Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fatal Judgment

Being a U.S. Marshal, Jake Taylor should be used to the lack of downtime but that does not mean that he has to like it. Jake is barely off the airplane, when his phone rings. It is his boss. He wants Jake to watch over Federal Judge, Elizabeth Michaels. Someone has shot Liz’s sister. Jake reluctantly accepts the job. Jake has ill feelings towards Liz. She was married to his best friend Doug until he took his own life. Jake blames Liz for Doug’s death. When Jake learns the real truth about Liz and Doug, will Jake’s feelings towards Liz change?

Fatal Judgment is book one in the Guardians of Justice series. A new series from author, Irene Hannon. I have read a few prior novels from this author and liked them. Just like the others, I know that I can expect a quick paced story line, plenty of drama, action and some romance thrown into the mix. Though, I did like this book, I never fully committed to the characters. I don’t know if it was because I was suppose to believe Jake didn’t like Liz but than it was hard to get this feeling when from the first moment he saw her, he felt something for her. Overall, I do think that Fatal Judgment is a good start to this series.

Irene Hannon is the author of more than 25 novels, including the CBA bestsellers Against All Odds, An Eye for an Eye, and In Harm's Way. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier award, and the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine. She lives in Missouri.

"Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Probability Angels

Matthew Huntington can not seem to catch a break. His mentor, Epp is displeased with Matthew. Epp thinks Matthew has been slacking off too long now and wants him to really get into the game. As if that was not bad enough, Matthew’s wife is lying in a pool of blood, dying in a park. Matthew can’t do anything as it just so happens that Matthew is an angel.

Probability Angels is one of those books that you are glad you picked it up and gave it a chance. I thought this book was unique and a nice change from all the vampires, werewolves, wizards and other creatures of the night. Though, if you are expecting a mushy story and weak characters than you will be in for a surprise. In fact, as I was reading this book, there were a few times that the movie; City of Angels would flash into my head.

What I most liked about this book was that Matthew was not your typical angel. He had a cynical attitude about him but at the same time it showed that he may be an angel but he is just a normal guy trying to do good for others. The second half of this book was a battle of good vs. evil. While I found it interesting, I sort of lost some interest. Overall, Mr. Devon deserves kudos for Probability Angels.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Scrapping B&N's Nook 3G

The rumor mill is spinning regarding Barnes & Noble's Nook 3G e-reader. Based on "hard evidence from within B&N," Engadget reported the device "is being discontinued, with sales to seemingly continue until stock is exhausted," and noted the company "is encouraging retail partners to not send out any bulk orders for the Nook 3G, as there simply won't be sufficient quantities to fulfill those orders."

While such a move would reduce B&N's Nook line to two models--the Nook Wi-FI and the Nook Color--PC magazine wrote that the "news comes just after Barnes & Noble announced it has sold 650,000 subscriptions on the Nook Newsstand, and an earlier boast that the Nook (all models) is the company's best-selling product ever. If the Engadget report is true, presumably both developments were due to the Nook Color, announced in October."

A B&N spokesperson wouldn't comment on Engadget's claim, but told PC magazine "3G sold out during the holiday season so there is plenty of demand for it."

Electronista suggested that the Nook 3G "may also have been the victim of the e-reader's increasing role as a secondary reader. Many iPad owners have e-readers as well, and many buying competing readers like the Kindle have now skewed either towards the cheaper Wi-Fi models or else towards color readers and tablets."

Cnet News offered a conservative response, pointing out that "it would seem odd for Barnes & Noble to discontinue the 3G/Wi-Fi version of the Nook and tell customers they could only get the Wi-Fi-only version. The fact is, Amazon offers both a 3G/Wi-Fi Kindle and Wi-Fi-only Kindle, and Barnes & Noble would most likely continue to offer models that compete with what Amazon's got."

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Lincoln Lawyer Movie Giveaway

I am offering 5 movie posters and 5 copies of The Lincoln Lawyer to 5 lucky winners. To enter share with me your favorite Michael Connelly book (1 entry), Tweet about this and post the link here (+1 entry), Share on Facebook or any other site for additional 1 entry for every place you post about it. If you are a old follower of my blog (3 extra entries for you), New follower (1 extra entry). Open to US and Canada only. No PO Boxes. Ends February 12th

Don't forget to go see The Lincoln Lawyer when it comes out March 18th

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Mickey Haller - Matthew McConaughey
Louis Roulet - Ryan Phillippe
Maggie McPherson - Marisa Tomei
Frank Levin - William H. Macy
Ted Minton - Josh Lucas
Earl - Laurence Mason
Mary Windsor - Frances Fisher
Val Valenzuela - John Leguizamo
Jesus Martinez - Michael Pena
Reggie Campo - Margarita Levieva
Cecil Dobbs - Bob Gunton
Judge Fullbright - Reggie Baker
Hayley Haller - Mackenzie Aladjem
Detective Sobel - Michaela Conlin
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Your Teen Can Own a Micro Business

How to Launch It in Ten Simple Steps by Carol Topp, CPA

“I want to walk dogs; what do I need to do to get started?” asked a teen boy. I had inspired him to think about starting a micro business and he was ready to get going!

I encourage teenagers to start very small businesses—micro businesses. A micro business is a one-person business that can be started easily, usually without any up-front cash, using what a teenager already owns. Micro businesses are usually home-based and very flexible so a busy student can keep up with homework, sports and a social life.

Teenagers can use their skills to develop businesses such as teaching guitar lessons, doing web design or caring for children. Other teenagers have started micro businesses by offering services such as house cleaning, pet care, and lawn mowing. One easy-to-start micro business is tutoring. Some students tutor math, Spanish or computer programs such as Photoshop.

After your teenager has an idea, he or she can launch a micro business in a short amount of time with very little start up money. Share these starting steps with your teen:

1.Conduct a mini market survey. Start by asking a few potential customers if they need your service and what price they are willing to pay.

