Sunday, August 17, 2014


We'll be away from August 18 - 25. Good thing for house sitters or our cats and the hermit crab would get might lonely.

Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Prairie Memories by Patrick Loubatière Now Available!

Prairie Memories
Magazine - 68 pages - Glossy Coated Paper - 8.5 x 11 Inches - English Language -
Published July 2014

  • Exclusive in-depth interviews with four actors from Little House on the Prairie: Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls), 14 pages; Richard Bull (Nels Oleson), 14 pages; Dabbs Greer (Reverend Alden), 14 pages; Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson), 21 pages.
  • The interviews with Richard Bull and Dabbs Greer were made shortly before their death.
  • All pictures published in the magazine are courtesy of the actors. Most of them are very rare and previously unpublished.

Magazine available only through Can be dedicated by the author upon request.

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Patrick  Loubatière is a French writer, stage director and high school teacher. He is the author of the book "Little House on the Prairie from A to Z", which accompanied the complete series on DVD, in 2006. He also interviewed the actors on the bonus segments, plus created the trivia quizzes. 
Since 2006, he has co-starred with Alison Arngrim in France in two comedic, interactive shows based on Little House on the Prairie. 

Aside from Little House, he has published interviews with most of the actors on the series Lost, NCIS, The Mentalist, Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds, Revenge, Castle, Dallas, etc.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Book Review: Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City by Sam Baltrusis

If you're fascinating by the haunted history of Salem, Massachusetts, then you need to pick up a copy of Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City by Sam Baltrusis.

From cemeteries to crime to curses and more, Ghosts of Salem floats through the history of the infamous New England town known for its witch trials. With wit and charm, Baltrusis brings Salem alive for the reader. In this engaging and informative book, readers learn not only about Salem's history, but also residents' opinions on the ghosts that are rumored to make Salem home.

Filled with historical photographs, Ghosts of Salem is the perfect book for curious minds and history lovers. Thoroughly researched, this book totally captivated me and I read it in one sitting.

Series: Haunted America
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: The History Press (August 12, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626193975
ISBN-13: 978-1626193970


Add this book to your Goodreads shelf HERE

Sam Baltrusis, author of "Ghosts of Boston" and "Ghosts of Cambridge," freelances for various publications and is the former managing editor of Scout Magazine in Somerville and Cambridge. He has been featured as Boston's paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's Haunted Encounters and Paranormal State's Ryan Buell's Paranormal Insider Radio. Baltrusis moonlights as a tour guide and launched the successful ghost tour, Cambridge Haunts, and is producing a new tour in Salem.

Sam's Website Twitter Facebook  

Follow the rest of the Ghosts of Salem tour HERE

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been paid for in any way.

I read this book for the following challenge:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

W...W...W...Wednesdays - August 13

This meme was created by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I'm reading this one for the author's virtual book tour. Look for my review on August 27th at

It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the small town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor...until he meets Perla. She's everything he's sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique way with food brings both gratitude and condemnation, placing the pair in the middle of a maelstrom of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.(

What did you recently finish reading?

The boy with the feather headdress told stories without saying a word. The boy whose legs formed the shape of a heart communicated with that special language that comes from within. With his hands, his face, his smile and his eyes, he could communicate everything his listeners needed to hear. Walking Eagle's tales awoke deep emotions, conveyed a sense of solidarity, and created bonds between hands and hearts of different tribes that lasted forever.

Walking Eagle: The Little Comanche Boy is a magical tale about nature and harmony between the different peoples of the world, reminding us of the power of stories to bring out our very best from within the deepest part of the human soul.

Lose weight, energize, and glow with over 50 recipes and complete 10 day detox plan. This whole foods cleanse includes detailed menu plan, shopping list, and bonus recipes to make after your cleanse. Renewal “Anytime” also includes pre-detox plan, daily instructions, FAQ’s, and post-detox next steps.

Check out my review of Renewal "Anytime" 10 Day Detox at

What do you think you’ll read next?

I'm scheduled to review Amber Stockton's latest book at my Christian book blog next week, but it hasn't arrived yet.

If I don't receive that one, I'll probably start The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick. 

One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person-helpful, generous, and chivalrous-a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn't recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.

Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can't hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He's attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before "the change." Where he'd been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he's a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his "superjock" former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan's newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he's genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott's trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan's obsession.

Hope you'll share your recent and upcoming reads.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want To Read---basically any book that has you're going, "TO READ OR NOT TO READ?"


I probably shouldn't admit this one, never mind start off my list with it. David S. Brody is a former client of mine. When Cabal of the Westford Knight came out, it was listed as a mix of The Da Vinci Code  and National Treasure. Intriguing.

Based on scientific, historical and archeological research, the novel takes readers on a tour of 600-year-old sites and artifacts throughout New England, binding together stone towers and ancient inscriptions in a plot that reveals the true secrets of both the Knights Templar and the Jesus bloodline. This novel was also the basis for the 2013 movie, The American Templars. 

When the book came out in 2009, I was really hot to read it. The poor thing is close to the bottom of my TBR pile. I'm still interested, but not enough to make me clear my review schedule.


