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Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.   Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

This week I’m posting a photo a friend took on a recent trip to upper New York State.  Here’s what he said about this photo:

In 1874 the French artist Claude Monet was born in Paris France. He is the most famous impressionist artist in history.

The Mirabeau Inn & Spa at Skaneateles NY. was built to replicate a French Chateau outside of Paris France. The center

piece of this French Chateau in America is a Monet styled garden, designed in a scaled down version of the Monet garden 
in Paris France.

Photo Credit: Dr. John Sims


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Armchair BEA 2012 – Introduction

Armchair BEA is for book bloggers who can’t attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this June (June 4 – 8, 2012).  So we don’t have to miss all the fun – this virtual convention is the place to be!

It’s a dream of mine to get to attend BEA in person, but since I can’t do that this year, the Armchair BEA is a great opportunity to stay connected and feel like a part of Book Expo America.

An incredible new feature that Book Expo America is providing for those of us not able to be at the event is LIVE streaming video of a few of the biggest happenings at BEA!  Feel free to click here to get the code for your own site. (For some reason I can’t get this to work, but I hope you can!)
BEA Live Streaming begins Tuesday, June 5 at 8:30 am ET with BEA’s Book and Author Breakfast and continues on two live channels through the end of BEA on Thursday, June 7.
Because the meet-and-greet is the quintessential part of any get-together, and to encouraging ongoing networking throughout the week, Introductions First is going to be the opening event of Armchair BEA 2012.  There are 10 suggested questions, and we are asked to choose at least 5 and answer them to share a little bit more about ourselves.
Here are my questions and answers for the Introductions Self Interview:
  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?  I am a proud mom and wife, a book lover, I love the look and feel and smell of books, I love reading, and I love talking about books, which explains the main reason I got into blogging!  I wanted to find other book lovers, and encourage other people to become readers.  I have a personal blog that is just a little blog about my life, and what is going on at the moment.  I don’t write on it every week, just when something happens that really strikes me.  I started this bookish blog in October, 2011.  I didn’t do a lot with it the first three months because I didn’t really know what to do to drive readers to my blog, and I had a bit of “Why would anyone want to read what I have to say?”.  I started exploring other bookish blogs, found some ideas, joined some memes, and have worked to be consistent in my posts.
  2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?  I am one of those multiple book readers.  Unless I get dragged into a book, mind and soul, I typically have three to four books going on at one time.  Right now I’m reading Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich, The Remaining by D. J. Molles, and Brisingr by Christopher Paolini.  I read several different types of books, and every once in a while I’ll get into a theme where I read one kind of book or one series of books until I run out of steam.  One of my favorite books/series this year is what I call “brain candy” – books that don’t make you think really hard, just fun, easy book.  The Shifters series by Rachel Vincent was that for me.  Another book I really really enjoyed was A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  A friend recommended it, and once I started, I could barely put it down.
  3. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?  I know a lot of people are reading the Shades of Grey trilogy and are enamored with Christian Grey – while I’ve read the first two books, and after the second book I did like Mr. Grey, he’s not who I would want to hang out with.  This changes from time to time, but currently, I think the character that I would most like to have dinner with would be Stephanie Plum, the main character in Janet Evanovich’s longest running series.  She totally cracks me up, and she loves pizza and sweets as much as I do – although she seems to handle it better metabolically!  🙂
  4. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?  My first choice would have to be Narnia – I read the entire series multiple times growing up, and again as an adult, and with the recent movie adaptations capturing what I had imagined Narnia to be, I would love to go there.  The talking animals are an added benefit.  My second choice would be the Shire from the Lord of the Rings series.  Although I am a bit tall for their homes, I do have a Hobbit Name – Firiel Whitfoot (find your hobbit name here). The Shire is such a beautiful, green, peaceful place.
  5. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?  My favorite part of the book blogging community is getting to “meet” other bloggers who also love books.  Finding out other tips and tricks from more established bloggers, and developing friendships is a wonderful thing.

It’s not too late to register to participate in this year’s Armchair BEA – go here to register.

To meet other bloggers participating in Armchair BEA, visit the BEA Armchair Introductions blog post.

Happy BEA week!!!


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Giveaway – “Wayward Saints”

Thanks to the publishers, I have two copies of “Wayward Saints” by suzzy roche (No, my shift button did not quit working – this is how it is written on the book cover).  To be entered to win, you must be following this blog, and leave a comment and your email address.  Drawing will be Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

Books will only be shipped to US addresses.

From the publisher:

“Mary Saint, the rule-breaking former lead singer of the almost-famous band Sliced Ham, has given up on music after the death of her band member and lover Gargagio seven years earlier.  With the help of here best friend, Thaddeus, Mary is trying to make mochaccinos in San Francisco.  Meanwhile, back in her home town of Swallow, New York, her mother, Jean Saint, struggles with her own ghosts.

When Mary is invited to give a concert at her old high school, Jean is thrilled, though she’s worried about what Father Benedict and her neighbors will think of songs such as “Sewer Flower” and “You’re a Pig.”  But she soon realizes there are going to be bigger problems when her arch-nemesis, Adele from the Silver Tray Bakery, gets involved.

Wayward Saints is a touching, emotionally complex, and hilarious look at how the past always bumps up against the present.  Punctuated by winks at the music business and loving flourishes about family, faith, and the unpredictability of talent, the novel touches on the very deep pain of loss, and the possibilities of the miraculous.

Author’s note:

I have always loved to read novels, but whatever drove me to sit down and write one is a mystery.   Through the years I’ve had a tendency to create poems and stories but they remained, for the most part, private.

I like to think of Wayward Saints as a fable. I wanted to write about faith and art, and how it manifests differently in everyone.  I also wanted to write about the absurdity and dangers of the music business, the consequences of violence, the power of forgiveness, and the possibility of the miraculous.

I guess I know that my book is a little unconventional, but I hope it will find its place in the world, and be meaningful to someone out there.  I’m grateful to other writers who encouraged me, especially Meg Wolitzer, who has been uncommonly generous with her time and also has shared her process with me.  Also, I am incredibly lucky to have met my agent Gail Hochman and my editor at Hyperion, Elisabeth Dyssegaard.

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