Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hello, Wine. By Melanie Wagner

This breezy-to-read but super-informative guidebook is a stylish primer for any newcomer to the endlessly fascinating world of wine. Master Sommelier Melanie Wagner's down-to-earth tone and comprehensive knowledge make learning about wine fun and approachable. Twelve chapters explore every aspect of wine—from how it is made to how to drink it—and provide helpful descriptions of grape varietals and recommendations that can be taken to the wine store. Featured alongside these many encouraging lessons and suggestions are 60 whimsical and informative color illustrations. With insights ranging from what makes a wine exceptional, palate-building, and enjoying wine with others, this is the perfect self-purchase or gift for anyone who wants a great wine resource.

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452111022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452111025

  • My review:
    I loved, absolutely loved the feel of this book.  Easy to read. Quick read. Very informative.  A non-wine drinker would love this book as a gift. It's very educational too. Not boring. the color. the aroma. where the wine was made. All make a great book, which Melanie Wagner definitely did so...
    Check it out! you'll be very pleased.  Would make an awesome Christmas gift!

    To purchase:
    at Amazon click here
    at B&N click here

    Or your local bookstore. Check it out!

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    The Princess in the Opal Mask, by Jenny Lundquist

    Every Fairy-Tale Ending Has a Price. . . .

    Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria's royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face--including Wilha herself.

    When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

    • Paperback: 352 pages
    • Publisher: Running Press Kids (October 22, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0762451092
    • ISBN-13: 978-0762451098


    My review:
         A great read for young adults, this story follows two girls Elara and Wilha – one a princess and the other an orphan and how their lives become intertwined.  Wilha is forced to wear a mask her entire life and never being told why and Elara not even knowing her true identity.  The author keeps you interested throughout the entire book wanting to see what the fates of these two girls are and how they grow and adapt to the changing environment in the story.  It kept me interested until the very end and now waiting for the sequel to see where their lives go next!!!

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    A Personal Medical History, by Pamela Taylor

    I will very much enjoy this journal type book, as my husband was just diagnosed with cancer, and we will for sure be needing to write everything down from doctor's names to medications he is taking.

    A great little handle book to bring to all your appointments.

    Your Personal Medical History... Keep an ongoing record of your medical history (your medical diagnoses, blood type, medication list and updates, physicians' contact information, emergency contacts and their contact information, a list of allergies, a record of your daily vital signs, a log of your food intake and exercise routine, shots and vaccinations received, tests you've undergone and the results, a list of your surgeries, information on your insurance policies, notes taken during doctors' visits and hospitalizations with discharge orders, treatments received, and a list of health care provider options) along with important documents (a copy of your insurance cards, a Living Will, Power of Attorney, etc.) all in one handy book. Bring your medical history book with you to doctors' appointments and to the hospital to write notes. Review previous entries periodically to look for patterns and for cause and effect relationships between reoccurrences of illnesses and symptoms, medication changes and reactions, treatments and results, etc. Never put your life or the life of someone you love totally in the hands of other people without keeping track of what's being done.

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478721154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478721154

  • Roses, by G.R. Mannering

    A dark, modern rendition of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast!

    "As the gates clicked shut behind them, she heard the distant roar of a beast."

    She bears no name. Her silvery appearance is freakish to the numerous inhabitants of Sago, the cosmopolitan capital of Pevorocco in a fantasy realm. With her mother vanishing at the instance of her birth, she is regrettably sent to live with the nouveau riche Ma Dane, where she is punished daily for something, though she knows not what. Tauntingly named Beauty, she flees Sago in a violent uprising that sets out to massacre all Magics and journeys to the furthest point of the country.

    But Beauty cannot hide in the grassy Hillands forever. Before long, the State officials find her and threaten to take her back to war-torn Sago where death surely awaits. In a midnight blizzard she escapes them, running into a deep, enchanted forest to a great and terrible beast who will bargain for her life. But can Beauty accept Beast? Eternity is a long time.

    G. R. Mannering's eloquent style and creative retelling of a timeless classic illuminates the plight of Beauty and the Beast and is sure to captivate fans of Cinder, Beauty, and others.

    Could not get into this book. Maybe it is just not my type of book. Tried though.

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620879883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620879887
  • Dr. Bob, by Lodewyk H.S. Van Mierop, M.D.

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (2012)

  • A very large book, but well worth the read.  (578 pgs)

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift, by Dara Goldman

    Boris is a musician, playing the songs he learned growing up in Russia. Stella is a baker, baking cakes and pastries like her father used to back in Italy. Boris and Stella live in the city and are best friends. They like movies, hats, and each other. At holiday time, Stella wants to give Boris the perfect present for Hanukkah. She wants him to know how special he is. Boris wants to give Stella the perfect present for Christmas—she means so much to him. But perfect presents cost money and their savings banks contain very little. To make their dreams of perfect presents come true, Boris and Stella each sacrifice something very special. In a nod to O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi comes this tender story celebrating traditions, friendships, and gifts from the heart.

    This was such a sweet little kids book. But really for adults too!  Treat each other with kindness. The message I received.  Beautiful Christmas story!

