December 16, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: "Finding the Grain", by Shulamit Hartal


This was not at all the story I was expecting - it was better!

It's about psychology, anxiety, worry, wonder, friendships, faith, and love.

Oh, and let's not forget hate. Hate is deeply rooted in one's psyche, sometimes so deeply hidden, we have no idea that the hate is what has made us the way we are.

Follow Chani as she goes through these ups and downs with her mother, and other people she encounters. She eventually finds out what has been driving her to be the person she is.

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Book Description :

One day Chani Tavin, a sculptress in late middle age, has a fortunate accident when she literally trips over a pile of psychology books at the local recycling center. Despite hurting her foot in the fall, she is more fascinated than aggravated since it sparks off a vast change in her life. Oblivious to the pain, Chani takes the pile home, climbs into bed and plunges into them, applying the psychology she is learning to unravel the secrets of her own life. 

As Chani re-examines her life, she revisits her childhood. The emotional wasteland of the conditions in which she grew up and the terrors to which she was regularly subjected rise up to confront her: an unpredictable and tyrannical mother, her two defiant sisters who managed to do what she could not – break away -- and her absentee father. Chani starts to see her own life in perspective, and she has to learn how to embrace and forgive herself for feelings she still carries from when she was a very young child and one thread of the plot follows this journey of self-discovery. However, just when Chani achieves a startling insight in understanding her past, she dies unexpectedly the following day. 

The story is set in the frame of the 7- day period of mourning, the shiva, that follows Chani Tavin’s death and it encompasses including various dramatic and revealing conversations between the family of the narrator and her friends and neighbors. 

The heroine of Finding the Grain, a “blind chicken” who cannot forget her mother’s devastating pronouncement that she was so ugly it was “impossible to do anything with her” or, “Who would want you? Well, even a blind chicken finds the grain in the end,” – is herself no spring chicken. Chani Tavin is testimony to the fact that it is never too late to learn, even as the mother of grown up children and a teenage grandchild. 

8 Questions, 10-book giveaway from LOOP (faith-based)

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December 15, 2014

My new Cobb Hill Dress Shoes :)

I won these in a contest last month and they arrived today!
My note to CH:

I received my beautiful Pamelas today! They are SNUG, but I hope to break them in! (I ordered a half-size up just in case and I'm glad I did LOL). I NEEDED another pair of 'dressier' shoes. I really WANTED boots, but after discussing it with myself for quite a while on your website (LOL) I came to the conclusion that I wear slip on dress shoes more than anything else. And I definitely wanted quality that would last a while! Thank you again!

Cobb Hill Pamela-CH
Style#: CAG14AL
Size: 9.5 - M

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Cobb Hill combines today’s fashion cues with the signature fit of New Balance to create a new choice in contemporary footwear.

BOOK REVIEW: Haven (series), by D. C. Akers

Awesomely Fantastical!!

What amazing tales of 'normal', suburban Sam and his sister, Sarah... little do they know what they are about to be swept up into!! A dizzying world of magic!

An enemy on their trail, war, teen angst, duh!
And keep your eye on their waitress 'rent', Alicia... why?
Go check it out!

THESE are the kinds of stories I love reading! Magic, the supernatural... (witches, vampires, orcs, goblins, etc). 

If you want intrigue, fun, danger, and lots of mysteries all wrapped up into a series, HERE IT IS!!

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Amazon's #1 Best Selling Fantasy Fiction Novella is now available at, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Books, IBooks/Itunes, and Smashwords.


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Haven Series Collection (Books 1 & 2)
Known as a place of refuge, Haven is a sanctuary for those with supernatural abilities. Decades of peace between the Witches, Vampires, Goblins, Elves, and Orcs is coming to an end. Now the once tranquil world is shrouded in deception and corruption. Dark secrets tear at the very fabric of their alliance, giving way to an evil that stirs in the shadows. Exhilarating and utterly gripping, the HAVEN series is an action-packed journey full of suspense, magic, mystery, and intrigue.

