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Welcome to my attempt at blogging. I am a true to heart bibliophile. Here I will discuss and review books as I read them. You are welcome to do the same. The only rules are no profanity, no politics, no religion, and have fun!

Thursday, October 25, 2012


about the book
Step into the glittering world of Regency and prepare to have your hearts warmed by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway...

During their annual Christmas pilgrimage to Scotland to visit their aged uncle in his decrepit castle, the Comte de Rocheforte and his cousin, Earl of Oakley, are presented with unique gifts: their uncle has raided an English lord's Christmas party and kidnapped four lovely would-be brides for his heirs to choose from ...as well as one very angry duke, Lord Bretton. As snow isolates the castle, and as hours grow into days, the most honourable intentions give away to temptations as surprising as they are irresistible.

This is a bit of a change for me.  I occasionally read romance novels, especially if Julia Quinn is the author.  I have recently begun to appreciate and enjoy the works of Eloisa James and Connie Brockway.  This book is fun.  A very quick read that can be accomplished in a few hours.  The authors seemlessly merged their storylines.  There is a great deal of humor that will actually have you smiling and laughing out loud.   Very well written and enjoyable.

2012 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards: Gold Medal Winner

fantastic news!!!!

THE MOON COIN won a 2012 Moonbeam Children's Book Award: Gold Medal.


We would like to congratulate Mr. Richard Due.  
The Moon Coin is a fabulous book.  We rated it 5 stars, and the book is a member of our 
beyond 5 stars  group.

Richard Due
Gibbering Gnome Press, A Division of Ingenious Inventions Run Amok, Ink

The Moon Realm Series:
The Moon Coin / Book One
The Dragondain / Book Two

The Never Girls #1: In a Blink
by Kiki Thorpe

about the book
The Disney Fairies star in a magical all-new early chapter book series for kids ages 6 to 10—The Never Girls!

The smell of salt water, a gust of seabreeze, and the bell-like ringing of a fairy's laugh are the only hints that something magical is happening to Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby. In a blink of an eye, the four friends are whisked out of their ordinary lives to the most wonderful place of all—Never Land, home to fairies, mermaids . . . and now four lost girls. The girls don't want to leave right away, but Queen Clarion and Tinker Bell have figured out a way for them to get home. Will Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby's fantastic adventure end before it's barely begun?

my thoughts:

A very sweet book for young girls.  The classic characters are here (Neverland) as well as some new friends.  I think this book will appeal to young girls.  Well written. Easy to read.  This is the first in a new series.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


about the book:
Chloe Masters has a death wish, at least according to her friends. Still reeling from the loss of one of those closest to her she is living life on the edge. One by one she is pushing everyone away. Leaving her with the very person who betrayed her... Faith. 

Her memories still locked away by the Forget Me Not, can Chloe discover the truth before she loses everyone she loves?

My review
WOW is all I can say about this book.  The latest installment of The Doorknob Society Saga will not disappoint!  Chloe Masters gets better with each book.  I won't give away any spoilers, but I will tell you, your heart will break.  You feel Chloe's pain at Nightshade's death.  There are more twists and turns in this book than in the previous books.   You delve more into the personalities of each character.  They are getting older and more in control of their personal powers.  There is some sadness in this book, I won't give anything away, but If you read the previous books, you HAVE to read this one!

I cannot wait for the next installment of this series!  M.J. Fletcher is an awesome writer!  I have a very particular child- very particular about what he reads.  He's asked me to mention that these books, and The Mapmakers Union in particular, are "better than Harry, Percy and Katniss combined". As far as I am concerned, any author that can make my child want to read more is great!!

To summarize, love the book, love the author, can't wait for the next book!

as always, MJ Fletcher has written a 
5 star book.

and don't miss the previous books in the series
(also 5 star books)


MJ Fletcher is a member of BLP'S beyond 5 star group.  A select group of books that I rate higher than 5 stars.  These books are fabulous in everyway I rate a book.  These books are also able to be read by everyone, from your schoolage child to your high school student.
My 12 year old son loves the books, and anxiously awaits each new installment.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Jesus:A Theography  is a difficult book to review.  The book begins, at the very beginning,,,literally.  Before the Earth was created.  Before Genesis.  The very first chapter is titled "Christ Before Time", preincarnate Christ is the description used by the authors.   I am not a theology student, just someone searching for the truth.  I found this book to be interesting, but I now have more questions than answers.  