2.Decide on a price. From the mini-market survey, you should be able to set a fair price. You may get your first customers by undercharging the competition. One teenager charged half what other piano teachers charged and quickly had eight students.

3.Volunteer a few jobs to practice your business skills and build a reputation. Use recommendations from these jobs in your future advertising. Sarah took senior pictures as a favor for a friend and received three other jobs from referrals.

4.Launch your first advertising campaign. Try to use free advertising such as emails, Facebook posts and handing out fliers to friends and neighbors.

5.Work your plan on a small scale. Start with one customer at first. Learn a lot from that experience and grow slowly.

6.Evaluate, adjust and change. As you grow in experience, you may be able to charge more. You will probably need to create a payment policy. Sarah discovered that she needed to be paid up front and have a cancellation policy when she scheduled photo shoots.

7.Pick a name and register it. Usually, you can use your own name, such as Cathy Smith's Babysitting Service, without needing a name registration. If you do want a business name, learn what your state or local government requires. This website is a good place to start:

8.Open a checking account. Accountants usually recommend a separate business checking account to keep from mixing personal and business expenses. A teenager can usually get by with one checking account, if you keep good records. Usually a parent must agree to be a co-signer on a checking account for minors.

9.Read up on taxes. You’ll need to file your own tax return, may owe federal or state income tax, and may be subject to self-employment tax also. Self-employment tax is Social Security and Medicare taxes for self-employed people.

10.Learn about customer service, marketing and record keeping. Become a student of business and seek to be continually learning more. Read books, take a business class, find a mentor and ask a lot of questions.

Author Bio

Carol Topp, CPA advises teenage business owners through her Micro Business for Teens book series. Carol’s day job is accountant to business owners, and she enjoys teaching teenagers to succeed beyond their dreams. Students appreciate how she shares what they need to know in clear and helpful lessons. Her website is

Sunday, January 23, 2011 takes on the state of Texas

I read this article in Shelf Awareness and thought I would share.

Last fall, Texas assessed Amazon $269 million in uncollected sales tax, interest and penalties for the four years running from December 2005 to December 2009 (Shelf Awareness, October 25, 2010). Last week, Amazon filed a lawsuit in Travis County District Court that argues "the documents must be made public under the Texas Public Information Act and seeks a court order forcing their release. The suit also seeks recovery of attorneys' fees and other legal costs," the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Amazon's lawsuit contends it sent letters in September and October to the comptroller's office requesting "information related to the audit and the assessment" and an explanation of the basis for the assessment, but "auditors were not forthcoming with an explanation."

The comptroller's office refused to provide that information, arguing that it was protected by attorney-client privilege because "the entire file relating to the audit was 'prepared by an attorney,' and thus... protected from disclosure," according to the lawsuit. On December 16, an opinion issued by the Texas attorney general's office agreed with the comptroller's office, the American-Statesman wrote.

Never Been Kissed

Elise has moved to a new town. This means a new school and new friends. I is hard being the new girl in town. When Stacie asks Elise what she is going to do for her upcoming sixteenth birthday, Elise hopes that for her birthday she realizes her first kiss. When the popular boy in school, Asher shows Elise interest, she becomes excited. Will Elise finally receive her first kiss?

Never Been Kissed is not just a cute read but it also tackles two topics that all teenagers are facing currently…peer pressure to be experienced (not a virgin) and sex-texting. I thought Ms. Carlson did a fine job incorporating these topics into the story. It goes to show you how easy it is to get caught up in material things and find yourself doing things that you would not normally do, if you were not pressured.

While I did like this book, I found Elise to be moderate. There was not really anything memorable about Elise. I understood she felt the pressure to fit in at a new school but when she was communicating with Asher, Elise was a little too needy for my taste. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good book.

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon. Visit Melody's website at

“Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Down the Road

All George Zaragosa wants to do is get home safely to San Uvalda. The world around him has gone mad. A deadly plague has turned most of the human population into flesh eating zombies.

George has two choices…he could either sit in his apartment as he does have enough food to last him for at least three weeks or he can make an attempt to go down the road to San Uvalda. George decides to risk it and travel home. It will be a dangerous trek. One that George will by lucky to survive.

I recently became obsessed with reading zombie books. When I first start reading books in this genre, I could not get enough. Lately, I have been reading some duds. I was starting to re-think, if I had made a mistake and needed to take a break from the genre. This all changed when I read…Down the Road by Mr. Ibarra. What I liked about this book is that the zombies were what you would imagine zombies to be and act like. They were not modified versions. I was rooting for George the whole time. The ending was a surprise. I plan to check out more books by Mr. Ibarra…Down the Road.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tapestry of Love

Review by Nancy (my friend)

Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton

Catherine Parkstone's family may feel she is a bit "off" as they say. She gives up her home in England, buys a small cottage in the Cevannes region of France and relocates. Just like that. She is a needlewoman, making cushions, drapes, and designing beautiful tapestries to sell. She moves in to no lights, not heat, a lonely stone house on a hillside and is immediately happier than she has been in years. This is her time.

Neighbors are close-mouthed but friendly. She meets dogs, sheep, pigs and Patrick Castagnol. He is not close-mouthed but expresses himself quite nicely, thank you. he has a collection of wine to rival any restaurant, makes his own as well and can cook like a dream. There might be something there but the arrival of Catherine's younger sister spoils everything. Byrony of the law degree takes what she wants. Until she herself gets taken. But things have been ruined by then and nothing to be done.

Catherine is quiet, very talented and judgemental. She love sher children fiercely, her sister sometimes and her new life is met with open arms. Rosy Thornton has wreitten the most beautiful book telling us of Catherine's life in her new surroundings. Whern she is come upon by a family of wild boars, the reader can see them with our own eyes and wish we were standing beside her. This is not a book of love of man as much as it is love of place and self. We all wish for Catherine's life and more tales from Ms. Thornton.

