Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Cheap...One Stop Shopping for all Book Deals!!

I've been gone for the weekend and boy were there some changes made while I was gone. Anyone who follows my FB page (Nook and Kindle Deals) knows that I am a huge fan of Cheap eReads and their blog. I knew there were some changes coming, but they blew me out of the water...in a good way.

The blog is now http://the-cheap.net/. I love this change because we always referred to them as The Cheap. I've taken a peak at the blog and LOVE it. It is so much easier to navigate, and everything is so organized. Anyone who has not had a lot of experience following blogs or searching for things will find this a very easy place to be. Not only will you now be able to follow and find Nook deals, but you will also be able to find the Kindle deals.

Another thing that I have found to be an awesome addition is a breakdown in genre. No longer do you have to look through one long list of items....you can just look through the Christian Fiction or Romance etc. This is a great time saver for many. On top of that they have changed up how they approach their Facebook following. If you are on FB make sure to follow them by genre specific groups if you choose. They have the following pages....Cheap eReads, Nook Jr., Nook Teen, Nook Love, Casting Pearls and Kindle on the Cheap.

I think the most important thing about The Cheap are the people. I have to say I have not met everyone, but I have met April and she is also my friend on FB. When I started our FB group, she was quick to pitch in and help post items when I was out of town. This helpful nature was not only extended to me. Over at Free Nook Books etc, the girls found themselves bogged down with general life occurrences. She jumped right in and posted to keep things on their page for their readers. There have been times when I have been looking for a specific book, or someone from our group has been looking for a specific title, and she has combed Heaven and Earth to find that item. April has always tried to send people our way and to our blogs as well. If the rest of the ladies are half as nice as her.....and you know that they have to be.....I can't wait to meet them. Who says you can't have friends you haven't met in person?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Prodigal Son by Alison Palmer.....One of the BEST books I've read.

The Prodigal Son


There is so much to say about this book and I'm going to try to do it without giving away too much. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I thought "In Leah's Wake" was good.....this one was outstanding!!! I do believe it is one of those rare books that I could probably read AGAIN (b/c I don't read books twice) and still "get something" from it.

The parents faith was unbelievable. The patience and wisdom that they showed was over the top. I kept thinking through the whole book....."how is she biting her tounge???" By reading this book I re-examined my approach to my own rebellious child. When your child rejects you it is the ultimate pain and there is no way to describe that devastation. After reading this story I felt a little more empowered because I saw, through a story, how another Mother dealt with it. For me that was comforting and in some ways it gave me the stregnth that I didn't have last night to face this morning.

I can not praise this book enough!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Intervention Series by Terri Blackstock


This book is presently .99 for Kindle until July 27. It will possibly be matched by B&N...eventually.


Prolific suspense author Blackstock (Double Minds ) begins with every parent's nightmare: a drug-addicted teenage daughter is dragged to a rehab facility. When the interventionist is found dead and the teen is missing, mother Barbara Covington tries to find her daughter before police can arrest the girl for murder. Short chapters and terse dialogue propel the fast-paced action. It's competent genre work, though the characterizations could go deeper. The villain is somewhat improbable, and the 14-year-old brother of the missing teen is exceptionally clever and poised. But the mother-daughter relationship strikes true emotional notes; the redemptive arc of evangelical Christian fiction is natural and resonant in a story of addiction. Blackstock's many fans will be pleased, and this story will also speak to families dealing with addicted children. (Oct.) -- Publisher's Weekly

I bought this book at full price and it was worth every penny!! A story about a single Mom dealing with a drug addicted teenager is dramatic enough, but when the Interventionist is found dead and the teenager disappears the drama is definitely ratcheted up a few notches.

I was on the edge of my bed reading this book for two nights. It truly speaks to the idea that a Mother will never give up on her child no matter what. Barbara was determined to find Emily and get to the bottom of the whole fiasco before throwing one stone of condemnation in her direction.

The suspense continues all the way to the end, and will keep the reader waiting to learn more about this family that is drug through Hades!

Five Stars!!




This book is currently on sale at Amazon for $1.99 and may be price matched at B&N. This sale will last until July 27.