I was impressed by the knowledge and writing style of the authors.  I did enjoy reading about the path of Jesus.  I enjoyed reading about the relationship between the Old and New Testament Books.

One line that stood out, a line I would like to share, "the gospel isn't a postulate; it's a person"...pretty powerful stuff.  I'm glad I read this book (for the record, I read this book in a day.  It's one I'll keep on my shelves to reread over and over).  

I recommend this book to others with questions and others searching for answers.  

Today we welcome author 
author of 

about the book:

Myri Monaco has problems she doesn’t know how to deal with: a crush on her best friend’s boyfriend, a mother who’s dating her science teacher, and a “punishment” for a science project that lands her in auditions for the school play (the last place she wants to be). But most girls don’t have a ghost living at home who is willing to “trade places” whenever she’s needed. Will ghostly possession be an easy solution when problems collide? Or will Myri lose everything to a ghost wanting to fulfill her own desires?
Praise for the book
“Keeps the reader guessing.” — David Corbet
“Wenger provides plenty of humor along with suspense.” –author Carole Thayne Warburton

“I definitely recommend it.” L.D. Brown

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Genre – Middle Grade / YA

Rating – G

We have a guest post today from Myri herself,
From the character’s perspective…

by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger in the voice of Myri Monaco

If you could change your current story in any one way, what would you do and why?

Myri says ….

Funny you should ask, because I’ve got a few ideas on this topic. I don’t know what Shaunda Kennedy Wenger was thinking when she put me in her story, but she definitely wasn’t asking, “Now what can I give Myri to help her out on this troubled path?” I know this for a fact because she didn’t give me anything helpful—not even anything simplistically helpful, like amazingly good looks, or a rock star for a mother, or extreme popularity. Anyone of these things would have made any one of my problems easier to deal with, if not go away completely. In fact, if she’d built my life like that, I might not have had any problems period. So you can see why I say Shaunda Kennedy Wenger wasn’t thinking.

Instead, she had to go and make me like any other average, just-below-normal kid who happens to be stuck in a life revolving around the most abnormal things on the planet. Like ghosts.

Yeah. Isn’t that fantastic? Don’t say yes unless you’ve actually had a good experience from living with one. Obviously, I’m speaking from experience. Thanks to Mrs. Wenger, I live with a ghost who died over 200 years ago, but who happens to be two years younger than me. How annoying is that? Life couldn’t have been more embarrassing when this ghost started to take over and “help” me out. I wanted to die of embarrassment, but obviously Mrs. Wenger wasn’t going to let that happen. She needed me to figure things out.

Then there’s my mom. Mrs. Wenger gave her a job as a mortician, who spends her time working with the dead. This means my mom hangs out in a lab with the corpse of the day, while other normal moms spend their time making things to eat in the kitchen. How demented is that?

And then there’s my grandma. Don’t most grandmas spend their time playing bingo, or shuffle board, or knitting on the couch? Not mine. Mine is a spiritual consultant for spirits. As in ghosts. Not only do her clients not pay for her services (kind of impossible to do so from the “other side),” they’re not good about knocking and using the door, either.

So obviously, there are a lot of things that could have been done differently with my story, like putting my thoughts and feelings first when it came time to writing it. As I said, doing so would have made it all work out much more easily than it did.

