Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Day in the Life . . .

A friend of mine recently posted about her schedule each day and I wondered what mine would look like on a normal day. Then I decided that "normal" and "typical" are relative terms at the King household. Every day brings fun and chaos wrapped up in a myriad of colorful packages. If I kept track of what I did during the week of Halloween with costumes and Halloween class parades and parties it would be totally different than the day I spent ironing all of Jeff's work shirts for the week or the week I put wood floors in our bedroom (Love them! It was about time.)

That being said, I picked a random day this past week and jotted down what I did all day long. So to the seven twelve people (I'm an optimist!) who will actually read this post, here's:


2:20am  Baby Alana woke up. I fell asleep while feeding her.

5:15 Alana woke up again, fed her again. Reset my 5:35 alarm for 5:40 (every extra minute of sleep counts)

5:40 Alarm went off. Threw on my running clothes and shoes. Told Henry (10) who was already up eating a bowl of cereal to go back to bed (gotta love Daylight Savings).

6:00 Met some friends to run 5.5 miles in 34 degrees. Only chilly for the first mile, then it was perfect.

7:00 Washed dishes (our dishwasher has never cleaned very well so we usually just do them by hand).

7:15 Told Elijah (7) to get ready for school.

7:20 Made 3 bowls of Rice Krispies and bananas slices for Elijah, Charly, and Trevor.

7:15 Folded a load of laundry and started another.

7:25 Family prayer and Jeff left for work.

7:26 Found a pair of pants for Elijah because he “couldn't find any.” He had at least 5 pairs hanging in his closet. 

7:35 Tied Elijah's shoes (He says he missed the day in Kindergarten they taught how to tie shoes.), spiked his hair and sent him out the door to school.

8:00 Put away a basket of laundry. Helped Trevor (5) find clothes for school (again, they were where they always are).

8:35 Did Trevor and Henry's hair. Sent them to school.

8:40 Cleaned off table and counter.

8:45 Tried to fix broken drawer in bedroom. Gave up after 15 minutes.

9:00 Started writing.

9:05 Baby Alana woke up. Changed her diaper. Went to get her clothes. She pooped in the clean diaper while I was picking out her clothes so I changed her diaper again and put her clothes on her. Helped Charly (3) get dressed. Finished after 2 wardrobe changes.

9:15 Continued writing. Fed baby while writing.

9:30 Made Charly chocolate milk, finished doing dishes. Started to make my bed and realized the sheets and comforter were filthy. Stripped the bed of everything, including pillow cases and put in the laundry room.

9:45 Started writing again.

9:50 Took Charly potty, but because she drank all the chocolate milk, she had to change her clothes again because they got a little pee on them.

10:00 Baby fussy. Tried to distract her with toys. Didn't work. Put her in her saucer to play. Didn't work. Walked around the house cleaning up toys and out of place things while rocking baby.

10:25 Alana fell asleep. Put her in bed. (Is it only 10:30am? Seriously?)

10:45 Continued writing (up to 400 words now - Whew! that took a long time).

11:00 Took a bath and continued writing on my phone while waiting for water to fill up.

11:15 Got dressed. Put on a movie for Charly. Cleaned up some toys in the theater room.

11:45 Dried hair and finished getting ready.

12:00 Picked up Trevor from school.

12:15 Wrote while eating a salad and yogurt for lunch.

12:45 Made lunch for Charly and Trevor.

1:00 Wrote (Got to 1,000 words). Baby woke up somewhere in there and I fed her while typing with one hand.

2:20 Elijah got home from school. Made him practice his spelling while I checked email and social media for a few minutes.

2:45 Started a post for my blog.

3:15 Continued writing.

3:18 Fussy baby. Fed her again. She fell asleep.

3:45 Henry got home from school. Had kids clean up toys. Wrote some more (got to 1700 words!)

4:00-5:30 Tutored one of my students in Math

5:30 Made dinner (Cream of Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese. I know, nothing fancy, but I was in a hurry.)

6:00 Sat down with family for dinner, had to feed baby so I opted to skip dinner because it's too awkward leaning over the table and nursing at the same time.)

6:10 Picked up a friend to go to book signing at The King's English (with Authors Sara Zarr, Brodi Ashton, and Kevin Emerson). Fed baby while there (hate having to nurse in public, even if no one can see me).

