Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Blogger Hop - 9/28 - 10/4

Book Blogger Hop


Hosting a giveaway? Tell us about it! 

Write a great discussion post this week? Promote it! 

This is the week to pick ONE POST from the past week to highlight for the Hop!



I am actually hosting TWO giveaways.


One is from October 1 to October 15

Check the GIVEAWAYS LINK at the top of the page or click here.


My discussion is about the verification code that must be filled out before you leave a comment and Raffelcopter.

I am going to be negative about both of these.  

The verification codes are annoying and very difficult to read.

I turned mine off.

Raffelcopter is VERY annoying as well, a waste of time, and difficult to use.  It turns me away.  I can't be bothered to enter a contest with so many things you have to do.

What are your thoughts on having the verification code in the comments section and the use of Raffelcopter?

Please leave me a comment on this post on what you think.


The post from last week I would love to highlight would be my Blog Hop Post because I LOVED that question and learned so much about everyone, but I am going to go with my review of Hemlock Lake.



I am going to be in New York visiting my son and also going to the book event on September 29 at the New York City Public Library.   Is anyone else going to be there?  I would love to meet you in person.  Send me an e-mail.

Have a great hop!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Blogger Hop - 9/21-27

Book Blogger Hop


What is one thing that your blog readers probably do not know about you?

MY ANSWER: one knows that I am one of eight children.  Four boys and four girls in our family, and our parents are still living at the ripe, wonderful age of 90.

They also may not know that I have a Business Education Degree and have taught for 34 years in the same school district.  I started teaching in the High School Business Department and then in the elementary schools as a Computer Specialist.

I also have a passion about people knowing how to type correctly.  It is such a valuable skill that EVERYONE should have.  To me it is as important as knowing how to read.  :)

Giveaway of Five E-Books

Giveaway of Five E-Books 

#2 - Margaret
#4 - Ara
#12 - Rachel
#15 - Sarah
#16 = RoryBore


I will be sending everyone an e-mail and also informing the publisher to send you the e-copy.

September 21 - October 5  

I  haven't read this book, but join in the fun of a
Generous Five E-Book Giveaway
Courtesy of
Lynn McNamee
Red Adept Publishing 

See below for giveaway guidelines

Giveaway guidelines:

1.  You must be a new or old follower of my blog.
2.  You must complete this form.


Book Description:

Claire Barnes is shattered when her husband, Greg, goes on a business trip and never returns.  Unwilling to just wait for the police to find him, Claire conducts her own investigation. Her best friend Drew helps her look for answers, but all she finds are troubling questions.  

With every clue, she discovers that Greg may not be the man she thought she married.  While battling her growing feelings for Drew and raising her two young children, Claire must learn to live with the knowledge that the truth behind Greg’s disappearance may never be revealed.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Flower Show Murders Blog Tour

by Rosemary Harris 
August 20 - September 20 

Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated Rosemary Harris is back with her fourth Dirty Business mystery featuring amateur sleuth/master gardener Paula Holliday!

This sounds like a "fun" read.

Welcome to The Big Apple Flower Show where more than just the plants are dying. 

Paula Holliday reluctantly agrees to man the exhibit booth for a reclusive garden sculptor at a legendary northeast flower show and she expects a quiet weekend sharing garden tips. She doesn't expect to be knee-deep in jealousy, rivalry, horticultural sabotage, beheaded gnomes and something the loose community of gardeners has started referring to as the Javits Curse! 

The mishaps start out small but the uneasiness intensifies when an overeager attendee is found floating in the river and Paula realizes she accidentally holds the clue to his identity and the reason for his murder. And so does the killer. That's when the garden gloves come off and this flower show turns into a real Slugfest! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hemlock Lake by Carolyn J. Rose


Was the attack on the construction site only a distraction for the real target....Dan Stone?  One bizarre attempt on Dan's life after another with no clues or any reason why puzzled everyone. Could the attacker be a local resident, a total stranger, someone who Dan arrested, or some unknown crazed person?  

Along with the attempts on his life and the mourning of his wife and brother, Dan had nothing but friction from everyone in Hemlock acceptance and no help.  After being away for many years and returning to his hometown as a success definitely wasn't a good idea, but Dan Stone had been "ordered" to return to solve problems occurring in Hemlock Lake. The town was the same as when he left many years ago, and the people were just as shallow.  

Hemlock Lake was about feelings and healing.  Almost every character had a story and almost every character needed to heal from some tragedy.  Dan's tragedy was well known to everyone, and someone was trying to sabotage his investigation and at the same time make him hurt even more emotionally and to try to kill him.