A Stranger Magic (Book 1):
Sam Dalcome thinks he is so completely average that no one ever notices him. Until he discovers a mysterious stranger outside his home. Bewildered, he tries to uncover the stranger’s intentions. But Sam is sidetracked when he and his friend Travis discover a secret passageway deep in the town’s quarry that leads to a hidden cavern. What they uncover next will not only change their lives forever, but will uncover the first clue to a deadly Dalcome family secret. Sam finds himself drawn into a world of mystery and magic he never knew existed, which brings him closer to a destiny he never knew was possible. 

Revenge of the Viper (Book 2):
The Great War of Haven ended thirteen years ago but Alisa Dalcome is about to discover that the war did not end for her. Placed on Earth as a sleeper agent for the Majesty of Haven, Alisa had one objective—protect the portal keys at all costs. In the wrong hands the magical keys could jeopardize the safety of everyone on Haven. But Alisa’s relocation was more than just Majesty business; it was also a chance for her to escape her enemies, enemies that still wanted her dead. Alisa wasn’t thinking about herself when she left Haven, she was thinking about her children Sam and Sarah. The Great War had already taken her husband Rylan; she would be damned if she would let it take her children too. But what Alisa didn’t count on was her inquisitive son Sam and his friend Travis. Sam’s world has turned upside down after discovering magic is real. After barely escaping the caves Sam begins to piece together the past day’s events when he stumbles onto his mother’s secret past. With the clues mounting, Sam must dig deeper to uncover the truth that could change his life forever.
But Sam doesn’t realize that his mother’s past has already caught up with them. Hidden within the shadows nearby is Haven’s most malevolent predator—the Viper. A hunter forged from the blackest of magic, it watches, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Can Sam uncover the truth in time or will his mother’s past collide with the present placing them all in grave danger?

December 14, 2014

Waffles for Supper .... just because :)

Waffles of Insane Greatness!

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk or buttermilk (I recommend buttermilk)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Butter and syrup, for serving

1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.
2. Preheat a waffle iron. Spray waffle iron with non-stick spray then follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with butter and syrup.

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Grab a cup of tea and enjoy.


December 13, 2014

AVERY LABELS for Christmas gift giving, etc... article borrowed from another blogger

(Borrowed IN PART from, so I could share the tag info with you, it's so cool! The original post is from Nov 2013) 
...  Avery labels using their design and print online software. The 2 inch circular labels would be perfect for lots of gift giving–they make it super easy to jazz up (a packet of) muffin mix and would look really cute on top of a mason jar full of cookie mix or jam. (They have a whole Pinterest board full of examples–check it out here!)
I was even more excited to see that Avery makes tags now–they’re awesome! You just print your design and then pop out each tag. They even come with cute little ties that snap together so you can attach the tags to just about anything. Cool, right?
If you want to make life simpler this Christmas, you can use these printables for your own gift giving. If you want to print on the Avery labels, click one of the files below. You’ll download a .jpg file that has one tag or label which you can then upload to Avery Design & Print Online tool.

If you’d like to print these out on cardstock and just trim around them yourself, download one of the files below. Each one is a PDF that will print 8 tags or 12 circles on an 8.5×11 piece of paper. NOTE: the tags are just rectangles, so you’ll need to trim the edges at a angle and punch your own hole for the “tag” look.
Click here for circle labels!
Click here for Houndstooth tags!
AND another great page from ''blogher'' about Avery Labels:

December 12, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Undead - Ten Tales of Zombies, edited by author Rayne Hall

Ten authors weave ten wonderful tales of Zombies!

The stories range from laughable, to, "I will never sleep alone in the dark ever ever ever again!"

I loved this book, and I read it within three nights! Seriously, it was great! Once I started it, I couldn't put it down! I even took it to a home this week where I sit for a gentleman who needs watching. Finished it off last night when I got home and went to bed.

Here's more info about the book:

GREYWALKER, by Rayne Hall (who hooked me up with a copy of the book)
FURZBY HOLT, by Jonathan Broughton
I'LL LOVE YA, FOREVER, BUT... by April Grey
ZOMBIE MOTHER-IN-LAW, by Tara Maya and 
LAST CHANCE TO SEE, by Tracie McBride 
IMMUNITY, by Jeff Strand 
THE REASON FOR ZOMBIES, by Douglas Kolacki

Where to find your copy of this ebook: 
(if you don't have a Kindle, you can download Kindle onto your pc, just follow the directions on that page!)