Apr 192014
 

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10 Random Facts About Quartets

1. In music, a quartet is an ensemble of four singers or instrumental performers; or a musical composition for four voices or instruments.

2. The particular choice and number of instruments derives from the registers of the human voice: soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

3. In the string quartet, two violins play the soprano and alto vocal registers, the viola plays the tenor register and the cello plays the bass register.

4. Another common standard classical quartet is the piano quartet, consisting of violin, viola, cello, and piano.

5. Wind quartets are scored either the same as a string quartet with the wind instrument replacing the first violin (i.e. scored for wind, violin, viola and cello) or are groups of four wind instruments of which the flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon is relatively common.

6. Vocal quartets also feature larger classical compositions, such as opera, choral works, and symphonic compositions.

7. Jazz quartet ensembles are often composed of a “horn” (e.g., saxophone, trumpet, etc.), a chordal instrument (e.g., electric guitar, piano, Hammond organ, etc.), a bass instrument (e.g., double bass or bass guitar) and a drum kit.

8. Some mixed-gender vocal quartets include The Pied Pipers; The Mamas & the Papas; The Merry Macs; and The Weavers.

9. The Kinsey Sicks is a Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet from San Francisco

10. Composers of notable string quartets include Joseph Haydn (68 compositions), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (23), Ludwig van Beethoven (17), Felix Mendelssohn (6), Franz Schubert (15), Johannes Brahms (3), Antonín Dvořák (14), Alexander Borodin (13), Béla Bartók (6), and Dmitri Shostakovich (15). The Italian composer Luigi Boccherini (1743–1805), wrote more than 100 string quartets.

Apr 182014
 

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10 Random Facts About Pop

1. During WWII, 5 million bottles of Coke were consumed by military personnel.

2. In Australia and New Zealand, Sprite is called lemonade.

3. In 1969, Schweppes and Cadbury came together to form one company.

4. There are 6 brands of Mountain Dew.

5. In 1986, 7Up merged with Dr Pepper.

6. Pepsi was one of the first companies to switch from horse-drawn transport to motor vehicles.

7. 2,000 people participated in a favorable market research and chose Sierra Mist out of 1,000 possible names.

8. There are 70 flavors of Fanta.

9. A&W makes the most popular root beer in America.

10. You can heat Dr Pepper in a saucepan 180 degrees and then pour it into a mug with a lemon at the bottom to create hot Dr Pepper.

Apr 172014
 

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10 Random Facts About Oxygen

1. Atomic Number: 8

2. Atomic Symbol: O

3. Atomic Weight: 15.9994

4. Melting Point: -361.82 F (-218.79 C)

5. Boiling Point: -297.31 F (-182.95 C)

6. Word origin: Oxygen is a combination of two Greek words: oxys, meaning acid, and genes, meaning forming.

7. Although Joseph Priestley and Carl Wilhelm Scheele both discovered oxygen about the same time, Priestly generally gets the credit.

8. Was the atomic weight standard for the other elements until 1961 when it was replaced by carbon 12.

9. It is a odorless, colorless gas has eight protons in the nucleus, and is pale blue in its liquid and solid states.

10. Approximately 2/3 of the mass of the human body is oxygen.

Apr 162014
 

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Wondrous Words Wednesday, hosted by Kathy (BermudaOnion),   is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.

Indefatigable:  found while reading the online article How ‘Midnight Rider’ Victim Sarah Jones Lost Her Life

Jones, already known in the local production community as an indefatigable worker with a cheery disposition, apparently didn’t reveal any concerns to co-workers.

indefatigable ~ adjective \ˌin-di-ˈfa-ti-gə-bəl\
:  incapable of being fatigued :  untiring <an indefatigable worker>

— in·de·fa·ti·ga·bil·i·ty noun
— in·de·fat·i·ga·ble·ness noun
— in·de·fat·i·ga·bly adverb

Origin of Indefatigable
Middle French, from Latin indefatigabilis, from in- + defatigare to fatigue, from de- + fatigare to fatigue

First Known Use: 1608

Apr 152014
 

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10 Random Facts About Neckties

 

1. The necktie originated from a silk scarf worn by Croatian soldiers – it became known as the cravate.

2. At one point in history, merely touching a man’s tie knot was cause for a duel.

3. The city of Shengzhou in China is one of the world’s biggest tie producers, with 200 million ties made there each year.

