Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 year in review!

Just a quick look back at the old year before it’s old hat. It’s 3pm here in the Netherlands so we have a few more hours to go before this all here below is even more history than it already is.
Everyone is stealing this questionnaire as far back as I know from The Only Cin’s blog and stole it. She stole it, too, and if you want, steal mine! Okay! My turn! I am stealing this from leeswammes blog blog post! (Click on their names to read their answers!) Now YOU can steal mine! (This is fun!) Just leave a comment if you do as I'd LOVE to read it!
Just change the answers these questions to your own and post it on your blog. Let me know if you do, I’d love to know all about your 2013!
  1. What did you do in 2013 that you’ve never done before? I got 3 people to QUIT SMOKING by getting them to switch over to Electronic Cigarettes that have 'only' 4 ingredients in them - with ZERO carcinogens - as compared to OVER 4,000 chemicals IN ADDITION TO OVER 70+ carcinogenic ones in on-fire combustible tobacco cigarettes! All 3 have NOT had a tobacco cigarette since! (I will do a post about "my own journey" with this on January 12th, my 2 YEAR anniversary!) This IS near and dear to me as I was addicted to tobacco cigarettes for a LONG time.
  2. Did anyone close to you give birth? No. 
  3. Did you attend any funerals? Yes. Sadly, and unfortunately. We lost 3 DEAR people. To start with, 2 of the people were my father-in-laws. First was my husband's step-father, Tom, March Memorial - passed at the beginning of January, who was much more of a real father to my husband than his own biological father was, and he was a very, very, VERY special person who bent over backwards for other people even if he didn't know them from Adam! A man who took my son as his own very first grandson and showered him with LOVE! Grandpa Tom! Plus, amazingly, this man went out in style! All thanks to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law (Gordon's sister) who live in Oahu, Hawaii! They took him in, and for a good 6 months he was able to drive a scooter all around that island carrying his oxygen tank on the back, loving the string bikini's! Yes! He made sure we knew that! LOL!!! NO, he never smoked, but it was mesothelioma which took him WAY to early. We'll truly miss him. When August hit, we lost two people within 2 weeks. My husband's father, and my neighbor straight across the street, who was MORE family to myself than my own family is. Jim passed from an implanted defibrillator that had to have malfunctioned. It went off 16 times from the moment that his blind wife with Parkinson's disease called 911 and another 17 times in the ambulance in the ride to the hospital. It killed him. At that funeral I knew every person who had come as that is how well I knew their family. His wife's health seems to be giving out, too, as I kind of expected it would without her Jim. Such a loss, the two of them. All these passings, especially in August was the hardest on me and also brought back memories of my own mother's passing three years prior. This was too much for me to handle at the time and did send me into a depression until about mid-November. I would really imagine the loss of this many close and very dear people would bother any person out there. I did still read, but not as much as I normally do, and yes, writing reviews suffered, too. Sorry everyone - but, now, I AM feeling back to my old self again!!! :) I just guess I ALL of those losses so close were just too much for myself to handle emotionally ALL at the same time. As I just said, though, I am now feeling MUCH BETTER! My reviews are starting again, I'm back in the Hops, and looking forward to everything again!
  4. What date/s in 2013 will you remember and why? Well, the above, but other than that, no.
  5. Were there any illnesses or injuries in your family? Oh! This is a loaded question! I am totally and permanently disabled due to having a very rare neurological muscle disease which only affects 1 in 1 million people called Stiff Person Syndrome. This disease causes your muscles to go rigid/stiff, then they spasm out of control - painfully. You'll see a LOT of widgets/statements/buttons and other things about SPS and rare diseases in general in the LEFT SIDE COLUMN. I try to bring awareness to this disease, especially by talking about it HERE, posting the buttons I have, celebrating Rare Disease Day, and more. I battle with this disease all day/every day. There is NO magic pill I can take that wards Because of this disease, I am pretty much homebound, which kind of really stinks! I have to rely on a wheelchair, so that makes things a little difficult, especially since I can't even roll it or I will get muscle spasms. This is where doing this blog gives me something I LOVE TO DO!!! This blog makes me happy to share the books I read by writing and sharing the reviews I write with you! :) YOU make me happy when you come on by and leave comments! Thank YOU!  
  6. What was the best thing you bought? Books, of course!!! :)
  7. Where did most of your money go? To doctors! GEEZE!
  8. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: I have no idea right now!
  9. This question is missing. My answer: Uhhhhh?
  10. What was your favorite TV programme? I LOVE evening TV. Favorites in order: Bones, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Person of Interest, Little People Big World, The Little Couple, and NO! NOT 19 Kids and Counting! I've grown VERY tired of that show. The religion in regards to the girls AND the guys' dating COURTSHIP!! How could I get that wrong??? UGH!!! What REALLY ticked me off is those girls CAN'T EVEN READ A ROMANCE NOVEL BECAUSE THEY'LL GIVE A LITTLE PIECE OF THEIR HEART AWAY??? WHAT????????????? I say, "Jim Bob, you are one SCREWED UP GUY!" (Really, how can ANYONE LIVE without reading ONE romance novel, at least, in their life as the eldest daughter's age being 23 or 24? And, how the HELL is that giving away a piece of your heart????? UGH!!!!!!! (This also RULES OUT READING AMISH BOOKS! YES! THE AMISH 'KISS' WHEN THEY DATE! The Duggars can't even KISS when they date and EVERY date IS CHAPERONED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What year is this again???)
  11. What was the best book you read this year? Absolutely CANNOT BE ONE! First, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain (and if you 'are' going to read that book, first read "The First Lie" by Diane Chamberlain. It's an ebook, and it really should have been included in the book, but then again is a GREAT teaser to get you to read the full length novel! AND, one more . .  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - review is coming, so watch for it this week!
  12. What was your favorite movie this year? I did NOT go to the movies this year!! Can you believe that???!!!
  13. What did you do on your birthday? NO clue??? Birthday's are no big deal here. It's just the two of us now, so . . . 
  14. Did you travel anywhere this year? No. This disease makes it just about impossible to travel.
  15. What did you do for Christmas? Stayed home, hubby and I, then the kids both came over on the 26th! LOVED that!! We have a 'very' small family!
Now, let me know your answers! What did you do in 2013?

