We’ve MOVED!!

The Book Faery Reviews is no longer hosted by WordPress which means we now have more freedom to redesign our look and create forms that will benefit us all more (no more commenting many many times in a row for multiple entries in giveaways for example).

The Book Faery Reviews new URL is http://tbfreviews.net.

I WAS going to move us officially over to our new location on April 1st BUT I thought it would confuse people on April Fools Day when in fact the move was true.  Plus, with the number of reviews lately posted trying to find a good day to transition without a book tour post for the day has been a bit difficult to find.  So, it’s Saturday and there’s not one book tour going on; the perfect day to transition.

HEAD ON OVER…
The Book Faery Reviews is having a blog re-launch giveaway
that is going on until April 1st!!!

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Sunday Salon…3.22.09

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THERE IS A LAND
There is a land –
A marvelous land –
Where trolls and giants dwell;
Where witches
With their bitter brew
Can cast a magic spell;
Where mermaids sing,
Where carpets fly,
Where, in the midst of night,
Brownies dance
To cricket tunes;
And ghosts, all shivery and white,
Prowl and moan.
There is a land
Of magic folks and deeds,
And anyone
Can visit there
Who reads and reads and reads.

~ Leland B. Jacobs ~

Book Faery Adventures last week…

Books Read last week…

  • Almost a Bride by Jane Feathers
  • Your Wicked Ways by Eloisa James
  • Angry Conversations with God by Susan E. Isaacs

Currently Reading…

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button read via daily e-mail snippets from DailyLit
  • Shattered Reality by Kimberly Elliott-Cheryl
  • A Truth Lies in the Dark by Kristine Callender

Borrowed Books still to Read…

  • Click: What Millions of People are Doing Online and Why It Matters by Bill Turner
  • Nightseer by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red
  • Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James
  • Midnight Pleasures by Eloisa James
  • Fool for Love by Eloisa James

Cookbooks I’m checking out…

  • Desperation Dinners!
  • The Best Freezer Cookbook
  • Cheap.Fast.Good
  • Family Supper
  • Kid Shape Cafe
  • The Brown Bag Lunch Cookbook
  • Beyond Macaroni and Cheese

Books Received for Review…

  • How to Talk to Anyone About Anything by Jill Spiegel

Coming this week…

  • Author Guest Post, Book Review, and Giveaway: Shattered Reality by Kimberly Elliott-Cheryl
  • Book Review & Giveaway: The Truth Lies in the Dark by Kristin Callender

DON’T FORGET…The Book Faery Reviews plans to transition to our new location April 1st, 2009. Current subscribers shouldn’t miss a post and I’ll be reminding everyone of the change weekly til we move. Be on the lookout as there will be a book giveaway to kick off the new location.

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If you would like to participate or read other Sunday Salon Meme’s where members share their books click on the image above.

Giveaway Winners: Work in Progress: An Unfinished Woman’s Guide to Grace

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And the giveaway winners go to the top three names…

Winners have been notified and have 48 hours to contact me with their mailing addresses or it goes to the next name on the list.  Thanks to all who participated in The Book Faery Reviews Work in Progress Book Giveaway.

No Experts Needed

no-experts-neededFROM THE AUTHOR’S WEBSITELosing a job always delivers a hard blow, but it was especially hard for forty-something author Louise Lewis, one of many victims of the technology industry’s dotcom implosion. No Experts Needed: The Meaning of Life According to You! tells the story of how she pulled herself together and discovered a new life of meaning.

Just minutes after being “set free”, Lewis, a single woman with a mortgage to pay, sits in the San Jose, California, airport panicking over her future. While toying with the option of giving into depression, she receives a powerful message from God that instantly releases the weight of her worries. “This is just a new chapter in your life. You hold the pen, I’ll guide your hand, and together we’ll write one hell of a chapter.” Through Spirit’s continued involvement, Lewis is inspired to ask normal, everyday people to answer Spirit’s question: what is the meaning of life?

No Experts Needed: The Meaning of Life According to You! weaves through a vast collection of spontaneous, thought-provoking answers and inspirational stories that demonstrate how the simple act of listening to Spirit can add meaning to every moment of your life.”

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…This was a great book that was definitely a reminder of the meaning of life.  Since being unemployed nearly a year now, I’ve too had some time to rethink about the value of life.  Over the past several months I’ve had the time to evaluate myself, my fears, what makes me happy, and the many inspirations and blessings within my own life.  Like the author I chose to take the time off and not look at it in a negative way.  I look at the positive impact this has been in my life.

A couple of my favorite quotes from the book include:

Just point to what I want in life and then go get it.  Point to happiness and claim it.  Point to peace and create it.  Something like the Nike ads: “Just do it.”

Life is the preparation for the next level.  We are put here for a reason, are placed in people’s lives for a reason, and leave this plane for a reason.  Our job is to live according to the laws of nature and God and inspire others to believe in the power of God.

Life is a test
Of courage…
Of faith…
Of love…

there are no accidents in life

So what is my definition of the meaning of life?

It’s to inspire, to be inspired, to learn and experience while sharing with others.  We all have a purpose in life.  A purpose we may not know of today or even tomorrow but there is a purpose.  God chose us to do something special in another life. That’s my definition of the meaning of life and that is what keeps me going in my daily walk and what inspires me to awake every day.

