Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Another movie I cant wait for!! Based on Alice Sebold's book The Lovely Bone's. I read this a few years ago but I remember I enjoyed it. Very bizarre and weird, that's what I loved about it the weirder the better I guess for me!! The story is told through a little girl living in Heaven after she has been murdered. I thought this would have been a hard book to put into a movie but genius Peter Jackson took it on so I'm guessing this is going to be great!!!!!
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Saturday, August 29, 2009
My First Blog Challange R.I.P check the info out at http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings/.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Still Liza feels safe. Her father is strong and has protected their town by laying down strict rules. Among them: Any trace of magic must be destroyed, no matter where it is found. (Publishers Review)
Monday, August 24, 2009
November 2007 by Simon & Schuster
Hardcover, 335 pages
If that didn't make you shudder well Id say you have watched to many horror movies. I got major chill bumps after reading the opening of the book hence The Bill of Life. I knew in those opening pages I was in for a gripping read.The story follows three kids Conner, Risa and Lev. All unwinds who are hiding from the government so they can turn eighteen and live free from the fear of being caught.They will face many dangerous situations; life on streets and finally an Arizona safe haven of fellow unwind kids on the run. A sense of community and freedom gives the kids hope but little do they know the evil lurking within the graveyard and where this last stop will take them.
I feel like I've been through the wringer after reading this very dark and disturbing tale. Written brilliantly with a powerful and haunting message. Gut wrenching yes, but one I would recommend.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Welcome Cindy to the site and thanks for taking some time to join me and share your thoughts with us.
Cindy: It's a pleasure to be here and thank you for inviting me....
What Inspired you to write this book and why did you choose to add so many personal touches?
Cindy:I always wanted to write a book, I just didn't have a story until now. Anyone who knows me, knows I always use an experience to expound on a point that I'm trying to get across. As Jim and I began to traverse our journey of downsizing, displacement and disillusionment, I knew there was a wonderful testimony coming forth on the faithfulness of God and I had to write about it. The personal touches were used because I wanted my story to be the real deal and to let others know it's okay to be human.
What if anything do you want your readers to walk away with?
Cindy: First and foremost I want the reader to know they can hear God's voice for themselves. If God will talk to this simple, blond headed middle aged woman, He will talk to you. It's not difficult to hear His voice, but you must believe that He will talk to you first, and then you must tune out the other voices to discern His above all others.
During your story you wrote about a time in your life when your family dabbled in the occult. Why do think this is so alluring to people?
Cindy: Everyone is searching for the missing piece of the puzzle in their lives. There is a God shaped vacuum in our heart that only He can fill. The occult is a counterfeit. And just as in counterfeit money, it looks and feels like the real thing to the untrained eye, but when you spend it and get caught (which you always do) it will take you where you never wanted to go, and leave you feeling empty and alone.
What was the hardest part about writing this book?
Cindy:The hardest part about writing the book was reliving the journey. There were many tears on my keyboard while I laid my heart out for all to see. I knew I needed to be vulnerable and real, so my life was laid bare for all to read the good the bad and the ugly about what Jim and I went through.
On page 83 you warn your readers to be careful who you listen to...(sound advice) what would you like to share to a person going through a similar situation dealing with unemployment?
Cindy: It is very important to know yourself. Each one of us is unique and God made us on purpose with a purpose. There are many voices out there that even though some are well intended, can steer you off course. Jim and I found that we had to be careful on whom we listened to and share our story with because many will want to give you advice out of their own experiences. This is not always bad, but what if it doesn’t apply and your experience is different than theirs? Often you can hear the voice of God through His servants, but it’s important to know the word of God for your life. The bible is very clear when it says "your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left." (Isaiah 30:21 Amplified)
Now some fun stuff....
Do have a certain writing style or any fun quirks while you write?
Cindy:My writing style is conversational. I write just like I talk. Many of my friends have said after reading the book "it's just like being with you". I consider that a compliment. I believe if I remain real, touchable and pliable I will have few regrets in this life. There are times when I'll be typing away and start laughing over my own stories, or even cry at some of the sadness we've encountered. But when it's all said and done and I'm re-reading what I've written I sit back in awe. I know it is the Lord in me, because honestly I surprise even myself!
What are some of your favorite books?
Cindy: I am a Christian self-help junkie. My bookshelves are full of how to books on fixing this and that regarding the human condition. But I also like some science fiction as well.
What are you reading now?
Cindy: Actually I took a break from the self help books and I'm reading Frank Peretti & Ted Dekker's book "House" the only way out is in. It's pretty creepy, but I always liked Peretti's books like "This Present Darkness"
Do you see writing as a long or short term career?
Cindy: I would love for writing to be a long career. I believe I am just like everyone else, and I have common experiences. The only difference is, I cannot keep quiet about the faithfulness of the Lord and what He has done in my life. My long term goal would be to communicate that message in whatever setting that would reach the most people to encourage them and edify the Lord.
If so, what genre will you write in and can you share any future work or plans?
Cindy: I am currently working on a devotional that you can read on my web-site called The Hindsight Diary and I am working on a sequel to my first book because the story did not end on page 152...
...and there you have it!!!!
Thank you so much Cindy for your honest and great answers...
I hope you all check Cindy's book out and check her website out as well.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Jessica your everyday American seventeen year old girl always knew she had a past-adopted from Romania as a baby due to the death of her mother and father, shortly after was whisked away to the states to live with her vegan-environmental friendly parents.
Things change drastically for Jessica when Lucius, a Romanian Vampire Prince who was betrothed to her at her birth (eecckkk) comes to town to live as an foreign exchange student at where else, her house. To Jessica's (AKA The Romanian Princess Antanasia) shocked and bewildered mind finds out shes a vampire and a princess of royalty. The only princess left of her people. Lucius must win Jessica over so the pact can be sealed and the two vampire clans at war for centuries can finally have peace.
That's a lot to throw at a teenager and Jessica fights that reality in the beginning. Soon though Jessica does realize she has feelings for Lucius and deep down wants to accept being a vampire, but Lucius the always brooding, serious never has fun vampire becomes lured to the American lifestyle and the freedom of a life with no responsibilities.
The dialog between Lucius and Jessica was hilarious to the the point I was laughing out loud many times, Jessica's funny teenage banter verses Lucius Romanian gentleman was hysterical. From the start I loved both characters and wanted them to be together, the amazing tension Fantaskey builds was genius, I was yelling KISS HER, kiss her, BITE her already Lucius!!!
The lightness and humor sucked me in from page one. To my pleasant surprise the second half of the book lost most of its humor and became a dramatic intense read. The story that unfolds with Lucius was almost heartbreaking, although I did want to smack him around for the "dating phase" with Faith.....The ending was beautiful and closed nicely, I feel I can imagine the characters future but I would love to dive back into the world of Romania if mores to come!
An absolutely wonderful read, a lovely romance and fun plot.