Mystery Writers of America Announce Nominees for 2011 Edgar Awards

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce on the 202nd anniversary of
the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, its Nominees for the 2011 Edgar Allan Poe
Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television
published or produced in 2010. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the
winners at our 65th Gala Banquet, April 28, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel,
New York City.

Caught by Harlan Coben (Penguin Group USA - Dutton)
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (HarperCollins ­ William
Faithful Place by Tana French (Penguin Group USA - Viking)
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan (HarperCollins ­ William Morrow)
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books)
I¹d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins ­ William Morrow)

Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva (Tom Doherty Associates ­ Forge Books)
The Poacher¹s Son by Paul Doiron (Minotaur Books)
The Serialist: A Novel by David Gordon (Simon & Schuster)
Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
Snow Angels by James Thompson (Penguin Group USA ­ G.P. Putnam¹s Sons)

Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard (Random House - Bantam)
The News Where You Are by Catherine O¹Flynn (Henry Holt)
Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski (Minotaur Books)
Vienna Secrets by Frank Tallis (Random House Trade Paperbacks)
Ten Little Herrings by L.C. Tyler (Felony & Mayhem Press)

Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity
by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry (University of Nebraska Press ­ Bison
The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in Jim Crow
by Alex Heard (HarperCollins)
Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery
by Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
Hellhound on his Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr and the
International Hunt for his Assassin by Hampton Sides (Random House -
The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic
by Douglas Starr (Alfred A. Knopf)

The Wire: Truth Be Told by Rafael Alvarez (Grove Atlantic ­ Grove Press)
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making
by John Curran (HarperCollins)
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by Steven Doyle and David A. Crowder (Wiley)
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendevouz
with American History by Yunte Huang (W.W. Norton)
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner (Oceanview

"The Scent of Lilacs" ­ Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Doug Allyn (Dell
"The Plot" ­ First Thrills by Jeffery Deaver (Tom Doherty ­ Forge Books)
"A Good Safe Place² ­ Thin Ice by Judith Green (Level Best Books)
"Monsieur Alice is Absent" ­ Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
by Stephen Ross (Dell Magazines)
"The Creative Writing Murders" ­ Dark End of the Street by Edmund White

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon (Candlewick Press)
The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler (Albert
Whitman & Co.)
The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee (Feiwel & Friends)
Griff Carver: Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg (Penguin Young Readers Group -
The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman by Ben H. Winters (HarperCollins Children¹s

The River by Mary Jane Beaufrand (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (Random House Children¹s Books ­
Alfred A. Knopf)
7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando (Random House Children¹s Books
­ Delacorte Press)
The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price
(Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers)
Dust City by Robert Paul Weston (Penguin Young Readers Group - Razorbill)

The Psychic by Sam Bobrick (Falcon Theatre ­ Burbank, CA)
The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein (New Jersey Repertory Company)
The Fall of the House by Robert Ford (Alabama Shakespeare Festival)

³Episode 1² - Luther, Teleplay by Neil Cross (BBC America)
³Episode 4² ­ Luther, Teleplay by Neil Cross (BBC America)
³Full Measure² ­ Breaking Bad, Teleplay by Vince Gilligan (AMC/Sony)
³No Mas² ­ Breaking Bad, Teleplay by Vince Gilligan (AMC/Sony)
³The Next One¹s Gonna Go In Your Throat² ­ Damages, Teleplay by Todd A.
Glenn Kessler & Daniel Zelman (FX Networks)

"Skyler Hobbs and the Rabbit Man" ­ Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
by Evan Lewis (Dell Magazines)

Sara Paretsky

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, Forest Park, Illinois
Once Upon A Crime Bookstore, Minneapolis, Minnesota

(Presented at MWA¹s Agents & Editors Party on Wednesday, April 27, 2010)

Wild Penance by Sandi Ault (Penguin Group ­ Berkley Prime Crime)
Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton (Minotaur Books)
Down River by Karen Harper (MIRA Books)
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Live to Tell by Wendy Corsi Staub (HarperCollins - Avon)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Search

Lainey O’Toole has a plan that she is ready to put into motion. She has saved every penny to attend the Culinary Institute of America. Things were looking promising for Lainey, until her car broke down. Luckily for Lainey, her car breaks down in front of a bakery called Sweet Tooth. The owner, Mrs. Stroot offers Lainey a job. Lainey accepts as she desperately needs the money and she has no where else to go until her car is fixed. Being back in Stoney Ridge brings back memories. What deep, dark secret is Lainey hiding?

Bess Reihl has come to Rose Hill Farm to help out her grandmother, Bertha. Her grandmother is recovering. When Bess arrives she learns to Bertha lied just to get Bess to come down to the farm. Billy Lapp is a neighbor of Bertha’s and a hired hand. Billy and Bess share a spark. Will this spark between Bess and Billy turn into something?

The Search is book three in the Lancaster County Secrets series. This book can be read as a stand alone novel. To admit, I was not in love with this book. Also, I did not really engage with all most of the characters and their lives. While I did like Lainey and Bess, I just couldn’t get myself to fully like them enough to be fully committed to reading this book. I kind of breezed over sections as I wanted it to move along faster. I did like the tie in between Lainey and Bess’s story. Overall, I thought this book was a nice read.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ghost of a Flea

Review by my friend, Nancy
The Ghost of Flea should have been written by Alfred Hitchcock. It seems as though it would have made a splendid movie with all of it's twists and turns of plot. The main character could have been Cary Grant. Roger Davis is a good, loyal workerbee. He is on time, stays late, is married to Natalie who may or may not have slept with half of his office prior to the wedding. Roger has a friend in Gideon whom he sees once a week. Gideon browbeats Roger mercilessly and, one night shows Roger his newest treasure. A painting by Blake entitled The Ghost of a Flea.