When fifteen-year-old Lance Covington finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car, he knows she's the newborn daughter of a meth addict he's been trying to help. But when police arrest him for kidnapping, Lance is thrust into a criminal world of baby trafficking and drug abuse.His mother, Barbara, looks for help from Kent Harlan---the man whom she secretly, reluctantly loves and who once helped rescue her daughter from a mess of her own. Kent flies to her aid and begins the impossible work of getting Lance out of trouble, protecting a baby who has no home, and finding help for a teenage mother hiding behind her lies.In this latest novel of suspense and family loyalty, bestselling author Terri Blackstock offers a harrowing look at drug addiction, human trafficking, and the devastating choices that can change lives forever

After reading Intervention I immediately had to grab this sequel. I was not disappointed.

This book focuses more on Emily's brother, Lance and his willingness to help and befriend someone who des not make healthy decisions. A person, who basically, is no different than Emily was. By doing so he finds himself in a world of trouble and poor Barbara is at it again.....clearing her child's name.

Again....5 stars!

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Big Grocery Adventure....this week.

I had planned to take a friend shopping and introduce her to the Coupon Lifestyle!! Since this week, as well as next week are great Mega Sale weeks, I thought this would be a good time to show her what can be done.

Last week was one of my better trips and I'm HOPING that this week will be better. There was an Extreme Coupon Marathon on yesterday, and I watched how these ladies planned their whole trip out on paper. I thought I would try to do the same. I also wanted to see if buying coupons on EBAY actually helped save or if in the end it evened out.

I decided to post my "initial" plan to give you an idea. I may have to tweak it a bit and there may be some items added that I'm waiting to get prices on but it should be minimal. Remember....since it is a Mega Sale they require that you have your "mega sale" items in increments of 10 in order to get sale price.

Stacy Pita Chips...Sale price $2....with Q .90....buying 4...$4.50 Total (NOT MEGA SALE)

Pringles....Sale price .99....with Q .67....buying 15....$10.05 Total

Kleenex...Sale price .99....with Q .74.....buying 8....$5.92 Total

French's Honey Mustard....Sale price $1.29....with Q .29....buying 10...$2.90 Total

Dannon Yogurt....Sale price $1.88...with Q .88....buying 10...$8.80 Total

Crystal Light....Sale price $2.00...with Q $1....buying 10....$10 Total

Chi Chis Salsa...Sale price $1.49....with Q .49...buying 10...$4.90 Total

Kraft Mac n Cheese....Sale price .81...with Q .26....buying 10....$2.60 Total

Kraft Singles Cheese...Sale price $1.49...with Q .39...buying 5...$1.95 Total

Oscar Meyer Sand Meat 10 oz....Sale price $1.99....with Q .89...buying 5....$4.45 Total

Palmolive....Sale price $1.49....with Q .39....buying 5....$1.95 Total

Kraft Mac n cheese cups....Sale price .49...buying 2 as a filler....Total .98

The total of this transaction as it stands now is $58.90 for 93 items.
The total for this transaction with the sale price and no coupons is $116.57 for 93 items.
The total amt paid for coupons to complete the transaction as is....$13.04

Now, I'm not sure that I will purchase these quantities. I may work some things down in order to get other items but I will have to make sure that the mega items are in increments of 10. This list is ALL Mega items except the Stacy Pita Chips.

Also, take into consideration the following:
1) These items are already placed on sale. They are then reduced AGAIN for the mega sale and then I apply the coupon so my savings is actually going to be much higher than I'm showing above.

2) School will be starting soon. Stocking up on things such as Pringles and sandwich meat may be a great idea for lunches. You can put the meat in the freezer. Then all schools ask for Kleenex and I will also have enough to put up for the winter season.

3) If I score any free items....that savings will go up.

4) Pringles are NEVER .99...NEVER!! So that price alone is a good deal....the coupon makes it sweeter and able to stock up for awhile.

5) Kraft Cheese Singles $1.49...Fabulous price itself...but with coupon I can stock up.

6) If the Palmolive works out like I hope.....then I will not have to buy dish soap for awhile and I will have the "good" stuff cheaper than generic.


So I'll sit and wait....when the coupons come in...I'll resort and we will be ready to ride.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cry Havoc by William Todd Rose......OMG!!