Me, Authors Kevin Emerson & Brodi Ashton (holding my baby), and my friend, Kelly
at the King's English Book signing (Sara Zarr was there too, but she escaped before we could camera stalk her.)

9:30 Returned home (Jeff had already put kids. YEA!). Chatted with Jeff. Told him about book signing and seeing an actor at the King's English, an actor who I couldn't figure out where I knew him from. Yeah, it was Treat Williams. He is in several things, but the most recent thing I knew him from was White Collar (he plays the dad of the main character). Bragged about how he kept stopping me and telling me how beautiful my baby was.
Treat Williams apparently frequents The King's English bookstore
& he thinks my baby is beautiful :)
10:00 Did dishes and cleaned up the kitchen. One more load of laundry. Went bar hopping and got a tattoo (Just checking to see if you're still reading).  

10:15 Continued writing while feeding baby. Reached my goal of 2,000 words.


10:45-11:30 Got ready for bed, finally got baby to sleep. Laid down and fell asleep within minutes.

Are you still awake? Seriously, go to bed. I'm exhausted just writing it.




Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Utah Authors - There's Something in the Water & Review: Blood Moon by Teri Harman

Brooke, Teri, and Me at Delicious Reads Book Club (I was trying to be a water witch) 
I love to meet new authors, especially ones from Utah. It goes to show that Utah grows more than just Mormons and American Idol contestants. There are some amazing writers from here too: Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn), James Dashner (Maze Runner), Marissa Meyer (Cinder), Shannon Hale (Austenland, Princess Academy), Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brodi Ashton (Everneath), Ally Condie (Matched), Dan Wells (Partials), and I'm sure I'm missing some other pretty amazing ones.

There must be something in the water here because I've had the pleasure of meeting with one of Utah newest successful authors, Teri Harman. Her recently released book, Blood Moon, is well on its way to adding to the amazing novels sprouting from Utah. She came to our latest Delicious Reads book club and I was able to get some behind the scenes info from this lovely gal (Check out my Q&A after my review).

TITLE OF THE BOOK: Blood Moon
AUTHOR: Teri Harman (www.teriharman.com)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 350
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2013
GENREYoung Adult

MY SUMMARY: Willa and Simon have grown up feeling out of touch with society because of a magic housed deep inside them - Willa's sees ghosts and dreams future events and Simon feels others emotions and can heal with a touch. It isn't until a chance meeting in Willa's hometown, Twelve Acres, that the two teens find out that they are actually witches. As an unexplained and powerful magic pull them together, they have to choose to put away their simple lives and dreams to become part of true Light Covenant, joined together forever with 10 other witches. If they don't, the Dark witches may send Twelve Acres and the rest of their world back into the dark ages.

Check out the Book Trailer:

MY OPINION: I've read several books on witches and this one had to be one of the most convincing. I loved the different gifts bestowed on the witches and the history surrounding the town of Twelve Acres.

The opening chapter hooked me with the magical pull Simon and Willa felt for each other. Their connection, though improbable, just felt right.

The different view points in the story gave me a feel for each character. The darkness coming off the evil protagonist sent eerie chills through me, while Willa's character felt innocent and light--like a believable teenager.

I had a hard time following the jumps from character to character at first, but by the middle, the story started to come together and I had to find out how the Light witches would overcome the Dark witches. The mystery of their past and how Willa's best ghost friend was connected to all of it drew me in too.

I can already tell that this story isn't going to have a simple ending and I'm excited to see how the Light witches will overcome the Dark (and I really hope that the magic within Simon doesn't make him bad).


ROBIN'S CONTENT RATING: PG-13
CONTENT CATEGORY
RATING
REASON
LANGUAGE/PROFANITY
NONE

SEXUALITY
MODERATE
Kissing, caressing
VIOLENCE
HEAVY
Fighting, killing, abuse, animal cruelty
DRUG/ALCOHOL USE
MILD

INTENSE/SCARY SCENES
MODERATE
Dark magic, lots of suspense
**Robin-approved for teens 13+**


I loved the idea of the 6 magic gifts:



I took the “Which Witch Are You” quiz to find out which type of magic I would have. I'm a WATER witch!

And now onto the part you've all been waiting for . . . the behind-the-scenes info on all things Teri Harman and Blood Moon:

Q & A with Teri Harman

1. Where did you grow up?
Kansas City, Kansas, Miami (for 2.5 years), and Utah (since 12 years old)

2. Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes! I've always loved writing even as a child. My first story was about a cow, which I dictated to my mom and she typed on her electric typewriter when I was four or five.

