Monday, August 26, 2013

PDF Episode 2-Pinterest Insanity

This video totally sums up my feelings about Pinterest. I agree it is the evil invention of Martha Stewart and mother-in-laws to drive us all insane. Love it!

Enjoy!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Movie Cheating...the ultimate betrayal

Deseret Book is hosting the second season of Pretty Darn Farn, a series of short episodes that are, well, pretty darn funny.

 Episode One Movie Cheating

 My husband and I are big science fiction geeks. We laughed so hard at this episode and, sadly, got most of the jokes. I especially love the ad-lib at the end of the clip, since we are guilty of the same thing. Definitely worth a peek.

Footloose Parady

So funny! "Nobody puts mom in a corner. Watch these moms cut loose and show their kids what they can really do. I've never seen Footloose, so I'm sure some of the jokes were lost on me. I'm sure all you movie buffs will gets the references. And even if you haven't seen the movie, every mom out of there will appreciate this shout out. Enjoy!

Janitors Book Reviews

 The plural in the title is no accident. Today I'm featuring my reviews of the first two books in Tyler Whitesides's Janitor series.



 No one takes Spencer Zumbro seriously when he tried to warn his classmates about the mysterious things prowling the halls and classrooms of Welcher Elementary School. But when he sees Marv, the janitor, going after one of the creatures with a vacuum, he knows he's not the only one who can see them.

With the help of his new friends, Daisy, Spencer has to find out what the janitors know. The children's search uncovers the magic taking place behind the scenes of their seemingly ordinary school, where a battle is being waged for the minds of the students. Who can be trusted – and can Spencer and Daisy protect their school and possibly the world?






Tyler Whitesides breaks into the youth fantasy arena with a fresh, and original tale about the least likeliest of heroes. A neat-freak kid named Spencer teams up with Daisy, a gullible young classmate, and a group of rebel janitors to save kids' brains everywhere. Toxites feed off powerful, smart brainwaves with every breath. Thanks to a corrupt government agency these creatures are taking over schools everywhere. But Spencer and the janitors are out to make sure education survives.

I really enjoyed Janitors. The toxites were unique and creative creatures that had me intrigued from the first encounter. There abilities to inhale brainwaves, and exhale apathy, distraction, etc. were an interesting take on why children act the way they do in schools. At least now I know what always made me fall asleep during math class! Janitors provides a fast-paced adventure that kids will find difficult to put done. With evil villains, flying brooms, and an epic car chase in a rickety old van, what's not to love?

The only thing that bothered me were a couple rough point-of-view transitions. At a few spots I wasn't sure whose perspective I was supposed to be in. This happened very infrequently though, and didn't detract from the flow of the story to a significant degree. Overall, I would recommend Janitors for boys and girls around eight to twelve years of age.

Janitors ebook is currently FREE on Amazon.


Now, more than ever, Spencer, Daisy, and even Dez must fight to save schools everywhere. The Bureau of Educational Maintenance (BEM) is after Spencer, and the only place he is safe is within the walls of the New Forest Academy. Or so he thinks. In this fast-paced adventure, the kids must figure out where their loyalties lie and who they can trust as they fight to discover the true secret of the New Forest Academy and what it means to the future of education.











Secrets of New Forest Academy is even better than book one. Spencer and Daisy attend a week at the mysterious academy with a surprising lack of toxites roaming the halls. They think behind the walls of this learning-rich school they will be safe from the latest BEM threat. This tiny bubble of hope is popped when they meet the new janitor, Slick. Spencer and Daisy must race to save the minds of the children both inside and outside New Forest. But who is the enemy? And what does the mysterious stranger trapped in the glopified dumpster have to do with anything? They must find out before the BEM launches its most recent plan and Spencer and Daisy flunk out.

