Aug 112018
 

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This year, one of the Challenges I signed up for is Blog All About It, hosted by The Herd Presents. The guideline is basically a blogging prompt challenge. Each month there’s a different prompt that you can interpret as you’d like then create a blog post around it. The 2018 list of prompts can be seen here on my Challenge Page. I will be posting for this Challenge on the 2nd Saturday of each month.


This month’s prompt is: BEGINNING

This was a tough one, but then I thought, that I would write about the beginning of my blogging adventure.

In 2008/2009 I was not able to do much physically due to severe back pain. At that time I already had a history of 3 back surgeries, and due to the pain, I knew that the inevitable of another was in my future. Reading, TV and playing games on the computer filled my days.

Knowing the boredom was getting to me, with a bit of depression setting in, at the time, my younger son was dating his future wife. He told me how her mom did online sweepstakes and had won so many things including trips and that maybe I should check it out. Great! Something new for me to do.

I entered many contests and won quite a few things, never a trip, however. Being an avid reader, I was drawn to contests for books. As I clicked on one, it brought me to a blog. A blog? What’s that? So while there, I checked it out and realized that there was a huge online book community. Then I would start clicking links to other blogs in this group. This looked like fun and something I would enjoy. But where would I begin?

At the time, I told myself that I would create a blog just as a way to keep track of the books I read with a few notes on the specific titles. But I continued to stalk the book blogs, in a good way. I was very lucky that I met Vicki from I’d Rather Be At The Beach who took me under her wing, mentored me and answered all my questions and my personal blog was introduced to the group. I then started receiving emails from authors and publishers to ask if I would read and review their book(s).

In 2011, after encouragement from a publisher and an author, I began organizing virtual book tours and now have 2 companies.

Nine years later, I am still part of the community and still enjoying it as much as I did when I first clicked on the link for the blog that started it all.

Jul 282018
 

I am taking part in the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!

The last Saturday of the month, I will be recapping the books I have read for the month, what I thought and the links to my reviews, and what I hope to read the following month.

July Books Read

I didn’t read as many books as I hoped I would ;-(

Click on titles below to either see my review or to check out the synopsis on GR.

THE CHAIRMAN’S TOYS by Graham Reed
Comments: First book I read by this author and enjoyed it. Will be posting my review, 4 stars, on Aug. 9th

BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage
Comments: I was the lucky winner from The Book Diva’s Reads giveaway.
Such a chilling read!

SCAR TISSUE by Patricia Hale
Comments: Another engrossing read. I gave it 5 stars and will be posting my review on Oct. 1st.

Current Read

ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS by Elizabeth Klehfoth
Comments: I have seen many rave reviews and hoping it is a gripping story.

Upcoming August TBRs

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18634982-eyes-on-you?ac=1&from_search=true by Kate White
Comments: I won this book via a Harper Collins

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37920735-an-unwanted-guest?ac=1&from_search=true by Shari LaPena
Comments: I also won this via GR. This will be the first book that I will be reading by this author but am really looking forward to it after seeing so many rave reviews for her previous books.

??? by ??
Comments: Keeping this one open since I always get a book that I hadn’t planned to read but one that I can’t pass on.

Your Turn

  • What did you finish reading this month
  • What book(s) should I add to my TBR list
Jul 142018
 

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This year, one of the Challenges I signed up for is Blog All About It, hosted by The Herd Presents. The guideline is basically a blogging prompt challenge. Each month there’s a different prompt that you can interpret as you’d like then create a blog post around it. The 2018 list of prompts can be seen here on my Challenge Page. I will be posting for this Challenge on the 2nd Saturday of each month.


This month’s prompt is: SPIRIT

When I saw what this month’s prompt was, I had no hesitation as to what it means to me and the day approximately 30 years ago and still so vivid, that the Holy Spirit Blessed me.

We had attended the 10 am mass at our Church and the Priest mentioned that a healing Priest would be saying a special mass later in the day. At the time I was having a lot of pain/issues with my back. I called some friends to see if they would go with me but some didn’t want to, some had plans. But all day I felt this powerful and strange feeling that I HAD to go, which I finally decided to go 30 minutes before the mass. I had no idea what was about to happen.

After the mass, the priest announced that people could come up on the altar. Again, I felt that I had no control over my body and stood and walked to the altar. A caveat…having had multiple back operations I always had, and still do, an intense fear of falling due to all the hardware I have in my spine.