Before I say anything else, let me just state that I love the work of Sheila Roberts. Her book, On Strike for Christmas, about a group of women who decide to leave all the holiday preparations up to their husbands and families and wind up on the news when a local reporter picks up the story, is one of my favorite seasonal tales. It was made into a movie in 2010. 

Better Than Chocolate came to me as part of a book club mailing. It looks like a good story, but I just haven't felt like reading it and am not sure I will. It might make a good giveaway one day.


The history lover in me compelled me to enter the giveaway for Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano. I'm still interested in reading it, but time is so precious and my TBR pile so large, I'm not sure I'll get to it any time soon.


I bought The Remains for my Kindle after reviewing another of Vincent Zandri's books. It is a thrilling story of twin girls and a terrible attack. Vowing to keep it a secret the two grow up struggling with their past and their belief in God. Thirty years later their attacker is released from prision. One of the twins is dead from cancer, the remaining twin must face her biggest fear and face a killer who wants her dead. Because Zandri's work was so engaging, I wanted to own this one--I've also downloaded other books of his. I simply haven't read any more yet. I'm guessing I will one day.


I bought Alone by Lisa Gardner soon after I reviewed Love You More. Alone is the first book of her series featuring Detective D.D. Warren. Gardner's publisher hired me to promote Love You More and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to know the beginning of D.D.'s story. With six novels and one novella now, I'm not sure I'll catch up.


What do you do when you come into a series late in the game? That's what happened to me with Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series. After I fell in love with the Hallmark Channel's original series based upon the Cedar Cove books, I wanted to read them all. Do you know how many there are? I can't imagine catching up--especially when the television show follows the books closely enough for me to know what is going to happen later on. 


I met Leslie Meier at a local writers conference a few years ago when she sat on a mystery writers panel. Mother's Day Murder is another one of those series book--though I didn't know it at the time. I'll probably get to this one, but it sure won't be next week.


Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller is another one of those conference books. I sat on a panel with Dori and bought a copy of her book. I've never read it and feel a pang of guilt every time I notice it in my bookshelf. I'm sure I want to read it, just not sure I'll be making the time soon. 


Here's a book I never see me reading. Granted, my vampire stage is long done; but even so, I simply have no desire to read this or any other books in the series. 


When there is so much hype surrounding a book, you're tempted to give in. Sometimes your curiosity gets the better of you and you want to make sure you're not missing anything. I harbor no such feelings for Fifty Shades of Grey. I can't imagine picking this one up. 

Secret Addition 

I'm not going to post a picture of this one or mention the author's name because it wouldn't be fair, but there are two books in my TBR pile that I'm fairly certain I won't ever read. I bought one of them online and then another at a writers conference. This author was at the conference and I was familiar with her work, so I wanted to quickly introduce myself. By the way she looked at me you would have thought I hadn't showered in a month. She wouldn't even shake my outstretched hand. She was just so rude and full of herself that I was kicking myself for buying one of her books earlier.

Every other author I have met at a conference has been polite and welcomed interaction. Some are more reserved than others, but it's not like she was a literary agent who I cornered in the bathroom to give my 30-second pitch. I haven't bought another book of hers and the two books I own are sitting at the bottom of my TBR pile. 

So, what books made your list of books you're not sure you want to read?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Musing Mondays - August 11

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme from MizB at Should Be Reading. It asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

What is your favorite go-to genre? If you could read at your leisure (maybe you already do) and not worry about a review schedule, what would be the first genre you would reach for?

My choice would be historical fiction. I enjoy so many historical novels; and now that I am expanding the time period I read about, my selection of books is increasing too. Right now, I am reading Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas. I haven't gotten very far, but hopefully I'll get some reading done soon.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Free for Kindle: The Liar's Gallery by Aaron Paul Lazar

From award-winning author Aaron Paul Lazar:

The last place Gus LeGarde expects to find his old friend Byron Cunningham is in a plane that crashes in a field near his farmhouse. But that’s just the first surprise in a series of shocking events beginning with the discovery of a Monet painting crammed into the plane’s fuselage. Is it real? Or fake? The trail leads Gus into a twisting trio of dangerous art world conspiracies.

Gus fends off some very pushy collectors and soon realizes he may have crossed paths with treacherous criminals, putting his family at risk. As if that isn’t enough, he must also contend with a problem that’s close to his heart: his daughter, Shelby, is growing up too fast. She’s determined to sing professionally and is now under the spell of a wolf in tenor’s clothing, handsome Greek student, Dmitri. When she vanishes with the family car, her frantic parents desperately chase the fading trail.

A slew of Facebook messages on Shelby’s computer lead them to The Eastman School of Music, where both Shelby’s new flame and Gus’s old friend have been hiding secrets linked to the art scandal. There’s a real Monet out there somewhere, and nothing—including murder—will stop the desperate man who wants it.

NOTE: This series can be read in any order. Each book is complete and can stand alone without having read the first books in the series.

File Size: 430 KB
Print Length: 264 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Aaron Paul Lazar; 1 edition (July 7, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English