4. The most expensive tie ever made cost a mere $220,000. Designed by Satya Paul Design Studio, it contained 271 diamonds and 150 grams of gold.

5. A good quality silk tie will require approximately 110 silkworm cocoons.

6. About 300 years ago, the English developed neckwear that was so thick that it could even stop a sword thrust.

7. A person who collects ties is called a Grabatologist.

8. Shih Huang Ti, the first Chinese emperor, wore a tie as long ago as 210 B.C.

9. The Bola Tie is the official tie of Arizona, USA.

10. Usually, the stripes found on American ties run from top right to bottom left, while the stripes of British ties run from top left to bottom right.

Apr 152014
 

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10 Random Facts About Math

1. Notches (cuts or indentation) on animal bones prove that humans have been doing mathematics since around 30,000 BC.

2. The number 5 is pronounced as ‘Ha’ in Thai language.555 is also used by some as slang for ‘HaHaHa’.

3. Zero ( 0 ) is the only number which can not be represented by Roman numerals.

4. The = sign (“equals sign”) was invented by 16th Century Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde, who was fed up with writing “is equal to” in his equations.

5. 12,345,678,987,654,321 is the product of 111,111,111 x 111,111,111.  Notice the sequence of the numbers 1 to 9 and back to 1.

5. An icosagon is a shape with twenty sides.

7. 2 and 5 are the only primes that end in 2 or 5.

8. From 0 to 1,000, the letter “A” only appears in 1,000 (“one thousand”).

9. Want to remember the value of Pi (3.1415926) in easy way ? You can do it by counting each word’s letters in ‘May I have a large container of coffee?’

10. A palindrome number is a number that reads the same backwards and forward, e.g. 12421.

Apr 142014
 
Fourth of July Release Party – Monday, April 14th
Win a great prize and get the book for $.99 today only.

 

When eight parade floats explode during the annual Fourth of July celebrations, Agent Chris Harmer must find who planted the bombs before the terrorists strike again.

His troubles aren’t isolated to terrorism. Chris falls in love with the FBI’s feisty psychiatrist, Alexis Osborne. She won’t commit to someone who doesn’t share her religious values, and Chris has no desire to convert.

Fourth of July was originally written in 2002 and published in 2007. It’s been so fun to revise it one more time (I fell in love with Chris all over again) and redo the cover.

There are two great giveaways to celebrate the release. The purse and scarf pictured below (bought from the fabulous Sugar ‘n Spice) will be given away through the Rafflecopter form.

Also, the first twenty people to buy Fourth of July at one of the following retailers, share the special $.99 price to any social media site, and email me (camichecketts@yahoo.com) will receive their choice of Dead Running audio book or The Colony as a kindle gift.

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Apr 132014
 

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy,
toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Also, every Wednesday, Serena, Leslie, and I will share the
Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

I had a few books in my mailbox last week:

17843465The Sense Of Touch by Ron Parsons
Sprung from the variously lush, rugged, and frozen emotional landscapes of the north country, this luminous collection of stories captures the progress of a diverse ensemble of souls as they struggle to uncover themselves and negotiate a meaningful communion, of any kind, with the world around them. A brilliant but troubled Bangladeshi physics student searches for balance, acceptance, and his own extraordinary destiny after his father disappears. When a Halloween blizzard immobilizes Minneapolis, a young woman is forced to confront the snow-bound nature of her own relationships and emotions. During an excursion to an idyllic swimming hole hidden in the Black Hills, two old friends unexpectedly compete for the affections of an irresistible, though married, Lakota woman. Like a mythical expedition to reach the horizon or the quest to distill truth from the beauty around us, the revelation confirmed by these imaginative stories – elegant, sometimes jarring, always wonderfully absurd – is that the very act of reaching is itself a form of touch.