The painting is hideous but Gideon is much taken with it. After his show and tell he brings out the pipe and, this time for some reason; Roger smokes with him. And everything about Roger's life changes in that instant. He is lied to by his wife, his co-workers, Gideon and probably even the painting. He loves Natalie but she denies ever telling him she wants children. Then she lies about denying the denial. People are murdered right and left and the only thing they seem to have in common is their knowledge of Roger. Enought to make anyone paranoid!

The only person possibly not lying to Roger is a woman he met at Gideon's home - Peggy Curtis. But she told him her name was something else. He is taken with the idea he needs to find her but when he finds out she lives on Central Park West - and may be sleeping with his boss - that becomes suspect as well. A true tale of confusion, murder and love. But who loves whom and who is murdering the characters? Well worth taking the time to sit down and delve into Roger's mani world.

Purchase a copy here

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wind and Fire mixes the best of both worlds with fantasy and young adult.

The year is 2310. The place is Tellaron.

Tenya experiences vivid dreams of fire and a mysterious hooded man. What could these dreams mean? When Tenya was a little three years old, her mother disappeared. Her father does not say much about Tenya’s mother.

Tenya’s father and step mother leave for the evening. Tenya is awaken by a noise. Standing over Tenya is an old hag. The woman kidnaps Tenya. The old hag tells Tenya that she is bring her to Zardonne, Master of the Dark Rift and that neither she nor Elea can stop Zardonne from taking ultimate control of Tellaron. Can Tenya escape and stop Zardonne before it is too late?

I read this full length novel on my computer. I usually try to avoid reading full length novels for the plain fact that I don’t like sitting staring at a computer monitor for long period of time. With Wind and Fire, it didn’t feel like I made an exception as I was caught up in this book. Though, it did take me a while to finish this book. This was due to me and not the book or the author. Tenya made a great heroine. She had a fighting spirit and I warmed up to her right away. I was cheering for her the whole time. Wind and Fire mixes the best of both worlds with fantasy and young adult. Of course you don’t have to be a young adult to enjoy this book. Just enjoy at heart. There is plenty of action to keep the story moving at a fast pace. Cheryl Landmark shows great promise with her debut novel, Wind and Fire.

The Crack in the Lens

Brothers, Otto “Big Red” and Gustav “Old Red” Amlingmeyer are back. This time things are personal. A long time ago, Old Red’s fiancĂ©e, Adeline was murdered. Old Red has carried regret with him that he was not in town, when Adeline was killed. Big and Old Red does some investigating to finally get justice for Adeline. What they uncover just may be more than the brothers can handle.

The Crack in the Lens is the fourth book Holmes on the Range mystery. I have not read any of the prior three novels. This book can be read as a stand alone novel. I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, which I believe is probably a common theme with mystery readers. This book kind of reminded me of the old Sherlock Holmes stories. The characters talked in simple terms but there were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing.

Big and Old Red makes a great team. Old Red is more of the beat them up type, whereas; Big Red is the thinker and can calm Old. I was cheering for Big and Old to get their man. Though as much as I did enjoy this book, it did move a bit slowly at first for my taste. From what I read from author readers of this series, the prior novels are better. I do plan to check them out.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The new wave of the book industry?

I saw this brief article in the Shelf Awareness newsletter and thought this was funny and would share.

A glimpse of the future? Ion Audio's "venture into the book-digitizing business," the $149 Book Saver, "promises one-second color scans of both pages of a book" and is scheduled to be available in June "at places like Barnes & Noble, Staples, and Office Depot," according to Engadget, which cautioned that the "big problem here is that there's no automation for page turning, and worse yet, you'll need to lift the entire, somewhat fragile, scanner in order to flip to the next page."

Cnet News observed that "publishing has wrestled with piracy for years, but one of the reasons the sector hasn't been hit as hard by illegal file sharing as much as the music or film industries is that there isn't an easy way to digitize books. Scanning them is typically labor intensive.... Book publishers should know that eventually someone or some company, maybe even Ion, will streamline the process."

Easy as Pie at Bobby's Diner

Since the death of her husband, Bobby five years ago, Georgette has been running Bobby’s Diner by herself. It was rough at first between Georgette and Bobby’s grown daughter, Roberta but as the years passed, they became close.

Georgette has found herself a new man. His name is Hawthorne Biggs. He is dashing and in love with Georgette. Georgette’s good friend, Helen returns. Helen and Hawthorne do not get along very well. Helen suspects something is not quite right with Hawthorne. Before Helen can find out if she is right, she disappears. Now it is up to Georgette and Roberts to uncover the truth, even if it hurts.

Easy as Pie at Bobby’s Diner is the second book to Bobby’s Diner. I did not read Bobby’s Diner. Though I had no issues jumping right into this book. I liked Georgette. I thought she was nice but I do admit that she did get on my nerves at first. She was almost too nice that she let people take advantage of her. Though, once you pissed Georgette off, you had better watch yourself. Georgette did have a backbone. This was a nice surprise. Readers will probably figure out who the killer is before the end of the book but you will still want to finish reading until the very end. Overall, I thought this was a fine book. I would visit Bobby’s Diner again in the future.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Coping with Aging parents

Q&A with Missy Buchanan

Even when age creeps up on the body and mind, and life changes from what it once was, is it still possible to have a purpose in life? When it is no longer possible to venture out and do the things you once loved, can you still find a reason to look forward to each day? Missy Buchanan, a leading expert and advocate for senior adults, believes that you can. Buchanan wants to encourage older adults to find their purpose, share their stories, and make an impact on those around them.

Q: What made you decide to start ministering to and writing books for older adults?

Well, as a middle-aged adult, I never had any intention of becoming an author of books for older adults. But because of the journey that my own aging parents were on, I realized how they had become disconnected from their church as their lives changed. They started off as active older adults and then that circle got smaller as they had more needs and physical limitations. As I would visit them at their retirement community, I would also see so many others that were just like them. They needed spiritual encouragement. And so that’s why I got started. The first book began as a project just for my own parents. I wrote devotions and kept them in a loose-leaf notebook. But others started asking for them and things just spiraled from there.

