to Marriage Success
Author:  Yisroel Roll
Publisher:  Leviathan Press
Copyright:  2010
Pages:  108
Genre:  Self-help
Includes:  diagrams, forward, epilogue
ISBN 978-1-881927-02-0

Source:  a copy was provided by the author and Bostick Communications in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.



Why Do One of Two Marriages Fail?

In this groundbreaking, easy-to-read book, psychotherapist Yisroel Roll helps you discover the secret of a successful marriage.  It's not about your spouse or what you can do for your spouse.
The secret lies with you.
This transformative book offers hands-on strategies to breathe new life into relationships. You'll learn simple techniques you can use every day to
  • Find happiness in marriage
  • Get along without hurting each other
  • Prevent small arguments from escalating into major blowups Build an atmosphere of trust in your home
  • Rekindle the deep feelings spouses once had for one another
  • Feel good about yourself-and your spouse
You'll also discover how to create a happy family, empower your kids, and motivate them to thrive.
Yisroel Roll, a psychotherapist in private practice, has inspired and helped improve thousands of marriages. A dynamic motivational speaker, he has presented marriage workshops around the world.
My Review:  What is the secret to a long and loving marriage?  When reading the title you might think, "oh great, so I'm just so supposed to put up with the *****."  That is not at all what psychotherapist Yisroel Roll advises in Shut Up and Stay Married.
Have you ever had the "foot in mouth" syndrome?  You say something, criticize, advise, correct, or whatever, but it only works to make things worse, resulting in just the opposite of what you had hoped.  Did you ever stop to think that it might be how you said it or what you said.  That sometimes "silence is golden?"
I learned a lot from this book which can be read through rather quickly but I'd advise reading it a little more leisurely and do the exercises within.  As a psychotherapist and schooled as a lawyer and as a Rabbi (though the book doesn't mention that he serves as one), Yisroel Roll puts in plain and simple terms, with tangible examples, the tools of communication.  Use "I" instead of "you" as in "I feel embarrassed" rather than "you embarrass me", for example.  There are so many relevant suggestions and exercises for relationships, both marital and parental, that will aid the reader in developing strong and trusting relationships.  Yisroel Roll notes that most marriages he consults on have difficulties because one or the other of the couple has a low self-esteem.  Taking it from this standpoint, he offers exercises to build esteem (a good exercise for everyone as we all go through trials that shake our feelings of adequacy and self-worth), emphasizing the good and building upon these traits to build the individual up.  
"The Key: Marriage success depends on your view of YOURSELF not your view of your spouse. If you see yourself as a worthy and valuable individual you will be able to Shut Up and Stay Married when your spouse says something hurtful or when your spouse does something you don’t like."
Shut Up and Stay Married is divided into three areas of emphasis as follows (taken from the author's website): 

Part 1
Instead of being hurt and insulted when your spouse  says that she is disappointed with you or he says that you were inconsiderate, the book will teach you how to be “good with yourself” so you don’t feel the need to respond with your own negative comment.
Marriage success has been shown to be based on the ability for a spouse to “repair” the negative comment received from her counterpart. The techniques in Shut Up and Stay Married show you how to become untouchable and unaffected by a spouse’s negative  comment by grounding and centering  yourself . These techniques will build more than your self esteem-they will help you build a “self”.
With your “self” intact you can learn to say: “I understand  you are upset by what happened. Let’s talk it through”. This will stop the escalation of an argument and allow spouses to maintain composure and maturity when they discuss a contentious issue.

Part 2

The book also provides hands on techniques to build a healthy relationship through positivity and effective compliments

Part 3

The self techniques also apply to raising children and the book illustrates effective strategies to motivate children for success and healthy self esteem

Shut Up and Stay Married is an excellent resource whether you are looking for peace and harmony in  your marriage or as a family.  The principals taught here can be exercised in everyday living as well, making this an invaluable guide for everyday living.  

Rated 5/5


Have you had a chance to check out the two contests I am currently offering?  All you have to do is be a follower of this blog and leave a comment with your email address for contact purposes should you win.  For recap purposes, here are the two books up to win.  Please proceed to the original contest pages, as linked below, to enter your name.  Open to US and Canada.

Badass Business Women:  the Manifesto by Jennifer Kizorak, et al.  Contest closed.  The winner, Reading Rendesvous, has been selected and will receive a copy of Badass Business Women:  the Manifesto.  Congratulations!


Reflections of a Successful Wallflower by famous award winning events planner Andrea Michaels.  Contest ends August 21!!

Comments on this post will not be entered in the contests.  Please go to the original posts to enter.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays 26/07/2011

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR 

It's been a month, I think, since I participated last.  I feel bad about that so I will make up for it with teases from a couple of the books I am currently reading.

"Emotional independence means that you are in charge of your own mood.  Just as your spouse cannot make you angry, your spouse is not there to make you happy.  Only you can do that." 
 ~ page 46, Shut Up and Stay Married - The Secret to Marriage Success by Yisroel Roll

"For she never lost her faith in true love, and she knew, somewhere deep inside, that he was still alive.  She would know if he wasn't.  The world would stop if he was no longer part of it, 
she was certain of that." 
~ page 146, The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!


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