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585368598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585368594
  • Friday, September 13, 2013

    Killing Wall Street by Sanjay Sanghoee (

    KILLING WALL STREET is a timely thriller about the terrible consequences of corporate greed and the unimaginable power of working class rage.

    Catherine is a working class single mother whose life is spiraling out of control. Her husband has left her, her daughter thinks she is a failure, her job is in jeopardy, and her savings have evaporated after the financial crisis. When an arrogant banker whom she is dating betrays her trust and threatens to ruin her completely, she decides that she has had enough, and plots a shocking revenge against the system that has victimized her.

    Special Agent Michael Sands, a rising star in the FBI, is fresh off a terrorism case when he is put in charge of an unusual investigation. Someone is killing high-profile CEOs, bankers and lawyers connected with a multi-billion dollar merger, and the killer is a step ahead of law enforcement every time. When Wall Street begins to panic at the murders, the race is on to catch the phantom killer. But as Michael investigates, he discovers that the victims were all hiding a deadly secret – one that involves a conspiracy of the highest order and which threatens to corrupt and destroy our democracy forever.

    The stakes keep escalating for both Catherine and Michael as they encounter the frightening reality of financial power, and are confronted with impossible moral choices at every step.
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Argo-Navis (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786755024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786755028

  • A fast-paced must-read! Exciting. Great read.

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Fabulous Stamped Frames

    Using designs from seven of the bestselling stamp sets created by Gina K. Designs, this guide enables crafters of all skill levels to create unique, framed greeting cards. Each featured stamp set includes a frame large enough to fill an A2-sized card beautifully, while also providing complementary sentiments and images to use as stand-alone focal points or to create patterns. Project ideas featuring both line-art frames and bold frames allow virtually every rubber stamping technique to be explored. Detailed step-by-step tutorials demonstrate each new technique, and gallery projects show design variations for year-round themes, occasions, and styles, making this a handbook that paper crafters will love to explore.

  • Series: Annie's Attic: Paper Crafts
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596355794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596355798
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia, by Jenny Torres Sanchez


    It is the summer after Frenchie Garcia’s senior year, and she can't come to grips with the death of Andy Cooper. Her friends don’t know that she had a secret crush on her classmate, and they especially don’t know that she was with Andy right before he committed suicide. The only person who does know is Frenchie's imaginary pal Em (a.k.a. Emily Dickinson), who she hangs out with at the cemetery down the street.
    When Frenchie’s guilt and confusion come to a head, she decides there is only one way to truly figure out why Andy chose to be with her during his last hours. While exploring the emotional depth of loss and transition to adulthood, Sanchez’s sharp humor and clever observations bring forth a richly developed voice.

    Loved this book to pieces! Can relate. A definite fast read! Enjoy!

    ISBN-13: 9780762446803
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Anatomy of a Boyfriend, by Daria Snadowsky

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440239443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440239444

  • Funny read. There is sex mentioned in the book, just be aware of that if you are letting your children read this. :)
    Overall, good book.

    Dominique, a high-achieving student at an all-girl high school, meets Wes, a track star at the local public high school. Her best friend Amy encourages Dom to pursue him. They slowly develop a relationship, the first physical one for both. Eventually, hot and heavy, they find secret ways to be alone and explore first sexual encounters. Promising always to be together, they attend different colleges in different states and attempt to maintain their close relationship through email, phone calls, and visits back home. But is it possible?

    Monday, May 27, 2013

    Fiend, by Toletha J. Dixon

    Hmmmm, Interesting...

    I am thoroughly confused at this book.

    Reads very fast. Short book, only 50 pages...
    You want to get through the book to find out who this 'fiend' is. And who's hurting who.
    However, in the end I was very confused. The book did not 'wrap up' the storyline. I still would like to know just what the author meant. LOL. Ever see those movies where you walk out and say "What a great movie, what happened?" LOL.
    That is how I felt. I tried to contact the author to ask, but she, unfortunately, does not have her own webpage.

    Anywho, it's worth the read, if you get it from the library or something. But if you purchase you might be disappointed.  I thought it was just ME so I had my husband read it, to explain it to me. He was also very confused. LOL.

    Description of book: 9 years old Jacob Setherman has been tortured and beatened by an unstrange presence every night during the past year. Neither his mother nor stepfather, Angela Setherman and Keith Adams, can help him. Jacob is faced to defend himself alone as this Fiend becomes more and more hateful and terrorizing.
  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478709308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478709305
  • Thursday, May 2, 2013

