Showing posts from December, 2013

I'm A Big Girl Now

Even though I am on the cusp of middle age I am averse to sticking my hand into dead animal's body cavities. So in preparing a hen to bake I told Scott:
"I may need you in a few minutes because I'm not sticking my hand up this chicken's butt."
"I understand."
So in a few minutes I called for Scott:
" I need you."
But then I gave myself a pep talk, did some deep breathing, and plunged in.
" That's ok. I did it. Woo Hoo I'm a big girl."
" Yay."

Book Review: The Count of Monte Cristo as Retold by Sherlock Holmes

The Count of Monte Cristo as Retold by Sherlock Holmes
By: Holy Ghost Writer
566 pages
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Illuminated Publications Limited
Publication Date: July 4, 2013
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Synopsis: The Count of Monte Cristo as Retold by Sherlock Holmes begins with a condensed retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, related through the voice of Sherlock Holmes. It includes exhilarating new adventures, characters, and ideas, carrying the reader through book I leading to book II and with book III promising an ever-expanding new series based on the classic. The author consulted the original French as well as the oldest English translations of The Count of Monte Cristo, but the style of the retellling, in the distinctive voice of Sherlock Holmes, constitutes a new work. Books II and III, soon to follow, are wholly original sequels although they include characters from the original classic. The author of The Count of Monte Cristo as Retold by Sherlock Hol…

Book Review: Dream of the Dead

Dream of the Dead
West End Murders Book One
By: M.G. Scarsbrook
Genre: Mystery
270 pages
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: November 28, 2013
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Enter DI Jack Ravenshaw. A young, talented officer with a secret: he belongs to England's most famous dynasty of actors. When Scotland Yard uncovers his hidden past, his acting experience, and his formidable connections, he becomes the perfect choice to investigate the producer's killing. Against his wishes, he must return to London's West End.

Cast back into one of the most vibrant - and violent - areas of the country, Ravenshaw is quickly surrounded by sexy performers, shadowy assistants, and powerful investors. Finding the truth seems almost impossible. Devious suspects lie at every turn. Corrupt officers sabotage his inquiry. Even his mind tricks him with dreams and hallucinat…

The Three Lives of Thomas

Yesterday as I was On my Wal-mart to our local friendly neighborhood Wal-mart. As I pulled onto the highway I heard a "THUNK" and when I looked back my mother's kitten was on the road. It's leg appeared hurt but it looked to be scrambling toward the side of the road.
When I saw it I immediately turned around with "ohshitohshit, please don't be dead" going though my head.
But it wasn't there. I got out, called for it, and drove around the area several times looking for it. Still didn't find it.

So... a little while later I finally got up the courage to tell Mom.
" Let's go look for it," she said.
" But Mom I've looked and looked for it and couldn't find it."
" Let's just go look."
So we went back to the spot and didn't see it.
Mom told me, " Let's go look one more time and call it."
So we did.
" Here kitty, here kitty."
" I hear it!", she exclai…

Book Review: Like Moonlight at Low Tide

Like Moonlight at Low Tide
By: Nicole Quigley
256 pages
Genre: YA Christian Fiction
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date:9/23/12
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* I received this book through BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: In Nicole Quigley's debut YA novel, sixteen-year-old Melissa Keiser returns to her hometown expecting to face the same bullies who called her the ugliest girl in school. Instead her new appearance sparks interest from the popular crowd who made her miserable. When Melissa has a chance to escape her rough home situation and find the life she's dreamed of, she must choose between a longtime crush, a new friend, and the brother who doesn't belong. Melissa's choices may have dire consequences.
My Thoughts: This book captured my attention after the first few paragraphs. The plot was paced well and the author captured the voices of teenagers perfectly. She tackled social issues without being heavy-handed and her less…