$2.99 on B&N but Free with code SSWSF at Smashwords through July 31

The city is embroiled in chaos: street fights rage with the ferocity of urban warfare, buildings burn unchecked, and blood flows along the sidewalks. Though they can see the anarchy through their windows, two couples struggle to maintain a sense of normality within the confines of their home, never dreaming of the lengths some of them will go to just to stay alive.


No idea where to begin on this one. It blew my mind!! I don't normally read horror or gory stuff and I can assure you I had not intended to. I thought this would be a survival type book. You know...the two couples trapped in their apartment while the world fell down around their ears and how they "made it". It couldn't have been any further from that.....but it was a survival story alright!!

In the beginning I was almost having an anxiety attack at the attitude of these two couples. I mean if I was watching looting, killing and raping from my gated apartment window I wouldn't be making a cup of coffee and having an intellectual discussion. My mind was SCREAMING at the characters to start prepping....get your home ready. Hunker down!! But like I said this wasn't that type of story.

I don't want to say too much more in case you decide to read it. I will say that there is some strong language....I said a few "OH----" myself at several points. I caught myself wanting the story to be over, so why didn't I just quit reading?? I COULDN'T!!!!!

I really loved the way the author emphasised the old stereotype of  "poor little woman....scared to death...won't be able to make it on her own" through Richard's character and then BLEW IT OUT OF THE WATER!!

The last thing I will say is this....if you read this and you have small children.....make sure they are asleep!! Mine were not. When I stepped outside to make a post on FB last night they jumped out at me when I came in and scared the pee out of me!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bizarre DUI story

While watching "In Session" this morning I heard about an unbelievable DUI story in Florida, and I had to find out more.

On October 28, 2007 Amir Sarhaddi had been out with his wife. While heading home around 3 a.m. they witnessed a drunk James Braley hit a jeep from behind on the interstate. In a split second Mr. Sarhaddi made the decision to pull over and see what he could do to help. Mr. Braley's vehicle was stalled in the middle of the road. As Mrs. Sarhaddi waited in the car, her husband rushed to see if he could help Mr. Braley, only to be hit by twenty-six year old Jessica Paquette. Jessica Paquette was also drunk.

Jessica Paquette was sentenced to 5 years, and James Braley was also charged with DUI manslaughter as well as DUI property damage. It was argued that if Mr. Braley would not have hit the jeep, and had the accident then Mr. Sarhaddi would not have stopped to try to help. Sounds reasonable to me, but the jury only convicted him of DUI property damage. They reasoned that he made the conscious decision to pull over which removed he and his wife from harm's way.

Here's the kicker....not only was Mr. Braley and Ms. Paquette inebriated, but Mr. Sarhaddi was also impaired!! The jury was not allowed to hear that info, and they all said afterwards that it wouldn't have influenced their decision. I honestly can say it would not have influenced me one way or the other. He may have been impaired, but he died trying to do a noble thing.

No winners here for sure....Mr. Braley said he didn't feel responsible for Mr Sarhaddi's death, but surely it weighs on him that he was part of the whole scenario. Ms. Paquette has to live with the fact she hit and killed a man, but the real losers are the children. Ms. Paquette had to leave her small son to serve her time in prison, and Mr. Sarhaddi left behind an eleven year old daughter and eight year old son.

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/hillsborough/dui-fatality-trial-underway-11022010

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/tampa-dui-manslaughter-jury-begins-deliberations/1132020

One Day Left by Alba Lewis......Glad it was free

$5.99 at B&N and Amazon, Free at Smashwords until July 31 with code SSWSF

One Day Left is a story about Mick who has gone in to the local hospice for respite care. While he is there he faces memories that he would rather have left hidden, especially when he saves a young cleaner who tries to kill herself. When we meet Louise who has just been dumped by her love, we find out how she copes with loss and finding out that her grandfather, a man she has never met, is in a hospice nearby. When Louise finally gets to the hospice her grandfather’s life is slipping away.

I was so excited about grabbing this book for Free. I mean look at the price being charged at Amazon and B&N for it....I just knew I had gotten a good one. I'm sorry to say I did not.

The story idea was great. Who can not relate in some way to a cancer patient and hospice? It had all of the elements in the synopsis to really grab the reader....family dysfunction, dying grandfather....but the synopsis and the letter to the reader at the beginning and end of the story was the best part about it.

