Feature Follow Friday (October 31)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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The Question:

What books would you give to newbies in your favorite genre? via Take Me Away…

My Answer: 

I blame it all on my mother that my favorite genre is romance. I really do, and it’s not because I grew up seeing romance in action or was taught along that line of romantic notions. It’s simply because my mom is a romance reader, and in the summers that’s all I had, so I became a voracious romance reader at age 12. 

These are the ones I would give newbies! 

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Wild Bells to the Wild Sky by Laurie McBain

I fell in love with this book not so much because of the romance, but because of the amazing storytelling that Laurie McBain exhibits in this book. I find it amazing and fascinating each time I read it again. It’s an adventure that errs on the side of danger, unknown to many involved until some of the last possible moments. 

 

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

How could I not include this one? It is one of the best love stories I have ever read. It can seem like a daunting read, but the story just unravels before your very eyes. It is hard not to get sucked in. 

“I will find you,” he whispered in my ear. “I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you – then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes.”

 

 

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 Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

This is a steampunk/romance. I loved it from the get-go. It is an incredible story. I loved each of the character’s stories and how they came together through a crazy set of circumstances. 

 

These are just a few of the ones I’d start a newbie out with! 

Which books from your favorite genre would you recommend to newbies? Leave me a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

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Thoughts on Thursday: GIF Ready

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I have been bad about Thoughts on Thursday. The last one was in September. We’ve gone almost all of October without one, even though I have plenty of ideas I’ve written down. It’s just been a busy month, but I’m working on bringing them back!

A while back I used a GIF in one of my posts. And then there were none. It was like a threw out a nice juicy steak on my fishing hook and reeled it back in speedy quick.

Truth is, I didn’t know how I did it. I couldn’t remember. Then I was struggling to find out how to do it again, and when I figured it out I used them last week in my review of Acts of Violence. Not too bad, eh?

Turns out it was super easy. I just wasn’t using the correct URL!

At first I was using the page URL. I realized quickly that was wrong because it would just link to the page.

Then I used the URL for embedding, which you would think would work (since it does for YouTube), but it just put a link in my post where the GIF should have been.

At this point I was stumped. Why were my GIFs not showing up?!

 

Yep, I looked pretty much like Gru.

Then I had the light bulb moment. I thought about how to link using a picture’s URL, so I tried it and viola! I had to right click on the GIF and copy the GIF URL into my media form.

That was it! I was so frustrated that I didn’t know how to do this, especially since I had done it once before, and now I have it down!

What does this mean for you as a reader and viewer? 

Um. More GIFs! I am still working out how to find the GIFs that fit in best, so please don’t eyeroll if you can think of a better one than I used. It would make me sad. 😦

I could use some suggestions on how to refine my search!

WWW Wednesdays (October 29)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. To join in, click on the image above, and answer these three questions: 

What are you currently reading? 

Blood-Entwines-cover-july-2014-668x1024I have only gotten a little further in reading Blood Entwines. I have been stuck grading papers from the three days I was gone last week, and report cards are finalized next week, so I am in a crunch period.

I’m hoping to get a few hours in the evenings free to finish this book before the weekend.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Up next is The Match Maker, the second book in the series.

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How about you? Have you read or TBRed any of these? What are you reading this week?

Please leave a comment with either the link to your own WWW Wednesday post, or share your answers in the comments here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! 🙂

Blast + Giveaway: The Match Maker


Title: The Match Maker
Author: Karey White
Publisher: Orange Door Press
Release Date: November 2014
Length: xxx pages
Series?: The Husband Maker #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon 

Match-Maker-Book-CoverIt’s been six months since Charlotte and Kyle broke up, and the Husband Maker strikes again. Kyle is officially engaged, while Charlotte is still nursing a broken heart.

In an effort to get Charlotte out of her rut, she and her best friend decide it’s time for some good old-fashioned matchmaking. While Aleena arranges for Charlotte to meet up with a handsome Scottish tourist, Charlotte gets her two best friends together. But when sparks start to fly between Aleena and Angus, Charlotte is left feeling more alone that ever–at least until the charming Scotsman becomes more than just a safe, rebound guy and teaches her that maybe, just maybe, she can dare to open her heart again.

***** About the Author *****

I am the oldest of eleven children, born to parents who were either saints or crazy, maybe both. They thought we were all capable of being professional athletes or broadway stars. They weren’t right, of course, but they did help us have self-confidence.

I have the greatest family. A patient husband who makes me laugh and four clever, good-looking children–two boys and two girls. I adore them all.

Author Karey WhiteThrough the years I’ve been a student, a teacher, a secretary, a clothing designer and seamstress, a wedding cake maker, a crafter, a scrapbooker, a cook, a homework helper (until they pass me in math, somewhere around the third grade), and a fan at my children’s sporting events. Before I die, I’d either like to be a great housekeeper or have the money to hire a maid.

I’ve been writing since Jr. High, when I was hired by a county newspaper to do a Happenings column about our little town of about 300 people. I got paid by the word so every week I called every family in town and got their news. It wasn’t high-brow journalism but the column earned me a little spending money.