    Copic Coloring Guide Level 3: People

    a great guide for all artists

    For artists looking to improve and broaden their knowledge and skills coloring with Copic markers, this third volume in the Copic Coloring Guide series is a must-have reference manual for coloring every aspect of people and faces for stamped images. Detailed step-by-step tutorials demonstrate advanced techniques for coloring faces, hair, and clothing to give unique personality to each drawing. Expert tips for coloring eyes and lips and adding shading around facial features are explained in an easy-to-understand manner, while the theory behind creating lifelike skin tones and the secrets to creating youthful or aged faces are also revealed. Artists will discover how to pick the perfect hair color and create highlights, waves, and curls; techniques for creating texture in clothing from stripes and plaids to pleats and folds, and even the look of washed denim, are also provided. A CD-ROM containing all of the tutorial images is included.
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's; Pap/Cdr edition (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596354801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596354807
  • Easy Openwork Knit Tops

    great book for the serious knitter!  click here for purchase

    Versatile styles with a modern appeal are highlighted in this unique needlework project book that guides knitters through accomplishing five openwork knit garments. The simple patterns feature a variety of techniques that can be accomplished by beginners, such as basic garter and stockinette stitches as well as yarn overs, and the projects call for large needles and fine yarns that easily produce the loosely knitted weave that makes these tops stand out. The shaping is minimal for the lightweight vests, drape-front cardigans, and tops in this pattern collection, making it more accessible to knitters that are still learning, and the drape of the finished garments significantly factors into selecting the best specific yarns for each top to ensure that knitters can painlessly make items that look great when worn.
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159635741X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596357419
  • Succeeding While Black: A Blueprint for Success by Matthew R. Drayton

    The Tried and True Road to Success...Hard work and solid ethics may be old-fashioned...but they're indispensable to success in life. Succeeding While Black draws attention to and provides solutions for many of the issues facing African-Americans. Many young African-American men will find themselves in prison, in gangs, and on the streets without opportunities to succeed. African-American children still trail behind other ethnicities in almost every academic statistical category in America. By sharing his own story and personal struggles, author Matt Dayton debunks the myth of a challenging early life inevitably resulting in failure, and candidly shares his journey of changed focus and better decisions. Drawing on a lifetime of mentoring and leadership, Matt provides the building blocks to success-from appearance to attitude-in an accessible voice that will appeal to all readers. If you are working with African-American youth, this book is a must-have.
  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Drayton Communications (March 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578119250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578119250
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    Lilly's Rooming House-based on a true story. By E.E. Chernoby

    click here to purchase

    Based on a true story Lilly's outrageous sense of humor weaves a tail of unbelievable behavior and amusement. --Strong language --Adult content-- One woman's candid view on life, love and loss as well as the struggles and joy she found in caring for her special brother while running a rooming house on her own You will fall in love with Vernard a mentally impaired brother who holds his own in a never-ending string of Looney toons.

    sweet, sweet read.
    you'll love it, just as much as I did!

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (September 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478719877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478719878
  • Taking the Fall by Summer Miller

    click here to purchase!

    After a horrifying zipline accident at a local Scout-O-Rama, Summer Miller discovers that she must move away from a life of children's birthday parties and perfectly folded napkins to become the vigilant caretaker in charge of her family's recovery. Not only have the Boy Scouts been remiss on that terrible day in following their mottos of "Be Prepared" and "Safety First," but she finds others can be functioning under the same automatic pilot of "authority" which breeds these horrible mistakes. A nurse, a doctor, a lawyer can fail to be "awake" enough to observe a situation and remedy it, and their need to be right, to be an authority, prevents them from expressing their natural human compassion. Summer bravely faces the debilitating consequences of the accident and finds that her newly learned vigilance must be practiced as well with the lawyers, the medical experts, the personal counselors and even one Girl Scout leader she must deal with on her path to return her family to wholeness. Along the way she learns that karma comes in many guises and that only by stepping out of the learned social complacencies of life can one begin to control one's own destiny and have a chance at creating the life one wants. Dramatic, intense and insightful, Taking the Fall is laced with Summer's own marvelous sense of humor that prompts as many tears of laughter as the tears of sorrow that come over her family's unnecessary tragedy.
    Very much enjoyed this fast-paced book. Check it out!

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    Beyond The Bluegrass by Golda L. Harvey

    A great book.  I really enjoyed this book.  The only problem is that she never explained why she is serving time currently in a Colorado correctional facility.  The whole book I kept asking myself what happened. Did she kill Sal?  Did she do something illegal?  That was never explained.  But overall a great, and sad read.

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (January 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478714050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478714057

  • A sad story:

    15 Year Nightmare of Abduction, Rape and Torture...Beyond the Bluegrass is a true story about a young woman who grew up in the backwoods of Kentucky. At sixteen years old, Golda wanted a better life and decided to leave her hometown to get a job to earn money for college. What Golda didn't know was that the path she was taking her to a place where she would be kidnapped. The police in Kentucky turned a blind eye and nobody seemed to search for her, nobody seemed to want to help even though she desperately tried to get away. Beaten and battered, she escaped, but then Golda was re-captured and forced back into submission as the man threatened to murder her family. Golda couldn't put anyone else at risk, especially her children and continued to suffer physical, sexual, and psychological abuse for years on end, hoping that she could get away once and for all. She ignored the pain, the gnawing inside her stomach, instead choosing to protect the ones she loved from pain and death. Beyond the Bluegrass depicts a woman's struggle with hope and her desire for freedom. After years of being subject to abuse, she wasn't sure if she would survive or make it out alive. For Golda, freedom would most certainly mean death. Golda's story changed from one of being a victim to being a survivor. Her story is an unflinching and honest tale of the battle with a captor and her struggle to survive.