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Written By Guy Magar – From his memoir KISS ME QUICK BEFORE I SHOOT: A Filmmaker’s Journey into the Lights of Hollywood and True Love  
I’m not a fan of traditional weddings. They never quite seem the joyous occasion they’re meant to be. The bride and groom always look nervous and uncomfortable in their tight wedding outfits and brand-new achy shoes. It’s supposed to be the most special and happiest day of your life. To stand or kneel silently for long stretches while a cleric is going on and on with the same crappy speech they give at every boring wedding is not my idea of a great wedding day. I mentioned to Jacqui that same evening I proposed in Jamaica that I did not want a formal wedding, nothing traditional, and wished to do something more romantic, more unique, more fun.
“So, you’ve been thinking about this for a while, huh?” she teased.
“Well, uh, yeah, kinda…it’s been percolating,” I said, trying not to sound too prepared.
“Wondering minds wanna know!” Jacqui urged.
“I gave it some thought, and uh…I thought we’d do…a period wedding,” I finally blurted.
She looked perplexed, but intrigued. “And what time period were you thinkin’ about?”
I wasn’t sure how this was going to sound, but I decided to just go for it. “A romantic time period…you know…with harpists and costumed dancers and jugglers, and a horse and buggy to bring you in, and hooligans to kidnap you in front of our guests, and you screamin’ for help, and a knight in shining armor to rescue you, and sword fights and duels and…” I stopped as it sounded too huge even to me, like a blockbuster movie. She looked a little baffled. Well, more than a little.
“And this little epic you’ve been directing in your head, what period is it from exactly?” she inquired.
“The Renaissance. I see it as a romantic and joyful Renaissance wedding.” I said, not too sure as it now sounded too grandiose.
She smiled, and with no hesitation, she said, “Wow! Sounds amazing! What a great idea. Let’s do it!”
A Renaissance wedding? It took three months of work and was as intricate to put together as any film production. I turned down job offers during that time just to stay focused. About 30 minutes northwest of Los Angeles, we found a beautiful park next to a lake in Agoura Hills, that was surrounded by pristine trees and featured a ballroom cabin where you could feed 300 guests. This fabulous place is located a mile away from the site of the annual Renaissance Fair. We attended the fair itself a few weeks before our late-June wedding and hired a Renaissance dance troupe, complete with costumes and period musical instruments, and a terrific comedy juggling team to entertain our guests.
Jacqui used her brilliant talents and creative styling to design our costumes from scratch. She created an amazing period dress with brocade panels and row after row of pearls, and made a stunning head-piece with more pearls. She looked like she had walked right out of a fantasy romance novel. She was a vision, my lucky vision. All I needed was to rent knee-high boots and a princely jeweled hat. We went for the whole show!
We wanted to have a dramatic entrance and considered landing in a balloon on a field right in the middle of our guests. After talking to balloonists, I discovered they can’t guarantee landing anywhere near a precise spot, or even a precise county! Wind factors of the day rule that world. We went ballooning soon after the wedding and indeed discovered the complete zaniness of the experience. It is customary to have a “celebration party” after every landing—to celebrate living through it! For me, it was terrifying. You see the squares: squares—just like from airplanes!
Choosing a safer route for our wedding, we went back to the original idea of having a horse-and-buggy bring in Jacqui. The colorful dancers surrounded the carriage and showered it with flower petals, to the sounds of British Royal trumpet music blaring from huge speakers. The trumpet theme that announces the arrival of the Queen of England outside Buckingham Palace—those trumpets. It was goose bumps time.
Though we’d sent out Renaissance-style invitations complete with Shakespearean Romeo and Juliet verse, “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night,” our guests were still quite surprised by the colorful theatrics. Once the breathtaking Jacqui arrived and got off the flowered carriage in the middle of 300 open-mouthed guests, four “scoundrels” in costume regalia unsheathed their swords, grabbed Jacqui (who feigned a helpless maiden), and announced they were kidnapping the bride. Hey, it’s a once a lifetime event!
“Unhand that woman for she is mine!” The hooligans froze in their tracks when my booming voice erupted. The hero had arrived. Everyone applauded. I exchanged nasty words with the scoundrels, and then we drew swords. It was a riot. I had rehearsed this blazing sword fight with my actor/stuntmen buddies the day before; now, with adrenaline pumping in front of 300 guests, we almost killed each other! Thankfully they remembered it was my wedding day and the plot was for me to win the maiden’s hand. I rescued my princess just like in the movies.
The wedding came off as magnificently as we had anticipated months earlier in Jamaica. During the ceremony, Jacqui and I spoke to each other as much as Jerry (the rabbi) talked, plus we laughed and hugged and kissed and made sure to enjoy every moment of our profoundly romantic Renaissance wedding. We had done it all, just as we dreamed, in a relaxed, non-traditional manner. It was our magical day. Friends still mention it as the most unique and colorful wedding they’ve ever attended.
I heard that famous chef Wolfgang Puck spent a million dollars on his Medieval-themed wedding in Europe. I love your cooking, Wolfgang, but how many guys did you duel for your bride? A salute.
I got to be Errol Flynn! I got to marry my princess!