 

8128m2khaEL._SL1500_The Body On The Rocks by Thomas Hauck
The instant Chris Mark heard the scream he knew something was very wrong. At the edge of a narrow chasm a woman was backing away from something. Her dog strained at its leash. Mark took his hands from his pockets, broke into a run. The woman saw him and pointed. The dog pulled excitedly, trying to get close to whatever was down there. Mark approached the crevice and looked down. On the rocks ten feet below him a man lay on his back. He was clad in jeans and a sweatshirt. While the body was in bad shape – bloated and discolored – the waxy face still had its nose and ears, and the two bluish hands were at the ends of the arms. The limbs and small bits had not yet been devoured by predators. “I’m sorry that I screamed like that,” stuttered the woman. “I just looked down and there he was. What do you suppose happened?” Mark shrugged. “The ocean can take you any which way.” “The Body on the Rocks” presents twelve thrilling stories featuring detective Chris Mark. Set in the rugged port city of Gloucester, Massachusetts, each story offers human drama, passion, intrigue, and a glimpse into the complicated life of an Iraq War vet who only wants to help people solve their toughest problems. This fast-paced collection is perfect for a day at the beach or an evening by the fireplace, and will keep you turning the pages long past your bedtime.

Apr 132014
 

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My Name Is Jason. Mine Too by Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin

Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 21, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061547883
ISBN-13: 978-0061547881

Our story. Our way.

A poet

An artist

One black

One white

Two voices

One journey

Thoughts
Jason and Jason were college roommates. One decides to go to NYC to live and pursue his artistic talents. He doesn’t want to go alone, so he asks the other Jason to go with him. He really doesn’t want to go, but he does because his friend needs him to go with him. They struggle to pay the rent, to pay for heat, to pay for food. But they both love the life they’re living.

Both the poems and paintings are amazing. Some of the poems are funny, some are sad. The paintings are original and full of emotion. Put them together you get to know these two men named Jason.

I usually read a poem or look at a painting and move on. Many of these made me want to spend some time with them.

The book is short at 96 pages, but it had a big impact on me.

I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone, of any age.

I don’t know when we were tied together
Intertwined in invisible rope
Two puppets that move without a master
Two dummies who find their lives in laughter
Two men who fear the same disaster
And share in the same hope

 

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I read this for The 2014 National Poetry Month: Reach for the Horizon Blog Tour, organized by Serena of Savvy Verse and Wit.  Be sure to check her blog for links to other posts

 

 

Apr 132014
 

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10 Random Facts About Lakes

1. The lowest lake in the world is the Dead Sea that borders Israel and Jordan. The surface level of which is 418 metres (1,371 ft) below sea level. It is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world.

2. The highest lake in the world is the crater lake of Ojos del Salado at 6,390 m (20,965 ft) above sea level. The mountain lake sits on the border of Chile and Argentina.

3. The deepest lake in the world is Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. It is 1,637 m (5,371 ft) at its deepest point. Excluding the Caspian Sea it is the also the largest lake by volume in the world.

4. The longest lake in the world is Lake Tanganyika in Africa at 660 km (410 mi) it is also the 2nd largest by volume of water and the 2nd deepest.

5. Most freshwater lakes on Earth are found in Northern areas of the Northern Hemisphere, Canada for example is estimated to have around 2 million lakes.

6. Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lake and also has the largest surface area of any freshwater lake in the world at 82,000 km² (31,700 mi²).

7. Finland has the nickname “Land of the Thousand Lakes” as there are over 187,000 lakes in the country.

8. A subglacial lake is a lake that is permanently covered by ice. The largest of these is Lake Vostak in Antarctica.

9. Lakes can form in interesting different ways such as in the craters of volcanoes, by sinkholes in the ground, or even artificially by dams made by man.

10. One of the lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan called Kraken Mare is a massive 388,500 km² (150,000 mi²) making it larger than the Caspian Sea. The liquid is not water though (Titan’s average temperature is -181 °C (-293.8 °F) so water would be frozen), instead it is a lake of liquid gas (methane and ethane).

