C. B. Cook is visiting today!!!

Give a shout out and a huge welcome to C. B. Cook, author of “Paralyzed Dreams,” and blogger extraordinaire!

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Welcome CB! You can find CB at –

http://www.proverbs31teen.wordpress.com

http://www.theworldofthewriter.wordpress.com

1.) How long have you blogged and why do you blog?

answer: I’ve been blogging for almost two years. Two years! I can’t believe it’s been that long! I originally started my blog because my friend had a blog and I thought it sounded like fun. eventually, it morphed into a way to share my writing with everyone and to make tons of writing and blogging friends.

2.) What is your favorite genre?

answer: Oooh, so hard! My favorite to read is probably spy, adventure, mystery type books, including classics . . . I’m a staunch supporter of the original Sherlock Holmes. I’ve got a bit of a thing for time travel, as well, and I enjoy some fantasy, although I haven’t found anything yet that can beat Tolkien. My favorite to write is either contemporary or fantasy. I love how relatable contemporary can be, and all the subgenres (*cough* spy, adventure, and mystery), but making your own world for a fantasy world is so much fun!

3.) What are you reading right now?

answer: At the moment, I’m reading I.C.E. Agency #1: Ashburn. I’m enjoying it a lot. And yes, it’s a spy book. 😉

4.) You are going to meet your favorite fictional character at a local coffee shop. You can visit with this fictional character for one hour. Who are you going to meet and why? What are you going to talk about?

answer: *moan* This is so hard! There are so many fictional characters I’d love to talk to. But I think I would really want to talk to Aragorn. Mostly because, while I love Legolas and would really, really like to meet him, Aragorn has so much wisdom he could impart . . . and he’s pretty awesome, too. I have the feeling I would ask him a lot of questions about Middle Earth and his story, and I’d also try to glean some advice and wisdom (and quotes) from him. And I’d probably ask for some sword-fighting tips, too.

5.) If you could live inside a fictional story, which book would you live in and why?

answer: This one is really hard. I’m tempted to say, The Lord of the Rings, immediately, but then there’s also, The Chronicles of Narnia . . . But in spite of the lure of centaurs, talking/flying horses and Caspian, I think I would still have to go with The Lord of the Rings. It would be so awesome to join up with the Fellowship!

6.) Has one fictional character ever inspired you? Who was this character and how did he or she inspire you?

answer: It’s kind of hard to truly pinpoint one character, but I have to say that Lauren from Paralyzed Dreams is partially inspired by Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia. Mostly, she inspired Lauren’s friendly, encouraging personality. On a side note, Jeremy, Pam’s youth pastor, is inspired by Jeremy Camp . . .

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7.) You are stranded on the North Pole for one year! You have shelter, plenty of food, water and warm clothing. You are allowed to have one book. Which book are you going to have with you on the North Pole, to read, for that long 365 days?

answer: For a long time, this question would stump me. Obviously for me, the Bible. BUT, because I can’t help it, my top fiction choice . . . would definitely be The Lord of the Rings. Because that would last me a long, long time, and I don’t think I’d ever get tired of it.

Thank-you so much CB for a fun and great visit and chat. Come back anytime!!! 🙂 Thanks for the photos! 🙂

“This Rough Magic,” by Mary Stewart

This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart

Oh my goodness! I love this book! It is so good. I want to read it again and again and again!  But, maybe, I should start at the beginning. This is one of the books I bought, at one of the amazing book sales, I discovered this summer!

What a story!

Lucy is an actress. She is a strong, courageous woman. She left London and traveled to Corfu to visit her sister, Phyllida, and brother-in-law, Leo, for a much needed vacation.  Little did she know she was about to be thrust into a mystery! A dangerous mystery.

There is a DOLPHIN in this book. He is wonderful and he adds such a richness to the story. The dolphin is enchanting, playful, fun and I love it when Lucy swims with the dolphin!

beautiful picture of a dolphin jumping out of the water, the ray of sunlight really effects the picture in a good and magnifiesent wayOh my goodness! There is a castle in the story. I could spend days exploring this Medieval castle. I would try on the armor the knights wore and walk around clanking, clattering and clashing in the armor. I would explore hidden passages and investigate the dungeon – which in this book has become a wine cellar.

The author is sublime in her descriptions of Corfu, the flowers, the sea, and the sunshine.

This book has everything – absolutely everything needed for a suspense romance! I love it!  I could go on and on and on about this book. If you love mystery, suspense, romance this is a great story for you! ***** 5 stars and beyond!

Beautiful Blue Sea, Zakinthos Beach, on the island of Corfu Greece..beach can only be accessed by boat..pictures from pinterest.

Classic Movie Friday!

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“Bringing Up Baby,” staring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant is one crazy screwball/madcap comedy! I am going to quote a neighbor, “Never in all my born days!” My thoughts exactly after viewing this film.

