Monday, August 29, 2011

Replaced by a Stranger....WOW what a book!!!!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have an affair? Yeah, anyone would admit to it if they did! I've often wondered "What was he thinking?" or "Has she lost her mind?".....but if you want to know what it's like and even if you don't..... then read "Replaced by a Stranger" by KC Stone. This book was a great "fatal attraction" type read and on top of that it was a TRUE STORY.

Anyone who has been married for more than a few months has most likely experienced the moment when ya just don't feel like you are visible. Most movies or shows you see are based on the man stepping out, but this book was about the woman stepping out. It was hard not to relate to her and what she was feeling in her marriage, and it was hard not to relate to him as well. This was a gut-wrenching, no-holds-barred, stripped-naked look at a good marriage ruined by a "friendship" that got out of control.

I started this book yesterday morning....I finished it last night. It was a fabulous read!!

.99 on Amazon and FREE on B&N

**Based on a true story**
Growing up in a small town in South Carolina, Emily Weston enjoyed a good life. Small towns offer great relationships where everyone knows everyone and a peaceful back drop to set the scene of her what seemed to be perfect life. However, this small town was no stranger to affairs, lies and abuse and now, Emily Weston has added to it.

Emily Weston was a woman who had everything she wanted, a loving husband and a great job. However, the pressure of all the flirtatious behavior Emily faced each day at work became too much. Her inner desires and lack of attention from her loving husband, coupled with the onslaught of temptation at work, would prove to be stronger than the marriage she had worked so hard to build. It will soon be apparent all of the things she had worked hard to achieve would come crashing down in a twisted pile of rubble full of lies and deceit.

Emily strived for some kind of balance in her life and she found it in another man. All of the things she had long desired, she found in Troy.....compassion, excitement and fulfillment. She would also discover, along with her fulfilled desires, a game that no one wins....... Lies lived on the tip of Troy's tongue and his manipulating personality seemed innate. This and more arising danger would be looming for Emily in the not so far distant future.

A Boy's Reading List

My son is not into the sci-fi, paranormal, vampire-werewolf type books. If you look around you will see lots of it, so it's been a bit challenging to find books that he wants to read. He has finally compiled a list of books that fits his interest and I thought I'd share it here in case you have a boy in the 9-12 year old range.

Storm Warriors

BL 5.2
$5.51 on Nook and $5.99 on Kindle
The year is 1895 and young Nathan Williams wants nothing more than to be a "storm warrior," one of the brave men of the U.S. Lifesaving Service on Pea Island, off the North Carolina shore. Again and again, Nathan has helped the team rescue frightened sailors from floundering ships during the winter storm season. But Nathan's father is a fisherman, and he expects Nathan to be the same. After all, Pea Island is the single station open to African American surfmen, and the precious few jobs are passed from father to son. Still, Nathan is coached in lifesaving skills by the Pea Island crew and dares to hope that one day he may share in their ranks. But after helping with a particularly difficult rescue, Nathan is forced to face the truth: "In that moment I knew, without a shred of doubt, that I did not have the courage to risk my life that way. The dream, and all the months of hoping, blew away as quickly as the foam off the waves." After a close friend makes clear the obvious, Nathan realizes that there are other ways to save lives and discovers his true destiny.

The War with Grandpa (Yearling)

BL 3.9
$6.99 on Nook and Kindle
Peter has lived in the same room his whole life and he loves it. He also loves his grandfather. But when his grandfather moves to his house and takes his room, Peter has to relocate upstairs. Peter wants his room back, so he “declares war” and starts playing pranks on his grandfather. Grandpa knows a few pranks of his own and humorous hijinks ensue. In the end, both grandparent and child are able to face their personal losses. Nicholas Kelly does a good job of recreating Pete's authentic 10-year-old voice, perfectly capturing its rhythm and inflection. He also voices the other characters well, moving easily from old to young, and male to female. The emotions of the various characters are clearly portrayed, from grandfather's exasperation to the parents' concern and the sister's taunting. A good way to introduce an older classic to a new generation of children

The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War Series)

My Son and Reading....What I did to help him with his struggle.