I'm looking forward to ALL GREAT THINGS this year for you, myself and my family! See you next year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The New York Times Top 15 (25) Best Sellers for the week ending 12-29-31

Welcome! Here we are, the LAST WEEK'S POST OF 2013 for the Best Sellers!
Posted by NOON (sometimes earlier) every Sunday!
I need to apologize to you for NOT having this post up in time for NOON. I started it yesterday, but I have not been able to stay awake. For Christmas this year, I got a bladder infection! Oh, BOY! What a wonderful gift! :(
NOT!!! Anyway, I was just able to start my meds yesterday after the testing, etc., and this has thrown me for a loop! The PAIN! The fatigue! It's awful! We have to go to the hospital for ALL medical testing and here where I live, and this hospital I go to is SO TEENY-TINY! I got out of the small pick-up we have, I took a header BACK INTO THE TRUCK! Yes, leave it to this former ballerina! BRILLIANCE! LOL!!! So I'm truly sorry, but this has been out of my control, and I sure wish it was NOT! LOL!!!
Well, this year sure FLEW by with so many amazing books! I want to make sure you do know these are only a SMALL fraction of the MANY AMAZING BOOKS out there. Don't choose your books 'only' based upon this list or else you will be missing MORE amazing books! If any of you shop at Amazon, you'll probably notice they have suggestions of other books for you based upon your browsing history - check those books out!
For the Reader's of this blog who do not have your own blogs, have you ever heard of Goodreads? It's one AMAZING website! Go there! EVERY book out there, just about, is there! It would be a shame for you to miss out!

To everyone:

May EVERY book you pick up in 2014 be an AMAZING one! Enjoy!

Every book's title and the photo is linked TO Amazon's ebook (they changed the linking to the hard or soft covers). If you are interested in something other than the ebook, there is a chart there that shows the choices, just click on the type of book you prefer! Everything is the same such as the reviews, description, etc., just the type of book you want to purchase would be different.
I also have to say the prices for the ebooks lately have been AMAZING! I don't know about you, but for under $10, almost ALL of the books, I have bought quite a few of these! Did the publishers finally figure out they would get MORE sales by dropping the prices and making the ebooks affordable, finally? I sure HOPE so! I kind of sit here and keep waiting for the bottom to drop out! Not being pessimistic, but what the publishers 'were' pricing them at, I'll be the FIRST to state I could not afford to pay the $12.99/$14.99! Oh, then when J K Rowling's first contemporary fiction book came out, publishers were asking $19.50! Remember that?! Well, I'm happy as a clam with the prices now!! How about you?

URGENT - I was contacted by someone who works in criminal law. I am not telling you this to make you go buy this book, in fact, I am telling you



There is a law on the books the Supreme Court put into place called the "SON OF SAM" which make it ILLEGAL for Serial Killers to publish books of their crimes for their 'own profit/financial benefit'. ANY profit is supposed to go to the victims of the crime, OR to a Victim's Compensation Fund. 
You can learn MORE about this HERE.