Apr 122014
 

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Organized for Murder by Ritter Ames

Series: Organized Mysteries
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1495379957
ISBN-13: 978-1495379956

Organization expert Kate McKenzie is on track to make her new business, STACKED IN YOUR FAVOR, a hit in small-town Vermont. But when her first client, the wealthy Amelia Nethercutt, is found dead, the job takes a decidedly sinister turn.

Kate thought she and her family were making a fresh start in her husband’s hometown, but she quickly learns that small towns can hold big secrets. When her first client is poisoned just after Kate leaves her mansion, she knows she’s gotten off to a bad start. But things only get worse when the police find Kate’s fingerprints on the murder weapon, suddenly putting her in the position of suspect number one. The stopwatch is ticking for Kate to prove she had nothing to do with the murder, and the odds are further stacked against her when items stolen from the Nethercutt mansion start showing up in the McKenzie home. Now, Kate must trust her methodical skills and expert eye to sort out who is trying to frame her and to find the real killer before she’s organized right into a jail cell.

Thoughts
It’s been a while since I’ve read a cozy, and this books was a perfect choice. It’s a great murder mystery that will keep you guessing since there are so many different people that could have done it. All the characters are well developed, but aren’t your everyday cookie cutter type, they have their own quirks and flaws.

I loved that Kate was happily married since most cozy sleuths are single. She also had twins, and that is unusual too. I loved the relationship between her and her family, and between her and Meg. There were plenty of twists and laughs, and lots of situations that had me thinking I knew what was going on. But then I’d be thrown for another loop, and I’d have to start over trying to figure out whodunnit.

Another thing I loved were all the organization tips throughout the book. They all seemed very easy to do, and would solve a lot of problems for your household.

This book had so many unusual aspects to it that it is by far one of my very favorite cozies, and I can’t wait for the rest in the series.

Ritter Ames hit the ball out of the park with this book and I’d have no problem recommending it to anyone who loves a good mystery. Even if they aren’t a cozy lover, I think they will be after reading this fantastic book!

About The Author
Ritter is an award-winning author who writes the Bodies of Art mystery series and the cozy Organized Mysteries series, both published by Gemma Halliday Publishing. She focuses most of her time and writing energies on globe trotting the world via her keyboard to create memorable characters and fascinating fiction novels for readers. In this great new endeavor, her cat muse remains faithfully by her side–only voicing displeasure when the food bowl sits empty due to Ritter focusing more on writing than on kibble.  She tries to blog regularly and uses her Pinterest boards to capture great places and ideas she wants to use in both series. Follow her blog and boards to learn more about Ritter and her upcoming books.

Author Links:
Web page
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

Giveaway:
The author has generously agreed to offer a give away.

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Tour Participants

March 31 – Chloe Gets A Clue - Interview
April 1 – A Year of Jubilee Reviews - Review
April 2 – i blog 4 books – Review
April 3 – Book Club Librarian – Review
April 5 – Mysteries Etc – Review
April 6 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
April 7 – Bea’s Book Nook - Review
April 7 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post
April 8 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post
April 9 – Thoughts in Progress – Review, Interview
April 10 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post
April 11- I’d Rather Be At The Beach – Review
April 12 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
April 13 – Socrates’ Book Review Blog – Review

Apr 122014
 

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10 Random Facts About Kites

1. More adults in the world fly kites than children.

2. There is at least one Kite Festival every weekend of the year in some part of the world.

3. Kite flying was banned in China during the Cultural Revolution, anyone found flying a kite was sent to jail for up to three years and their kites destroyed.

4. Approximately 12 people are killed each year in kiting accidents throughout the world.

5. Each year on the second Sunday of October kite flyers in nearly every country of the World unite and fly a kite to celebrate “One Sky One World”.

6. There are over 50 million kites sold in the USA every year.

7. Some Japanese kites weigh over 2 tons.

8. The world record for the longest ‘kite fly’ is 180 hours, 17 minutes.

9. It is now thought that the first kites flown over 3000 years ago, were made from leaves.

10. In the Orient, kites are given to someone to bring them happiness, good luck, prosperity and cure illness.

Apr 112014
 

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10 Random Facts About Jazz

1. Jazz is a musical style that originated in the southern United States at the beginning of the 20th century.

2. The modern drum set was invented by Jazz musicians.

3. The oldest remaining jazz club is “The Village Vanguard” in New York City which was opened in 1935.

4. The most influential Jazz guitarist in history, Django Reinhardt, was short two fingers.

5. When asked what the definition of jazz was, Louis Armstrong replied, “If you’ve got to ask, you’ll never know.”

6. The element of improvisation is a major component of jazz, more so than in any other form of popular music, and musicians often start a tune with only a key and time signature from the bandleader.