**If you would like to receive a free electronic copy of this book,
stop by Louise Lewis’ site today.
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Blood Harvest

blood-harvestFROM THE AUTHOR’S PRESS RELEASE…What drives a small town in New England in the late 1920’s to lynch a man? Immigrant Nic DeCosta’s skill as a wine grower makes him a fortune as a moonshiner and puts him at odds with the ‘shine sales of the MacKay clan, even though he’s wed to their wild youngest daughter. An uneasy truce holds until the day Nick’s teenage son is caught with one of the MacKay girls.  The MacKays beat the boy senseless and throw him off a bridge to drown.  Nick comes to his boy’s rescue, firing his shotgun into the persecutors, setting in motion a terrible train of events.  Three days later Nick’s body hangs over a smoldering fire, the noose still around his neck.  The state militia arrive to bring peace to the town and to arrest the guilty parties.  But then another body is found in the woods.  

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…Wow.  What a book!  Brant Randall aka Bruce Cook created a powerful book about a 1929 lynching and how it affected the people in the town.  From the very beginning until the end I felt like I was walking among the town as if I was one of them sitting in the diner, camping out in the woods, in the house, or in the courtroom.  The characters he gave birth to felt real and the emotions they felt you couldn’t help but feel.  I have to admit that I was surprised yet I was not surprised with the outcome of events with some of the characters in the book.  This is a book I highly recommend!

Check out the book trailer on YouTube by clicking on this link…

I’m going on a blog trip…

Well this mom here is going on a blog trip this week of September 1-5.  It will be interesting to get to know other mom bloggers out there and why they blog.  Do they blog because they like the creative outlet when life seems to be chaotic?  Do they blog to promote their business or passion?  OR do they blog to share their life with their family and friends?  It seems we all have our reasons for blogging.  I personally enjoy blogging about me, my family, random things (which all can be found at my mom blog site: Wife and Mom of 3) AND I enjoy blogging about the books I’ve come across (which can be found in The Book Faery Reviews). 

 

 

So who wants to know about this mom blogger who loves being me, a wife, a mother, and a reader?!  You obviously if you’re reading this post and I do hope you continue to read this one and any others on my site (don’t forget to leave a comment or two with your own blog/website and I’ll return the favor and stop by…who knows…we may end up enjoying each other’s company enough to exchange links or add to our RSS readers…). 

 

Well… I am married to my high school heart who I have known half of my life.  We’ve been married for 8 years and together are raising 3 beautiful children (2 girls and 1 boy).

I am currently a SAHM (stay at home mom…for anyone not familiar with the acronym).  My older two are in 1st and 3rd grade while the youngest is at home with me during the day.  I am in hopes of finding a job though as I DO feel like my brain is going to mush and I need more intelligent conversations throughout the day.  Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with being a SAHM but playgroups and such just didn’t give me what I needed.  I want to be able to converse with my hubby and friends about more topics aside from what Jr. did today…I just need my own personal stimulation.

 

Aside from my blogging, I enjoy spending time with my hubby and kids, hanging out with MY mommy (LOL…hey if the kids can do it, why can’t I?!), go-karting with the kids, 4-wheeling with my hubby, dancing with my kids, reading all kinds of books, cooking, hanging out on the deck with my girls with a “drink” and having one of our “board meetings”, and singing to my MP3 player (OMG…”there was this ONE time” I wasn’t expecting my husband’s best friend so soon for dinner and my son taps me on the hip with HIM behind me with a grin on his face as I’m jamming to a song while I cook dinner!! Talk about embarrassing!! I may have known him half my life too but STILL!!  That’s the side he’s NEVER seen! LOL)

 

I love to sing (but just for my mom, sister, kids, and self…I know…), instead of shoes, I am a purse addict (in fact I just got my third Dooney and Burke purse and LOVE it!! Thank you Mom! A bit too conservative/business like for my girlfriends but SOOO me).  I’m STILL on the search for a great Coach purse to add to my collection!! I’ve got a girlfriend who SWEARS her Coach hook up sells the REAL THING at a HUGE discount…so we’ll just have to check her out soon!

 

Some other tidbits about me…

  • Though I am no longer a Catholic, I was baptized by the Pope in the Philippines where I was born in 1978.
  • I am my son’s football “Team Mom”.
  • I’m fascinated with faeries, dragons, and ghosts.
  • I love the colors purple and dark red. (My wedding was in a smoky purple and I wear some sort of red piece of clothing to a job interview if I want it bad enough for the added confidence.)
  • I was 2nd runner up to Miss Jr. Raleigh in 1994 and Miss Congeniality in that same pageant. My oldest daughter was 2nd runner up for a local pageant here and got Miss Smiley when she was 2 (she’s almost 9 now)!!  How ironic…
  • One of these days I WILL (power of determination!) to open up a café/bookstore.
  • Before I turn 31 this December I want to get a tattoo…just debating on my faery facing the dragon or a faery sitting on books for my shoulder.  It’s on my “to do before I die” list!

 

 

I live in Raleigh, NC where the seasons have typically changed over the years…meaning, the colors change in the fall, the weather is quite chilly in the winter, the flowers are all in bloom in the spring, and the air is perfect for a swim without burning your nostril hairs.  However, I have to admit the past two years have been a bit odd and off in terms of weather pattern but I still love my North Carolina and YEP…I am a Southern Gal and enjoy the perfect pace of the south.

  

 

So there you go…a bit about me…what else do you want to know?  Just leave me a comment and I’ll let you know!  I’m a fairly open book as I am who I am and not ashamed of who I am (without the use of real names of course to protect my family the best I can online…course you know there’s always a risk to blogging freely online when it comes to your family)…

 

If you’re interested in joining this blog trip, then check out my earlier blog at: http://wifeandmomof3.wordpress.com/2008/08/23/im-going-on-a-blog-trip-sept-1-5/.