There were also characters that were not in need of healing but liked to play tricks on the other characters with the intention of hurting or frightening them off.  What was going on around this town?  That question was part of the plot until the suspenseful end.

The story will hold your interest as your feelings of hatred, pity, or indifference toward the characters evolves.  This story is about a small town that never grew up.   

The story flowed well, and you will find yourself wanting to get back to reading as quickly as you can.  The author has great detail in each scene, and the ending is definitely worth the wait.  There are flashbacks to Dan's tragedy throughout the book and how he dealt with them in the present.
The book was primarily about the town, the residents, dealing with and trying to overcome tragedies, and introspection.  

I originally had a rating of 4/5 because of some of lengthy descriptions, but as the book progressed, my rating changed to a 5/5 because it truly was very well written and portrayed problems and situations we eventually face in our lives at some point....death of a loved one, forgiving ourselves, overcoming jealousy, and realizing we shouldn't and can't face tragedy alone.  Definitely a good mystery.  ENJOY!!

This book was given to me free of charge by the author in return for an honest review.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays - 9/18

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

I haven't played along for a very long time and wanted to join in this week.  Hope you can too.

• 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 Lists if they like your teasers!

My Current Read is HEMLOCK LAKE by Carolyn J. Rose 

Page 121:

The boat shot forward and she came upright in one smooth motion, shedding water droplets like diamonds scattered from a broken necklace.  "No! Nat!!" I tried to stand.  The swing lurched beneath me.  "Don't take the dare!"

It is a thriller and a book about healing and letting go. I will have a review in a few days.

Mailbox Monday - 9/17/2012

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). 

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

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, is on a blog tour! 

The host for September is:    
Kristen @

I had a nice, light book week.

On Saturday,  September 15, I received:

1.  AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD by Laura Lippman, courtesy of Susan from The Book Bag. 

I won this book in a giveaway. 

THANKS, Susan...looking forward to the book.   I enjoy Laura Lippman's books.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Blogger Appreciation Week Day 5


Today is the last day of my FIRST Book Blogger Appreciation Week.  I wasn't sure I was able to join in since I missed registration, but one of our wonderful bloggers, Trish, told me I could join in.

I am so happy she let me know.  I had a great time.  I enjoyed meeting so many new bloggers and visiting their awesome blogs.

My favorite part of this week was both Day 3 AND Day 4.  

Day 3 allowed everyone to see the creativity, the fellowship, the super blogging community, and to learn a lot about bloggers we have never met and more about bloggers we already knew. 

Day 4 added so many books to my TBR stack, but I loved it.

I am looking forward to next year's Book Blogger Appreciation Week.



Book Blogger Hop - 9/14 - 9/20

Book Blogger Hop


Highlight one of your favorite reviews from the past month!


OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...I love this question.

I have two that I would like to highlight, but I am going to choose only one and the winner is!!!

Looking forward to seeing everyone's answer!!

Check my post below for two books that need more exposure and that I also love, but they were not from last month. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Day 4



Two books that need more exposure are:

The Ropewalk by John Knauf

The Ropewalk has something for everyone....suspense, mystery, history, questioning, love, an extremely brilliant, thought-provoking ending, and most of all an outstanding read that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.   A very engaging, captivating read.

My Complete Review can be found here.

The Island House 
by Posie Graeme-Evans 


Don’t miss this exceptional read that brought past and present together in an unforgettable tale of love, loss, hidden treasures, and discovery.  Ms. Graeme-Evans did a remarkable job in this compelling read that will be in my list of favorites because of the history, the mystery, and the added flare of Scotland's magic and its legends and myths.  

My Complete Review can be found here  

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Day 3

Book Blogging to me is a way to express my thoughts and feelings about EVERY book bloggers' favorite obsession.....BOOKS.

I never used to think twice about writing a review about a book, but when I started looking at blogs and honestly wondering what in the world blogs were, I had an urge to let others know about books I loved so I started a blog of my own.  Blogging was that means of "getting the word out."

Blogging has now become a passion and is my favorite pastime besides reading.  Along with reading books and writing the reviews, my MOST favorite part of blogging is meeting other bloggers.  The creativity of bloggers is amazing....creativity in terms of blog design and the way they write their posts.

Bloggers are a wonderful community who love to share with others and to inspire others to read. I have met countless bloggers that are so helpful and so willing to contribute and share ideas and recommend books.