7. A few of the most famouse jazz musicians are Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Mary Lou Williams, and John Coltrane.

8. Jazz originated in predominantly black communities in the southern United States.

9. Swing Jazz is considered to be popular dance music which is played from printed musical arrangements.

10. Louis Armstrong, a trumpeter, band leader and singer, contributed greatly to the popularization of Jazz and became known as the Ambassador of Jazz.

Apr 102014
 

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10 Random Facts About Igloos

1. The term “igloo” comes from the Inuit word “iglu” which means “house”.

2. Igloos were usually temporary winter shelters built by Inuit hunters for their families while on a hunting trip.

3. Skilled Inuit hunters could be build an igloo in about an hour.

4. Some igloos would even have windows built from a block of ice or seal gut.

5. An igloo could be any size, but normally, they built them just big enough for the family.

6. Although other countries such as Alaska and Greenland had igloos, the structure was predominantly seen in central and western Canada.

7. Snow and ice work as insulators to trap body heat inside the igloo. Thus, the occupants of an igloo double as a furnace of sorts.

8. The only tools required to build an igloo are a snow spade and a saw. In traditional times these implements would have been fashioned from bone.

9. A full-grown man can stand on an igloo without collapsing it.
10. A properly-built igloo can withstand hurricane force winds on the open snow.

To see a real igloo being built, watch the 1922 silent film documentary “Nanook of the North”.

Apr 092014
 

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10 Random Facts About Hair

1. A single strand of hair can support up to 6.5 pounds of weight.

2. The process of removing unwanted body hair dates back to the ancient Egyptians.

3. The longest documented hair was measured in 2004. It belonged to Xie Qiuping from China, and measured 18.5 feet

4. The first African-American hair products were created by Madam CJ Walker, the first American black woman to become a millionaire.

5. The curling iron was invented in France, by Marcel Grateau, in 1875.

6. Less than 4% of the world’s population has natural red hair.

7. Healthy hair, when wet, can stretch to 30% its original length.

8. A random lock of Elvis’ hair was sold at an auction for $15,000

9. The first liquid shampoo on the market came out in 1927.

10. Hair is composed of 50.65% carbon, 20.85% oxygen, 17.14% nitrogen, 6.36% hydrogen, and 5.0% sulfur. Hair also contains trace amounts of magnesium, arsenic, iron, chromium and other metals and minerals.long.

Apr 082014
 

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10 Random Facts About Goats

1. Goats were the first animals domesticated by man in 10,000 B.C

2. There are over 210 breeds of goats in the world.

3. The natural life expectancy for goats is around 8 to 12 years and
in some cases, goats can live over 15 years.

4. Depending on the breed, adult female goats can weigh between 22
to 300 pounds and adult males between 27 to 350 pounds of body
weight.

5. The pharaoh Cephranes thought so much of his goats that he had
2,234 buried with him.

6. Goat’s milk is higher in calcium, vitamin A and niacin than cow’s
milk.

7. Goat meat is lower in fat and cholesterol compared to beef, pork,
mutton and poultry.

8. During biblical times, goat skins were used for parchment for
writing.

9. Coffee was first discovered when goat herders noticed the animals
acting very energetic after nibbling on coffee beans.

10. The Tennessee Stiff-Leg also known as the wooden leg or fainting
goat is native to the U.S. This breed suffers from a recessive
trait called myotonia. When frightened this animal will experience
extreme muscle stiffness causing extension of the neck and hind
legs before it topples over onto the ground.

Apr 062014
 

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10 Random Facts About Florida

1. Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on glass-bottom boats across Biscayne National Park.

2. Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America.

3. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed concrete bridge. Opened in 1987 the bridge coasts through the clouds at 190 feet above water. Its bright yellow support cables spread from the two center pillars. The structure gives drivers unobstructed view of the water during the 4.1 mile trip over Tampa Bay.

4. The Benwood, on French Reef in the Florida Keys, is known as one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.

5. Florida has more  lighting strikes than anywhere else in the U.S.A.

6. Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed.

7. Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola invented mechanical refrigeration in 1851.

8. Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States.

9. The Saint John’s River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south.

10. And I can’t leave some of the strange names of places in Florida off the list:
Acklocknayke
Big Hammock
Chassahowitzka
Deadman Landing
Dismal Key
Estiffanulga
Frog City
Greenhead
Howey-in-the-Hills
Kissimmee
Mossy Head
Muddy Ford
Needmore
Okahumpka
Okeechobee
Panacea
Punta Gorda
Sawdust
Sopchoppy
Thonotosassa
Turkey Foot
Two Egg
Weeki Wachee
Wewahitchka
Yeehaw Junction

Apr 062014
 

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy,
toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Also, every Wednesday, Serena, Leslie, and I will share the
Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

My mailbox has been a bit lonely lately, but last week it saw a few books.

19262289The Life And Times Of Richard Musto by Joe Lamport (book tour)
The biography of an eighty-nine year old man living on the streets of New York City, told through free verse and arresting photographs, this books provides a journalistic investigation into the art of survival in America today.

 

20945746True Blend by Joanne Demaio (book tour)
Vintage bridal shop owner Amy Trewist thinks she’ll never recover her quiet life at her beloved farmhouse on an old country road. Not after her two-year-old daughter Grace is kidnapped in an elaborate crime. On one clear morning, in mere minutes, Grace is gone and Amy’s world spins into a heartbreaking new place.

George Carbone often spends easy time with his brother. Whether at a ballgame or taking a day trip, it’s how they connect. Until one sunny day when the trip is to a bank parking lot and George is drawn into a crime he never sees coming. And into a stricken mother’s life he cannot ignore.

In a summer that simmers with the unsolved crime, George is haunted by a bankroll hidden behind kitchen tiles, by a brother who dragged him into this, and by a father who instilled in him a conscience. A conscience challenged when a young child and beautiful woman crossed paths with him and unexpectedly took hold of his heart.

Set among the red barns, lush cornfields and sparkling wishing fountain of Addison, Connecticut, True Blend is a captivating novel that steals your heart and does not let go. Because like the lace wedding gowns hanging on Amy’s clothesline, waltzing in the summer breeze, love and secrets twist and spin together in their own mesmerizing dance.

 

17978260Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler  (from Audiobook Jukebox)
It’s a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends—all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town—it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so.

One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there’s Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives.

Now all four are brought together for a wedding. Little Wing seems even smaller than before. While lifelong bonds are still strong, there are stresses—between the friends, between husbands and wives. There will be heartbreak, but there will also be hope, healing, even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of adult friendship and love.

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The next group of books didn’t come in my mailbox, but I wanted to tell you about a great deal I found at the flea/farmers market last week. Most everyone knows how much I love Stephen King, and that I’m a cover snob. What you may not know is that not only do I love book covers, I’m also partial to hardcovers. So…you can imagine how happy I was to find 6 SK’s books,  all of them in hardcover, and all in like new condition. They still have that crinkly sound when your open them!! The best part is that they were only $2 each!!

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Needful Things ~ 690 pages
A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires…if you’re willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless.

Nightmares And Dreamscapes ~ 816 pages
The Stephen King Amusement Park – an unnerving experience, with rides every which way to hell …and a few to glory.A solitary finger pokes out of a drain. Novelty teeth turn predatory. The Nevada desert swallows a Cadillac. Meanwhile, the legend of Castle Rock returns …and grows on you. What does it all mean? What else could it mean? Stephen King is here with a powerful collection of stories – a vast, many-chambered cave of a volume.The long reach of Stephen King’s imagination will take you on a roller coaster to places you’ve never been before. You will lose sleep. But Stephen King, writing to beat the devil, will do your dreaming for you.