Whitesides delivers a second thrill ride in his latest book. The stakes are raised as the kids continue to learn more about the BEM, and their devious plans for the future of education. I really enjoyed the latest set of glopified object. I really need to get me one of those janitor carts. Daisy and Spencer's character show a lot of growth in this new adventure, especially Spencer. He comes to realize what being part of a team really means. With some new entertaining characters, new villains, and giant toxites on the rampage, he is going to need all the help he can get. Book Two in the Janitors series will not disappoint fans of the first book.

About the Author

Tyler Whitesides worked as a janitor at an elementary school to put himself through college. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in music. In addition to writing novels, Tyler is an avid composer and arranger of instrumental music. He and his wife, Connie, who teaches third grade, live in northern Utah.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Finding Sheba Book Blast

Finding ShebaFinding Sheba by H.B. Moore An ancient legend is reborn . . . One that might prove the Bible false. For centuries, historians have theorized the Queen of Sheba as only a seductive legend, and scholars have debated over the legitimacy of King David or King Solomon. When undercover Israeli agent, Omar Zagouri, stumbles onto a tomb in Northern Jerusalem he unknowingly finds the final clue that threatens to overthrow government claim to the Holy Land, pits wealthy collectors against one another, and sends ruthless archaeologists scrambling to find the queen’s secret burial place. An assassination attempt on the Coptic Pope, His Holiness, Patriarch Stephanus II, is only the first in the chain of lethal crimes. Omar must find a way to prevent the greatest discovery of the century from becoming the most deadly.

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heather mooreAuthor Heather B. Moore Heather B. Moore is the award-winning author of ten novels, two inspirational non-fiction books, and two anthologies, including The Newport Ladies Book Club Series, A Timeless Romance Anthology, and Christ’s Gifts to Women (co-authored by Angela Eschler). Her historical fiction is published under the pen name H.B. Moore. She is the two-time recipient of Best of State in Literary Fiction, two-time Whitney Award Winner, and two-time Golden Quill Winner for Best Novel. Her most recent historical novel under H.B. Moore is Daughters of Jared (2012 LUW Gold Award of Excellence & 2012 LUW Best Book Trailer).   Book Blast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 9/3/13 a Rafflecopter giveaway Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Indie Life-To do or not to do






Because being Indie doesn't have to mean going it alone.

I'm a fairly new writer, so I have the unique perspective of currently weighing the pros and cons of traditional and indie publishing options. Currently, I'm pretty set on going the indie route. But, to be perfectly honest, I'm a little scared at the same time. I fluctuate on a daily basis on my decision. 

I know, why stress when that part of my career is way, way in the future? That's who I am though. Miss Type A personality that needs a back-up for her back-up plan. 

That brings me to my post, which is more a public display of my daily ramblings. 

Five reasons I love idea of being and Indie.

1) Total freedom and control. (Type A personality is loving this aspect of everything.)

2) Higher royalties

3) No fear of a cover that doesn't match my book at all, which I see happening more and more. (I really don't want a bare-chested boy and doe eyed girl selling my books.) 

4) The awesome writers and authors that have blazed the trail before me

5) I get to choose my team.

Five reasons the indie route terrifies me:

1) Total control (If something goes wrong and no one likes it, I have only myself to blame.)

2) Others never seeing me as a "real" author.

3) Self-marketing (Though I hear this would be a problem even with traditional publishing. Eeek!)

4) I have to assemble my own team to make my books really shine. (This means meeting and talking to lots of new people. Yeah, right. This from the girl who usually huddles in a corner in an attempt to vanish.)

5) Complete creative freedom. I can do some wacky things and no publishing company will be there to reign me in. (Thank heavens for writer groups!)

That's my indie dilemma as of late. To do it, or not to do it. Now I'll get back to writing so, maybe one day when the planets all align, I will have a product for which to stress about all the above things. 