I'm no prude, but some of the language at the beginning (one word in particular) almost caused me to put the book down totally. The real "meat and potatoes" of it didn't take place until the last few pages. I will admit that those few pages were so touching that they pulled tears from these eyes, and for that I can't say that reading it was a total loss. I'm just glad I didn't pay for it.

Memories for Sale by Karen Fowler ......Great Short Story

.99 on Amazon; $1.99 on B&N and FREE on Smashwords until July 31 with code SSWSF

When Eleanor learns that her time is running out, she reaches out to her estranged daughter and the grandchild she's never met, hoping to make amends. With the help of an elaborate plan, she intends to make memories that will last them a life time, and a legacy that will continue to provide for them long after she has gone. But the one thing that Eleanor has forgotten is that her daughter can be just as stubborn as she is. Will she be able to reunite with her daughter, while still keeping her biggest secret?

I am sooo glad that I grabbed this book. It would have been worth the .99 at Amazon...no doubt.

First of all....let me get this out of the way. There were formatting errors and some typos, but in saying that I would STILL give this story very high marks because of the SUBSTANCE. The characters were very well developed and every element for a good solid story was there. I'm sure some people would critical of the formatting errors, but it was only a slight distraction to me.

Although the story was very "well-rounded".....Karen did a great job taking the reader full circle....I found myself not wanting the story to end. This struck me as a great story for a sequel.

Solstice by Lily Evans....a review

.99 on B&N
Free on Smashwords until July 31 with code SSWSF

On the eve of the summer solstice, Emma swaps one blind date for another. It's going to be a sunrise like no other...

What would you do if your blind date didn't show up? Would you go home, throw a microwave meal in the oven and spend the rest of the evening watching television and cursing your luck?

Or would you accept an dinner invitation from a handsome stranger?

All you'd be doing is swapping one blind date for another, right? That's what Emma decides. And so she finds herself dining in a Michelin-starred restaurant with a man who swears you can tell what people do for a living simply by looking at their hands.

But when Adam suggests an after supper walk up a moon-flooded hillside, Emma discovers the true magic of the summer solstice...


I grabbed this freebie the other day and I have to say I was not disappointed. It's only 59 pages but it's a good solid read. I think everyone at some point in their lives have been set up on a date of some sort, so it's very easy to get lost in the story as Emma is left sitting at the table waiting on this blind date to arrive. I couldn't help but question her choices as I was reading.....I mean no one lives in Mayberry anymore. (If you do give me the address so I can move there)

I will say as the story progressed it got rather....uhmm....HOT.....pretty detailed....I was like HELLO!! But I have to say I was not offended, and it actually was needed for the story to be as solid as it was. (My opinion)

Yes...there were a few typo type errors, but the characters were very defined and the author completely drew me in. I'd definitely give this one a 5 star rating for a short story.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Righteous by Michael Wallace

.99 on Nook and Kindle....lendable on Nook

Medical student Jacob Christianson is sent by church elders to investigate a murder within the polygamist enclave of Blister Creek, Utah. He brings his young sister Eliza, who must choose a husband from three old men jostling for power within the church hierarchy.

Jacob discovers that the murdered woman has been killed in accordance with secret blood oaths taken within the polygamist temple. Together with his sister, he uncovers a plot to overthrow the church leadership, with murders that reach beyond the community and into the “gentile” world. The Righteous is a heart-pounding suspense-thriller with a depth that will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned



If you are looking for a suspenseful page-turner filled with the mystery of a polygamist sect.....this is your book!! Unlike the other two books I posted about Polygamy, this one is totally fiction. It was so good I could not put it down and actually fell asleep with my Nook on my chest. I will definatley look for more books by this author.

This one is a complete THUMBS UP!!

Escape by Carolyn Jessop and Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall

A while back many may remember how they rounded up female members of a Polygamist Sect along with their children down in Texas. There were then the news stories about Warren Jeffs who arranged marriages between young girls and old men. I remember watching these things unfold with absolutely NO understanding how a Mother could allow such things. How can a woman share her husband with a smile on her face like it's the most natural thing in the world? It all seemed so absurd, yet very fascinating to me.

