Saturday, November 30, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished Brida by Paulo Coelho.
I finished The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette Van Heutgen. 
 Now reading No Ordinary Noel by Pat G'Orge Walker.bookjourney

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

First Chapter First Paragraph

"November 1980

Nora balanced the grocery bag on one hip and inserted her key into the lock of the door leading from the garage into the house. This was the best moment of every day. Rose. Her beautiful baby--almost six months now. Every little thing she did was a revelation. How she raised her tiny hand to Nora's face as she held her. How her wide eyes, the deepest of blues, reacted to the slightest change of tenor in Nora's voice. How the warmth of her small body nestled into Nora's when she took her into her arms. When she held Rose, Nora didn't know where her own body ended and her daughter's began."

Monday, November 18, 2013

Teaser Thursday

"After a few moments of probing, he slid something out--a small photo. He studied it and then rose and handed it to Nora. She looked at a worn sepia photo and stared at a slender young man holding onto the camera. He had dark, expressive eyes. Nora turned the photo over. Only a date: 1940."

"When you come from a childhood as shattering as mine was, you have to be honest about your insecurities and your burning questions. Whatever process you come up with to deal with these issues, whether it's prayer or meditation or a therapist's couch, you must step into that den of painful self inquiry and find some answers for yourself."

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday Snapshot

Autumn is my favorite season. Rushed out to take a few photos.:)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Literary Hop

Hosted by Judith

I have two novels to give away.

1. Please leave a comment with your email address.

2. Please follow me on Twitter and follow me anyway you wish. Tell me your name.

3. I hope you, whoever you are, will win.

The Madaris Bride by Brenda Jackson

"Lee Madaris glanced at the clock on his wall before rubbing away the tension forming in the back of his neck. Although it was nearing midnight, he was still in his office working. It was imperative that he do so."

The Madaris Bride by Brenda Jackson

"But they were both involved and she could only hope the ordeal ended quickly."

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Getting a Way with Murder by Ralph McInerny

"Roger Dowling preferred to relate the events to purgatory. The Divine Comedy was among his three favorite books and Downs was indeed right in thinking of the glutinous events that had dragged him deeper and deeper into trouble in Dantesque terms. Gustave Dore illustrations came and went in the priest's mind, but it was Janski, not Downs, he could imagine up to his neck in ice in the lowest regions of the inferno."

The Divine Comedy /

Wondrous Words

The one or single occasion; the present reason or purpose (now only in for the nonce).
That will do for the nonce, but we'll need a better answer for the long term.
"Arraignments took place, court dates were set, eventually the horrible events faded from the news. For the (nonce).
  • Lo·thar·i·o
  • [ lō thérree  ]

  1. man seeking affairs with women: a man who attempts to persuade women to enter sexual affairs with him
Synonyms: Romeo · womanizer · wolf · Don Juan · seducer · Casanova

"Maybe you will meet some (Lothario) in Florida."

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

First Chapter First Paragraph(Simon and Schuster/Net Galley)
"Melvin is seventeen, the star of his basketball team, and expected to have a bright future. But it all falls to pieces one night when he joins his brothers' thug friends at a wild party with two rich white girls. Drugged and drunk for most of the night, Melvin misses a brutal assault on the two girls. When the crime comes to light, he is arrested and charged with masterminding the gang rape. One of the girls' fathers is a prominent prosecutor, who persuades the girls to lie--all because he hates the possibility that a young black man could succeed in life. He wants to crush him, and Melvin doesn't stand a chance."

Monday, November 4, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Fox River is amazed: Howard Downs, on trial for the murder of his wife, is found to be not guilty!

"She was at her desk and had fallen forward onto it so that her hair drifted out across the scattered papers like a giant inkblot. The glass from which she had drunk lay on its side a few inches from her lifeless hand. Whether or not it had been self-administered, or unknowingly self-administered, she had died due to an overdose of sleeping tablets."