Four Past Midnight ~ 930 pages
Featuring The Langoliers, Secret Window, The Library Policeman and The Sun Dog. The survivors of a plane crash awake in a nightmare, a writer finds himself at the end of an accusing finger, a businessman struggles to uncover the evil driving him mad, and a ravenous dog inhabits a camera, in a horror quartet.

Desperation ~ 690 pages
Something is terribly wrong in Desperation, Nevada — a small mining town just off Route 50 with a played out open pit copper mine. The streets are wind swept and deserted; animals have the run of the town and something horrific is brewing in the now abandoned mine pit. You won’t have a good day in Desperation. — En route to Lake Tahoe for a much anticipated vacation, the Carver family is arrested for blowing out all four tires on their camper. Collie Entragian is the arresting officer, the self-made sheriff of a town called Desperation, Nevada, and the quintessential bad cop.

“You have the right to remain silent”, the big cop said in his robot’s voice. “If you do not choose to remain silent, anything you say may be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. I’m going to kill you. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand your rights as I have explained them to you?”

Unbeknownst to the Carvers, Entragian regularly sniffs out passerbys on this stretch of road, and in fact has done in nearly every resident of his hometown. He can also change form and summon the help of creepy creatures, including scorpions, snakes and spiders.

Though the family seems doomed, an unlikely hero emerges –11-year-old David Carver–who finds his own way to get around the Law.

Skeleton Crew ~ 512 pages
In this brilliant collection of stories, Stephen King takes readers down paths that only he could imagine.

A supermarket becomes the place where humanity makes its last stand against destruction. A trip to the attic becomes a journey to hell. A woman driver finds a scary shortcut to paradise. An idyllic lake harbors a bottomless evil. And a desert island is the scene of the most terrifying struggle for survival ever waged.

Bag Of Bones ~ 529 pages
Stephen King’s most gripping and unforgettable novel, Bag of Bones, is a story of grief and a lost love’s enduring bonds, of a new love haunted by the secrets of the past, of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.

Set in the Maine territory King has made mythic, Bag of Bones recounts the plight of forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, who is unable to stop grieving even four years after the sudden death of his wife, Jo, and who can no longer bear to face the blank screen of his word processor.

Now his nights are plagued by vivid nightmares of the house by the lake. Despite these dreams, or perhaps because of them, Mike finally returns to Sara Laughs, the Noonans’ isolated summer home.

He finds his beloved Yankee town familiar on its surface, but much changed underneath — held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, who twists the very fabric of the community to his purpose: to take his three-year-old granddaughter away from her widowed young mother. As Mike is drawn into their struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here — and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

As vivid and enthralling as King’s most enduring works, Bag of Bones resonates with what Amy Tan calls “the witty and obsessive voice of King’s powerful imagination.” It’s no secret that King is our most mesmerizing storyteller. In Bag of Bones — described by Gloria Naylor as “a love story about the dark places within us all” — he proves to be one of our most moving.

Apr 052014
 

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Maisy And The Missing Mice by Elizabeth Woodrum
Narrated by Reba Buhr
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Elizabeth Woodrum
Audible.com Release Date: November 6, 2013
Language: English
ASIN: B00GHA4SUK

Dive into Maisy’s world of mystery and lollipops!

Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school’s mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.

Thoughts
This is such a fun book. Even though it’s a book for children, I think it’s perfect for adults who want a quick fun read. I loved it.

The story starts off interesting and stays that way till the end. It even has some laugh out loud moments. Maisey is such a great character. She’s smart, has good intuition and is a great detective. I was wondering how she’d ever find out who stole the mice and her lollipops since there were so little clues, but being the awesome detective she is, she did figure it out. I also liked the other characters. They were all cute as could be. I love that Maisey thought her 11 pound dog Reesie was a fierce protector.

I listened to this on my iPod and Reba Buhr was the narrater. She did a wonderful job. She gave each character their own specific voice and it was a pleasure to listen to. And that’s saying a lot from me because I’m hard to please when it comes to narration.

I would recommend this book, and especially the audio version, to anyone young or old(er). I can’t wait for volumn 2 of The Maisy Files!

 

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