I came across two books that really gave a clear picture of the life that many of these women lead. The first-hand account of what the women in both of these books experienced is chilling and unbelievable. If you have ever wondered how the Polygamy thing works don't base your opinion solely on the TV show "Sister Wives" or HBO's "Big Love". Of course, they are entertaining but nothing pulls back the curtains on the true life that most experience like the books Escape by Carolyn Jessop (priced at $11.99) or Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall (priced at $7.99).

The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children.
When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn’s heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-Utah border. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband’s psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy.
Carolyn’s every move was dictated by her husband’s whims. He decided where she lived and how her children would be treated. He controlled the money she earned as a school teacher. He chose when they had sex; Carolyn could only refuse—at her peril. For in the FLDS, a wife’s compliance with her husband determined how much status both she and her children held in the family. Carolyn was miserable for years and wanted out, but she knew that if she tried to leave and got caught, her children would be taken away from her. No woman in the country had ever escaped from the FLDS and managed to get her children out, too. But in 2003, Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children. She had $20 to her name.
Escape exposes a world tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics who, in the name of God, deprive their followers the right to make choices, force women to be totally subservient to men, and brainwash children in church-run schools. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop’s flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. Not only did she manage a daring escape from a brutal environment, she became the first woman ever granted full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the FLDS. And in 2006, her reports to the Utah attorney general on church abuses formed a crucial part of the case that led to the arrest of their notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.

In September 2007, a packed courtroom in St. George, Utah, sat hushed as Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age fourteen. This harrowing and vivid account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths that Jeffs went to in order to control the women in it. Now, in this courageous memoir, Elissa Wall tells her incredible and inspirational story of her time in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), detailing how she emerged from its confines to help bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice

Childproofed by Reese Reed

.99 on B&N (lend me book) and also on Amazon

Motherhood sometimes seems as though it's not all it's cracked up to be. Sometimes I wonder where the real Virginia went - the person I used to be before I was just someone's wife or mother. Now I find out that a hot young girl is after my husband. Perfect. This is the life of a mother. It's real, and it's definitely nothing like a baby ad


I downloaded the sample for this book and actually woke my husband up laughing. What I read from the sample was so funny and relateable that I just had to purchase it. Imagine my surprise when I found that it was only 44 pages. Now I'm not going to slam the book because of the length because the storyline was actually quiet good. I really wish the author expanded on what was written.....it would make a hilarious book.

I can't say that I would spend .99 on it again, but since it is lendable go in with a friend and split the cost...LOL.

Desperate Times & Desperate Times 2......a review





Every morning we wake up to more depressing news about our economy and the state of the average American's financial situation. Even more distressing is what we are not told by the mainstream media. With just a little research on the internet and a tad-bit of common sense it's pretty obvious that our country could face a economic meltdown of epic proportions. There are those who see the signs....hope for the best and prepare for the worst, and there are those who stick their heads in the sand and refuse to believe that we will ever face a catastrophe of any kind.

Nicholas Antinozzi sets the stage for Desperate Times with an atmosphere such as the one we are now facing daily. He then quickly draws the reader in with a downward spiral of events that turns the world on it's ear. This book will grab your attention on the first page and will pull you in so deep that you can do nothing but think of the characters and challenges that they face. Before you know it you will be questioning yourself and asking "What would I do?"

The characters are so colorful and real that you can't help but think of someone you know that may remind you of them. During the challenge to survive and protect what they have, they all bring out the best and worst of each other. At times I found myself almost huffing and puffing after a particularly heated fight, and at others I would literally give anything to put my hands around "Bill's" neck....but I couldn't because he was only a character!! As the first book was ending, I found myself reading slower because I did not want it to end.....only to find that Antinozzi leaves you with a huge cliffhanger on the last page.

I picked up Desperate Times 2 at http://www.smashwords.com/ and managed to finish it in two days. This book explored the struggle between those who believed in their right to protect their own with firepower, and Pacifist who believed that "love" was the answer. Sometimes "Utopia" is not all it is cracked up to be. After watching some of the main characters die off and others show their true colors I once again found myself with a cliffhanger on the last page.

These are not zombie-type, sci-fi or apocalyptic type books. They are more of a survivalist fiction.....something to really sink your teeth into and they will truly make you examine your views on different issues, as well as, a personal plan in the event of a similiar situation. I STRONGLY recommend both of these!!

