Bring In the Readers Convention

I know I usually post a book review on Thursday but thought today I would share a Blogging Convention I am attending  in case any of you are interested in also attending.  It is only $20.00 to attend and it is occurring online so no travel expenses (woohoo!).  Click on the banner if you are interested and sign up, it starts tomorrow.

Books to Movies Challenge

The new release of Alice in Wonderland has got me thinking about books-to-movies, the ones I love and the ones I don’t love, so I decided that I would issue a challenge to myself and all you readers out there.  Once  a month we are going to read a book and watch a screen adaptation of the book and discuss what we loved and didn’t love of both. Since we are halfway through March I thought it would be good to start of with two books, Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. My understanding is the new Tim Burton film is actually Through the Looking Glass as Alice returns to Wonderland.  The books are public domain, so free on the internet, or can be found at just about every library in the country.  I also thought we would actually look at two movies, Disney’s original animated version of Alice in Wonderland and Tim Burton’s new version of the film, my understanding is the two films cover the two books but if I am wrong please let me know.  The following is the months and books/movies we will be reading/watching.  Please let me know if you would like me to add or change any of the stories as I would really like this to be a group event.

May-Sense & Sensibility (either the film adaptation with Emma Thompson or the new BBC version)

June-Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief

July-Pride & Prejudice (either the Kiera Knightly adaption or the BBC ultimate Colin Firth version)

August-Jane Eyre (either the original 1940s version, which I think Jane is way too pretty or the new version)

September-The Importance of Being Earnest (I realize this is a play but I giggle through both every time)

October-Stardust (I am iffy on this one because the book is slightly risque at the beginning, let me know your thoughts)

So pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn, and let the fun begin!

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Tales from the Treasure Trove Vol II

Tales from the Treasure Trove Volume II, Jewels of the Quill Anthology, Garnet Lake (Troubled Waters Series, Book 2) {romantic suspense} by Liz Hunter (Dame Garnet): The Turquoise Cat (North of Nonesuch Series, Book 1) {paranormal romance} by Jane Toombs (Dame Turquoise): For the Love of Sapphire {American historical} by Nancy Pirri (Dame Sapphire): The Amethyst Star {futuristic romance} by Karen Wiesner (Dame Amethyst): Heart of Obsidian (Angels On Patrol Series, Book 2) {paranormal romantic comedy} by Michele Bardsley (Dame Obsidian): Misbehavin’ in Moonstone (A Mischief in Moonstone Story, Book 2) {humorous romantic mystery} by Christine DeSmet (Dame Moonstone).

Garnet Lake by Liz Hunter (Dame Garnet):  LeeAnn Armstrong is struggling and returns to her grandmother’s lake house after losing her job of 12 years to try to decide what she is going to do now that her grandmother has passed away.  Deciding to remodel the house, LeAnn meets up with Mike Hastings, the one man she has never forgotten.  Mike has returned to the lake to deal with the death of his wife and two children.

I enjoyed the characters in this story, I felt their pain and could easily relate to their feelings.  I liked their journey and the mystery involved was great.

For the Love of Sapphire by Nancy Pirri (Dame Sapphire): Sapphire Jameson once let the opinions of others ruin her relationship with her fiancee. Her brother George has run up a large gambling debt and begs Sapphire to come pay the debt in full.  Sapphire leaves everything she knows to save her one remaining family member even though she knows she will meet up with Patrick again.  Being in debt to her ex-fiancee is the hardest thing Sapphire has ever done, and then she meets his motherless twin boys and realizes that leaving them will be even harder. Patrick hopes this second chance to interact with Sapphire leads to the happy ending he has always wanted.

Sapphire’s love for her brother and willingness to admit she has made mistakes in the past made her lovable and the mischievous twins were adorable! I also really enjoy historical stories set in America during the turn of the century, the busyness and the optimism that permeates the lives of the individuals that existed then is uplifting and contagious.

Like all anthologies I really enjoyed several of the stories and not so much some of the others.  This collection was no different, if you are looking for a good exposure to different types of stories and different authors this collection is for you.

Rating: 5

TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume II
A Jewels of the Quill Anthology

http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/JOTQanthologies.html#TalesII

978-1-59374-518-9 (electronic); 978-1-59374-517-2 (trade paperback)

Available now from Whiskey Creek Press

(released September 2006)

289 pages

Category: Sweet

Type: Ebook for review

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I’m a Guest Poster on Todaysmama.com

No, I am not dressed up like a child’s science project poster board, I have been given the privilege of being a guest poster on Todaysmama.com.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the site, it was developed to be a support system and information site for those who are busy mothers. I was asked to write about the three books I could read over and over, so check out my posting at TodaysMama.com.