Book Lover’s Tag – for Lovers of reading

 

Book Lover’s Tag – for lovers of reading

Robbie Cheadle, author, reader, mother, teacher, and blogger at Robbie’s Inspiration, tagged me in this Book Lover’s Tag Tour. You can read Robbie’s answers to the Book Lover’s Tag post here: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/book-lovers-tag-for-lovers-of-reading/.

As an avid reader, I just had to participate. Thank you for inviting me, Robbie!

Questions

Do you have a specific place for writing?

I mainly write on my computer in the computer room. as I am usually alone during the day and I tend to stay up late at night, I get a good bit of quality thinking / creative time.

Book mark or random pieces of paper?

I use scraps of paper and book marks, and many times envelopes. I realize I am hungry, thirsty or need to take Beau out for a potty break after hours of devouring books and grab up the first thing I find to mark my spot.

Can you stop anywhere or must it be at the end of a chapter?

I can stop anywhere. If I am invested in the story, I can pick right back up. If I decide to write or interact with the family, I might have to catch back up.  I am a bit of a flibberty gibbet. I bounce up and I bounce around, so I have to skim to find my last point.

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

I do keep a bottle of water nearby. I do not eat while reading. I find it a distraction. When I read, I am all in.

Music or TV whilst reading?

Not usually. On occasion I have a song enter my head and dance around so I have to search it out and play it, but usually, I read in the quiet.  Otherwise, I am singing along not following the story.  I do sometimes listen to an audiobook while writing my own books. I listen to Thriller audiobooks and I write feel good fiction. So it somehow works.

One book at a time or several

I tend to have several going at a time. I keep a book on my bedside table for those have to hold a physical book in my hand moments, I keep one on my Kindle on my phone, one on my Kindle Fire, and one on my desktop in the Kindle reader.  I have to admit I have some also on iBooks on my phone.  I am not even going to mention the audiobooks I love to listen to.

 

Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?

I prefer to read anywhere I happen to be. I love that we can now read on the phone and Kindle as we stay mobile. It makes road trips so much more fun. Funny thing, I sometimes get carsick when reading on a long trip. Especially if there are curvy roads involved. Having a Kindle and phone means I can read at night without light.

Read out loud or silently?

I read silently, I will, however, scoff about a sentence and read it aloud to make myself laugh. My grandchildren think that is funny when I am in my room alone reading funny bits to myself.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

It is quite funny, I am intimidated by massive books so I will skim a bit until I am involved, then I will go back and reread. If it is a bit slow at the start, I skim. I don’t ever read the ending first. I am a bit of a purist about spoilers.

Break the spine or keep it new?

I try to keep them looking beautiful. I love having them on my shelves after reading and I do not want them looking scruffy.

Do you write in your books?

I do not write in books. I have journals for note taking and reference.

What books have you read recently?

I have been really involved in Children’s books and so I have been a bit heavy on the children and middle-grade books. I also have been enjoying :

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All time favorite book?

Every time I open a book I run into the possibility of a new favorite, that’s how I found,  Jessica Lost her Wobble by J. Schlenker and The BeeKeepers Daughter by Jane Jordan. But Dickens is the torch bearer. He is the one that begins and ends the favorites at the end of the day.

Jessica Lost Her Wobble by [Schlenker, J.]The Beekeeper's Daughter

My nominations for the Book Lover’s Tag are:

Colin Garrow – Author and reviewer

Orangutan Librarian Reviewer extraordinaire

Book Club Mom Prolific reader and reviewer

If you want to join in, please answer the above questions, link back to this page and then tag three new book lovers.

Have fun!

