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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Night in Downtown Fort Worth

Hubby and I went out Friday night to a school event held at the doom room at Reatta. Food was excellent, the staff were smooth. And fast. I know because I spilled my non-alcoholic drink and none of it got onto my white pants.

Their salmon was excellent, and their vegetarian plate is very pretty and delicious!  The awards interesting.
Barnes and Noble on the top left

I think maybe a liquor store near Houston street

building kitty(?) corner from Reata Steak House

Friday, April 25, 2014

Entwined by Heather Dixon, Read by Mandy Williams

I borrowed this book from my public library through Overdrive app.  I am looking forward to listening to this because I do love fairy tales.  I know it is a series of half a dozen finals in 10 days, but I need a break somewhere in between books and more books.

Amazon said:
Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her... beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing... it's taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.
But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late. 

Mandy Williams is a pleasant reader.  That is important as many audio books have been ruined for me because of the reader.  

Publisher Weekly said:
Come and mend your broken hearts here. In this retelling of the classic tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," the eldest princess must fight to save her family—and her heart—from an ancient dark magic within the palace walls. "Full of mystery, lush settings, and fully orbed characters, Dixon's debut is both suspenseful and rewarding."—ALA Booklist

Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it's taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late. "Readers who enjoy stories of royalty, romance, and magic will delight in Dixon's first novel."—Publishers Weekly

Thursday, April 24, 2014


I am taking a bit of a break from reading.  It is that time of the year in law school where I get to read back what I wrote so I can be ready for exam.  I am totally doing this wrong. I should have read over what I wrote before.  Six classes equals about 420 pages of summarized notes.  It seem copious, but really, it's not.  We have enormous amount of materials we covered.

So now, the fun begins.

In the meantime, I am going to enjoy bloghopping through the beautiful sky pictures.  I can at least be guaranteed of a pleasant time while doing that.

Wish me luck on my exams. I have six, and it's one every other day starting May 5.  Yay, Me!
I took this picture on my way to school along I-30 in  Dallas, TX

My husband took this picture on his way to work.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Little Grown Up Girl

This morning
It is so rare to catch a picture of my daughter when she's smiling. Her mission lately it seems, is to make faces at me when she sees me with my camera.  However, this morning, I caught her in a beautiful smile before she could make faces.  I love my children so much. I have five, but only one daughter.  It is always nice to have someone who understands about shopping. She has gorgeous hair. If I could find hair wigs half as pretty, I would be thrilled! Wig hair with quality such hers would be upwards of a thousand dollars.  I know, I own a pair.  My daughter's hair is fine, silky, and thick.  She's planning to cut it short in the summer and donate it to locks of love again.  She has done it before.  I am proud that she thinks of this good causes in most of the things she does.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Coming soon: Scoundrel's Seduction by Jennifer Haymore

I am very please to announce that in a few weeks, I will have a giveaway of this book.

Watch out - Ms. Haymore is a wonderful author.  She's like Eloisa James, Judith McNaught, Jill Barnett, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Johanna Lindsey rolled into one.  And if you like Elizabeth Hoyt, Grace Burrows and Jane Goodger, then this author is definitely not to be missed.

The Scoundrel's Seduction by Jennifer Haymore (May 27, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)
Undercover agent Sam Hawkins has devoted his life to protecting king and country. So when he receives orders to assassinate a ruthless traitor, he doesn't question his mission. But Sam didn't know his deed had a witness--the beautiful and mysterious betrayer's wife. Now he has no choice but to take her as his prisoner-one he can neither trust . . . nor resist.

√Člise, Lady Dunthorpe, will do anything to escape her powerful captor--including seducing him senseless. She didn't know of her miserable husband's crimes, but she has secrets of her own, secrets that threaten everything she holds dear. With his piercing dark eyes and gentle touch, Sam inflames √Člise's deepest desires, but how could she ever trust a man who won't let her go? Caught between the crown he's sworn to serve and the woman he's come to love, Sam will risk his heart--and his very life--to keep her safe.

About Jennifer Haymore:
As a child, Jennifer Haymore traveled the South Pacific with her family on their homebuilt sailboat. The months spent on the sometimes quiet, sometimes raging seas sparked her love of adventure and grand romance. Since then, she's earned degrees in computer science and education and held various jobs ranging from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to acting, but she's never stopped writing.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel. 

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Last Time I Saw You by Eleanor Moran: Q&A plus Giveaway

I was fortunate enough to ask a few questions for Ms. Moran, and here they are.

1.     What is your inspiration to write this story line? 

I had a friendship a little like Sally and Olivia’s when I was at college. It was an incredible, exhilarating roller coaster. I felt like my Sally knew me better than anyone - we laughed harder, we cried harder, we crashed harder. When we fell out, the friendship perhaps too intense to sustain, I was lost. When you lose a lover, you know what the rules are. You grieve, your friends neatly divide, eventually you meet someone else and so does he. Hopefully you might even be friends. When a female friendship disintegrates, there are no rules. People take sides, you feel painfully aware that they know your most tender secrets. I was haunted for years by the end of that friendship.

I also wanted to write about the complications of dating later. When you date in your 30s and 40s, you both know there are significant relationships that have gone before. How do you avoid feeling haunted by the graveyard of exes? I call this ‘Rebecca Syndrome’ after the Daphne Du Maurier tale of a young wife, haunted by her distant husband’s dead wife. How can she ever match up to the charismatic and beautiful Rebecca?

Obviously this dilemma is particularly acute for Livvy, as William’s ex is her ex best friend. She finds herself asking if she still knows Sally better than anyone, even in death. That’s why she gets drawn into investigating the circumstances that led up to the fatal car crash.

2. What are the three books you would bring if you are stuck in an isolated island for an indeterminate amount of time? 

I love Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, as you’ve probably worked out! That’s going in my rucksack.
I love Melissa Bank’s The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing, and her second one, The Wonder Spot. She’s so funny and warm and profound. She writes about love like it matters more than anything, which it does. Not just romantic love too, she writes family so well.
I’d probably take The Time Traveller’s Wife - what a clever concept. Again, she writes a love affair that you will to work out, even though it can’t. If I take it, I’ll have to also take a HUGE box of Kleenex!

3. What is your favorite quote(s) from your novel?

God, I don’t know. I’d feel a bit pompous to answer that! 

Visit Ms. Morgan's website here.

Now, the giveaway:

Please leave a comment with this post and an e-mail where I can contact you.  It's that easy.
Ends April  15, 2014.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Last Time I Saw You Blog Tour

 Watch out for a give-away on April 6 at this blog for the new release of Eleanor Moran.

When Olivia Berrington gets the call to tell her that her best friend from college has been killed in a car crash in New York, her life is turned upside down. Her relationship with Sally was an exhilarating roller coaster, until a shocking betrayal drove them apart. But if Sally really had turned her back, why is her little girl named after Olivia?

As questions mount about the fatal accident, Olivia is forced to go back and unravel their tangled history. But as Sally’s secrets start to spill out, Olivia’s left asking herself if the past is best kept buried.

Author Bio:
Eleanor Moran is the author of three previous novels: Stick or TwistMr Almost Right and Breakfast in Bed, which is currently being developed for television. Eleanor also works as a television drama executive and her TV credits includeRome, MI5, SpooksBeing Human and a biopic of Enid Blyton, Enid, starring Helena Bonham Carter. Eleanor grew up in North London, where she still lives.

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