This book has illegally been published FOR THE PROFIT OF THIS SERIAL KILLER.
Since Amazon ALLOWS ANYONE to self-publish, he was able to do it, and without their knowledge until someone spotted the author's name, that is.
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK - and it IS priced to sell at 99cents - on purpose! 
The name is: I Wish You Were Never Born - a "RAW AND HORRIFYING" story WRITTEN BY A SERIAL KILLER! by James Gregory Marlow. 
The publisher links BACK TO THE AUTHOR and they also print other horrifying books such as this one. This publisher needs to be investigated. Google them and you will see.
What did he do? Read about it HERE.
FINALLY HERE, and there is so much MORE!
There is even a Facebook page for people like these who think they got the short end of the stick, but I'm not sharing the name of that page with you. It's just WRONG!
There is more, but I think you get the idea.
Thank you.

Oh! Don't forget to ENTER the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop! NOW thru tomorrow night at midnight, Dec 31st! Click on the photo in the UPPER RIGHT COLUMN! OR - CLICK HERE!

And now, on to the BOOKS!

FICTION: COMBINED PRINT AND EBOOK in Best Sellers as reported from ALL retail outlets.

1. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
ebook: $ 6.49

print:  $14.87


2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
ebook: $ 7.50

print:  $14.51


3. The First Phone Call From Heaven: A Novel by Mitch Albom
ebook: $ 8.49

print:  $15.26


4. Command Authority (A Jack Ryan Novel) by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney
ebook: $ 6.06

print:  $16.90


5. Cross My Heart (Alex Cross) by James Patterson
ebook: $ 7.50

print:  $14.50


6. Doctor Sleep: A Novel (The Shining) by Stephen King
ebook: $ 7.99

print:  $15.00


7. Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
ebook: $ 6.49

print:  $14.00


8. The Gods of Guilt (Lincoln Lawyer) by Michael Connelly
ebook: $11.39

print:  $16.13


9. King and Maxwell (King & Maxwell) by David Baldacci
ebook: $8.99

print:  $10.12


10. Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon) by Dan Brown
ebook: $ 6.49

print:  $15.38


11. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
ebook: $6.49

print:  $9.49


12. Innocence: A Novel by Dean Koontz
ebook: $ 6.49

print:  $15.99


13. And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel by Khaled Hosseini
ebook: $ 6.49

print:  $16.58


14. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
ebook: $ 5.99

print:  $13.33


15. Ender's Game: 1 (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
ebook: $3.99

print:  $4.39


And the rest:

  • DARK WITCH, by Nora Roberts (Berkley)
  • DUST, by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam)
  • FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James (Vintage)
  • A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, by George R. R. Martin (Random House)
  • THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham (Doubleday)
  • THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT, by Amy Tan (Ecco/HarperCollins)
  • THE LUMINARIES, by Eleanor Catton (Little, Brown)
  • GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn (Crown)
  • REAVER, by Larissa Ione (Grand Central Publishing)
  • THE STORYTELLER, by Jodi Picoult (Emily Bestler/Atria)
  • Saturday, December 21, 2013

    The New York Times Top 15 (25) Best Sellers for the week ending December 21st, 2013!

    Welcome to the last edition of the NYT Top 15 Best Sellers before the Christmas holiday! Posted every Sunday by NOON, or earlier!
    For those of you who celebrate Christmas, have a MERRY one! For the rest of you, have a wonderful time doing whatever it is you do!
    As I'm typing this out I'm listening to Andrea Bocelli, his album My Christmas on Spotify - WOW! Can this man sing! It's beauty to the ears unlike any other voice I've heard! Have you ever had tears brought to your eyes by a voice unlike any other? I'm CRYING hearing this man's voice! WOW! God has blessed this man unlike any other, then my husband tells me he is blind? How our senses compensate for what we lose is amazing. There are no other words to describe this man's voice. Tears did it for me.
    Hope the shopping and decorating is done, the cooking is about to start, and festivities about to begin, and your guests about to come over!
    What an exciting time of year it is! Especially the lights! I love the lights! With as MUCH as I LOVE the decor, my house is EMPTY! Yes! Not one decoration hangs in my house! It's a big job, and with my disability, it's a little too difficult for myself to do it, and why is it left to the women to do? My husband could care less! My kids are grown and have their own lives, so they don't care, so what I do is turn on the Hallmark Channel that has the Christmas movies running 24/7! Instant Christmas decor! LOL! It's all supposed to be in the heart anyway, right!

