Monday, August 31, 2009 | By: Taffy

Saving Madeline by Rachel Ann Nunes

WELCOME to my blog! Today is dedicated to Rachel Ann Nunes. She has many, many great books she has written. Try one today!

Everyone who comments on this review will be entered to win a free book at the end of the tour...

Saving Madeline by Rachel Ann Nunes

As a public defender, Caitlin McLoughlin dreams of someday locking the bad guys in prison instead of defending them. But prosecuting jobs are scarce, and Caitlin’s future seems bleak. When her current client is about to walk away from a brutal crime, she risks her career to make sure he doesn’t hurt anyone else. Yet what if her choice means sacrificing her career and the means care for her mentally disabled sister?

Then Caitlin meets Parker Hathaway, charged with kidnapping four-year-old Madeline. Just another criminal, another job, Caitlin thinks.

But Parker tells a far different story. Can Caitlin believe him, as her heart urges? Is she willing to put everything on the line to defend her client—a man who claims to be protecting the child he loves? Or is her trust better placed in the handsome deputy district attorney with his undefeated record in court? Caitlin’s pursuit of the truth swiftly thrusts her into a maze of unanswered questions and unexpected heartache.

Meanwhile, time is running out for Madeline. If Caitlin doesn't find the proof she is looking for soon, there may not be a future for any of them.

I enjoyed Rachel's newest book and had a hard time putting it down. Each character had his/her own voice and compelled me to read and understand their story.
The story in itself was fast paced and drew me in; I wanted justice served, lives to become better and love won!
I can't tell you if everything worked out how I wanted or I would spoil the story. Be assured, you will not waste your time reading this book.


Trees, Authors and Carpools



I was lucky enough to go to Writing for Charity event at Ogden's Treehouse Museum.








I was also lucky enough to rub elbows with some of Utah's amazing authors.



Shannon Hale teased and introduced the 27 authors who gave up their Saturday for this charity event. Then she asked them questions pertaining to books, writing and why they like to write (in 6 words of less).



We had a snack then broke out into smaller groups. We had five authors in our group that we could ask questions.
James Dashner was one of them. He said to "give yourself permission to say writing is your career."

We broke into even smaller groups and critiqued one page of participants stories. (My was sadly laying on the kitchen counter at home.) We only had two critiques on our group so we got to ask Sara Zarr tons of questions. She had great advice and hints for us.





Apparently, authors are human thus, they too must eat.









This is where I bought 'Forest Born' and 'Rapunzel's Revenge' for Shannon Hale to sign and 'Princess of the Midnight Ball' for Jessica Day George to sign.


Shannon Hale's shoes
(I know! I'm weird! But everyone and their parakeet wanted a picture with her so I told her I would
just take a picture of her shoes. Which got Jessica Day George talking about a 2 hour video that a guy made of peoples feet.)







Girlfriend pic with Jessica Day George.




Other authors and an illustrator just waiting for me to take their pictures :)




















Our carpool!!
Me, Juliana, Kristen, Jeff (or Scott? Or J. Scott?? lol) Sharlee, Marion and Sheri. I enjoyed our carpool. More good advice and talking and laughing.
THANKS JEFF!





It was a great day.
Lots of good advice from ever author I talked and laughed with.
Here are snippets of what I gleaned:

Join organizations to help critique stories and keep you on track.
Make your story the best (editing etc) before you send it in.
Workshops are great for honing writing.
Network.
Need an agent.
When you find an agent/agency ask: what have they sold to big publishers? Are they well connected?
One author believes the pendulum is swinging back to stories with religious overtones selling again.
Doesn't hurt to mention in your query letter who your favorite authors are and that you want to be like them.

Above all, keep on writing everyday! Write a paragraph, a page, 1000 words or a chapter. Make a daily goal and do it.

Monday, August 24, 2009 | By: Taffy

Observations & Possible Titles



DH and I took trip across the ocean at the beginning of summer.
It was amazing!




I made a few observations while on vacation; some might make good book titles:

Views From A Cruise Ship Deck: Objects Are Bigger Than They Appear
All Rooms Are Not Created Equally
What Is Another Country's Treasure Is Interesting Enough
All Fat People Are Not American
Standing in Line: What not to do when you are hot and ornery
Many Moons in Paris
What's a Car? A Year in VeniceOther Countries Foods Don't Taste Like Chicken
The Seine is really, really long, especially when you have to use the bathroom
Art Should Never Involve Teeth and/or Tongues
Monday, August 10, 2009 | By: Taffy

Book Blog Tour

Illuminations of the Heart by Joyce DiPastena

I am doing a virtual book tour from the comforts of my home. Stop by anytime from August 10-September 18 and visit any of the links below for reviews of the book and author interviews. My actual date for the tour isn't until September so I will remind everyone again toward the end of August.
Also! There are prizes! Read a review, make a comment and be entered for a prize!



August 10
Mormon Hermit Mom's
Book Habit

August 11
Amesbury Reads
August 12
Heather Justesen
August 13
Rachelle's Writing Spot
August 14
Cami's Books and Fit Mommas
August 17
Jewel's World
August 18
Of Writerly Things
August 19
Frespa Fan
August 20
Of Good Report
August 21
Rachel Rager
August 24
Boojoos and Aprilcots
August 25
Musings from an LDS Writing Mom
August 26
Queen of the Clan
August 27
Write Bravely
August 28
Dreams of Quill and Ink
August 31
*Trisit Pinkston
September 1
Vicissitudes
September 2
Tangeled Words and Dreams
September 3
Random-ish by Nichole and LDSwritersBlogck
September 4
SeriouslyÅ  and latterdayauthors
September 7
Lu Ann's Book Review
September 9
Reading for Sanity
September 10
Taffy's Candy
September 11
The Write
Blocks

September 14
Why Not? Because I Said
So!
and LDS Women's Book Review
September 15
Ink Splasher
September 16
Romance Old School
Reviews by Jaimey
September 17
Blog the Day Away
September 18
Walnut Springs Press
Saturday, August 8, 2009 | By: Taffy
Here is my list from the Summer Reading:

I AM ALMOST DONE!
*And there were extras too!

The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
*Illuminations of the Heart by Joyce DiPastena
*Loyalty's Web by Joyce DiPastena
*Unwind by Neal Shusterman
*Lemon Tart by Josi Kilpack
Forest Born by Shannon Hale
A Modest Proposal by Michele Ashman Bell
Molly Mormon? by Tamra Norton
The Princess and the Bear by Mette Ivie Harrison
*Her Good Name by Josi Kilpack
Flying Home by Rachel Ann Nunes
Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind by Heidi Ashworth
Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright
Seeking Persephone by Sarah Eden
Out of Jerusalem by H.B. Moore
*English Trifle by Josi Kilpack
Fablehaven Book Four by Brandon Mull
The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
Heaven Scent by Rebecca Talley
Santa's Secret by Christy Hardman
My Not-So Fairy-Tale Life by Julie Wright
Nothing to Regret by Tristi Pinkston
Agent in Old Lace by Trist Pinkston
Bitten by Robert Smith
Papa Married A Mormon by John D.Fitzgerald
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
Rescued by Mao by William Taylor
Miracles by C.S. Lewis
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 | By: Taffy

Freebies and Contests


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Want to win an ARC of "Maze Runner" by James Dashner? Go to Must Read Faster.

On Not Entirely British enter to win a book by Jason Wright, "The James Miracle".

The Queen of the clan is giving away "Please! No Zits" by Anne of Not Entirely British.

Have a great rest-of-summer!