Thank you Guy for your guest post.   Now I would like to introduce Guy's book:

Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot is a memoir about magic: the magic of making films and the magic of finding true love. If you love movies and you’re a romantic at heart, this is your dream book.
“For me, there is no more magical a professional endeavor than making films,” says Guy Magar. With production work spanning over 100 credits from shorts to TV shows to feature films, Guy Magar’s behind-the-scenes stories range from his first producer turning out to be a Mafia assassin, to shooting in Egypt for the original series Battlestar Galactica, to directing a grunting Mr. T on The A-Team, to almost decapitating a young Drew Barrymore, and coming close to derailing James Cameron’s career (or slowing it down as he proved way too talented for anyone to alter his storied destiny!)
Kiss me quick before I shoot was Guy’s welcoming catchphrase to his wife Jacqui whenever she visited on-set, seemingly always just before he rolled cameras. And so this book is also about a deeper magic, the magic of finding your soulmate, your life partner.
But then, out of the blue, after 26 years into their marriage, Jacqui was diagnosed with leukemia. Guy put his film career on hold and his entire 24-hour life focus became to find the right, new cutting-edge treatment to heal Jacqui.
This book is about daring to dream…and making dreams come true. Join Guy on a wild and thrilling rollercoaster ride as he shares the behind the curtain reveal of a Hollywood directing career, the intoxicating highs of finding and sharing true love, and the sweet triumph of survival and healing, all rolled into a unique and engaging memoir read which will become a favorite to curl up with (hot chocolate required) and to recommend to all your friends.
Buy Now @ Amazon
Genre – Celebrity / Memoir / Romance
Rating – PG
Connect with Guy Magar on Facebook & Twitter
Website http://www.kissmequickbeforeishoot.com/