On our way to Aspen, CO, my sister, my two oldest kids and I were hit head-on by a drunk driver in a stolen car. Although we suffered serious injuries, we all survived.

Candy isn’t worth eating unless it’s chocolate. (See’s are the best.)

When I was seven years old, I fell and broke my arm . . . on a dirtclod.

When I was a child, my family bought and renovated an old school-house. It was a wonderful place to live in spite of the bats that flew over our heads at night.

I’ve been told that my naturally curly hair doesn’t get longer, it gets bigger.

I’ve always liked game shows. Everything from Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy to the reality-style game shows like Amazing Race, Survivor, and Top Chef.

Nothing makes me happier than being with family and friends eating good food, sharing good conversation and a few laughs. That might be why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

***** Giveaway *****

There is a $75 Amazon GC giveaway!

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Blast + Giveaway: The Ginnie West Adventures

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These books are so cute! They are geared for children 8 to 13.

***** About the Books *****

There are currently four books in the series, and they are in order below.

The-Secret-Sisters-Club-cover-202x300Title: The Secret Sisters Club
Author: Monique Bucheger
Publisher: True West Publishing
Release Date: March 2012
Length: 238 pages

Twelve-year-old BFFs want to be sisters. Tillie’s divorced mom plus Ginnie’s widowed dad could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again. Ginnie and Tillie come up with the perfect mission to change his mind: ‘Operation Secret Sisters.’

Before long, Ginnie suspects Tillie has turned ‘Operation Secret Sisters’ into a scam called ‘Operation Steal My Dad.’ Things get more complicated when Ginnie stumbles across her dead mom’s hidden journals. Ginnie can finally get to know the mother she doesn’t remember and Dad doesn’t talk about … until Dad takes the journals away.

 

Trouble-Blows-West-cover-202x300Title: Trouble Blows West
Author: Monique Bucheger
Publisher: True West Publishing
Release Date: April 2012
Length: 234 pages

Putting her body in motion before her brain is in gear creates a mountain of problems for 12 year-old Ginnie West. Ginnie is certain that defending her twin brother from the biggest bully in sixth grade was the right thing to do, but she soon finds out she couldn’t be more wrong.

Bullies don’t like being embarrassed by girls at school—especially when they are being abused at home. When Ginnie figures out Pierce’s awful secret, she switches gears and decides to be his ally, because he won’t let her be his friend.


Simply-West-of-Heaven-cover-200x300Title:
 Simply West of Heaven
Author: Monique Bucheger
Publisher: True West Publishing
Release Date: January 2013
Length: 288 pages

Twelve-year-old BFFs are matchmaking geniuses. They schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom. Then Ginnie stumbled upon her late mom’s journals, making life totally awesome sauce … until her dad confiscated the journals.

Ginnie is counting on Tillie’s help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie’s not sure the ghost of Ginnie’s mom will make a good addition to their new family tree. When a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers, Ginnie is torn between helping her BFF and having her questions answered.

 

Being-West-is-Best-cover-200x300Title:  Being West is Best
Author: Monique Bucheger
Publisher: True West Publishing
Release Date: April 2014
Length: 350 pages

Twelve-year-old BFFs, Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, are matchmaking geniuses. Together, they maneuvered Ginnie’s widower-dad into proposing to Tillie’s divorcee-mom. Sweet! Certain they are well on their way to sisterhood, each girl is floored when Tillie’s lousy-excuse-for-a-birth-father puts in an appearance after a six year absence. Too bad “lousy dad repellant” doesn’t come in a can.

Even though Tillie’s dad has sobered up and is determined to make amends, Tillie would rather he just disappear again. If he stays, “Operation: Secret Sisters” may need to be renamed “Operation: Not Gonna Happen.”

 

***** About the Author *****

Author-picture-Monique-196x300When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, sons-in-law, and adorable grandchildren, cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of the Ginnie West Adventuresseries, picture book, Popcorn, and plans to write plenty more.

 

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

***** About the Illustrator *****

MIKEYS-PHOTO-209x300Mikey Brooks is an author/illustrator that specializes in children’s art. His picture books include the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures, Trouble with Bernie and Bean’s Dragons. He is the illustrator of several picture books such as Popcorn by Monique Bucheger, Bongo Flo by Carolyn Quist, andLucius and the Christmas Star by Jim Long. He is the author of The Gates of Atlantis: Battle for Acropolis, The Stone of Valhalla the best-selling middle-grade series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. You can find more about him and his books at: www.insidemikeysworld.com

***** Giveaway *****

There is a $25 Amazon gift card available in the giveaway!

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Guest Post: The Preacher by Andrew Joyce

My name is Andrew Joyce and I’m here at the invitation of Ms. Anderson (my favorite Charlie). I’m also here to hip you to one of the best books I have ever read. The title is The Jacket (The Star Rover) Jack London wrote it in 1914. The jacket refers to a strait jacket.

Because I cannot explain the book (it is mind blowing), I’m sending you a crime story instead. I know it’s not what you are looking for . . . but  maybe you can use it. It is very short.