Desperate Times 1 and 2 can be found at Amazon and B&N

Friday, July 8, 2011

Things We Learned on Vacation

1) Traveling on a holiday weekend can double your travel time!! A trip that normally takes 4-5 hours could take you 9 1/2.

2) Make sure to carry an extra cup or container for an emergency. Being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic with a child who has to pee could be a dangerous thing.

3) When traveling with children make sure to pack an alcoholic beverage on ice to be consummed immediatley after arriving at destination. Especially if you have been stuck in the vehicle with the monsters for 9 1/2 hours. If you are not a "drinker"....you will be by the time you arrive.

4) The sand is hotter walking back from the beach than it is walking TO the designated spot.

5) It is easier walking to the designated spot than walking back.

6) If there are no men on your trip DO NOT carry a big ice chest. There are no gentleman to rescue a 38+ yr olds that are clearly not string bikini material while being trailed by or run over by 4 excited children. Make sure to carry a small container that can be easily carried by one person.

7) Children will find a way to get something to the beach even if it means tying it to the roof of a car.

8) Some six year olds will tell anyone within earshot where sand has gathered in their suit and will continue to tell you that they don't like sand and anything else they feel is not going their way every 5 minutes just in case you forget.

9) Hiking 2 miles to the beach is not advised while carrying enough equipment to stock a small souvenir shop.

10) Pomengranate Margaritas in the pouch are very good.....two are better and three or more are highly recommended when traveling with a talkative, dramatic six year old.

11) Anyone who goes to the store and comes back with a strong drink, and demands you drink immediatley is a TRUE girlfriend.

12) When a complete stranger of the same sex seems to enjoy talking with you and getting touchy feely....it's probably time to get out of the water.

14) If a child can not eat shrimp because he is allergic to it....probably not a good idea to allow him to fish using shrimp as bait.

15) Again....Pomengranate....being frozen is not neccesary....pour over ice.

16) A sticker from a cactus is hard to pull out of a child's toe.

17) Some fish nibble and bite

18) Michelob Ultra comes in many different can sizes

19) Never be suprised at what your 12 yr old son may pick out at a souvenir shop

20) Most importantly....I learned the person who invited us to go on the trip is an AWESOME friend with LOTS of patience.

Saving Rachel by John Locke...Serious Twists and Turns!

 



Can you imagine having to choose between your Mistress and your Wife? Now I'm not talking about choosing which one you will be with. I'm talking about being made to choose which one will live or die? That is exactly what happens to Sam Case. This book has more twists and turns than a corn maze and NOTHING is as it seems. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is the story from Sam's point-of-view and part 2 is told from one of his "clients" point-of-view.

John Locke has an imagination that shows no limit in his writing. This book will keep you guessing all the way up to the last period on the page.

This book can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

A Whisper to a Scream by Karen Wojcik Berner


A Whisper to a Scream is the story of two women on opposite ends of the child-bearing spectrum who come to realize the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side of the fence. A vivid portrayal of contemporary marriage and its problems, the novel speaks to a longing in all of us, a yearning that might start as a vague notion, but eventually grows into an unbearable, vociferous cry.


This book is for the woman who has experienced infertility issues or the woman who has felt overwhelmed by her role as a Mom. I could personally relate to each of these women because I have experienced both situations. At times I felt those old desperate feelings of wanting a child as Annie suffered countless disappointments, and at times I belly-rolled with laughter at what Sara faced with her children. The author, Karen W. Berner, brings these characters to life so vividly that you can't help to feel a connection with both. This is a great "chic" read and one that you will not regret reading.

You can find this book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for .99, and it is lendable on Nook.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Homeward by Melody Carson

Homeward by Melody Carson not only was a good read, but was life changing for me.

The story is about a girl who leaves home after a huge family fall out after her Grandfather's death. She spent her life with a "unique" Mother, never knew her father and her Grandmother was as cold as ice. After several years of making a wonderful life for herself she finds herself in a life changing situation and decideds to go home.

This book will take you through a journey of forgiveness as the meaning of family is rediscovered. As I said it was life changing for me and after reading it I started on a journey of forgiveness myself and I'm happy to say I have reconnected with my own Grandmother.

This book is presently priced at $2.99 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. If you read it let me know what you think.