Q: What do you think children need to know about their aging parents?

What I realized personally was that I had been so caught up in my parents’ physical needs that I had neglected their spiritual needs. They were no longer connected to their church, at least in regular worship attendance, and that had been such a huge part of their lives. I almost made that mistake of just totally missing that, and that was the point where I began to write. I looked and there were other books written about older adults but not very many that were written to them and for them. So the first thing I would tell their children is to pay attention not only to their physical needs but also to their spiritual needs.

Q: What is your opinion about role reversal with children and their aging parents?

I hear the whole idea of role reversal where the older parent becomes a child and the grown children become the parent, and I understand what they are talking about because my own parents became more dependent on me. But I think that when we refer to it as a role reversal, and we begin to think of our aging parents as children, we strip away their dignity. We rob them of respect and we overlook the fact that they are not children. They have had a lifetime of experiences that a child has not had. And I think that is an important difference that grown children need to think about and pay attention to. It’s more of a role shift in responsibilities and not a role reversal. I know how much it hurts an aging parent to feel like they are being treated like a baby or like a child.

Q: Other than aging adults, who else has benefited from your writing?

A friend of mine in an assisted living facility asked me to bring some books for one of her tablemates. Her tablemate explained that these books were for her adult children. “They don’t understand what it feels like to grow old, and I can’t seem to make them understand, but your books say it better than I ever could.” My books are all written in the first person as if an older adult is speaking directly to God. There are a lot of adult children that are buying them for themselves and older adults buying them for their grown children.

And I’ve heard of different youth groups that have been reading my books in order to better understand what it’s like to grow old. Instead of just mocking their older peers, they are learning that they share a lot of the same feelings—feelings of insecurity, feelings of fear. As a result of reading the books, one youth group in Tennessee has even adopted the residents of the senior living center across from their church.

Q: How can faith change our idea of growing older?

So many see aging as a punishment, and they dread it so much. But even though it is difficult to be limited by an aging body, they need to look at it as a gift that God has given them. They still have so much to give. They have great wisdom to share and stories to share. I always tell my older friends that their story is not yet over.

Missy Buchanan is the author of Talking with God in Old Age: Meditations and Psalms and

Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults (Upper Room Books).

Click here to watch Missy Buchanan’s recent interview with

Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and Roberts’ 86-year-old mother.

Visit Missy Buchanan’s website, , and blog,

Become a friend on Facebook (Aging and Faith) and follow on Twitter (MissyBuchanan).

Missy was born into a family that treated their elder adults with love and respect. Her own grandparents lived in her home when she was a child, so it only came natural for her to care for her parents as they aged. Even though they chose to live in a retirement facility, Buchanan visited them regularly to help provide for their physical needs. But it wasn’t until her mom mentioned how long it had been since she had been served communion that Buchanan began to realize that their needs were far more than physical.

And so began her journey as a writer and an advocate for senior adults. When Buchanan visited a bookstore to learn how few resources were available, she began writing devotions for her parents. But soon word spread in their community, and others wanted to read her devotions also. And it spiraled from there into books to minister to aging adults.

Lunch Dates, Road Trips, and Overcoming Inertia + Giveaway

Lunch Dates, Road Trips, and Overcoming Inertia

Call it a mid-life crisis, a reinvention of myself, or just plain restlessness, but I’m gearing up for big changes in my life. I don’t know what they are yet, but I know I need them. It’s not that I’m unhappy, it’s just that I feel stagnation choking me like scum on a pond. OK, maybe I am unhappy. If I were a man, I’d probably be thinking about buying a sports car, something red, curvy, and low to the ground. Instead my list of possibilities goes like this: Graduate school? Get a dog? Volunteer at a school in Ecuador? Take ukelele lessons? Move to a bigger city? Get a new job, maybe at a museum? Fall in love with a single dad with small children at home? (Which, as one friend pointed out, is the same thing as getting a new job). In other words, I don’t care where the change arrives—career, work, home, love, hobby—just bring it on. Shake me up. I’ll consider anything.

Oh, I talk big. But the other day, when my friend Susan invited me on a short road trip, from Northern to Southern California, I balked. I had work to do, the forecast called for rain, my hair needed cutting, and various other excuses. She dangled carrots: warm temperatures, the Getty Museum, walks on famous beaches and in famous canyons. She was headed down to help her recently widowed father for a few days, and I could also help, by bringing some bright new energy into his home. But my office needed cleaning, and there’s my yoga class, and oh, I couldn’t be away from my computer for the eight hours it takes to drive from one end of our state to the other.

Then today I had lunch with my dad, also a widower. “Why don’t you get a dog?” I asked him, in my eternal attempt to get him to stay active and try new things. Immediately he started in with the excuses. He might as well have said he had work to do, the forecast called for rain, and his hair needed cutting. I recognized the tone of voice—a low sing-song grumble—as I had just used it on my friend Susan. This kind of knee-jerk negative reaction to change, even positive change, runs in my family; it runs in my species. It can be so hard to muster the energy to counter inertia, to say “yes” instead of “nah.” But the first step is often the hardest to take; after that, momentum kicks in and we kick into gear.

So when I got home from lunch with my dad, I took that first step, and called Susan to tell her to count me in. Then I called my dad, to thank him for the kick. And to bug him about the dog. ###

To Have Not is a memoir of growing up poor in San Francisco in the 1970s, getting a scholarship to an Ivy League college, and discovering the downside of upward mobility. It was named one of five “Best Memoirs of 2010” by Author Frances Lefkowitz has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and once for Best American Essays; she is the book reviewer for Good Housekeeping and writes for numerous national magazines. Connect with her at , Frances Lefkowitz Author on Facebook, and @MeetFrances on Twitter.

Frances Lefkowitz writes for love and money, and sometimes both at the same time. She comes from humble urban California beginnings, spent her young adulthood in New England, and has garnered many boast-worthy accomplishments. Still, she is one of those women who feels she has not quite lived up to her potential.

