Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Review and Q&A: Tuesday's Child by Carolyn Gibbs

Tuesday's Child by Carolyn Gibbs

Paperback, 386 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by LegWork Team
(first published March 12th 2010)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
ISBN13      9781935905097

Summary from Goodreads
Tuesday's Child is the Runner Up in the Teen Division of the 2011 Beach Book Festival, and Honorable Mention in the 2011 Hollywood Book Festival! 

Not all teens on the street are runaways. Some are throw-aways. 
Lane Harris should be the heir to the family fortune,  but the entire town hates her, and everybody’s got  an ax to grind. Brutalized, left to die, and ignorant  of her attacker’s identity, she awakes in a Seattle  hospital and begins a cycle of flight designed to do  nothing more than keep her alive. Hers is a struggle  for just the slightest shred of normalcy and trust.

Carolyn has agreed to do some Q&A for us.  I came up with three questions for her.  But first let find out a little about her in her own words from Goodreads. 

Carolyn Gibbs
I've been writing since grade 6, publishing articles and poetry in newspapers and industry newsletters.

My novel, Tuesday's Child, began in 2001 as a screenplay, but she outgrew her britches. The re-write began in 2009.

Haven, another screenplay, is currently in the Zoetrope Screenplay Contest. But, hey, if we don't finish in the top 11, maybe I'll just re-write that one as a novel, too!
1)How did this novel come to you?  In other words how did it come about? 
There were a series of public service announcements that hit TV back in 2000-2001, showing teenagers being shut out of their homes. In some cases the parents were fed up with the teenager's behavior, in other cases the parents just felt the kids were old enough to fend for themselves. I remember thinking how very horrendous that would be, to come home and find the door shut, having no where to go, no plan to survive, and to not be welcome in my own home.

2)Tell us about the most difficult chapter you had to write in this book. Tell us why. 
The chapters featuring Morgan and Jenna were the toughest to write. Everyone loves to hate a well-written villain. The problem was balancing these two characters' psyches. They had to be believable as human beings, and as villains. I couldn't make them one-sided, just the most horrendous human beings alive...I had to draw you to that conclusion without ever saying it.

3)Who was your biggest supporter  in writing this book? Tell us why.

My family...they helped me review, revise, rewrite, making sure the story was smooth and believable. And they continue to help me with the marketing.
My publisher...for producing a polished and professional product.
And God...for giving me the story, the desire, and the kick-in-the-butt to get going.

Carolyn thank you so much for sharing your answers with us.  I am sure many people will be moved by Tuesday's Child.
My Thoughts:

We are all aware of child abuse. It does not discriminate. Child abuse effects every race and station of life.  When it happens to a child, like in this book, it is almost unbearable to read. I wanted to scream, "some help this poor child."  But so many people are like the three monkeys. See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.  The author brought the story of this child's abuse alive for everyone to see, hear and speak about and almost too late to save this child.  The author also makes us aware that we should always be vigilant in watching out for all kinds of abuse.  Some are abused without even a mark. Yes, I mean verbal abuse can be damaging as well. 

Kuddos to the author for writing such a touchy story of the horrendous crime of abuse.
She told the story without having to be grossed out in the abusive parts.  She kept you on the edge and wanting to rant and rave at some of the character in the book.  
Thank you for this suspense filled novel.  Love it when good over powers evil and prayer when prayed with faith is answered in the Lord's own way.
I highly recommend this book.  I give it five stars.

Disclosure:  I want to thank Carolyn Gibbs the author for the free Copy of Tuesday's Child she provided to me for review.

Won First-Reads Giveaway on Goodreads BETWEEN BY Cindi Tefft

I just won a copy of Between by Cyndi Tefft on Goodreads First-Reads.  Thanks, Cyndi !

by Cyndi Tefft (Goodreads Author)
3.70 · rating details · 102 ratings · 71 reviews
It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water's life isn't alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven's siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.(less)
Paperback, 246 pages
Published April 21st 2011 by Createspace (first published April 5th 2011)
primary languageEnglish

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's Your Kid not a gerbil by Dr. Kevin Leman - GIVEAWAY

I received this announcement in my email and part of entering the giveaway is to blog about it.  I will be more than glad to blog about the giveaway.  It is for a this book and an iPod Touch.  So read this post and follow the links.
Good luck to everyone!  Hee! Hee! But I hope I win a book and the iPod Touch.

Blessings to All,
Patricia  aka Mamaw

We're giving away some excellent prizes to celebrate the release of Dr. Kevin Leman's new book It's Your Kid, Not A Gerbil. You can visit the Tyndale Blog to enter where we're giving away an iPod Touch, three Kevin Leman book prize packs, and 5 copies of It's Your Kid, Not A Gerbil.

To enter you must visit the contest page and fill out the entry form after completing at least one of the following actions (each action completed counts as an entry into the giveaway).
Click this link to visit the contest page.
Thank you for being a part of the Tyndale Blog Network!

Sunday, August 28, 2011


I feel very inspired since I did a review on The Grandmother's Bible/Daily Devotional.

Here is a new meme I have come up with.  You will choose a scripture from the Bible and tell us how you will apply it to your daily life by posting it on you blog with this meme.  Calling it Mamaw's Sunday Devotional. You could even add your scripture to the header of your blog, optional, for the week as a reminder of your devotion.

Psalmist David

My Scripture for the week:
Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God,...." (King James Version)

How I can apply this scripture to my daily life this week:
Whenever I feel stressed or overwhelmed I will repeat this verse until I feel peace.
I chose this scripture because it has been the promise I have called on most of my adult life. Although the problem may still be present I would feel a peace and be able to endure with patience.

Notes on the Bible by Albert Barnes
Be still - The word used here - from רפה râphâh - means properly to cast down; to let fall; to let hang down; then, to be relaxed, slackened, especially the hands: It is also employed in the sense of not making an effort; not putting forth exertion; and then would express the idea of leaving matters with God, or of being without anxiety about the issue. Compare Exodus 14:13, "Stand still, and see the salvation of God." In this place the word seems to be used as meaning that there was to be no anxiety; that there was to be a calm, confiding, trustful state of mind in view of the displays of the divine presence and power. The mind was to be calm, in view of the fact that God had interposed, and had shown that he was able to defend his people when surrounded by dangers. If this the divine interposition when Jerusalem was threatened by the armies of the Assyrians under Sennacherib, the force and beauty of the expression will be most clearly seen.


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we share what books we received this week.  The hope is that you will share in the comment section and let us know what you received in books this week.  Anyone can participate.  You can share what you won in a giveaway, what you purchased for yourself, what you received as a gift, etc.
Books I received this week:
I just purchased this one today.  Wanted to read it before I see the movie.

by David Nicholls

It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one cruc...more
Published May 31st 2011 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (first published August 28th 2009)
0307946711 (ISBN13: 9780307946713)

I just purchased book one because I won book two in the series.
Destiny's DreamKylie's Kiss

Destiny's Dream (Solomon's Gate #1)


Is a little respect too much to ask at a funeral? Apparently it is for Destiny May. Clay Gallagher is built like a small mountain and far more vocal than is fitting when he shows up late to her mother's "going away party." When it turns out he's not even at the right funeral, Destiny demands retribution in the form of an escape from the day's dreary proce...more
Published December 17th 2010 by White Rose Publishing


1611160456 (ISBN13: 9781611160451)

Kylie's Kiss     


On a dare, Kylie Matthews lands smack in the middle of Solomon's Gate-Castle Creek's new Christian dating agency-and she finds herself revealing exactly what she's waiting for in a relationship: "The kiss that steals my breath away."
What she doesn't reveal is her lack of self-esteem or her irrational reaction to facial disfigurement. Neither is applicable to her
Published April 29th 2011 by Pelican Ventures
1611160782 (ISBN13: 9781611160789)

Also in My Mailbox was a

Pandigital Multimedia Novel 7" Android Multimedia Tablet & Color eReader - U.S. - Black model

Disclosure: By clicking on the above ads from Amazon I will receive a small percentage from the sale of the books.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Book Meme SHELF CANDY at Five Alarm Book Reviews

I am trying this Book Meme this weekend looks like fun!

Shelf Candy is a weekly meme that is hosted here at Five Alarm Book Reviews. Each Saturday I post a new book cover pick of the week. If you would like to participate and link to your Shelf Candy post, fill out the Link Form at the bottom of this page. If you need to know more you can read How To Participate In Shelf Candy.

My Shelf Candy Pick of the Week:

My pick of my Shelf Candy is:

        A Heart Most Worthy

A Heart Most Worthy


The elegance of Madame Forza's gown shop is a far cry from the downtrodden North End of Boston. Yet each day Julietta, Annamaria, and Luciana enter the world of the upper class, working on finery for the elite in society. The three beauties each long to break free of their obligations and embrace the American dream—and their chance for love. But the ways of the heart are difficult to discern at times. Julietta is drawn to the swarthy, mysterious Angelo. Annamaria has a star-crossed encounter with the grocer's son, a man from the entirely wrong family. And through no intent of her own, Luciana catches the eye of Billy Quinn, the son of Madame Forza's most important client. Their destinies intertwined, each harboring a secret from their families and each other, will they be found worthy of the love they seek?

Cover by: Kevin White Photography, Minneapolis

Paperback384 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 18th 2011)
0764207954 (ISBN13: 9780764207952)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I Won Giveaway at Laura's Reviews - REMEMBER ME BY CHERY...

I entered a book giveaway at Laura's Reviews for REMEMBER ME by Cheryl Robinson.  Lucky me I won.  I want to thank Laura for hosting the giveaway. I would also like to thank Cheryl Robinson and Penguin Group for providing the book for the giveaway.
TLC Tours set up the tour and giveaway, thanks TLC.

I am looking for to reading Remember Me.  I am sure it will inspire me in my daily life.

Two best friends test the limits of loyalty in a stirring new novel of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.Erica and Claire had vowed to stay best friends for life-until one indiscretion destroyed that bond forever. Twenty years later, tragedy reunites them in an unexpected way. Now they must confront the past, discover its untold truths, and rebuild a friendship destined to endure.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 4626 KB
Print Length: 1856 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (May 18, 2010)
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Language: English

For many women, being a grandmother is God's finest gift---they have achieved great depth of experience and breadth of love, and they have grandchildren with whom to share these qualities. The Grandmother's Bible is the first Bible published for this active, engaged, Bible-reading audience. Over 60 well-known Christian women---including Ruth Graham, Elisa Morgan, Elizabeth George, Thelma Wells, Karen Kingsbury, and Carol Cymbala---share their thoughts, stories, and encouragement in this Bible's articles and daily devotionals. With a focus on daily prayer, this uniquely personal Bible offers guidance, inspiration, and practical tools as grandmothers share their love and God's Word with their grandchildren.

*365 devotions -- readings draw grandmothers closer to their Lord and to their grandchildren* Grandchild in Focus -- a simple plan to help grandmothers pray regularly for their grandchildren* Praying the Scriptures for Your Grandchild -- Bible verses in a prayer format* Stories to Share -- over 150 key Bible stories ideal for sharing specific life lessons* Talking Points -- a practical guide for using Scripture to discuss over 40 relevant topics, such as salvation, knowing God's will, friendship, etc.* Perspectives -- original, thought-provoking articles addressing personal aspirations and the joys and challenges of being a grandmother* Special sleeve to hold grandchild's photo* Custom presentation pages* Two-color design in an easy-to-read type* Book introductions, topical index, and more* Complete New International Version(less)

My Thoughts:
I was very excited when I saw the title on this Bible. I am the grandmother of fourteen precious grandchildren. I need all the help I can get to keep up with all of them. I feel as if my prayers have brought several of them to the Lord. I have been able to draw from this Bible and let it inspire me to be a good example for my grandchildren. There are daily devotional that I have already enjoy and put to work in my life. The list of all the features are many. It is not lacking in any way as far as a Bible goes. I will use the generic word amazing for this Bible. Thank you for such a beautiful Bilbe for grandmothers.

I highly recommend this Bible to all grandmothers.
Note: You can not review the actual contents of a Bible.

Posted Review on:
Amazon Kindle Review

Disclosure: I recieved a free copy of this Bible from NetGalley for review. This review is my honest opinion of the features of this Bible.

Disclosure: If you purchase using this link to Amazon I receive a small percentage from the sale of the item.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Book Blogger Hop: 8/19-8/22

If you haven’t read the changes to the Hop, please read this post before entering your link.
Book Blogger Hop

Are you a book blogger? Are you a reader? Then welcome to the place where all of us connect over the weekend and chat about books!
Not sure what a book blogger is and if you are one? Do you have a blog? Do you blog about books? Do you write book reviews on your blog? Do you rave about books and authors on your blog? Is your blog content primarily about books? Then you are most likely considered a book blogger!
How it Works
As long as you meet the qualifications of a book blogger, you may add your book blog link into the linky list below. But before you do that, there are a few requirements. Read up, to save yourself a headache with the linky! :)
1. Before you add your link, you must post about the Hop on your blog and link directly back to THIS POST (not just my domain, but the direct post for this Hop). The linky is going to review the link that you enter in your submission, looking for a link to this post on your blog. If it doesn’t find one, your link will not be approved. This is called back linking and I had to institute it because people were taking advantage of the Hop and getting some free advertising without promoting the Hop themselves. You can read more about this here.
2. While you are creating your post, answer the following question (there’s a new prompt each week)!
“What’s the LONGEST book you’ve ever read?”
(Note: I’m putting one caveat on this question. You aren’t allowed to say the Bible, Torah, Qur’an, or other religious/spiritual text.)
Here’s MY Answer:
Breaking Dawn and The Host by Stephanie Myers
On second thought I want to add the Earth's Children by Jean Auel and Gone With the Wind.

3. Now it’s time to enter your blog link into the linky below (after the list of instructions!).
Click on: You are next – Click here to enter
A new page will open
In the “Link Title/Blog Title” box, please enter the NAME OF YOUR BLOG and in parentheses after your blog name, please state the main genre that you review (i.e. Crazy-for-Books (contemp. fiction))
In the “Link” box, please put a direct link to your blog hop post
There is a note about the Back Link requirement. Please make sure you have linked back to this blog hop post in the post on your blog or your link will not be accepted! Did you read that important note I told you about at the top of the post?
Please enter your e-mail address in the box provided in case I need to contact you about your link submission.
The list is randomized, so your link will not appear in a specified order. If you are looking for your link, I suggest you do a Ctrl-F on your PC keyboard and type a few letters of your blog name so you can find it easily.
That’s it! Now you can start hopping around, visiting other links in the list, meeting fellow bloggers and chatting about their blogs and books they are reading. If you aren’t a blogger, this is a great opportunity for readers to find new sites to follow and meet some new friends who enjoy reading the same things that they do! I strongly encourage you to take some time to visit these blogs and spend some time with your blog friends. We all work hard on our sites and we enjoy getting company, so let’s read more than just the blog hop post – let’s connect! That’s what the Hop was created for! Happy Hopping!