Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Mail Call

Yes, it’s that time again! Last Monday, I didn’t have any new mail items to post. This past week, however, I received a wonderful assortment of items in the mail and I’m looking forward to sharing the list with you.

As you can see, there are several genres represented, along with a few goodies to boot.

1. Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl by Susan McCorkindale

2. The Wild One by Denise Eagan

3. Celebration by Fern Michaels

4. Wish List by Fern Michaels

5. French Women Don’t Sleep Alone by Jamie Cat Callan

6. Vegas Heat by Fern Michaels

7. Mistress of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

8. A Red Hot Valentine’s Day by Lacy Danes, Megan Hart, Jackie Kessler and Jess Michaels

9. Being Wicked by Lacy Danes

10. Naughty Bits (anthology of short stories)

11. Drums That Dance in the Dark by Nduka Onwuegbute (I will have a blog interview with this author in April, so be sure to watch for that!)

12. Love: The Greatest Gift of All (this is a book of quotes that offer a variety of “Reflections to Inspire”)

I also received bookmarks, postcards, magnets, candles and caramels.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Welcome to the World, David!

On Friday, March 13, at 12:42 p.m., my new grandson David was born. He weighed 6 pounds, 7.4 ounces. He is such a little bundle of joy. Very precious to all of us and what a personality!

May the Luck of the Irish be with You today!

Monday, March 16, 2009

His Story

I just finished reading "Rock Hudson, His Story." This book was written by Rock and Sara Davidson. He began the book while he was dying of AIDS and hired Sara to help him.
He must have known it wouldn't be completed until after his death.
It is very well written and Sara did an excellent job of bringing out Rock's personality. He was very loved and looked up to by his friends and just about everyone else who met him.
This book was published in 1986, but it's still poignant today. Although AIDS isn't running quite as rampant as it did in the late '80s or early '90s, it exists as ever before. The disease can still catch up with people who don't take precautions and it can still kill.
That aside, this book also is a trip down memory lane as we read about Rock's movies and TV shows. There are plenty of pictures in three separate spreads to remind us of the great actor he was and the wonderful leading ladies he worked with.

Monday Mail Call

These books arrived in my mail this past week!

1. What Do We Do Now? by Stephen Hess

2. A Taste of Magic by Tracy Madison (included autographed cover flat)

3. That Went Well by Terrell Harris Dougan (to review)

4. Hacking Harvard by Robin Wasserman

5. Look Both Ways by Jacquelyn Mitchard

6. Fiancé At Her Fingertips by Kathleen Bacus (included book bag)

I received these books in my e-mail box:

1. A Taste of Saffron Cookbook by Shaila Abdullah

2. Vows of Deception by Phyllis Campbell

I won a gift certificate from Linda Kage for the Wild Rose Press and chose this great book:

On the Run by Judith Rochelle

There is still a balance on the certificate and I’ll decide by next week which other book(s) I want!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Monday Mail Call

This past week has been super busy for me. I had so many writing assignments, but I did take the time to keep track of the books that came in the mail.

1. Vexing the Viscount by Emily Bryan

2. Love Not Forgotten by Ellen Ashe

3. Fire at Midnight by Lisa Marie Wilkinson

4. The History of Now by Daniel Klein

5. For Joy and Wisdom by Jason Mallory (e-book)

My name was selected as the winner of a guest blog with Rowena Cherry. She really is a gracious lady and I absolutely love the hat she wears. I’ve read her books before, so I opted to select the prize of a box of Godiva chocolates. Yum!

Hopefully, things will slow down for a little while and I can get my desk cleaned off, the stacks of papers on the floor gone through and several new blog posts written!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Monday Mail Call

I’ve seen several blogs that now have this weekly feature, so I thought it would be fun to add it to mine. The idea is to list all the books I got in my mail the past week.

I'm doing mine a little differently than others, but I hope you'll enjoy it and leave a comment!

Here’s my list.

1. Why We Hate Us: American discontent in the new millennium by Dick Meyer

2. Bride Island by Alexandra Enders

3. On Borrowed Wings by Chandra Prasad

4. The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson

5. What a Family Means by Geri Krotow

6. The Journalist by G.L. Rockey

7. Inherited: Baby by Nicola Marsh

I also got an envelope of bookmarks and magnets from Tracy Anne Warren!

On Saturday, my husband and I attended a fund-raising banquet for the local junior rodeo association. There were lots of kids in attendance and bull fighter Rowdy Barry and his family were there to sign autographs and hand out pictures and bandanas. The meal was prime rib (of course, it was a western theme!), along with baked potatoes, salad and desert. The fund-raising was done through the purchasing of the meal tickets, plus a live and silent auction. I bid on a few items and took home two baskets. One was a movie basket, which I bid on to give to my son. It had a certificate for lots of free movie rentals. The other was a "relaxation" basket. It was filled with two lap blankets, a diffuser (lavender scent), a little candy dish and the book "Shoot the Moon" by Billie Letts! So, I'll add that to my list, even though it didn't come in the mail -- the invitation to the banquet did, so that (loosely) counts, I suppose!