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Monthly archives for April, 2009

Accept Review Books…Or Not

Accept Review Books…Or Not
Over the last couple of months I have read with interest the many posts regarding ARCs and whether or not bloggers should or shouldn’t accept them; and if they accept them are they obligated to give a positive review. Even more interesting than the actual posts, are the comments they generate. It bothers me to see criticism being levele [...]

Mailbox Monday – April 27, 2009

Mailbox Monday – April 27, 2009
It’s my favorite blogging day of the week – Mailbox Mondays hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. This week my cup runneth over with great books: Best Intentions by Emily Listfield is a finished hard cover which arrived from Lauren, publicist for the author. I have not read any books by Listfield, but after checking out her websi [...]

Joanna Scott – Book Giveaway

Joanna Scott – Book Giveaway
Follow Me Liberation Tourmaline Contest Open April 27 – May 5, 2009 Thanks to Miriam at Little Brown and Company, I am thrilled to be able to offer a giveaway of THREE of Joanna Scott’s novels. I recently read her latest book Follow me (read my review) and can recommend it. The other two books are on my TBR pile and I hope to [...]

Follow Me – Book Review

Follow Me – Book Review
She entrusted me with her version of this story late in her life. In fact, it’s a long story when all the pieces are added together, and it begins many years before my father jumped from the pedestrian bridge, when my grandmother was young and set out to follow the Tuskee River north. She confided in me because she wanted me to understa [...]

Sunday Salon – April 26, 2009

Sunday Salon – April 26, 2009
April 26, 2009 9:30 AM I hope this finds all of you enjoying your Sunday. We have had a mix of very hot days, broken up by cooler days here in Northern California – but today looks to be in the mid-70s and gorgeous in the mountains where we live. I hope to park myself on the porch later and read while the puppy naps. Speaking of the pu [...]

Mailbox Monday – April 20, 2009

Mailbox Monday – April 20, 2009
Visit Marcia at The Printed Page today to share your Mailbox Monday. Here is what arrived at my house this week: Right of Thirst by Frank Huyler arrived from Stephanie at Harper Perennial. Not only was I attracted to this gorgeous cover, but the story sounds wonderful too. The press release reads: ‘A haunting, resonant tour de force, [...]

Sunday Salon – April 19, 2009

Sunday Salon – April 19, 2009
April 19, 2009 8:45 AM Today promises to be a gorgeous and hot day in Northern California. Already the sun is shining warm through the pines and I have flung open the windows to let in the delicious smell of Spring. This weekend was Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon, and from what I could see it was a huge success thanks to the efforts of ma [...]

The School of Essential Ingredients &...

The School of Essential Ingredients – Book Review
The more she cooked, the more she began to view spices as carriers of the emotions and memories of the places they were originally from and all those they had traveled through over the years. She discovered that people seemed to react to spices much as they did to other people, relaxing instinctively into some, shivering into a kind of emotio [...]

Friday Finds – April 17, 2009

Friday Finds – April 17, 2009
April 17, 2009 It is Friday again…and time to recap all those fantastic books which tempted me and have now ended up on my wish list. As always, clicking on the book title will take you to Amazon; clicking on the featured blog will take you to that blogger’s review of the book. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton as featured on L [...]

The Evolution of a Puppy

The Evolution of a Puppy
(All photos are clickable to enjoy a larger view) Puppies grow fast. When I look back on the first photos of Raven, I can hardly believe it was less than 3 months ago Kip and I picked her out of the litter. I thought you all might enjoy a look back… Newborn: At 3.5 weeks: At 5.5 weeks: At 8 weeks (13 pounds): At 10 weeks: At 12 [...]
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