The healing Priest, along with our Pastor, told us to get into a horseshoe formation. I then noticed that a gentleman would stand behind the person as the Priests would stand in front of one of us on the altar. They touched and Blessed each person. I saw them Bless one person and that person fell backward. Some did, some didn’t. As I watched, them go around the people in the horseshoe formation, the fear of falling was back. But I stayed.

The Priests were now in front of me. I felt a peace, that I have never felt before, come over me. After the service, people that I knew in the congregation and our Pastor, conveyed to me what they saw. The healing Priest raised his arm to Bless and touch me, but even before he laid his hand on my shoulder, I was falling backward with no fear. The gentleman behind me wasn’t able to support me because I went down so fast. After a few seconds, I stood and went back to my seat. I felt like I was floating.

A few days later, I called our Pastor and asked if I could come and talk to him about what happened. Again, he told me what he witnessed when they came to me. The Holy Spirit was now with me. When I explained what and how I felt, he asked if I would speak, and tell my story, to adult parishioners that were taking classes to make their Confirmation. Another caveat..I freeze when I have to speak in front of people but I agreed and once again I felt no fear.

I was one of the Blessed ones that received the Holy Spirit that day. A day I will never forget.

Jun 302018
 

I am taking part in the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!

The last Saturday of the month, I will be recapping the books I have read for the month, what I thought and the links to my reviews, and what I hope to read the following month.

June Books Read

SELECTED by J. Allen Wolfrum
Comments: This book was so engrossing that I finished it in one sitting. Review scheduled to post July 17th.

THE MARRIAGE LIE by Kimberly Belle
Comments: WOW! What a read! Click on the title to see my review. Looking forward to her next book!

THE SUPER LADIES by Susan Petrone Comments: Another book I read in one sitting. Review to be posted Aug. 18th

A MOTHER’S LIE by Jo Crow
Comments: This one had so many twists and turns. Loved it! Click on the title to see my review.

The Last Weekend Of The Summer by Peter Murphy
Comments: I really enjoyed this one!. I will be posting this review in September when it is scheduled to tour with Providence Book Promotions

Current Read

THREE DAYS MISSING by Kimberly Belle
Comments: I won this book from the author during a giveaway she sponsored. After reading THE MARRIAGE LIE, I entered. Can’t wait to start turning the pages.

Upcoming July TBRs

Comments: To be honest, I have SO many books on my shelves and Kindle, I’m not sure which one will be next. I guess it will depend on my mood. But if you have recently read a book that you couldn’t put down, let me know, it could end up being one of my July reads!

Your Turn

  • What did you finish reading this month
  • What book(s) should I add to my TBR list
Jun 092018
 

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This year, one of the Challenges I signed up for is Blog All About It, hosted by The Herd Presents. The guideline is basically a blogging prompt challenge. Each month there’s a different prompt that you can interpret as you’d like then create a blog post around it. The 2018 list of prompts can be seen here on my Challenge Page. I will be posting for this Challenge on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Why did I choose this Challenge? Well, if you have followed this blog, you know that I love Challenges, even though I may not complete all the ones I sign up for. I just find it to be fun. Another reason I decided to do this Challenge, is that I realized it has been ages since I have actually blogged, other than posting reviews, interviews, guest posts, giveaways, etc. Over the past few years, being busy organizing VBTs, I have slacked off with one of the main reasons I joined the Book Blogging Community.


This month’s prompt is: GROWL

This month’s prompt had me a bit stumped as to where I would go with it. But, I would assume, that when one hears and/or sees the word growl, an animal would be associated with it. Or is it just me?

My whole life, we always had a dog, up until approximately 10 years ago. The last dog, we shared our house with was my oldest son’s dog, Bronx, a Weimaraner named for the NY Yankees. Bronx was a beautiful and smart dog, however, he suffered from a severe case of separation anxiety. And with Paul in college and also working, it was Bronx and me throughout the day/night. We soon discovered how bad his anxiety was. When Paul left the house, the dog would bark for hours, HOURS! When I would try to discipline him, he would show his teeth and growl at me. Being a large dog, I will admit, he frightened me. From the first growl, Bronx and I had a mutual dislike for each other. Paul graduated from college and 2 months later, found a job in his field but it was out of state.

As I said, he was a beautiful dog and we repaired our relationship, once he moved with my son and we would go to visit. Two years ago, Bronx passed away from Cancer. Needless to say, my son was devastated but unfortunately, the radiation and surgery could not save him.

Now, the only thing that growls in our house, is our stomachs when we are hungry!!!!