Saturday, February 27, 2016


For the upcoming week starting Feb 29th I will be taking a staycation from work to get some things done around the house. Post will return the following week.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Writing Prompt and a Bonus Prompt

                                 This groups titles all came from movie titles or books on CD.
                                                                1. Bat out of Hell
                                                                2. Burrowers
                                                                3. The Apostle
                                                                4. Good Day for It
                                                                5. How to Steal a Million
                                                                6. Buried
                                                                7. Fifty Shades of Grey
                                                                8. Hell on Wheels
                                                                9. Ancient Roads
                                                                10. The Lost World
                                                                11. The Desert of Forbidden Art
                                                                12. Find Her
                                                                13. Big Magic
                                                                14. The Fault in our Stars
                                                                15. After You
                                                                16. Room
                                                                17. See Me
                                                                18. Fringe
                                                                19. We the People
                                                                20. Body of Lies
                                                                21. Cujo
                                                                22. The Lookout
                                                                23. The Stranger
                                                                24. Street Kids
                                                                25. Game of Thrones

For the bonus prompt, write something about the following character:

A seemingly frail old man with paper-thin skin, a creepy vibe and a habit of drumming his fingers on counter tops.   

I would love to read anything inspired by that character description. Would you like more style writing prompts? 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Three Interesting Books to Cross my Desk

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

Noah wants to go home. A seemingly easy request from most four year olds. But as Noah's single-mother, Janie, knows, nothing with Noah is ever easy. One day the pre-school office calls and says Janie needs to come in to talk about Noah, and no, not later, now ―and life as she knows it stops.

For Jerome Anderson, life as he knows it has stopped. A deadly diagnosis has made him realize he is approaching the end of his life. His first thought―I'm not finished yet. Once a shining young star in academia, a graduate of Yale and Harvard, a professor of psychology, he threw it all away because of an obsession. Anderson became the laughing stock of his peers, but he didn't care―something had to be going on beyond what anyone could see or comprehend. He spent his life searching for that something else. And with Noah, he thinks he's found it.

Soon Noah, Janie and Anderson will find themselves knocking on the door of a mother whose son has been missing for eight years―and when that door opens, all of their questions will be answered.

Sharon Guskin has written a captivating, thought-provoking novel that explores what we regret in the end of our lives and hope for in the beginning, and everything in between. In equal parts a mystery and a testament to the profound connection between a child and parent, The Forgetting Time marks the debut of a major new talent. – Amazon Description

The Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

A powerful historical novel by the late Ariana Franklin and her daughter Samantha Norman, The Siege Winter is a tour de force mystery and murder, adventure and intrigue, a battle for a crown, told by two courageous young women whose fates are intertwined in twelfth century England’s devastating civil war.

1141. England is engulfed in war as King Stephen and his cousin, the Empress Matilda, vie for the crown. In this dangerous world, not even Emma, an eleven-year-old peasant, is safe. A depraved monk obsessed with redheads kidnaps the ginger-haired girl from her village and leaves her for dead. When an archer for hire named Gwyl finds her, she has no memory of her previous life. Unable to abandon her, Gwyl takes the girl with him, dressing her as a boy, giving her a new name—Penda—and teaching her to use a bow. But Gwyn knows that the man who hurt Penda roams free, and that a scrap of evidence she possesses could be very valuable.

Gwyl and Penda make their way to Kenilworth, a small but strategically important fortress that belongs to fifteen-year-old Maud. Newly wedded to a boorish and much older husband after her father’s death, the fierce and determined young chatelaine tempts fate and Stephen’s murderous wrath when she gives shelter to the empress.

Aided by a garrison of mercenaries, including Gwyl and his odd red-headed apprentice, Maud will stave off Stephen’s siege for a long, brutal winter that will bring a host of visitors to Kenilworth—kings, soldiers . . . and a sinister monk with deadly business to finish. - Amazon Description

Wild Swans Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.

An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor,” a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving—and ultimately uplifting—detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history. - Amazon Description

These books are available for checkout through the Lake County Library System.