Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Five: Books I love reading with Students

Although I'm teaching English Language Development (ELD) pull-out groups this year, I've been a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teacher for the last 12 years.  And every year, I would choose books to read with my students that I loved so much and wanted to get them excited about. 

So, these are some of my favorite books to read with students:

LOVE this book - and it's really fun to do voices for
some of the characters.  It really makes my students laugh. 
 Love, love, love!

I didn't like this one so much the first time I read it,
but it's grown on me to the point where it's one of my favorites
to read with students - they can relate to a lot of the material.
A great retelling of a favorite fairytale.

A college professor in the teaching college made us read this and I fought and hemmed and hawed
so much because it sounded stupid and the beginning was boring, but once I got into it, I LOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDD it!
(Yes, I had to make it that big - tee-hee). 
Seriously, this book is just incredible, and I have taught it 9 out of my 12 teaching years. 
Strangely enouhg, these were all turned into movies (except No More Dead Dogs), but I read them before and was ultimately disappointed with the movies - I usually am. I did love the Tuck Everlasting Movie just as much as the book, though.

A couple of other books I've enjoyed reading with my students are: 
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The Worst Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley and
Books 1-4 of The Shadow Children books by Margaret Peterson Haddix. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's almost National Cookie Month! +12 other celebrations!

It's almost October, which to me always means Halloween Month.  But there are other events that happen during October, too; thirteen of which I've listed here. 

So, did you know October was also...
1.  Class Reunion Month

2.  Frugal Fun Month

 3.  National Crime Prevention Month

4.  Family Health Month

5.  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
breast cancer awareness lg

6.  National Positive Attitude Month

7.  National Seafood Month
Crab Legs

8.  National Dessert & Cookie Month
Box Of Chocolate

9.  National Popcorn & Popcorn Poppin’ Month


10.  National Pretzel Month
pretzel large

11.  National Pork Month

12.  National Stamp Collecting Month

13.  National Chili Month.

Note:  if you saw this originally, I swear I wasn't hotlinking.  These are all public domain photos, but for some reason, anything I got from one of the public domain sites said I was hotlinking - it says that on their site, too, so I don't know what's going on. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wanting to Read Wednesday - The Marriage Bargain

I'm a little late on this today - I've been slammed with edits and designs, and I woke up this morning with a sour stomach, so I stayed home from work, but I still wanted to get my Wednesday post up.  Last week's WTRW was Welcome Caller, This is Chloe, which I did end up reading during the week, and it was a really cute book - sad, but cute.

This week, I'm reading...


To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s offers Alexa a bold proposition.

A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right?

Except fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans…

Check out the page on Goodreads.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cover Reveal Just for Now by Abbi Glines

I'm excited to be doing the cover reveal for Just for Now, Abbi Glines' book coming out in October:

Just for Now (Sea Breeze #4):

The day Preston Drake figured out that wealthy women paid well for a set of tight abs and a pretty face his life turned around.

The run down rat-infested trailer he had shared with his alcoholic mother and three younger siblings was now only a place he visited to pay the bills and stock the pantry with food. 

He no longer worried about his family starving or living without electricity. The money he made entertaining rich older women more than covered his family’s needs and his own. He had it all figured out. Except…

There was this girl.

She was as innocent as he was tainted.

Amanda Hardy wished her knees didn’t get weak when Preston walked into a room. She hated the fact her heart raced when he flashed his smile in her direction. He had a different girl in his bed every night. He was the kind of boy a smart girl ran from. So, why was she coming up with ways to get close to him? Even when it was obvious he wanted to keep her at a distance.

Maybe her heart knew something the world didn’t. Maybe Preston Drake was more than just a pretty face.

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The cover was designed by Stephanie Mooney of Mooney Designs. The book trailer was designed by Hellion Works.  Thanks to AToMR Tours for hosting the reveal event!

Friday, September 21, 2012

That awkward moment...

My husband and I were just talking about this a couple of weeks ago, and so I laughed out loud when I saw it!  Who would have guessed this a decade ago?

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

My Friday 5 - Five Book Series I love...

Just like Wednesday, I'm starting a new meme for my blog for Fridays - The Friday 5.  Here, I will simply list 5 books I've read or movies I've loved.

This week, it's five book series I've loved (in no particular order): 


The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
I looked for the release of every single book and waited in torturous agony b/c it was a year+ between releases.  Barron was the very first super-cruel dickhead of a hero I ever read, and I loved every single minute he was on the page. 


The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine 
I loved the first one and still love them as they come out.  I love all the characters.  My sister got a little tired of them, but I say:  Keep 'em coming. 


The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost. 
 Another urban fantasy/paranormal series I love, with probably one of the yummiest heroes I've EVER read.  Read the first five books two years ago during my summer vacation and the rest have been consumed as they come out.  Just love them!



Secret Society Girl Series by Diana Peterfreund
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THESE BOOKS!  They were the first NA books I read (since college), which make them special to me.  I read the entire series in a weekend and I really wished there were more...although I know it's not possible. Really, where would the story go? 