At the age of seven, Frances Lefkowitz began to realize other people had things that she did not and might never have. This was the moment when the world divided in two, between the Haves and the Have Nots. It was also the moment that launched her on a lifelong examination of what it really means to have and have not--not just financially, but emotionally and culturally as well.

Moving from one apartment to the next in 1970s San Francisco, Frances's family always seemed a bit short of just enough. This upbringing led Frances to wonder what it might be like to have more, a question that led her from the inner city to the halls of an Ivy League institution, to a dusty village in Central America.

Funny, smart and insightful, To Have Not is a debut of major new literary voice.

I have one copy of this book to giveaway to one lucky reader. Leave a comment about this post with your email address. Open to US and Canada only. I will pick a winner January 22nd.

Monday, January 10, 2011

My Fair Succubi is a bewitching, fangtastic, angelic, rip-roaring good time!

Being a succubus is never boring. Just ask…Jackie Brighton. Jackie and Noah are enjoying a nice evening together, when they are interrupted. The Serim council has summons Jackie and Noah to appear before them. Jackie is being charged with immortal behavior. Jackie is in big trouble. The charges against her spell…death. The only way Jackie can escape death is to destroy her friend and fellow succubus, Remy.

It seems that Remy has been possessed by Joachim. Joachim is a powerful archangel. Gabriel wants the halo as it contains the power. If Jackie brings him the halo than she will be spared her life. The one good thing to come out of all this is that Jackie is reunited with her creator, Zane.

My Fair Succubi is book three in The Succubus Diaries. If you have not read this series yet than you have got to check it out and start with Gentlemen Prefer Succubi. Jackie is my favorite succubus. She is sassy, not afraid to speak her mind and looks good in anything she wears. I adore both Noah and Zane. It is easy to see why Jackie fell for both men. Noah is a gentleman whereas; Zane has total sex appeal about him. He is definitely the bad boy of the two men. Though I like both men, I do believe that Jackie made the right choice in who she wants to spend her life with. There were many funny moments to be had in this book. My Fair Succubi is a bewitching, fangtastic, angelic, rip-roaring good time!

Be warned…Kiss at Your Own Risk is addicting, hilarious, and will have you craving more!

Blaine Underhill has been Angelica, the Black Witch’s prisoner for one hundred and fifty years. There is only so much womanly domination that Blaine can take. I mean Angelica has forced Blaine and his friends to take on women tasks. This is her way of taming the men. Blaine and his friends have been plotting to escape for a long time. They will only get one chance at trying to gain their freedom again. Almost everyone escapes. Blaine’s friend, Christian is left behind. Blaine vows to find a way to rescue him from the black witch.
Trinity Harpswell is the Black Widow, a deadly assassin. Trinity is ready to hang it all up. All Trinity has to do is just keep from killing anyone for at least one more week. If she can do this than she will be free.

When Blaine enters into Trinity’s life and asks for her help. Trinity will have to choose between helping Blaine or her freedom.

I have never read anything by Stephanie Rowe until now. I have to say that now that I have discovered Mrs. Rowe, I will be checking out her prior novels. Kiss at Your Own Risk is book one in the Soulfire series. It is actually very endearing to find a macho man like Blaine who is not afraid to admit that he likes to cross stitch. Though don’t get the wrong impression about Blaine as he also has your back and he is smoking hot. Trinity evenly matches Blaine move for move. She and Blaine are a perfect match together. There is plenty of action and romance for everyone. Be warned…Kiss at Your Own Risk is addicting, hilarious, and will have you craving more!

The Naperville White House is a innovate, stimulating, book that is worth every penny!

The year is 2018. Al Queda terrorists are holding hostage a bus load of Americans. In exchange for their release, the terrorists want information on an anti-terrorist bio weapon.

Jay Weise works as an insurance adjustor for NetHealth. Though, Jay has another life. He is the President of the United States. Jay and a bunch of other people from across the world are all part of what is known as The International Organization of Fantasy Governments. Weise is always looking for someone new to add to his cabinet. So when Weise sees a note from a John Sykes, Weise decides to interview him. Sykes studied counterintelligence. Weise hires him as chief of counterintelligence.

Soon Sykes is writing Weise telling him that he has a mole and that there is a plot to kidnap a member of the President’s cabinet. Sykes tells the President that the threats are real and that he will be in contact with him with more information. Weise thinks Sykes is crazy and taking his job too seriously. When Sykes does not stop with his notes, Weise has no other recourse but to fire Sykes. When the things Sykes say come true, Weise must stop the terrorists and protect the United States before it is too late.

Mr. Bartels is such a good writer that he had me convinced that people really were playing out a fantasy government. Though, if such a thing did exist, I am sure that it would become widely popular like fantasy football. At first this book was hard for me to get into. It is because I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea that real civilizations pretended to be the president and the white house staff. These people were serious and had every thing down to the exact details. Once I told myself to quit over analyzing. I was able to sit back and enjoy reading this book. Jay Weise played a first-rate President. For someone who never really made an appearance in the book and whom the readers knew very little details about, Sykes really knew how to make a strong presence. The footnotes inserted throughout this book, I found to be intriguing and noteworthy. The Naperville White House is a innovate, stimulating, book that is worth every penny!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Book of Days

Eight years ago, as Cameron Vaux’s father was dying, he told instructed Cameron to find the book. The book of all days. Cameron didn’t spend much thought on his father’s incoherent words.

Now, eight years later, Cameron is forgetting things. It is like Alzheimer’s. Though Cameron is too young to have Alzheimer’s yet. It is like someone has taken an easer to Cameron’s past. No matter how hard Cameron tries to remember events it is getting harder and harder to remember. Cameron does have a flash back about a loved one named Jessie dying. In his dream, Jessie tells Cameron that she has seen “The Book” and that he must find it. Cameron awakens determined to find “The Book” if it exists. Cameron calls Ann. Ann used to be an investigative reporter. Cameron’s investigation leads him to Three Peaks, Oregon. There Cameron finds he is not welcome. What are the people of Three Peaks hiding?