Vicki / /Sojourner

 


Books by Sojourner:

Pre-order When a Pachyderm Comes to Visit now for only .99. Prices go up after the September 26th launch. Find out what Michael needs a fairy intervention about. Dolcey is ready to help Michael recapture his dream. Won’t you come along for the adventure?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07589BFTB/

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Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas?  Book 1 in the Docley series. Meet Docley and find out how her special brand of magic allows children to find the answers they seek.  Fun for all ages. https://www.amazon.com/Whos-That-Pajamas-Dolcey-Book-ebook/dp/B07118C3NZ

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The Path of the Child. The coming of age story about Melanie and her struggle for freedom, happiness, and an opportunity for a real life. Uplifting with strong characters. https://www.amazon.com/Path-Child-Sojourner-McConnell-ebook/dp/B008IN4HKK/

The Path of the Child by [McConnell, Sojourner]

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New Year New Exciting Opportunities

2017

Happy New Year!

Sure, I am a few days late. I have been traveling and not able to post new posts. I had some special blog posts for you over the holiday by some special MTW authors and I hope you found some new people to read and follow. I have chosen some amazing authors to post guest articles so I hope you enjoy seeing them this month.  You have already heard from Geoffrey Monmouth a new author from Wales, John Nicholl, and you will be hearing more from authors like Steven Perkins, Jack Kregas, a few women mystery writers that I can’t name just yet and a couple of extra fun surprises. January should be a fun month.

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Everyone that knows me, knows by now, that I am super excited to be involved with Mystery Thriller Week  You may not, however, know that I am reviewing almost 40 books for the event. That is nowhere near the number Benjamin Thomas is reading.  That means I will be holding on to my reviews on the mystery and thriller books until February 12th – 22nd.  With the books I have garnered to read, I can tell you I am finding some wonderful writers that really love to bring the thrills, chills, and mysteries to life. I have cozies, psychological thrillers, serial killers, whodunits, amateur detectives, surly detectives, environmental thrillers, anthologies, romantic suspense, and good old FBI with terrorists ready to go, raring to be read, and itching to be reviewed. I have some tucked away, a few scheduled, one or two in the reading process and the rest are lined up one after another to be next on my list. But do not fear, I will get them all finished before the scheduled date.gears

With that being said, I assure you, I will be posting other types of book reviews this month and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy sharing my joy of books. I have some amazing children’s books, a romance or two and some interesting non-fiction to share.  Plus a few for NetGalley and Blogging for Books. It should be a fun month of reading.

One of the best parts of being on the events team of MTW is organizing and bringing to light some new best-selling indie authors, as well as best-selling traditional authors, along with brand new authors, and seeing them work so well together. It is wonderful to see the mentoring, the exchange of ideas and the social interaction of all these like-minded, yet totally unique individuals.

The best announcement I can make is that if you dash up to the website super-fanwww.mysterythrillerweek.com you can join in as a super fan and be included on all this interaction. You will be given front row seats to all the events in the comfort of your own home.  You will also be given a free book by one of our best-selling authors. This offer is good until January 9th.

To be totally frank with you, we can’t wait to welcome you into the MTW family. So happy 2017, the year of the Mystery Thriller Week and you.

 

Book Review: The Illustrated Book of Sayings, By Ella Frances Sanders

The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the WorldThe Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Ill edition (September 13, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607749335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607749332
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: New Release: Grave in the Garage, by Alison Golden

    Grave in the Garage (A Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery, #3)Grave in the Garage by Alison Golden

    • Series: A Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery
    • Paperback: 238 pages
    • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 26, 2016)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1537324144
    • ISBN-13: 978-1537324142

     

     

    My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Personal Invitation to #ComedyBookWeek

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    We only have 3 days  until the first Annual event known as #ComedyBookWeek goes live on July 16, 2016.

    60 humorous authors with 70 books are participating. Many of the books will be discounted or free during the week of 16-23 July, so don’t miss your chance to discover a fresh, new, funny book and perhaps a favorite new author.

    How many times do we want a little comedy to read. I know I do. Sometimes I get bogged down in the Thrillers and Suspense books that I just found a love for and want a little light humor. A lot of humor is even better.

    Ana Spoke has secured at least 60  authors to offer books at a discount or even free. I love a free book! I plan on finding new authors to read during this week of planned events.

    There are blog reviews scheduled for these comedy books. I will have three that week posted. I can’t wait to get those out there so you can what I thought of these three comedies.  One is a brand new book that will be released during #ComedyBookWeek. I will be posting that one on the 17th.

    Our very own sweet blogger, C the Happy Meerkat will be providing five reviews that week. I can not wait to see what all she has read and what her take was on them. I know it is going to be excellent reviews, because she is a wonderful reviewer. She is always honest and fair in her writing.

    Not only reviews, but author interviews and guest posts will be happening all over the blogosphere.  Look for the tag #ComedyBookWeek and be prepared for humor. Al Lane  will be hosting a series of interviews on her website with Steve Vernon, Freya of Freya Writes, Jenny Green, and Geoff Le Pard.

    Many of the Q&A’s will be on Facebook. July 19th there is a live interview with Frankie Bow.  Jackson Lear‘s Facebook  interview will be the 21st. Then on the 23rd, we have this amazing day of four different author interviews with Ana Spoke, Steve Vernon, Karen Tomsovic and Rose Schmidt all taking place on  the Wayward Swan’s Facebook page.  Q&A

     

     

    There will be authors from all over the world participating.  This is a wonderful time to check out British humour, Australian humour, Canadian humour and American humor. I am so excited about it being this close.

    I really hope you support this week long event and meet some new authors and find some amazing comedy books that will make you laugh and maybe even fall in love with a few characters.  There are some funny ones in just the books I read. But I am not giving away too much right  now.

    If you wouldn’t mind, I would ask that you maybe consider tweeting this post so that other people will find out about this event and join in the fun.

    Have fun laughing next week and watch for more posts about the books and other links to great comedy book reviews and interviews.

     

    Confessions of a Less than Satisfactory Month of Writing

    Here we are already in June. Oh my gosh, that means the year is almost half over.  Amazing how fast time flies now.  April had kept me engaged with Camp NanoWrimo and so perhaps it was that motivation that I needed.  May brought in only myself to motivate me until I found the Story a Day Website.  I started the month like a tornado. Writing a story a day, blogging and doing my book reviews.  Oh I felt like I was on top of the world.

    On about the fifteenth of May, my much loved Aussie, Arrow began to get sick every night and refused to eat during the day. She lost weight and would not eat anything but a lick or two of peanut butter.

    On the 18th the vet saw her and thought it might be ulcers since she had had vomited blood.  A week and a half later her medicine all taken and Arrow was still unable or unwilling to eat anything larger than the size of a pea. By now I could see how much weight she had lost.

    Her brother Beau, had taken it upon himself to eat everything that she could not. So he has gained the same amount of weight that Arrow has lost.  She wanted to play, she loves her stuffed duck and the little rotund hedgehog and would still chase it and play with Beau when he got to it first.

    I was taking her outside all through the night to throw up. She would be fine for a day or two then she was once again nauseous.

    By this time, I had gotten sick worrying about her and I found my brain unable to write. Which threw me into a panic since I had just gotten to the point that I could once again write after years of total mental blankness.  I can admit the thought of going back to that is  so scary for me. I will not go into all that now, I wrote the reviews to free my mental blank and it was working.

    Another trip to the Veterinarian meant full blood work and a full physical. He felt no obstructions no masses. The Blood work showed nothing wrong with her. She is healthy as a horse. She is just not able to eat.

    Today is June 2nd and I am already writing a little more than I had the last week of May. I am happy that my dog is not fatally ill and I hope I can focus this month.

    I guess this is long and drawn out. It was important to me me to share what was going on in my life. So here is my monthly May chart:

    May 2016

    Now again I must focus and keep writing.  So we have this, I will call this a short story and be done with my monthly events. Here’s to June!