about Guy
Guy Magar was nine years old when he left Egypt in 1958. His family immigrated to the U.S., where he grew up in Middletown, NY. Graduating from Rutgers University with a B.A. in philosophy, Guy began his film career at the London Film School.
Guy has over 100 film credits, including La Femme Nikita, The A-Team, Blue Thunder, The Young Riders, Hunter, and the daytime drama Capitol. He was nominated in 1995 for a Golden Reel award for his TV work on the series Nowhere Man.
Guy’s film work includes ‘Lookin’ Italian’ starring Matt LeBlanc and Lou Rawls (in their first feature film); Stepfather 3, and the cult thriller Retribution (look for it on DVD this year!). His most recent feature directing credit is Children of the Corn: Revelation, based on Stephen King’s original story for Dimension Films.
Guy is the founder of the Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminars which provides ‘page to screen’ industry workshops. He’s taught thousands of filmmakers at over 100 weekend seminars in the USA and internationally. He’s also the founder of the Action/Cut Short Film Competition, which MovieMaker magazine called one of the ‘Top 10 Shorts Festivals in the World for Filmmakers!’
Guy continues to provide consultancy services for directors, screenwriters, and private coaching for actors. Contact him at http://kissmequickbeforeishoot.com or http://actioncut.com.
Guy lives in the Hollywood Hills with Jacqui, his beautiful wife of twenty-six years.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? I would travel back to 1776 where I could meet with the Founding Fathers and explain to them how automatic weapons work in our modern times and ask if they would kindly change the wording of our Constitution for all the NRA morons out there who think that when they said we could keep weapons at home in order to form militias if need be – they meant single shot simple guns which is all they knew at the time and NEVER could imagine automatic weapons that could mow down 70 people in a movie theater by a demented lunatic!
Of all the insanity in America, open buying automatic weapons and ammunitions at will with zero gun control is certainly a top ten shameful horror of our nation…and #1 in the white trash/blue collar moronic NRA divide with the rest of America. All those folks who believe in no sane adjustments or interpretations of the Constitution regardless of 235 years of industrial progress are a disgrace to the well-being and safety of all Americans, including keeping our collective IQ to a stupefying low level of idiocy in front of the rest of the world. That’s worth fixing going back in time to add the right progressive reform what-ifs to the Constitution.
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? President Obama and First Lady Michelle, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, Ghandi, and Jesus Christ.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? President John F. Kennedy.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. If you love the magic of the movies and love to read behind-the-scenes stories, if you’re a romantic at heart and wish to share the joys of a true love marriage that started with a Renaissance wedding, and if you would enjoy an informal, wild and crazy fun memoir about making dreams come true, then this is the book for you.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? The response to the book has been so overwhelming with so many people expressing how surprisingly engaged and entertained they were with the storytelling, it gave me the idea to adapt it as a stage play. As soon as I complete the playscript of the book, I will look for a theater company in Los Angeles to put it up. I look forward with great anticipation to cast it and direct it. If Carrie Fisher can do it so successfully with her memoir, so can I.
What inspired you to want to become a writer? Since I became a director first, it then dawned on me that finding great projects and nurturing them through development and financing and production was paramount to making features and creating TV shows and being in charge of my own destiny. Being a director for hire worked great with my television work, but if I could find great projects that inspired me as a filmmaker, then I could produce them and work on my own features, which are much longer time-commitments.
The problem is it is difficult and extremely time-consuming to read hundreds of scripts to find the one gem that resonates with my sensibilities. The really good stuff is optioned by studios while in galley form who have pre-arranged deals with the big publishers.
For the rest of us, we gotta mine for gold. It is a lot easier and a much more exciting journey to write your own projects and tell the stories you want to see on film. So for me, the best and most exciting job in the movie world is as a director/writer and the most fun and adrenaline rush I’ve ever had was when I directed my own screenplays. That writing experience gave me the confidence that I know how to tell a good story. When my wife Jacqui was diagnosed with leukemia, out of the blue in late 2008, we embarked on a new journey that was very emotional and amazingly inspiring. Her bravery and courage throughout what turned out to be a challenging six months ended in a medical triumph of her healing. That inspired me to tell the world about this “celebration of life” and it took the form of writing my memoir.
I had never thought about a memoir before, but somehow it all just flowed out of me in a once-a-lifetime, super-inspired, writing journey that took four months to complete. It then took 15 months of rewrites to get it to a place that I thought was ready to publish. My discipline as a screenwriter who knows the great value of “rewriting” – which is what true writing is all about – guided me throughout this writing process. I’m satisfied with the reading journey and the entertaining story that my book offers its readers.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. For me, as for all writers, the feedback from readers is what is the most rewarding. As a filmmaker, the audience in the movie theaters are the folks I want to hear from regarding their cinematic experience watching my films or at home watching my TV shows. When I hear from readers how “engaged” they became with my memoir or how they enjoyed the “passionate voice” telling the story like an old friend while sharing a cappuccino with them, that’s special to me, as that was my intention.
The 4 and 5 star reviews are great too because reviewers read so many books, so many memoirs, and to be able to stand out in such a crowded world and receive such reviews recommending readers to get this book is very gratifying. The San Francisco Book Review said, “If you’re going to read one Hollywood memoir this year, this is the one!
What is your dream cast for your book? There is a great true story in the book about almost decapitating Drew Barrymore at my house when she was 8 and had just finished ET. Her mother was friends with my wife Jacqui who had babysat for Drew when she was younger. They were up on our balcony at 2AM returning an evening gown Jacqui had loaned her Mom for some award show.
Anyways, I thought they were burglars and I came charging out with my machete ready to chop heads. It was a crazy night! Now, Drew’s a beautiful accomplished actress and she would be our first choice to play Jacqui when this book goes to film. We’d need a European to play me and one of our favorite actors is Javier Bardem, and he’d be great.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? The song “Give in to Me” from the film Country Strong soundtrack album comes to mind. That film was very underrated and never got its full due which was a real shame. It is by far Gwyneth Paltrow’s best performance and in my book she deserved the Oscar for it. The song is one of the most memorable and romantic in years. It reminded me of how Jacqui and I reacted when we first met…and we’re still at it thirty magical years later. I “give in to her” all over again, every day!
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? Like anything else we choose to seriously do in life, we need to do it well and to the best of our abilities. I wish to inspire authors as I also do screenwriters to be great at their work and that means years of working and learning, and constantly dedicated to becoming better storytellers.
Pride of authorship is paramount and most people rush their works to get it out there before it’s the best it can be. The proliferation of ebooks has exploded the self-publish world and just because it is now easy and inexpensive to put out an ebook does not mean the responsibility of an author to deliver the best possible work to its readers has diminished or is no longer of value.
If you want to write, then do all you can to follow your passion to inspire your self-discipline to make sure you become the very best writer you can be. This can take years of studying and writing and especially rewriting. Writing is no less an art-form than any other art. How many great artists are out there?
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot

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Genre – Celebrity / Memoir / Romance
Rating – PG
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