3. Where did your inspiration for Blood Moon come from?
A Halloween party. Every year I host a witch themed Halloween party for the women in my family. In 2010, I found an incredible location - a 100 year old school house out in the middle of nowhere. The Camp Floyd School House was so perfect I needed a party to match. I started reading up on witches and magic to get ideas for the party, but was so fascinated by what I read that it soon became inspiration for a novel.

4. What was your publishing experience like?
The first book I tried to publish didn't work out, but I was able to get an agent for Blood Moon. A year later, we still hadn't found a publisher, but my brother was at a BYU conference and saw Jolly Fish Press. We sent my stuff off and they agreed to publish. All together it took me 6 years and over 100 rejections before I saw my first novel published.

5. Tell us what it’s been like to be a “Mom Author.”
It's chaos! But it's also great. I have to be disciplined, but also flexible to get everything done that I need to everyday. I love being at home for my kids, but am so glad I have my own pursuits as well - it keeps me sane. And luckily I have wonderful kids and an extremely helpful husband.

6. Tell us about your other book, “A Painted Life”
This book is very dear to my heart. I wrote it while BLOOD MOON was on submission and I was wondering if my dream would ever be realized. This is Saffron's story. Saffron is a painting - a girl in a painting who is alive. She wants nothing more than to escape her prison of oil and canvas to live a normal life. A normal life with the man she loves, Emmett Charles. The book is set in the late 1890's in Boston and is part literary fiction, part magic realism, part romance. I can't wait for reader's to read it!

7. What other hobbies or interests do you have?
I am addicted to stories. I read a LOT! I also love watching TV series and movies. I enjoy yoga, dancing and biking. We also love to travel and be in the great outdoors. And when the mood strikes me, I love to cook.

8. What are your favorite movies/TV Shows?
Call the Midwife (Netflix), Walking Dead, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, North and South (BBC), Wuthering Heights (BBC with Tom Hardy), The Big Bang Theory. The best witch movies I've seen are Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus. There are so many non-witch movies--its so hard to choose. An oldie but goodie is Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson one), The River WildThe Decoy BrideLove ActuallyWilly Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryEdward Scissorhands, I'm also a sucker for old movies and musicals.

I'm kind of a geek too so we love Doctor Who, Battlestar Galatica, and some of my favorite movies are the old Star Trek movies. I grew up on them, but I'm sure people who watch them now are saying, "What is wrong with you?!" I watched The Next Generation and probably have seen every episode at least five times.

9. Do you have a favorite witch book? Other than your own ;)
My favorite witch writer is Paula Brackston. She actually has two books out right now The Witch's Daughter and The Winter Witch. The Winter Witch just came out this spring. Her books have natural magic--they are like historical fiction/supernatural thriller. I hope she comes out with lots of them.

10. What books have you enjoyed that you think would make a good book club book?
We have a book club and we've read The Thirteenth Tale, The Book Thief, Big in Japan, Eleanor & Park (watch out for swearing and sexual content), The Snow Child, The Light Between Oceans.

11. Tell us about your book launch at The King's English.
That was one of the surreal, dream days because I go to the King's English all the time. It's my favorite book store. Every time I've stepped in there or gone to an author event, there was always in the back of my head, "I really want it to be me! Why isn't it me yet?" So that day was surreal and perfect. The King's English had a cake made with the book cover image. I didn't even know they were going to do that.

12. Which Witch gift would you choose?
I would have to say Willa's gift because a lot of the scenes in the book were inspired by my own dreams. That's why I gave her that gift. That's where it all began. The hand reaching out - that was a dream I had. I saw that hand. Also, the part where Willa is running through the forest and the sky shatters and falls. That was a dream. When I was thinking of what her magical power would be I thought, "Let's make her a dreamer." She's not me, but that gift is what I would want.



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Book Spotlight: Félicité Found by Julia King


My sister-in-law, Julia King, has just released her first book to the world! I am so excited to be related to this amazing gal and show off her masterpiece. Check out her book below, enter to win a copy, and listen to her book-inspired playlist.


Seventeen-year-old Pierre Rousseaux witnesses a young girl take a near fatal plunge off Pont Neuf Bridge into the freezing water of the River Seine in Paris, France. After diving into the racing river himself, he is able to rescue her from a watery death, but only after her head is bashed into the riverwall. Upon reviving her from unconsciousness, Pierre realizes she doesn’t remember her past at all.