The Harry Potter Books by J.K. Rowling
I know that these are a little obvious, but I love these books!  I didn't start reading them until after Goblet of Fire was released, but I devoured them and read each subsequent book the day it came out.  I remember canceling a date with a guy, claiming to be sick, because I wanted to stay home and finish Order of the Phoenix, and I remember staying perched by the door the day The Deathly Hallows was released, waiting for the mailman to ring the bell.  He never did, and finally, at 5 pm, I went out to the mail and found he left it in there (dick!), so I sat down on the couch and read it until 5 am.  I really miss the excitement of waiting for a book to come out so bad that my chest gets all tight with longing and I just can't waaaaiiiiit another minute!  That hasn't happened in so long, sadly. 

What book series have you read and loved?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

13 Foods and Drinks I love...with drool-inducing pics!

Warning: pictures may cause intense drooling. 

Okay, I'll admit, I'm drooling as I write this post.  :D

Here are thirteen foods and drinks I love - many are bad for me, but they're oh-so-yummy!

1.  Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food - chocolate fish and marshmallow and caramel swirled in chocolate ice cream - so divine!

2.  My Chicken Pasole Recipe - took this picture a week ago Thursday.  So many yummy flavors in one dish and pretty easy to make!

3. Starbuck’s Caramel Macchiato - this is a newer one for me.  I used to just do Chai's but I'm really starting to love the big sips of caramel.  Yummy!
4. Starbucks Iced Chai Lattes - ah, my old temptress.  So good!

5.  Lindor Truffles – Raspberry and dark chocolate?  Yes, please!
6.  Cold Stone Creamery – Founder’s Favorite - fudge brownies, caramel, and ice cream... 
7.  Coffee from my friend Nick’s coffee shop with Coffee-mate Irish Cream - drunk daily and often.

8.  My husband’s shredded beef tacos and burritos - he does them in the slow cooker and they are incredibly good!

9. Chang’s Spicy Chicken from PF Changs - I'm not much for food from chain restaurants, but I have a weakness for this one!  Throw in some chicken lettuce wraps and I'm in heaven.

10.  Everything Bagels with cheese bagels - my daily breakfast.

11.  Bavarian Cream doughnuts - the picture says it all!

12.  Filet Mignon from anywhere, but particularly Daisy Mae's, a local restaurant.

13.  Dungeness Crab Benedict from a little restaurant in Anacortes, Washington – and they are divine!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New on Wednesdays: Wanting to Read Wednesday #1

I'm doing something new.  Usually I do WAITING ON WEDNESDAY for books that I'm waiting to be released, but I have so many hundreds of books on my kindle right now and another hundred on my bookshelf that I still have yet to read.  So, I'm going to start posting books that are on my TBR pile that I'm wanting to read when I get a free moment.  In a way, I'm starting my own meme.   

So, for week 1, the first book I'm wanting to read next is:

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell.  I purchased this book at the RWA book signing the first night from the lovely author.  

You may remember this photo from my RWA post.
I also went to half of her workshop on Editing, which was pretty fabulous, but I had to leave halfway through to get to a pitch session.  ;(

Here's the blurb for the book:

Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.  

  Check out the page on Goodreads.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Teaser Tuesday - Lengths by Liz Reinhardt and Steph Campbell

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

And, what am I reading right now?  

Teaser (from the page I'm on right now):  "Clean, I promise.  My grandmother has all these old fashioned ideas about guys and handkerchiefs."

Jury is still out on whether I'm enjoying it or not, so I'll post a blurb:

Nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad leaves her conservative Pennsylvania home for sunny California, looking for independence, a fresh start, and a place to stash her grief. She promptly finds a job at a tattoo parlor, a craptastic first apartment, and one friend—Ryan—who is a little less friend, a little more benefits.

Deo Beckett is a soulful surfer with a passion for tattoos and beautiful women. On the eve of his twenty-second birthday, he finds himself living with his grandfather, recently unemployed, and seriously adrift. He doesn’t know much about what he wants out of life, but he does know his current situation isn’t cutting it.

When Deo meets Whit, she’s all sexy makeup and fierce, smart-ass fun. It doesn’t take him long to see past her tough shell. And when he gets a good look at what’s under all the superficial stuff that usually gets his attention, it leaves Deo wondering if there might be more to life than living fast and free.

Too bad Whit has a past she doesn’t plan on sharing—no matter how hot Deo is. She might want him, but she knows better than to let her guard down.

Deo falls for Whit, and falls hard. But everything about her, down to that mysterious tattoo and the way she thrashes in her sleep, tells him that the girl he loves is hiding something. And the more he pushes for answers, the more Whit pulls away.

Having your guard up is one thing, but are the lengths Whit goes to to protect her secret worth throwing away the second chance she has at happiness with Deo?
LENGTHS is a Contemporary New Adult Romance.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Genre Favorites Blogfest by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Well, Alex has come up with another fun blogfest for people to participate in, and it's a nice short and sweet one, which means I have time to participate - yay!

List your favorite genre of:
And a guilty pleasure genre from any of the three categories! 
This is kind of like asking me to pick a single star in the sky, but if I had to choose one it would be...
I'm a rock music girl - classic, 80's, 90's, and some current.  :D
Duh...romance - Contemporary, Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormal...and I could go on.
   Guilty Pleasure
I'll have to go with the movies on this one.  My guilty pleasure fantasy movie is: