$75 Gymboree Gift Card Giveaway-Ends 4/30

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Book Review-One Hell of a Cruise (An Aggie Underhill Mystery)-Michelle Ann Hollstein

Friday, April 17, 2015

This is definitely a mad cap adventure of a cruise! A very easy and fast read with all kinds of craziness going on. Even the bad guys are funny in a way! This is one cruise none of the passengers are about to forget! Nor will you as you shake your head in amazement at some of the antics that go on.

About the Book: (from Amazon)

With bleach blonde hair piled on top, an oversized pocketbook to match every outfit and an insatiable appetite for snooping, the ever curious Ms. Aggie Underhill and her friends embark on an eight day cruise to the Mexican Riviera.

Aggie has the uncanny ability to stumble head-first into some great fiasco and this cruise is no exception. Come join Aggie in a fun-filled vacation where a kidnapping goes awry, several love affairs take place, jealousy rises, tempers flare and a passenger goes overboard. This is sure to be, One Hell of a Cruise.

Read a chapter or two here

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Michelle Ann Hollstein currently resides in Southern California with her two wonderful children and her spoiled pup, Dougal. She obtained her degree in Art Studio with a concentration in painting from the California State University of Sacramento and enjoys partaking in creative projects.

She's the author of the quirky and comical Ms. Aggie Underhill Mystery series, the Fantasy Trilogy, The Niberia Chronicles, the paranormal mystery series, A Lost Souls Novel, as well as the new Nonfiction series, Who Says You Can't Paint?

You can visit her website at to read chapters from her books and view book trailers.


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Book Review-TIGER LILY OF BANGKOK-Owen Jones

Thursday, April 16, 2015

This novel can be hard to read. Not only are the social mores different from what we in the United States are used to but what happens to Lily after she is the victim of "child abuse" by her uncle is almost heart breaking. What she did to him--well--she was young to think about it--but he deserved it!! I had a very hard time not routing for her in her quest for a decent education and normalcy. As she sinks deeper and deeper into a psychotic break and extracts her revenge I prayed she would never get caught. It is only with the death of her mother that Tiger Lily can be put to rest.

I'm not sure if there will be a sequel or if there is one already but I will be checking it out. I am curious to see what happens in the years to come in Lily's life.

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Lily was born in south-eastern Isaan near the Mekong River, the only daughter of Chinese-Thais who owned a shop in their small village. Her parents had a close friend that Lily called Uncle who used to smile at her and take her gifts as a small child.

However, when she was just eleven years old the nature of the gifts changed and there was always a price to pay for them that Lily hated. Dare she risk upsetting her parents by telling them about it?

An accident of fate at school gave Lily an idea how to put an end to the problem once and for all and her parents came to realize what had been going on in their daughter's life. Soon after the incident, Lily's father died.

Some said from shame.

Lily herself was given compensation which she wanted to use to change her life. Her decision was to go to University in Bangkok. It was there that she realized that the compensation, which had seemed a fortune in the village, would not be enough to fund her University life in full and she descended into the seamier side of Bangkok life.

A serial killer is taking the life of men in Bangkok and the city is rightly scared. Not only are the men marked in death but a trademark flower is left at the scene of each killing. The press says this is the most frightening serial killer since the cannibal child killer, Si Ouey Sae Urng of the 1950's.

Fear haunts the City and no-one knows who will die next or how the victims are chosen. The police are baffled and the citizens of Bangkok cower behind closed doors fearful for their lives.

Read a chapter or two here

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Owen Jones was born in Barry, South Wales, where he lived until going to
Portsmouth to study Russian at 18. After finishing his degree, he moved
to s'Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands where he lived for ten years.

At 32, Owen moved back to Barry to work with in his family's construction
company, first as a painter and then as a director, or, as the bank once
corrected him, a painter and decorator. He was also office manager for
ten years.

At the age of 50 Owen moved to Thailand to live with a Thai girl that he met while there on holiday. He married the woman and now lives in her village of birth in remote northern Thailand.

As Owen puts it: 'Born in the Land of Song, living in the Land of Smiles'.

Website (for Behind the Smile series)

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"Please Remember: Holocaust Remembrance Day” by Gene Klein

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I was contacted by Smith Publicity and asked to please post this--I agreed! Hopefully others will also be posting this exact same guest post--this is truly a wonderful piece. April 15th--today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Please consider the article below, “Please Remember: Holocaust Remembrance Day” by Gene Klein, one of the few survivors alive of the Holocaust, specifically of Auschwitz.

Of his prose he says, “Here is what I want you to remember after we are gone, when our memories must become yours, so that future generations will have the knowledge and compassion to avoid the mistakes of the past.”

Here is the guest post by Gene Klein

Please Remember: Holocaust Embrace Day

Picture from Amazon of Jill Klein's book

Gene Klein (with Jill Klein, author of We Got the Water: Tracing my Family’s Path through Auschwitz)

It has been 70 years since I was liberated from a Nazi concentration camp. I was just a teenager then; I’m 87 now. Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 15th, and I have been thinking about what I want you and your loved ones to remember about the Holocaust. I speak frequently about my experiences, and I am able to remind people about what happened, provide them with vivid descriptions, and answer their questions. But I am among the last of the survivors, and one day—sooner than I would like to think—we will all be gone.

Here is what I want you to remember after we are gone, when our memories must become yours, so that future generations will have the knowledge and compassion to avoid the mistakes of the past:

Please remember the life we had before it all started; before the name-calling, the bricks through the windows, long before the cattle cars and the camps. I was born into a middle class Hungarian family in a small town in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains. Our town was charming. We sat in outdoor cafes on summer evenings, and skated on the river on winter afternoons. My father owned a hardware store, was an avid soccer fan, and loved to tend to his garden. My mother took care of my two sisters and me, and was preoccupied with getting me—a naturally skinny kid—to eat more. We were not wealthy, but we had everything we needed. In the most basic of ways, we were not unlike you and your family. And we felt as secure as you do now.

Please remember that all of this was taken away. Within a few weeks in the spring of 1944, my father’s store was confiscated, my Jewish friends and I were told that we were no longer welcome at school, and we were forced to wear a yellow star. Then we were forced from our home, crowded into cattle cars, and taken to Auschwitz. When we arrived, the men were separated from the women, and then my father was separated from me. My father had been a POW in World War I, and during his years of imprisonment he learned to play the violin and to speak five languages. He was intelligent and humorous. I loved him the way any 16-year-old boy loves a wonderful father. The way you love your father, if you are lucky enough to have a good one. So imagine this: a man in a black uniform sends you to one direction and your father to another. You don’t know why, until the next day a veteran prisoner points up at the smoke coming out of a chimney and says, “Your father is up there.” Please remember my father.

Please remember that it is terribly easy for one group to strike another group off the roster of humanity, to see others as vermin or pests, as an affliction that must be destroyed. It happens again and again. And once it does, people are capable of inflicting terrible hardship and pain on others, and to feel they are righteous in doing so. None of the SS officers who ordered me—a starving teenager—to carry heavy steel rails up a hillside thought of themselves as monsters. They were adhering to their beliefs, and they were serving their country. We must be constantly vigilant for the descent that takes us from self-righteous beliefs, to the dehumanization of others and into the sphere of violence.

Please remember that while we are capable of all of this, we can also rise to amazing heights in the service of others. For two weeks I had the good fortune to have a respite from hard labor while I was assigned to work with a civilian German engineer who was surveying the landscape where future roads would be built. He saw the terrible conditions I was living under and decided to help. Everyday he hid food for me from the SS kitchen where he ate lunch. Chicken, milk, rice, and cheese left under a bench in the back corner of a barracks. He cared, he took a risk, and he saved my life. Please remember him.

And finally, remember that no one should be judged because of his or her nationality, religion or race. We were sent to the camps because propaganda was believed, individuality was erased, and hate was rampant. When asked if I am angry with Germans, I think of the German engineer, and know that individuals must be judged by their own personal actions. If I can hold this as a guiding principle after what happened to my family and me, then you can, too.

Please take my memories as yours, share them, and carry them forward. It is by doing so that you can help keep the next generation from forgetting, and help fill the space that we survivors will leave behind when we are gone.

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Book Review-A Current Deception-Arleen Alleman

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Murder aboard a luxury cruise liner? Actually more then just one but who is counting. Now who could be behind these acts? And how did those crazy yellow ants get aboard the ship anyway? These are just some of the questions Dorothy Farthing, a journalistic reporter is asking herself. This isn't the first time Darcy and her family and friends have been on a cruise where bad things happened. I really wish I had read the first in this series because it was alluded to more then once.

To top everything off the ship's security manager is trying not to do anything and the Captain is --well he does have a marriage to preform but is worried sick over it all. And Dorothy's daughter, Rachelle who I will have ti assume she gave up at birth was reunited with her birth mother at the last cruise and has a baby of her own--and a ship board romance that has Darcy and her unassuming husband worried.

This is definitely a fast moving novel with lots of twists and turns and probably another book in this series to come. All I want to know is: How are those crazy ants doing? They certainly are mini survivors!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

"Freelance reporter Darcy Farthing boards a luxury cruise ship for a trip to beautiful Australian seaports with family and friends, where a baffling murder mystery challenges her investigative skills. The crimes begin when a small-town Kansas woman traveling with a class reunion tour group is plagued by an attack of yellow crazy ants--a dangerous, invasive species--as well as an illness caused by mysterious foodborne bacteria and the odd cancellation of an onshore tour. The bizarre but relatively minor incidents escalate when the ants injure more passengers and crew members. Soon, a peculiar death on the streets of Adelaide and attempted murders on board the ship threaten to cause panic. It is obvious that a crew member or passenger is targeting individuals, but who is it and why?

Meanwhile, Darcy is distracted by daughter Rachael's uncharacteristic behavior and intense friendship with a handsome passenger. Reluctant to make waves, Darcy tries to suppress her concerns. She turns her full attention to the crimes when evidence is found in her friend and ex-husband Brooks's stateroom and the security chief names him as the sole suspect. Brooks is clearly innocent, but the chief is inexplicably reluctant to conduct a more thorough investigation to clear him; then Darcy's best friend, Sid, who is also Brooks's fiancé, becomes the latest victim. Clue by clue, with husband Mick's help, Darcy uses her skills to reveal a homicidal master of disguise and world-class computer hacker intent on exacting revenge related to a twenty-year-old crime."

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About the Author: (from Goodreads)

Arleen Alleman is a former senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office, where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite systems to endangered species. She has a science education but has also worked as a fashion model, insurance adjuster, jewelry designer, and proprietor of a home decor shop. Her interests include health and fitness, world religions, reading, and travel. Born in England, she grew up in New Hampshire and Nevada, then lived in Colorado. Now, she lives in SW Florida with her husband, Tim and their cat, Xena.

Author's Website

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