The girl struggles to recall anything from before she may have tried to commit suicide, not only once but possibly twice. The few glimpses into her life are discovered through dreams that can only suggest her past was horrific and jaded by intense anger.


Her memories may force her to lose everything she has grown to adore, especially the boy she loves more than anything in the world: Pierre.


The girl, Félicité Moreau, must decide if the life she desires is enough to make things from her past right. Pierre struggles to resolve if Félicité means enough to him that he will fight for her, regardless of her past and despite his own personal demons.


With a paranormal twist, Félicité Found is Julia King’s debut Young Adult novel—a horrific love story.

Here's a little snippet from the book to whet your appetite:

“A rush of sweet warmth flooded Félicité for having remembered something about her past. The heaviness in her mind and heart seeped free from her as though it pushed itself from all of her pores. She knew that eventually everything—her memories and knowledge—would come back.

She ached for Pierre and Hélène to know her name. As fast as her legs could carry her, she sped into the living room. Pierre was sound asleep, chest rising and falling in a rhythm that followed his thunderous snores. He was so loud she found it difficult to remember why she had come to see him. However, she couldn’t bear to wake him.

She observed that the light shining through the gap of the curtains came from only the moon. It must be the middle of the night. It was difficult for her to believe that she had slept all day and into the night.

Gazing at Pierre, she noted how handsome he was even in his thunderous slumber. She wanted to touch his skin and the rough stubble of hair growth on his face. His hand that fell from the couch beckoned her to him. She resisted the urge to take it into hers, feel it, relish its rough texture, and press it to her face. Again, she felt as if she had known him for a long time.

Should she wake him to hear his welcoming, deep and vibrating voice?

No, she thought as her euphoria faded. All that was left was a lump in her throat.

Her happy news would have to wait until morning. With one last look at the most kind-natured and loving person in the world, she shuffled her feet back to bed. However, before she fell asleep, she distinctly heard her father’s voice in the room telling her, “Félicité, my daughter, I love you. I love you so much.”

She bounded out of bed like an animal pouncing on its prey and flipped the light switch. Scanning the room, she saw no one in there. She was alone.”



Where to buy:

Amazon.com (e-book & paperback)

Barnesandnoble.com (e-book)

Createspace.com (paperback)

Win a copy of her book HERE:

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This playlist sets the mood for Félicité Found. It isn’t a flowers and moonbeams plot, but richer and darker. Enjoy the songs and the lyrics that Julia feels are most relevant to her book. 

Endlessly by Muse
There's a part of me you'll never know
The only thing I'll never show
Hopelessly I'll love you endlessly

Go by Hanson
I heard your moving van
But I didn't take a stand
You can't leave with them
You can't live without them
I never thought I'd want to let you go

Tonight I Wanna Cry by Keith Urban
I've never been the kind to ever let my feelings show
And I thought that bein' strong meant never losin' your self-control
But I'm just drunk enough to let go of my pain
To hell with my pride, let it fall like rain
From my eyes, tonight I wanna cry

The Reason by Hoobastank
I've found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
And the reason is you

Set the Fire to the Third Bar by Snow Patrol
I'm miles from where you are
I lay down on the cold ground
I pray that something picks me up
And sets me down in your warm arms

Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again by Andrew Lloyd Weber
Too many years fighting back tears
Why can't the past just die?
Wishing you were somehow here again
Knowing we must say, "Goodbye"
Try to forgive, teach me to live
Give me the strength to try
No more memories, no more silent tears
No more gazing across the wasted years
Help me say, "Goodbye"

Everlasting Love by U2
Like the sun it shines
Endlessly it shines
You always will be mine
It's eternal love
Whenever loves are gone
Ours will be strong
We'd have our very own
Everlasting Love

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

It's My Baby!

Minutes after our new addition was born
No, I haven't stopped writing. I know you've all been wondering ;). I'm going to play the "I just had a baby" card, since I have yet to use that excuse for anything. I think it's about time. And for those that missed the fun (it's a boy, no wait, it's a girl) story of getting our little Alana, here goes:

I found out I was pregnant the first week of October of 2012, just four days before the St. George Marathon. I decided to run the marathon anyway since I was only a month along and I'd trained all year. I ran the race - not my best time, but it was still a good race for me.