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Longing For Home Review




“An engaging and heart-warming story.” —Julianne Donaldson, bestselling author of Edenbrooke
  Though she was only a child during the darkest days of Ireland’s Great Famine, Katie Macauley feels responsible for the loss of her family’s land and the death of her sister. Now a woman grown, Katie has left Ireland for America and the promise of earning money enough to return home again and plead for her family’s forgiveness. She arrives in Hope Springs, Wyoming Territory, a town sharply divided between the Americans who have settled there, with their deep hatred of the Irish, and the Irish immigrants who have come searching for a place to call home. Her arrival tips the precarious balance, and the feud erupts anew. Even in the midst of hatred and violence, however, Katie finds reason to hope. Two men, as different as they are intriguing, vie for her heart, turning her thoughts for the first time toward a future away from Ireland. Katie must now make the hardest decision of her life: stay and give her heart a chance at love, or return home and give her soul the possibility of peace.

 

My Review:

Four out of five stars

I enjoyed Sarah's latest clean historical romance. Katie is a spunky, determined young woman whose past continues to torture her despite all the good things she's done. A job with wealthy landowner, Joseph Archer, takes her to Hope Springs in the Wyoming Territory. This wild, but beautiful land soon captures her heart despite the dangers of a brewing feud between the Irish and the rest of the town, and the dangers to her own long striven for goal to return home. 

Katie's arrival sparks unrest for both sides of town. Her employer, on learning she is Irish, tries to turn her away. But our feisty heroine stands her ground and keeps at least part of what is hers. Though, the reduced pay she receives makes her dreams of getting home seem farther away than ever, she is determined to persevere. But she is unprepared for the charming and far too handsome Tavish O'Connor who befriends her, and makes her hope for more. Between him and her young employer who offers her surprising respect and courtesy, Katie tries to determine the meaning of the kind of love she barely remembers from her childhood. But her soul is still burdened with the mistakes of her past, and her heart is not hers to give until she can be free of the debts she feels she owes her family. I found Katie's current and past struggles drawing out my sympathy. She has fought for so long to make amends to a family that barely acknowledges her, and her hopes for peace continue to be threatened by those around her. The feud between the Irish and the townsfolk perfectly captured the persecutions and hatred that happened during this difficult time in both Irish and American history. Sarah has a knack for tugging at the reader's mind and heart.

What I didn't like. Katie's self-pity became a bit grating at times. I wanted her to quit lamenting how horrible she was as a child, and focus more on the present at some moments. The second pet peeve is a completely personal dislike, but I hate love triangles. They drive me absolutely bonkers. People always disagree on which one the girl should have chosen, and the heroine hardly ever seems to really make a choice, but appears to pick one guy by default, or at random. You always feel bad for the one who doesn't get her. That said, Sarah did a great job of minimizing many of these annoying traits. The love triangle between Joseph, Katie, and Tavish was fairly low key. The primary story was about Katie learning to forgive herself and love others, and her struggle to find a place to call home. However, once again I am not convinced by the end of the book that she chose the man she did because he truly is the right man for her. The other one had never expressed his feelings, so she assumed they didn't exist. It would be a bit more satisfactory in the end if she really chose because she loves the man fully and completely, but that is just my preference. The ending itself felt a bit rushed, and didn't really fit her struggles for the entire book. Many questions were left in my mind at the conclusion. A bit more resolution of some of the issues would have been nice. 


About the Author

Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

IWSG-Life, life, and more life






I'm doing alright on the whole insecurity things at the moment. Mostly because I haven't had a chance tow work on writing, other than reading books about writing, for the past couple weeks. Work, life and car troubles have me firmly rooted in reality. Blah.

One thing I have learned this last week is that life is not always convenient for writing. I've been told for awhile that you have to make time for writing. You have to take advantage of the little moments of down time that come up everyday, or every couple days. I never put much stock in that, but I'm learning fast.

Breakfast and lunch is now writing time. Walking to work is study writing time. Networking time is now writing time (sorry I've been absentee lately, I should have time to at least make some sort of appearance on Facebook, Twitter, and here again in September).

Any time that isn't filled with life's other demands has become writing, thinking about writing, planning writing, or studying writing time. It isn't the ideal way to have the best creative output, but it is all I can do right now. And, for once in my life, I'm okay with just doing the best I can with the crazy moments life has tossed me.

Good luck with balancing you crazy writing lives!