I have an absolute passion for reading, and that is one thing that I had hoped to pass to my children. You can imagine my concern when in first grade our son couldn't do sight words, then when he was passed to second grade he could not read. I knew there was a problem, but I couldn't get anyone to listen to me. I remember sitting in a meeting with a group of teachers and wanting to absolutely bang my head on the wall because the only solution that was offered was to 1)Send him back to first grade or 2)Tutor him with first graders then let an assistant who didn't speak very good English help with his speech and reading. I begged them to consider dyslexia, but was told that it was not a disability and they would not take it into consideration even if I did have him tested.

Immediately following that meeting, I went to the main office and my son was moved to his present school within two days. Surprisingly, he was immediately tested at that school and was found to have "strong dyslexic tendencies". FINALLY....after struggling through Kindergarten and First grade we knew what we were dealing with. We had a new fabulous teacher who sat down with me and mapped out a plan. My husband and I did not expect miracles from her, but we felt like that is exactly what she performed. Our plan was to hold him back so the remainder of the year at the new school would be used for catch up. We were not so much concerned with his grades as his progress. He was also tested and put into a Texas Scottish Rites Program for dyslexic children that was offered at the school. He started his new school in the middle of the first 9 wks of 2nd grade. At that time he tested at a PreK reading level, but when school ended he was reading on a beginner 2nd grade level!!!

I thank God everyday for Beechwood Elementary, the Texas Scottish Rites program that was being offered there and his teacher, Jennifer McCaa. If we had not received the zone transfer to move him and  ....I don't know where my son would be.

In saying that.....has he still struggled? Yes. Self esteem issues are difficult, but also just finding what interest him so that he will want to read has been very challenging. Our school is big on Accelerated Reader, and our kids have to read so many books, as well as, take computerized test on those. Every year has been a constant battle to complete his goal. We are now into about the fourth week of school and in the past I would still be battling with him to get past a few chapters or even stick with the same book. This summer I had an idea to try to help him with his reading AND get him interested.

After receiving a Nook Color for Christmas, I started thinking that it may be helpful for him to read his books from an ereader. By using an ereader he can change the font and the text size. With him being dyslexic this is a huge help for him. After getting the Nook I found a website called AR BookFinder that I was able to use as a reference to find if there was an AR Test and the AR level of any book purchased. We then sat down together and started browsing books to see what may catch his interest. I made it a point to write down the titles and prices so I could go back to them at any time. He presently has a list of books he WANTS to read that just about fills one whole page!! Not only that....he is one chapter book away from meeting his goal and we are not quiet half way through the nine weeks.

To say we are thrilled would be an understatement!!! It has been a long hard road, but I still have hope of him finding a passion for reading.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Jakarta Pandemic....FABULOUS BOOK!!

I'm a sucker for some good "Survival" Fiction. I'm not talking about the stuff that is filled with Sci Fi....I'm talking real scenarios like Economic Collapse, WWIII, Civil Unrest and Pandemic. This was the first book that I have read about a Pandemic and I was NOT disappointed. The plot was easily believable and it really made me think about possible future scenarios.

 Alex Fletcher was a Iraqi veteran working as a Pharmaceutical Rep. Because of his position they had been taught about possible Pandemic outbreaks and it scared him enough to start prepping just in case. Fletcher's worst nightmare comes true, and he is faced with protecting his family during this disastrous time. Not only did they have to worry about the pandemic, but also about the economy tanking, loss of jobs and neighbors who wanted to share everyone's prudence and forethought.

I have found that many pieces of "survival" fiction start to sound the same, but this one is different. It kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more!

Note: There is a 3 book series that is based on and follows this book called The Perseid Collapse Series. I CANT WAIT to start it.