About six weeks later, I went in to get an ultrasound, thinking I was about 11 weeks along.  As soon as the ultrasound technician placed the probe on my abdomen, she asked if I wanted to know the sex of the baby.  My response was,"You can tell this early?" She replied that I was 15 weeks along and I was having a boy. Wait, what?!? 

I was shocked and excited by the news that I was four weeks further along than I thought.  Though I was slightly disappointed by the news I was having a boy (I already had 3 boys at home and I really wanted a sister for my daughter, Charly), it only took the 20 minute drive home to get excited about our new boy.  I secretly began calling him Oliver. 

Five weeks later, I went in for the official 20 week ultrasound.  Different ultrasound machine, different ultrasound technician. She confirmed that I was 20 weeks along and I was having a boy.  

Fast forward to about 8 months pregnant. "Oliver" felt like he had turned breech, so they did an ultrasound to verify.  Yep "he" was breech and still a boy.  Now, I didn't specifically ask if it was still a boy (why would I?), but I swear they checked the head and bum and didn't mention anything. Thankfully, at my next appointment, the baby had turned around. I was excited that I wasn't going to have to have a C-section again (I'd previously had two of them).

Meanwhile, my husband and I still hadn't officially decided on a baby name. Though I loved Oliver and we had a few other possibilities, nothing seemed quite right.  I also decided to put off redecorating the nursery since our two-year old daughter still slept there. I planned on transforming it to a boy room after the baby was born.

About a week and a half before my due date, I decided to go for a run.  I figured it could be my last run for a few weeks.  I barely made it a mile before I started feeling some pressure.  I ended up walk/running back home. The pressure went away after a few hours, so I figured I was safe.  My mom wasn't going to be able to drive the 12 hours from Washington until the next day. Of course my husband told me that since she wouldn't be there until Sunday night, I would go into labor before then because my mom has unsuccessfully tried to be at each of my baby's births.  Poor Mom!

A contraction woke me up at about 4am that next day, Sunday, Mother's Day.  I waited for two more contractions before dragging my hubby out of bed.  We arrived at the hospital around 530 or 6am. I'll admit that I was worried we wouldn't make it in time.  

A little before 8am, I was ready to push.  One push and I see a head.  My husband yells out jokingly, "This is where we find out it's really a girl!" We all laugh and I push again.  Our baby is here. **sigh of relief, tears of joy** THEN, I look at our "boy" and realize something's not quite right.  HE doesn't look like a boy.  The room is silent for several seconds and I'm getting a little worried because no one else seems to notice that there's a problem.  For a fraction of a second, I think that maybe he has some anatomy issues.  Finally, our doctor says, "You were supposed to have a boy, right?"  I shout, "YES! That's not a boy?" The doctor then verifies that our boy is actually a girl - a perfect girl. **shouts of surprise, more tears of joy**

After all the hysteria, the doctor shows us that our baby girl's umbilical cord was abnormally short (only 8-10 inches long when they are usually 20 inches or more).  He thinks that maybe the cord was running between her legs the whole time and that's why we had the mistaken gender, even with 3 ultrasounds.  No matter the explanation, our family was thrilled for the surprise. 

Here's our new angel: 





Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Review: A Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
-from Fault in our Stars-



TITLE OF THE BOOK: The Fault in Our Stars
AUTHOR: John Green
NUMBER OF PAGES: 336
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2012
READING LEVEL: Young Adult (Ages 14 +)
GENRE: Realistic Fiction

Summary: Hazel Grace Lancaster is a 16 year old three-year stage IV–cancer survivor. In an attempt to get her out of her depression, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor. Their witty personalities add to their attraction to each other and they fall in love. Hazel is fascinated with a novel about cancer called An Imperial Affliction. Most particularly, she longs to know what happened to its characters after an ambiguous ending. Augustus uses his "wish" for them to travel to Amsterdam, where the book's author lives.


My Star Rating: 4 Stars

My Opinion: Despite the quote I used at the top of this post, I don't think everyone needs to read this book, BUT if you are looking for a feel-good book about cancer, I'd put this close to the top of my list.

The characters of Hazel and Augustus have this fun and witty relationship that gives us a different outlook on the heart-wrenching ideas of cancer and death.  I don't always find sarcasm funny, but John Green finds a way to make it true in this book. He also has a way with language that I found myself keeping track of quotable lines (see below).

