Find More Time to Read :Tip #1

 

Nearly every single day, someone says to me, “I want to read more, but I just don’t have time.”  As with everything else in the world, the time to read only comes if you make it part of your daily groove. Surprisingly, many of the folks who’ve told me they want to read more confess to not doing this number one tip:

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Anything you want to read, keep it handy–books, your Kindle, your phone, magazines, newspaper pages…  Try it! 

 

Top Ten Things I Read Recently

I talk about what I read all the time here and on Facebook and today is no exception :)

My Top Ten Things I Recently Read: (some are books, some are articles…)

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1. Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon–you will *adore* Evan in this book. Evan loved his wife but in the years since her death, he has moved on . Now he has to convince her best friend to do the same and embrace the life in front of them–a life with him. Watch for the finger painting scene with Evan and Charlie…just trust me :)

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2.The Abandoned Island in the Middle of New York– now a bird sancturary and off-limits to visitors, this island is where Typhoid Mary was quarantined for twenty years, until her death. There are pictures of the forest reclaiming the buildings that used to be a hospital, then a drug treatment facility. If walls could talk…

3. Until You by Jeannie Moon– this book isn’t available until March 17th, but I think you’ll want to put it on your list. The story of Kate and David is real-life stuff while keeping the magic of a new love in the air. It’s not easy to make things work when family and job issues get in the way, but these two show us how love always finds a way. While I’m typically on the fence when it comes to sports heroes, this book has made me change my attitude and give such a chance.

5.Just Add Light and Stir–a wonderful little snippet about learning and kiddos.

6. Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb– after 40something In Death series books, I still hurry to get the latest one, every time. There are few couples who measure up to Roarke and Eve, in my book. While each book is technically stand-alone, you miss a lot of character bonding, connection and growth by not starting with book one (Naked in Death).

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Just thought I’d toss this in here…see if it helps us any! :D

7. Simple Steps to Get Along Better– “You can change or stay the same and stop whenever you want, there are no rules to this thing.” Relationships require tending, all the time.

8. Chocolate Pie –You’re Welcome.

9. The Soured Earth by Sophie Weeks–This book was an eloquent and moving story of a season of life covering multiple generations and deep seated beliefs. Written from the perspective of a college aged girl who reluctantly returns home during her family’s time of need, emotions are heightened as problems are battled and the family finally triumphs with everyone moving on to better days.

10. Armchair Traveling: Italy–I adore armchair traveling and do quite a bit of it quite often. Where’s the last place you traveled to via the World Wide Web?

As always, pop on over to Facebook and chime in on the chat there–we’re always having a good time!

 

Oh, March…

My Hero and I love backroads drives anytime and yesterday was no exception…

It was pretty. I am well over it now and declare this to be my last snowy picture of 2015 *nods*

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First Shades of Blue Quotes!

****DRUM ROLL****   The first quotes from SHADES OF BLUE! (Due out May 2015)

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And one more…

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This is my first time sharing these quote graphics with the world–I’d LOVE to hear what you think about them! Hop on over to Facebook and let me know, won’t you?

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Book Release! The Mind of a Child by Marshanne Mishoe

Please join me in welcoming author Marshanne Mishoe as a guest on my blog today!

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Winter Beauty

The weather has sucked recently.  Everywhere you look there is snow, ice or some form of frozen precipitation.  All the news reports are talking about it.  Ditto with all the radio stations.  What makes this even worse is the fact that the power has gone out in a lot of places, leaving us cold in our homes.  Combine that with the fact that school has been canceled for most of the week and you’ve got a pretty dire situation.

But among all this stress and discomfort that the cold weather has caused, we can choose to stop and find beauty in the situation.  Just look at the ice covered trees with the sun shining through the crystals.  It is strikingly gorgeous!  The still, quiet of the nearby woods is a great respite from the chaos swirling in my cold home.   When the wind blows there’s a tinkling as the bare branches brush up to one another.

Back to that cold home.  The power outage has left us with no TV, no lights and no way to charge cell phones.  But from the “blessing in disguise” category, we have found other ways to spend our time.  We have cooked on our gas-top stove, using matches to start it.  We have had, for the first time ever, tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner, a meal I traditionally save for lunch.  But this simple supper was such a comfort to us all and seemed to warm our souls.  Then the five of us gathered by candlelight and played a game of Monopoly.  Watching my children’s shadowed faces laughing and teasing each other was beautiful to me.