Katherine Hepburn’s Aunt is going to give away one million dollars! She is considering giving the money to the museum where Cary Grant works feverishly putting together dinosaurs! Well, one sunny day, Cary Grant plays golf with a Mr. Peabody and there on the golf course, he meets Katherine Hepburn. Of course, he has no idea she is related to the woman who is giving away one million dollars. Well, Cary Grant’s life is turned upside down when he meets the interesting Katherine. She takes him on a journey that changes his life forever. 🙂

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Enjoy! pictures from pinterest.

“Surviving the Storm,” by Heather Woodhaven

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Aria and her former boyfriend, David, are on the run because Aria has witnessed a murder! The murderer won’t give up until he sees Aria dead. The killer is relentless! Not to mention crazy! David and Aria flee for their lives up the coast of Oregon through dangers and challenges galore, not knowing from one minute to the next whether they will survive! David is determined to keep Aria safe.

I read this book yesterday and it was the first book I had ever read that was written by this author. I liked it! Murder/suspense is my favorite genre, so this book was what I love to read. It was well written and at a good pace. I couldn’t put it down! When I started reading it, I had no idea I would finish it the same day I started reading it!

I would like to thank Heather for sending me her book. The author wrote an article on her blog about a vacation. She asked, at the end of her article, if the reader would share their favorite vacation spot. Well, I shared mine and she sent me her book! She signed it! Thanks again Heather!!! 🙂

Happy Reading! If you’ve never been to the coast of Oregon, try to go sometime. I’ve been there and it’s wonderful!

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“A Wish Made of Glass,” by Ashlee Willis

Wish of Glass - Ashlee WillisIsidore, as a young child, dances with the fey folk deep in the forest. Sadly, her mother dies and Isidore is filled with grief and sorrow. After her mother’s death, she finds herself thinking the fey do not exist, it was just her childhood imagination. Then, one day, her father remarries and Isidore enjoys the relationship of a stepsister. But soon, that changes as Isidore observes and realizes her new stepsister, Blessing, is everything Isidore herself wants to be and believes Blessing has taken from Isidore something very precious to her. Desperate, Isidore turns to the fey folk.

I loved the fey folk! This story, in spite of the heartache, is filled with wonder, and it’s so – magical – the forest, the fey, the dancing, the snow, how could I not love this story? It’s beautifully written and filled my heart with such wonder.

Isidore, in spite of her sadness, is likable. I liked her. 🙂 My heart went out to her and I joined her in her suffering after the death of her precious mother. Even though I knew her briefly, I find that I loved her dear mother. She was encouraging and so full of love.

Isidore’s father was a good man and he hurt to see his daughter in such pain. He shared her pain. And, this is not an evil stepmother and evil stepsister story. Not at all! Isidore’s stepmother and stepsister, Blessing, are kind people and want to know and be a part of Isidore’s life. Blessing enjoyed a sister relationship with Isidore for a short time. And, oh yes, I loved the nurse. So, I loved all the character’s in the story!

Truth be told, I don’t read many fairy tales. I read a re-write of a fairy tale one time, not long ago, and it soured me to fairy tales. However, A Wish Made of Glass, is beautiful. Enjoy!

I would like to thank the author for e-mailing a PDF copy of her book to me in exchange for an honest review. I will be reading this book again in the future.

Up Up and Away!

Late yesterday, I had the most amazing experience. I flew away in a hot air balloon. When the balloon was filling with air, the pilot or balloonist told us the balloon was as tall as an eight story building! Yikes! That is one big balloon.

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I took many pictures and had so much fun. Once the balloon was filled, and we were settled in the gondola, we lifted off. That was a strange but not unpleasant sensation. I experienced a floating sensation or a feeling of weightlessness for a moment. I also had a sense of falling. It was interesting and not really scary, just different. Rick remained on the ground, so as the balloon lifted off, I waved good-bye to him and took a picture of him as we departed! 🙂 We floated in the air for one hour and twenty minutes and it was a great ride. The weather was perfect and it was a clear evening. We could see for miles. We flew over a river and waterfalls, trees, green fields, homes, farmland, and an airport. The balloonist had a radio in the gondola and we could hear the people in the airport tower talking about us! The airport wasn’t busy, but a couple of planes landed and we heard the tower tell the pilot, of the aircraft, that there was a hot air balloon in the area and gave the coordinates of our location. The people on the ground would wave and talk – yelling up to us. We attracted a lot of attention in our colorful balloon. I loved our balloon. It was a peaceful flight only interrupted by the sound of the fire gushing into the balloon when the balloonist gripped the device causing the fire to surge straight up into our eight story balloon. I am still in the after glow of this experience. I do believe this will stay with me for a very long time! Have you taken a trip in a hot air balloon? If you have, I would like to hear from you. Please, don’t be shy. Tell me about it! Enjoy!

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I took these photos on the balloon trip. Please don’t use them. Thanks. 🙂