I read Rooms by Mr. Rubart. It was an intriguing book that really made you think. Mr. Rubart’s newest release, Book of Days is even better. Mr. Rubart wrote that the concept of this book was inspired by his father’s illness. Mr. Rubart pondered where his father’s memories were going that he had lost…were they just disappearing or would God one day restore them? What if there really existed a book written by God that foretold the past, present and future and what if it was on Earth? There are all intriguing questions. I thought that Mr. Rubart did a great job portraying what he believed might be answers to these questions in Book of Days. Cameron is a strong character. He sought the truth no matter what he would learn. This book is not preachy like you would automatically envision Christian books to be. It is also a good mystery novel. Book of Days will remain in your thoughts for a few days.

The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball

Erin Channing is a perfect A student. Erin’s friends are always telling Erin to think outside of the box or other words…quit being boring! When Erin’s kooky Aunt Kiki dies; Erin’s world is about to get a lot more exciting. Kiki leaves Erin a plastic, pink, crystal ball. With the crystal ball comes some odd instructions. Things like…”Absolute knowledge is not unlimited; let the planets be your guide to the number”. Or something like…”There are sixteen ways to die, but four of them you will never see.” After reading what her Aunt Kiki wrote, Erin is now convinced that her Aunt really was kooky.

Erin’s friends, Samantha and Lindsay, believe that the crystal ball is magical. Erin doesn’t believe until some strange things start happening that she can not explain. Can Erin unlock the secret of the pink, crystal ball before her world is completely turned upside down?

The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball is a fun, magical read. I have not read anything by Risa Green until now. After reading this book, I plan to check out her prior novels. Erin was fun but she did need to loosen up. It was nice when she did. I really felt like than I got to know her better. Samantha and Lindsay are the kind of friends. The way this book ended leads me to hope that readers will see more of Erin, Samantha and Lindsay. The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball will make you wish you could join the Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Meet the Radleys

Meet the Radleys. They are your next door neighbors, your friends, etc. In addition to being all of these things; did I forget to mention…The Radleys are vampires! Yep, the Radleys are vampires but you would not really suspect anything. You would however find this family odd. The Radleys are just fine with being considered a bit different. It means that they have accomplished their goal of blending in.

Things are going just fine until, Clara has an incident. Now the Radleys are calling in reinforcements…Uncle Will. Will is an active vampire. This means that he does not hide what he is and drinks from humans. With Will’s arrival comes a huge surprise.

The Radleys is the first novel I have read by author, Matt Haig. This book was easy to get into. I read it almost all the way through. I connected with the Radleys. They made you see where they were coming from and why they did the things they did. The Radleys reminded me of the Adams Family. They are kooky, crazy and peculiar. It did move a little slow at first but this is because the story was being set up. If you stuck with it for just a few chapters than you are golden. This book goes to show you that not all vampire books have to be about tons of gore, sex or fancy effects. Just good characters and an interesting story line makes a good book. The Radleys is a fangtastic good read!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Come be Awakened by P.C. and Kristin Cast and Win a giveaway

The lucky winner will receive a 3-day, 2-night trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma for two people which includes airfare, hotel accommodations, a tour of Tulsa and lunch on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at the Chalkboard Restaurant with the authors. In order to enter the promo, they must answer three questions about the series.

Also, St. Martin's is also holding a contest via the House of Night Facebook fan page. Fans can enter for a chance to win 1 of 30 complete sets of House of Night books.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Book Giveaway

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Who is Lou Aronica?

Please share with readers who Lou Aronica is?

I’ve been hanging around the book publishing world for more than thirty years now. I started at Bantam Books, ultimately becoming Deputy Publisher there. Then I moved to Berkley Books to become Publisher and then took the same title at Avon Books. About ten years ago, I left New York publishing to focus on my own writing and working with other writers. Blue is my sixteenth book, though it is only the third that I’ve published under my own name (the others were published pseudonymously or with me as a ghostwriter). When I first started writing, I wanted a bit of anonymity because many people in the publishing world knew me and I wanted to stay under the radar. Last year, though, I had my first New York Times bestseller as a writer and it was a book that I published under my real name. I think I’ll only be using my real name on books in the future.

On the personal side, I’m married and have four children ranging in ages from twenty-two to five. It’s a full like, thankfully.

What type of hobbies do you enjoy?

The two diversions I love the most are cooking and music. I’m a fairly serious foodie and I’m regularly trying new ingredients and creating new recipes. I also love going out to eat, so we spend a good deal of time either in or traveling to restaurants. We have a family of foodies, and we’ve been known to drive an hour and a half for some great pie. With music, I’m constantly downloading new music (always legally – those of us in the intellectual property business need to stick together) and trying to find new artists. I also have a little recording studio in my basement, and I write songs.

Where is your favorite place to travel and why?

My favorite place I’ve been is Tuscany. The combination of food, culture, history, and setting is unbeatable. Taormina on the Sicilian coast is a close second. In fact, if I could choose one place to go on a writing retreat, it would be Taormina. I’d have a view of Mount Etna from my window and hopefully have more creative eruptions than the volcano had.

When you are writing, do you listen to music or do you prefer the silence?

Because I love music so much, I’ve tried writing to it, but I’ve found it too distracting. I’ve tried several combinations: music I knew well (I found myself singing along too often), music I didn’t know at all (I found myself too intrigued), instrumental music (better than the others, but still too present), but I’ve always found that it breaks my concentration.

Do you think your past experience as a publisher in the book world helps you in writing novels?

I think my experience as a publisher helped somewhat, as it helped me to judge my own writing from a professional perspective. What helped even more was working with the great writers I worked with over the years. Getting to see how truly accomplished writers work and evolve their stories was like taking a decades-long master class in fiction writing.

You have a creative development company named The Fiction Studio. Please tell readers what The Fiction Studio is?

The Fiction Studio is a company dedicated to creating original works (all my solo writing and collaborative work comes under this banner) and to working with writers to refine their own work. I’ve helped writers develop stories from the idea stage, I’ve helped writers polish their manuscripts, I’ve rewritten books for writers, and I’ve done everything in between. When I left the corporate side of publishing, I felt that there weren’t enough services available to writers that offered a publisher’s perspective while still being completely sympathetic to the writer’s perspective. That’s what I’ve always tried to do with The Fiction Studio.

You are launching a new branch of The Fiction Studio…The Fiction Studio Imprint. How is this different?

The imprint is a direct response to the business model shift that is underway in the industry. Traditional publishing is undergoing huge changes because of the explosive growth of digital delivery. Self-publishing has become a viable option for writers, but the problem with most self-publishing is that it lacks the professional standards of traditional publishing. With the Fiction Studio imprint, I wanted to put together a digital publishing operation that maintained the standards of a New York house. I’m putting a very high emphasis on editorial quality and presentation because I think these issues are even more important in the digital world.

Your latest novel, Blue was a product of six years in the making. What took so long?

There were a couple of things at play here. One was that this novel was much more important to me than anything I’d done before. I was dealing with issues that mattered a great deal to me, things like father-daughter relationships, the consequences of divorce, and the need for and possibilities of imagination. I wanted to do justice to those themes, so I took my time with the writing.

The other issue was that the novel kept developing layers. Every time I thought I’d finished, another component of the story emerged. Each of these layers required a complete rewrite of the manuscript.

Before this, the longest I’d ever taken to write a piece of fiction was nine months, and the longest I’d ever taken to write a book was a year and a half. This was quite a surprise to me.

Did you have a favorite character in the book?

My oldest daughter Molly was the inspiration behind this novel. While nothing that happens to Becky in Blue actually happened to Molly (at least I don’t think she’s ever traveled to a fantasy land, though I’m sure she didn’t tell me everything she did in college), I had Molly in mind the entire time. For that reason, Becky is decidedly my favorite character, though I also have a great deal of fondness for Chris’s friend Lisa because she never lets him wallow.

How did you come up with the magical world of Tamarisk?

Tamarisk was actually a bit of a challenge as a creation because it had to be a world that was created in stories told between a father and his very young daughter – but I didn’t want it to come off as cute. I battled this for several drafts of the novel. The evolution from the Tamarisk I started with – which had things like talking fish and lots of candy-coated images – to the Tamarisk that appears in the actual novel was dramatic. Two ideas came to me to help me make the world that shows up in the book. One was that I decided that Becky would evolve the world as she got older. As she grew more sophisticated, her vision of Tamarisk became more sophisticated as well. The other idea was that, when Becky decided that she would no longer tell Tamarisk stories, Tamarisk started to evolve on its own. Therefore, the Tamarisk that readers see is more nuanced than the one its creators envisioned.

What are some of the new books that The Fiction Studio Imprint will be publishing in 2011?

There are eight books planned for the first half of the year and they range from a wildly imaginative teen science fiction novel to an intense and very fresh twist on a serial killer story to a delicate and profound novel of character set in a small Canadian town. Right now, there’s no specific focus for the imprint other than that I am quite fond of each of these novels. I think I’m going to stick with that plan for the conceivable future.

Any last words?

Thanks for having this chat with me. As you’ve probably guessed, Blue is hugely important to me, so I appreciate every opportunity to talk about it. If your readers have any questions about it or about The Fiction Studio, they can always write me at

Thank you for this interview.

My Review:

Fourteen year old Becky just wants to be a normal teenager. Becky’s father, Chris knows that sending as much time with his daughter is very important to him. That is why, when Becky starts visiting the magical world of Tamarisk, while at his home, he does not care. Tamarisk is a place that Chris and Becky made up a long time ago. There in the land lives a Queen named, Mina. Some thing is wrong in Tamarisk. Mina needs Becky’s help. Can Becky help Mina save Tamarisk before it is too late?

Blue is the first novel I have read by Mr. Aronica. This book kind of reminded me of the movie, Bridge to Terabithia. I admit that I have never read the book but the movie was good. If you saw the movie you will remember that the two main characters, Jess and Leslie created this magical, fantasy world. Just like the movie, Blue is enriched with great characters, a moving story line, and an author who will have you want to read more of his work. I could feel the anguish Chris felt for his daughter and wanting to spend as much time with her as he possibly could. The world of Tamarisk is full of intriguing people, who are almost as real as Becky. Blue is a five star read in my books!

Courtesy of Mr. Aronica, he is giving one lucky reader the chance to have their story critqued by him. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Comment on this post about this interview and leave a email address. The winner will be picked on January 16th.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

I Dream of Genies is a dream come true!

Eden has learned the hard way what happens when you piss off the High Master. She has had two thousand years to ponder on it. The only bright spot in this whole situation is that at least Eden has a window view of the world and she has a companion in Obo. One moment Eden was sitting in her bottle minding her business and the next moment she awakes to find her dream has come true.

Matt Ewing is having a bad day. To make matters worse, he bumps into a woman. She lands in his lap. Matt didn’t know what a huge upheaval his life was about to receive when he brought Eden home.

I Dream of Genies is the first book in a brand new series from author, Judi Fennell. I have been waiting to read this new series since; I finished reading the last series. Just like the last series, Mrs. Fennell brings the charm, humor, exciting characters and a fun story line to I Dream of Genie. I found it funny that Eden’s first name was the last name of Barbara Eden, the actor that played the Original Genie in the television show, I Dream of Jeannie. Matt had a charm about him that made him endearing. He is a sweetheart. Watching Eden use her magic to conjure up things was funny. Just her thinking about something could almost guarantee trouble. Heave forbid that Eden thought about a donkey, one would appear. I Dream of Genies is a dream come true!