The Preacher

Standing on the graveyard grass, looking down at the freshly filled grave, stood the Preacher dressed in black, wearing a black, circular wide-brim, flat-crowned hat. There was no headstone as of yet, but the Preacher knew the name of the grave’s occupant. It was his brother. Five days previously, the Preacher had murdered the man who now lay at his feet, under the earth. The Preacher did not want to kill this one, but felt he had to, and he knew with a certainty that he would have to kill again . . . and soon.

After saying a prayer for his brother’s soul, the Preacher walked slowly back to the highway. As he walked, he thought of how unnecessary the killing of his brother had been. All his brother had to do was not interfere in the Lord’s work. It should have made no difference that the work involved the killing of Junior McGuire.

As the Preacher walked, he thought back to his last conversation with his brother.

“You must not interfere.”

“You’ve been killing since you was a boy. But you was family, so I held my own peace.”

“I am family to man.”

“You always were different, even when we was kids. But now you come to town and tell me you must take Junior McGuire. Well, Junior is a friend of mine. He’s the mayor of this town for God’s sake.”

“Do not take the Lord’s name in vain. Are those your last words on the matter?”

“Yup, I just can’t let you kill Junior McGuire.”

The conversation replayed itself repeatedly in the Preacher’s mind.

Now that there were no more obstacles, The Preacher could be about the Lord’s work. And this time the Lord’s work was the quick dispatch of Junior McGuire.

The Preacher had been at this work for a long time. Sometimes he wearied of the mission the Lord had bestowed upon him. However, he believed that no matter how weary, he must persevere until he was allowed a rest or brought to his just reward.

The walk from the graveyard into town was a short one. Before he knew it, the Preacher found himself standing in front of McGuire’s Dry Goods Emporium. Without hesitation, The Preacher entered and sought out the McGuire.

The store was empty of people. It made no difference to The Preacher. He was about God’s work. He proceeded to the back room where he encountered a man of about fifty years of age stacking cartons in a corner. The Preacher inquired of the man, “Are you McGuire?” When an affirmative response was forthcoming, the Preacher laid his hands upon the sinner.

The Preacher had been at this for so long he felt as though he could see the soul of the damned leave its body and pass through the floorboards on its way to perdition.

As the Preacher left McGuire’s, he thought to himself, I pray the time never comes when I enjoy this work.

 The End

***** About the Author *****

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. He wo7242284uldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written three books, and a collection of almost one hundred stories that is comprised of his hitching adventures, written as veiled non-fiction called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS, and his latest novel, REDEMPTION. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his dog Danny.

Find the author: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

***** About the Book *****

18393873Title: REDEMPTION: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer
Author: Andrew Joyce
Release Date: August 2013
Length: 195 pages
Series?: no
Genre: historical, classical
Format: e-book
Source: author

Find the book: Website | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Three men come together in the town of Redemption, Colorado, each for his own purpose. Huck Finn is a famous lawman not afraid to use his gun to protect the weak. He has come to right a terrible wrong. After his wife’s death, Tom Sawyer does not want to live anymore; he has come to die. The third man, the Laramie Kid, a killer Huck and Tom befriended years earlier, has come to kill a man. For these three men Death is a constant companion. For these three men it is their last chance for redemption.

You can read my review of REDEMPTION here.

Sunday Post (October 26)

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I just got back from Georgia yesterday. It was a long trip since I did all of the driving. We left Austin about 8:00 Tuesday night and arrived Wednesday at lunch time. JB’s Turning Blue ceremony was Thursday morning at Ft. Benning, and his graduation ceremony was Friday morning at the National Infantryman Museum in Columbus. He will be shipping out in two weeks to go to Hawaii. You know where I’ll be vacationing next summer! 🙂

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This is the road into Columbus. I love it. I looked forward to driving down this road (this time as the driver). It is so quiet, peaceful and beautiful. I wish I could bring it home with me. I would love to drive it every day.

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My youngest brother, TJ, did not survive the ride through the night.

10360188_10152481674772643_4504203384498778430_nJB’s platoon. He’s in the very back row, which means he’s one of the shortest in his platoon. :/ We couldn’t see him during the ceremony, which was much quicker than EJ’s was four years ago. It wasn’t as cold as the last time, either.

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JB has been officially made into an infantryman! He said he was missing his mortar man badge, but then his dress uniform is complete…for now. He is excited to go to Hawaii. I think it will be good for him to see and experience more than small town life.

There will be more to come about his actual graduation ceremony.

~ Last Week on G1000W ~

~ This Week on G1000W ~

  • Blast + GIveaway: The Match Maker by Karey White
  • Blast + Giveaway: Ginnie West Adventures by Monique Bucheger
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Feature Follow Friday

~ Other Open Giveaways on G1000W ~

~ New Arrivals to Land of 1000 Wonders ~

~ Around Town in the Spotlight ~

For my folks who posted Friday and Saturday, I’m sorry if I’ve left out your fantastic posts! There were so many great things happening all around, so our list today is pleasantly filled with a variety of things. 🙂