Friday, January 29, 2010

Review: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? by Rod Serling

The Twilight Zone: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? by Rod Serling
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 72 pages
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (September 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080279727X
ISBN-13: 978-0802797278
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: On a cold, snowy evening state troopers track footprints from a mysterious crash site to a nearby diner. There, a group of bus passengers waits out the storm, but oddly, there is one more person in the eatery. Who is he, and what are his intentions for planet Earth?

Review: Was as kooky and weird as the tv show it represents! A very quick, fun, graphical read indeed! This was actually my first experience reading a graphical novel and I enjoyed it! There are 7 more in this series that I hope to get to read soon.

Review Copy Provided by Publisher, Courtesy of TeensReadToo

Review: Captivate by Carrie Jones

Captivate by Carrie Jones
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (January 5, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599903423
ISBN-13: 978-1599903422
Rating 4/5

Synopsis: Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.
A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

Review: I'm not sure if it's because I have not read book one, "Need", yet or what but it took me a bit to get into Captivate. The characters were great and I easily took to them but the story line just kinda dragged until about middleways into the book. And if I never hear the word "Baby" again it will be too soon!

About midways the action picked up and some new characters were tossed into the mix and it seemed even the dialogue became more interesting. Zara reaches a turning point towards the end and only time will tell if she has made a huge mistake in judgement oh and the next book that is. lol I cant wait for the next book and in the meantime I am off to find "Need" and see how it all began!

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

General MIlls Info and Coupon for You

While this post is not book related I wanted to extend some awesome news about General Mills Cereals and present you with a $1 off coupon.
Breakfast is an important part of a healthy diet though. According to General Mills, studies show that children who eat breakfast perform better in school, and have less behavioral problems. I imagine adults probably have a better day too if it starts out with a good breakfast.

There’s been a lot of concern recently about the amount of sugar in cereal, especially the kinds that kids prefer. That’s why General Mills recently committed to further reducing sugar in their cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. The company has already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain.

General Mills makes the case for cereal as a part of a well-balanced diet with these facts:
  • Ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters.  
  • Cereals deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children´s diets.
  • Ready-to-eat cereals, including pre-sweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children´s diets.
  • Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child’s diet today.
  • More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.

It’s nice to know that General Mills is working to make breakfast at my house and yours a little healthier.
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Disclosure: My Blog Spark and General Mills provided me with the information about cereal and nutrition in the above post. Any facts or claims should be verified with them. My Blog Spark and General Mills also provided me with a gift pack of coupons for free cereal.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Capturing Karma by K.M. Daughters & Giveaway!

Capturing Karma by K.M. Daughters

Veterinarian Matty Connors’ visions lead her to homicide detective Brian Sullivan once again despite her resolve to remain anonymous the past four years. Her official work with the police in California resulted in the brutal murder of her fiancé, and since, a recurrent nightmare she barely survives. Brian, the reputed ladies man of the Sullivan family, has yet to give his heart to a woman until Matty lays claim to it. His black-and-white approach to solving crimes doesn’t jibe with Matty’s spooky pronouncements or her reputation for alleged infallibility. A wild goose chase searching for a murder weapon casts doubt on Matty’s “truths” and threatens their smoldering romance. Is Brian her nightmare slayer and ultimate truth? When the puzzle pieces fall in place for Brian, will it be too late to save Matty?


1). What do you do when your not writing? Do you have any special hobbies?

Monday through Friday we work day jobs. Pat founded and heads a group of corporate relocation benefits (related) companies and Kathie runs one of those companies. Our hobbies are reading, traveling and hiking, or just plain walking. Kathie crochets and Pat knits.

2). If your series, "The Sullivan Boys", were made into a movie who would you like to see as cast members?

Oh my, the possibilities! Maybe Dermot Mulroney (Danny), Eric Dane (Brian), Ryan Reynolds (Joe), Damien Lewis (Patrick) and Amy Adams (Kay).

3). Is there a certain time of day or week that you do your best writing?

Early mornings are set aside for writing. Kathie typically writes during the traditional work week and Pat likes Saturdays best.

4).Will Capturing Karma be the end of the Sullivan Boys or can we expect more from this awesome series?

We just contracted Book 4 in the series to The Wild Rose Press, entitled ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND LAW. Patrick Sullivan, the youngest Sullivan Boy and new CPD Captain tangles with the celebrated defense attorney, Charlie Demarco, in this suspense novel. Book 5 is our current work in progress, and this will conclude the series. Maybe we’ll drag our feet in writing it. We can’t stand to say goodbye to these people. :-)

5). Can you give us the scoop on Marty and her passion for honey roasted cashew nuts?

LOL! Marty, Kathie’s beloved Boston Terrier will do anything for honey roasted cashew nuts. We have calendars on our desks to prove it. While Kathie shakes the can of nuts, Marty obediently poses on the bed, “dressed” month appropriate. As I write I’m gazing at Marty’s January “pin-up” girl pose. She’s wearing head encompassing, bespangled glasses, “2010”, subtitle Happy New Year!!!

Excerpt from Capturing Karma

“Hi, Brian,” she responded, tamping down the temptation to hug him hello. “How’s the new baby doing?”

“Great, thanks. How’s that bump on your head?”

Matilda touched an edge of one of the butterfly strips over her eyebrow. “Turning every color of the rainbow, but it’s fine.”

He swiveled his head toward the throaty bark of the wolfhound in the corner of the room, then scanned the other occupants in the lounge: primate, feline, porcine, wolfish and human. “Steve told me you’re a great vet. Looks like you’re pretty swamped here.”

“Shamus and I split the patient load,” she said.

“And Shamus is?”

“My brother. He came for me at the hospital yesterday?”

Brian’s eyes bored into her, a sexy smile twitched the corner of his lips. “Good.”

“And ‘good’ means?”

“The big guy isn’t competition. That’s good.”

“Ah. So we’re clear. What competition would that be?”

The sexy smile twitched again. “For but a smile from sweet Matty,” he lilted in an Irish brogue.

Squelching an impulse to grin, she molded her face serious and parroted a brogue, “Ah but woe to the knave who plies smiles with an untrue heart.”

She grinned now. “What can I do for you, Brian? Did you get an estimate to repair your car?”

“It’s about that letter you brought me. It’s related to a case. We need your help.”

Of course. “I gave you the letter. You know as much as I do.” Her heart hammered, nothing to do with the pulse acceleration from earlier flirtation. I can’t go further with this case. No matter what, I have to stay anonymous.

The Wildrose Press      Barnes & Noble       Amazon

Review not yet finished but we garned 4 stars at RT Book Reviews!

Giveaway Details

K.M. Daughters, in addition to the autographed copy of AGAINST DOCTOR'S ORDERS for a randomly drawn commentator (as well as the tour host with the most comments), will be giving away charms to randomly drawn commenters-- two sterling Chamilia “Sisters” charms and a Claddagh charm (fitting for a Sullivan Boy) that fit Pandora style bracelets.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Review:The Dead Man In Indian Creek by Mary Downing Hahn

The Dead Man In Indian Creek by Mary Downing Hahn
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Sandpiper; Reprint edition (November 16, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0547248806
ISBN-13: 978-0547248806
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Parker and Matt decide to camp out one last time before the weather turns too cold--and stumble upon a dead man. Parker swears he saw George Evans (his widowed mother's boyfriend and his least favorite person) at the scene of the crime. So begins a bumpy, peril-laden adventure.

Oh wow this was action from the start! Enjoyed reading it and while it was supposed to be a big serious ordeal the boys find themselves in, it was hilarious at times the fixes they got into along the way!

Review Copy Provided by Author/Publisher and Courtesy of TeensReadToo

Review: auf Wiedersehen by Christa Holder Ocker

auf Wiedersehen by Christa Holder Ocker
Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: Plain View Press (July 21, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193551427X
ISBN-13: 978-1935514275
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: The tale of young Christa and her family as they leave a comfortable home to become penniless immigrants in their quest to survive the collapse of the Third Reich and flee the horrors that it has unleashed, opens up to universal themes of suffering, loss, love and hope.

I really didn't know what to expect when I began reading this book. I think I was most concerned thinking it would have lots of words I would not be able to recognize hence making it hard for me to capture the grace of what the author wanted us to know but my fears quickly went away as I began reading and although there were some foreign words to me I was easily able to understand what they meant and even felt happy that I not only was reading out of my usual genre but was learning new things in the process! I wanted to stretch myself and emerge from my little fantasy comfort zone and take a dive into some real life reading, so to speak, and I was not dissappointed at all!

Christa tells her story so beautifully and with so much real life emotion that is so easy to read and follow along as if I'm there with her and her family as they migrate to America working their way thru all the Russian checkpoints. So many times I was holding my breath as if the events were unfolding in this time and space.

What a wonderful journey Christa has shared with me.

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Review: Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter

Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter
Hardcover: 436 pages
Publisher: Pocket; First Edition edition (October 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439159661
ISBN-13: 978-1439159668
Rating: 4/5

A double dose of hot and steamy from two wonderful authors! This book was great and usually I dont care for anthologies but I must say I dug into these two gripping tales with a hunger. Neither lacked anything and had just a heaping dose of everything from your hot steamy oh yeaaa moments to drama and loads of nonstop action. I was totally grateful for the glossary at the beginning. You can skip it and still enjoy the story but for me it helped me to get a feeling and better understanding of what was actually going on and who was who.

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