Friday, July 31, 2009
When Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko pull up at a convenience store off I-95 in Georgia, their only thought is to fix a leaky tire and be on their way again to Florida-away from their dull Ohio tech-support jobs. But this happens to be the store from which a 318,000,000 million dollar Jackpot ticket has just been sold -- and when a pretty clerk accidentally reveals to Shaw the identity of the winning family, he hatches a ferociously audacious scheme: He and Romeo will squeeze the family for half their prize.
That night, he visits the Boatwright home and takes the family hostage, while Romeo patrols the streets nearby, prepared to murder the Boatwrights' loved ones at any sign of resistance. At first, the family offers none. But Shaw's plot depends on maintaining constant fear-merciless, unfaltering terror-and soon, under the pressure, everyone's sanity begins to unravel . . .
At once frightening, comic, and suspenseful, RAVENS is a wholly original and utterly compelling novel from one of our most talented writers.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
i just joined this group. i thought it was fun. the problem is, i can't see what the questions are in the draft. so you read and think about your answers would be while i figure out how to answer so i can see what i am typing. if you want to play, go here.
Where we make you think a little bit before you blog!
1. You are in an enclosed space with a group of friends. Elevator, auto, small room, etc.. You fart and it really stinks. Do you take credit for it or do you play along with the questioning of who did it?
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
as you can tell by my avatar, i love dogs. both oscar wild (see above) and mystery puppy are both rescue dogs. so when i saw this, i had to share it. if you go here, and click on the button that says "click here to give, it's free" (big purple button), you can help feed shelter dogs. and it costs you nothing but a minute of time. so please, give some critters a moment of your time!
give food to an animal living in a shelter or sanctuary... at no cost to you.
Win a copy of Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers!
From the fertile mind of Nicky Epstein, one of today's most celebrated knitwear designers—a book devoted entirely to the infinite possibilities of the knitted flower. Inside, you'll find a pretty posy for every mood and in every hue, from lazy daisies to moody blues, buttercups to trumpets. Submissions deadline is October 1, 2009. Click HERE here to enter.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
• Audio CD
• Publisher: Hachette Audio; Abridged edition (April 1, 2009)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1600246699
• ISBN-13: 978-1600246692
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Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, Nicholas Sparks tells the story of Travis Parker, a small-town veterinarian who's perfectly content with the active and exciting life he leads. Since he uses his spare time bungee jumping and swimming with the dolphins, he can't shake the belief that a woman would simply slow him down. That is, until Gabby Holland enters his life.
Friday, July 24, 2009
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Monday, July 20, 2009
First published in 1925, The Painted Veil is an affirmation of the human capacity to grow, change, and forgive. Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful but shallow young Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to a remote region of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic.
Stripped of the British society of her youth and overwhelmed by the desolation around her, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life. She takes up work with children at a convent, but when her husband dies, she is forced to return to England to her father, her one remaining relative, to raise her unborn child. Though too late for her marriage, she has learned humility, independence, and how to love.
My husband picked this one out. He is a great fan of Maugham's. I was only aware of him from old movies made from his books. I liked this pick. I found his characters real and relatable even from this time period. Kitty is very believable as are her situations. It's not a light read (or listen) but definitely well worth your time!
ps As a rule i only listen to unabridged books as i have found i don't like the way some things are cut in the abridged versions (plus i want all of the author's words...his/her voice)!
FEARLESS IN BATTLEHis surcoat still bloody from battle, William FitzAlan comes to claim the strategic borderlands granted to him by the king. One last prize awaits him at the castle gates: the lovely Lady Catherine Rayburn.TENDER IN BEDCatherine risked everything to spy for the crown. Her reward? Her lands are declared forfeit and she is given this choice: marry FitzAlan or be taken to the Tower. Catherine agrees to give her handsome new husband her body, but she’s keeping secrets and dares not give him her heart. As passion ignites and danger closes in, Catherine and William must learn to trust in each other to save their marriage, their land, and their very lives.Thanks to Anna at Hachette, i got to read Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory.I liked the book, not just for the fun story, but also for the history lesson about a piece of time involving the English kings Henry IV and V. It is a time of war between the Welsh and the English. What? I've read lots of novels about the Scottish vs the English but the Welsh. So i had to go from the light reading for pleasure into some quick on line research into the two kings and the Welsh Tudors. Those side line bits made the reading even more fun for me.If you are like a good love story with your bits of history (or you just like the trials a tribulations of a love story), go get Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory.Next up Jennifer Haymore's A Hint of Wicked.