The cold weather has actually spawned a new feeling of community among some of us as well.  Upon hearing a teacher’s plea that some of the children from her school would be low on food, while missing the meals they normally get at school, a local restaurant owner jumped in to help.  He offered over 60 pizzas to teachers, who then went door to door to some of their at-risk students and made the deliveries.  Dimitri is his name and he owns a nice restaurant called Giorgio’s.  You’ll have to eat there whenever you’re in this part of North Georgia.

I know the super-cold weather has been a pain, but if each of us stops and takes the time to look, we will see the beauty peeking through.

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ABOUT The Mind of a Child

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Two eras, two women, one story of strength and love.

1940: When Jessa gives birth to her youngest son, instinct tells her all’s not well. Her husband and doctor are keeping something from her, but what?

2007: Willa adjusts to her new job serving as an assistant teacher in a special needs classroom. At first she balks at the work she has to do – often involving bathroom issues and tantruming children.  As she grows into the job, she comes to truly love her students, even as she learns that things aren’t all that they seem within her own family.

The Mind of a Child paints a vivid picture of contrasting times, disparate perceptions, and the women who shaped them. As they rely on their wits, family, and growing faith in God, their stories intertwine, teaching them that love can overcome any challenge.

ABOUT Marshanne Mishoe

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The Mind of a Child is Marshanne Mishoe’s first novel. She started her writing career back in the mid 1980’s as a television news reporter and anchor. She worked at WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina for the better part of a decade, and before that she had a two-year stint as a writer and producer for SC-ETV’s satellite branch in Beaufort, SC.

Marshanne now makes her home just north of Atlanta.  She lives with her husband, Steve, and their three kids, Jake, Spencer and Marishay.  Their dog Millie would be highly incensed if she were left out, so she lives there too.

Visit Marshanne online at  www.marshannemishoe.com.

Connect with Marshanne online

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marshannemishoe

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marshannemishoebook

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Daydream Believer

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My daydream…

 

I appreciate every day in this life, I really do…  That being said, many of y’all know I’m a solar-powered, warm weather gal and, well, this time o’ year in central Indiana isn’t often sunny or warm. *sigh*

 

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My reality…

 

Once more…

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Let’s just leave it at that, shall we? Nothin’ wrong with a good daydream…that lasts a couple months… :D

**Feeling chatty? Pop on over to Facebook or Twitter and tell me about your daydream scene, I’d love to hear it!**

 

Cover Reveal! Duet for Three Hands by Tess Thompson

I am so proud to bring you the cover reveal for my friend Tess Thompson’s latest novel–isn’t it intriguing?!?  I’m reading the ARC right now and can’t wait to share my thoughts with you soon. In the meantime, mark the date for Tess’ new release!duettess

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Author: Tess Thompson
Release Date: February 13th, 2015
Publisher: Booktrope

A story of forbidden love, lost dreams, and family turmoil.

The first book in a new historical series from bestselling author Tess Thompson, Duet for Three Hands is equal parts epic love story, sweeping family saga, and portrait of days gone by. Set against the backdrop of the American South between 1928 and 1934, four voices blend to tell a tale of prejudice, fear, and love. The Bellmonts are the epitome of the rich and elite in Atlanta society, but behind the picture-perfect façade are hidden moments of violence and betrayal.

After marrying into the Bellmont family, Nathaniel, a former concert pianist who is nearly ruined by his wife’s unrelenting ambition and unstable mind, finds hope in the promise of his most recent protégé. His brother-in-law, artistic Whitmore Bellmont, and the maid’s daughter, Jeselle, have a secret relationship despite their drastically different circumstances and shades of skin. Unfortunately, most of the world disagrees with their color blindness.

All four lives intertwine on a collision course, threatening to destroy, or liberate, them all.

About the Author

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Tess Thompson is a mother and writer. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. Her creative life began as an actress, director and playwright but found her true calling in narrative fiction, specifically Women’s Fiction.

 

Learn more at http://tesswrites.com/

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