The Friday 56 & Five Question Friday

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

In a weak and broken voice he rasped, “We’re just trying to understand this, Detective. We’ll do our best for you.”
Blood Over Badge by Wayne Farquhar

1. If you could go back to college would you change your major? Or, if you were to go to college right now…what major would you choose?
I would definitely change my major. I started out majoring in Political Science then changed it to Business Management because I didn’t see Political Science going anywhere. Now I wish I had stuck with Political Science and Pre-Law then moved on to law school like I wanted to.
2. What do you love most about your home?
I absolutely love my bedroom. It’s got vaulted ceilings and a beautiful big window in it. I think it’s just about the prettiest room in my house (when it’s clean).

3. What types of books do you like to read (if you like to read at all)?
I like reading fiction or young adult fiction….particularly mysteries and/or fantasy.

4. What is the grossest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Well, clearly I don’t think it’s gross but almost everyone I know thinks it is so gross that I prefer my Peeps stale. They just taste better that way!

5. If you HAD to be a character on a TV show, whom would you be?
Definitely Rachel Berry from Glee. It’s true, she’s hated by most of the school…but only because she’s wicked talented and has the voice of an angel. That girl can SING!

Booking Through Thursday ~ Week 2

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Which do you prefer? Short stories? Or full-length novels?

I prefer full-length novels. Short stories can be great, but when I really like a story, I want to immerse myself in it. Tha’ts nearly impossible with a short story. It takes about 400+ pages to make me a happy reader. Even 200-300 page novels are okay, but they just don’t give me enough time to really enjoy the plotlines, the characters, the places, etc.

Upcoming Stuff…

June 7th – Guest Blog by B. Swangin Webster, author of Just Let Me Say This and And Again…Let Me Say This

June 10th – Guest Blog by Karen Kostlivy, author of Cyber Writers and the Zebra of Life (read my review here)


 ~Shiva’s Arms by Cheryl Snell

~Blood Over Badge by Wayne Farquah

~Dad’s Bible: The Father’s Plan

~The Third Rail by Michael Harvey

~The Summer of Skinny Dipping byAmanda Howells

“The Necromancer” WINNER

This giveaway for The Necromancer prize pack (seen below) received an amazing response for a new blog, so I’m thankful for each and every one of the entries.

The winner is…

Mandie said,

May 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm

subscribed to this email

I have emailed the winner and she has 48 hours to claim her prize.

If you didn’t win, don’t get upset. I will have lots more giveaways in the future. But, for The Necromancer you can jump over to Amazon and buy your own copy of this great book!

“The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight” by Kim West, LCSW-C

"The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight" by Kim West, LCSW-CTitle: The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy
Author: Kim West, LCSW-C with Joanne Kenen
ISBN: 978-1593155582
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Genre: Reference
Published: December 22, 2009
Length: 440 Pages
Price: $15.95

From the Publisher:

Kim West, LCSW-C, known as The Sleep Lady®, has developed a gentle and effective approach to helping infants and young children learn to put themselves to sleep without letting them “cry it out”—an option that is not comfortable for many parents.

My Review:

Plain and simple. The Sleep Lady is my hero. Hero, people. Do you understand me?

For those of you who do not follow my personal blog, I have two little girls. They are 2 and 3 years old with only 15 months separating them. I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in 2 or 3 years. These girls, while they are magnificent children, are simply not the greatest of bedtime goers. I have never had a problem with them sleeping through the night…With the exception of a few months here and there where 2 am seems to be the time of choice for tears. Where I have problems is bedtime itself. Getting those butts in bed without tears and huge productions.

I actually planned on giving Good Night, Sleep Tight to my boss who, just the other day, asked me how she can get her newborn to sleep better. She was going to be my reviewer for this book. But, I thought I should read some of it, too to see just how wacky this “Sleep Lady” was (no parenting book is that good, right?). I read everything I needed to know that night. She had entire sections devoted to exactly what I never knew I needed. Special sections for my girls’ ages (1 1/2 to 2 1/2 year olds and 2 1/2 to five year olds) were like the clouds parting and rays of sunlight straight from God.

I’m not going to spill all of The Sleep Lady’s advice…you’ll have to buy the book yourself for that. What I will say is that last night, for the first time in as long as I can remember, my girls went to bed without a fuss. No tears. No pleading. No stalling. And then….they slept until seven in the morning. You have no idea what that means. Normally, we are up and at it by five. Seven is like sleeping until noon as far as I’m concerned.

And so I say “Thank You” to the Sleep Lady. She is my hero.

Mailbox Monday – Week 3

It was a rather light week this week and next week will likely be even lighter. I’ve got about six books waiting on reviews and, since I’m rather new to this, I don’t want to get behind to the point of no return. So, here’s what was in my mailbox this week.

"The Summer of Skinny Dipping" by Amanda Howells"The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight" by Kim West, LCSW-CFor Review:

*The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy by Kim West, LCSW-C

*The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

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