    The MIDWINTER'S EVE GIVEAWAY HOP! NOW thru New Year's Eve at midnight! Right when that ball drops! Although I don't think 'this' will be on your mind at that time, just make sure you enter before then!
    You can enter that by CLICKING HERE!

    Okay, so now - let's hit the books!
    ALL of the links now go directly to the ebook because of the way Amazon has the linking done now. If you want the print version of the book, when you get to the link, just click on whatever version book you prefer, and it will take you there!

    FICTION: Combined Print and ebook

    1. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
    ebook: $ 6.49

    Print:  $14.87


    2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    ebook: $ 7.50

    Print:  $14.16


    3. Command Authority (A Jack Ryan Novel) by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney
    ebook: $  9.71

    print:   $16.90


    4. Innocence: A Novel by Dean Koontz
    ebook: $10.49

    print:   $15.99


    5. The Gods of Guilt (Lincoln Lawyer) by Michael Connelly
    ebook: $11.39

    print:   $12.29


    6. The First Phone Call From Heaven: A Novel by Mitch Albom
    ebook: $ 8.49

    print:  $14.79


    7. Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
    ebook: $  6.49

    print:   $14.00 

    8. Cross My Heart (Alex Cross) by James Patterson
    ebook: $


    9. King and Maxwell (King & Maxwell) by David Baldacci
    ebook $ 8.99

    print  $15.55


    10. Doctor Sleep: A Novel (The Shining) by Stephen King
    ebook: $ 7.99

    print:  $13.13


    11. A Beautiful Wedding: A Novella (Beautiful Disaster) by Jamie McGuire
    ebook: $3.49

    print:  $9.49


    12. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
    ebook: $6.49

    print:   $9.49

    13. And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel by Khaled Hosseini
    ebook: $ 7.50

    print:  $16.58


    14. True: 11 (New Species) by Laurann Dohner
    ebook only: $7.69


    15. Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon) by Dan Brown
    ebook: $ 6.49

    print:  $15.38


    And the rest, 16 to 25

  • DUST, by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam)
  • DON'T SAY A WORD, by Barbara Freethy (Barbara Freethy)
  • THE ARRANGEMENT 12, by H.M. Ward (Laree Bailey Press)
  • DARK WITCH, by Nora Roberts (Berkley)
  • ENDER'S GAME, by Orson Scott Card (Tor/Tom Doherty)
  • THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn/Putnam)
  • THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT, by Amy Tan (Ecco/HarperCollins)
  • S., by Doug Dorst (Little Brown & Company)
  • FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James (Vintage)
  • A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, by George R. R. Martin (Random House)
  • Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop! NOW thru New Year's Eve when the clock strikes midnight!

           A BIG thank you to our Sponsors of this Hop, Bookhounds and I Am A Reader!

    Oh, the HOLIDAYS! My favorite time of the year! The Christmas movies, for myself, are one of my FAVORITE things! I LOVE the Hallmark channel each year as they show ALL of the holiday movies from Thanksgiving through Christmas! I really miss them when they are over, which makes this time of year the MOST special for me!
    I hope your holiday shopping is DONE by now! Although some of you may be reading this AFTER the 'day' has past, I hope those of you had the MOST wonderful time! Either way, it is still the 'holidays' right now and ALL THROUGH THIS HOP!
    In celebration of the holidays, I will be giving away:

    INTL or whatever countries allow ebooks to be given

    1 WINNER

    Love in Bloom series by Melissa Foster!
    Many of you may know Melissa Foster is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE authors. I have reviewed books for her going WAY back to her first books, and NO book has EVER failed to demand my complete LOVE OF HER WRITING! To miss out on reading ANY of Melissa Foster's books is a huge loss because her books DEMAND TO BE READ! She is AMAZING!
    If you have NOT read one book by her, this is a GREAT way to introduce yourself to her writing! You'll fall in LOVE with her books, and I guarantee it!
    This is a series of 9 books, but I am going to give away the ebook format of the trilogy of these three separate books which are:

    THE SNOW SISTERS (ebook format)
    Sisters in Love 
    Sisters in Bloom
    Sisters in White.
    Contemporary Romance
    This is a trilogy of 3 separate books in the ebook format which is what I will be giving away!
    With this being Winter now, these ebooks couldn't be any more fitting and will have you hibernating warm and snuggly inside of these books!

    Here are the covers of the books:

    Sisters in Love (Snow Sisters Book 1)

    Sisters in Bloom (Sisters in Love Book 2)

    Sisters in White (Snow Sisters Book 3)

    After you are finished, please scroll down to see ALL THE OTHER BLOGS IN THIS HOP! GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY READING!