By the end of the book, I was convinced that the characters were real and "An Imperial Affliction" was a real book. There's something to be said about a book that entertains and teaches us how to deal with hardship.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”

“Some people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them," I said.
"Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”

“You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”

“I'm in love with you," he said quietly.
"Augustus," I said.
"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I'm likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful. 

MY CONTENT RATING: PG-13
LANGUAGE/PROFANITY: Heavy (30+ swear words, sh**, f***, etc.)
SEXUALITY: Moderate/Heavy (Not necessarily explicit, but one sex scene, lots of talk of losing virginity and getting laid)
DRUG/ALCOHOL USE: Moderate (Augustus always has cigarette in mouth, though he never actually smokes it, underage drinking)
INTENSE/SCARY SCENES: Heavy (Not freaky scary, just intense issues with cancer and dying) 
VIOLENCE: Mild
**Robin Approved for 16+**

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Best Book Club Out There: Delicious Reads

I really am part of the best book club ever! I'd like to take credit for this amazing group of gals, but I can't. My friend, Kelly, started this group years ago and I have been going since 2009. Now this book club isn't just some girls that get together every once and a while and chat, maybe mention a book. No way. We meet once a month. And when I say "meet", I mean PARTY!  Every first Tuesday of the month, we enjoy a night all about the book. Our dinner is themed after the book or time period. We often dress up as characters.
March 2013: "The Diviners" by Libba Bray - Our 1920's Inspired Book Club Night
 A moderator presents info on the book and author, gives a quiz, and prompts discussion questions. We spend at least a few hours talking about what we loved and hated about the book, favorite quotes, etc. By the end of the night, everyone is well-fed physically (always yummy food!) and intellectually. 

Our Delicious Reads Book Club has led me to read wonderful books I would have never read on my own and to meet fabulous authors.

Me (far left), some gals from Delicious Reads, Shannon Hale (front left) and Libba Bray
I could go on forever about the awesomeness of my book clubbers, but then you might want to join us too and I'm not sure how many more people we can squeeze in :). Check out our fun and start reading along with us: Delicious Reads. One day we'll be reading my book . . .  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

How Much is Too Much

Many of you know by our Christmas card announcement, that good 'ol Robin is preggos. Whoo Hoo!  
Our cute little kiddos have already decided to nickname this new little addition, Rerun (we do not yet have an official name picked out).  Most of the people who heard I was having my fifth child (fourth BOY!) were excited for us.  But when I head to the store with all four kids in tow and my basketball belly, 



. . . I see a few looks like "what are you getting yourself into" and I've had a many people say, "Wow! You sure have your hands full." And sometimes, it makes me wonder, what HAVE I gotten myself into?

I recently saw this quote on Pintrest and I had to share (if anyone knows what book this comes from, please let me know):


Now, I am not saying that this is me, but it makes me feel better on hard days. The question is, now that I am going to have five rug-rats running around, what does that make me?  

Yes, I do live in Utah, so I know of people with five or more kids.  But most of my friends have between 1-3 kids. Obviously we shouldn't judge each other and do what we feel is right for our families, but what is your opinion? 


 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Book Review: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand


Better than Book #1, couldn't put it down, unexpected.

TITLE OF THE BOOK: Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)
AUTHOR: Cynthia Hand
NUMBER OF PAGES: 403
YEAR PUBLISHED: Jan 2012
READING LEVEL: Young Adult
GENRE: Paranormal

SUMMARY: Clara has to face the fact that she didn't fulfill her "purpose" as an angel when she saved Tucker in the fire. Now she's torn between her love for Tucker and her draw to Christian and the complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful.

Clara struggles with a shocking discovery - that someone she loves will die soon. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

STAR RATING: 4.25 Stars

MY OPINION: I thought I wouldn't like this book as much as the first because so many questions were already answered. I was wrong. Now there are more compelling questions and suspense, along with a love triangle that I thought would be annoying (Hello?!, who needs another Edward and Jacob saga?). The love story is sweet and questions are still hanging in the balance. I still don't know who I would choose!

The author, Cynthia Hand, does an excellent job at keeping the stakes high and the story bigger and better. I can't wait to read the 3rd book.

MY CONTENT RATING: PG-13
Language/Profanity: Mild
Sexuality: Moderate (talk of saving oneself for marriage, lots of making out)
Drug/Alcohol Use: Mild (her brother gets drunk)
Intense/Scary Scenes: Mild (more a feel for evil, than a description)
**Robin-approved for 13+**