    Here are ALL the other blogs in this hop! HAPPY HOPPING and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Amazon is offering FREE 1-day shipping - COME SEE MORE INFO!!!

    There IS still time to shop!

    Amazon.com will be offering Free One-Day Shipping on select products for the holidays. This includes great gift ideas in jewelry, electronics, sports, and more!

    NOW until 12-23


    Shop Amazon - Free One-Day Shipping on Last Minute Gift Ideas

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

    The NYT Top 15 (25) Best Sellers as of Sunday, December 15th, 2013

    Welcome to another week of GREAT books!
    Always posted by NOON on Sunday, or ealier!
    It's getting SO CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS!!! I'm excited, are you? Is your shopping done yet? Close to being done? Order online placed? Ooooo! Exciting!
    Well, let's get to the books, shall we?
    Oh! One more thing!

    BEST OF 2013 Giveaway Hop! - going on NOW to Dec 18 at midnight! Look to your left up at the TOP and you will see the photo in BLUE! Click on that to ENTER what I have to give away! I have a LOT to choose from! Click on one OR ALL! It's YOUR CHOICE! If you win, you can choose then! Then hop to ALL THE OTHER BLOGS that are in this hop! Almost 200! Happy Hopping!

    On Saturday, the 21st, starts a NEW Hop! The Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop which runs until the 31st! The LAST HOP of the year! ALL through the holidays! So mark your calendars! You'll have plenty of time over the holidays to enter that one!

    Okay! Now . . . on to the books! If you click on the title or the image it will take you directly TO Amazon to the ebook. If you are interested in the PRINT book, then click on the type of print book that is available. It used to link to the print book, but Amazon changed it, so I had to as well.

    Win a chance for a Kindle Paperwhite + signed books of "Dying for Sex" by Lynn Albrecht - CLICK HERE TO ENTER!! Hurry! It ends on the 15th! Doesn't leave much time!


    I apologize, but Blogger is having difficulty accepting the code from Amazon to show you the photos of the books for some reason? Looks like I won't be able to share with you what the covers of the books look like. I'm sorry sorry about this, but it's out of my control. It HAS been reported to Blogger. Thanks!! 

    These ebooks prices are Ahhhmazing! Aren't they! Wow! Grab them while they're HOT!

    If you want to LINK TO AMAZON to purchase these - "CLICK ON THE "NAME" OF THE BOOK" and it WILL take you directly there! Thanks! 

    1. The Gods of Guilt (Lincoln Lawyer) by Michael Connelly
    ebook:       $11.39

    Print book: $16.13

    2. Command Authority (A Jack Ryan Novel) by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney
    ebook:         $  9.71 

    Print book:   $16.90

    3. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
    ebook:        $  6.49

    Print book:  $14.87

    4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    ebook:        $  7.50

    Print book:  $15.41 

    5. Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
    ebook:       $  6.49

    Print book: $14.00

    6. Cross My Heart (Alex Cross) by James Patterson
    ebook:       $  7.50

    Print book: $14.50 

    7. King and Maxwell (King & Maxwell) by David Baldacci
    ebook:       $  8.99

    Print book: $15.55

    8. Gabriel's Redemption (Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy) by Sylvain Reynard
    ebook: $7.99

    Print book: $9.31

    9. Doctor Sleep: A Novel (The Shining) by Stephen King
    ebook:        $  7.99

    Print book:  $15.00

    10. Take Me (A Stark Novella) (The Stark Trilogy) by J Kenner
    ebook: $1.99

    No print book available

    11. The First Phone Call From Heaven: A Novel by Mitch Albom
    ebook:       $  8.99

    Print book: $12.50

    12. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
    ebook:      $  6.47

    Print book: $13.87

    13. Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon) by Dan Brown
    ebook:       $  6.49

    Print book: $15.38

    14. Ender's Game: 1 (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
    ebook:       $3.99

    Print book: $4.39

    15. The Ever After of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen
    ebook:       $  2.99

    Print book: $12.72

    And the rest . . .

  • DUST, by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam)
  • DARK WITCH, by Nora Roberts (Berkley)
  • AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead)
  • A GAME OF THRONES 5-BOOK BUNDLE, by George R. R. Martin (Bantam)
  • THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn/Putnam)
  • GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn (Crown)
  • THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT, by Amy Tan (Ecco/HarperCollins)
  • A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, by George R. R. Martin (Random House)
  • THE ALPHA'S TOUCH BOXED SET, by Tawny Taylor and others (Zirconia Publishing)
  • FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James (Vintage)