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I’m busy this week so I’m just gonna post the links– all $.99.  Forgive me for being so short.

Come Back To Me, A New Adult Romance

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Daughters of Persephone, Book One Exile

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Daughters of Persephone, Book Two Return

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Daughters of Persephone, Book Three Reborn

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Daughters of Persephone, Book Four The Red Demon

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In the Flesh

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Enjoy!

Spotlight Review– My Problem With Doors, by Scott D. Southard.

Jacob's life changed in a single moment when, as a toddler, he walked through his bedroom door only to find himself in the office of a British officer in Capetown, 1870. This would begin a thirty-year journey which would take him from ancient to future civilizations, and innumerable places and times in between. Through all of his travels, Jacob seeks for the purpose of his predicament, the significance of his life with all of its joys and suffering, loneliness and impermanence.

Jacob’s life changed in a single moment when, as a toddler, he walked through his bedroom door only to find himself in the office of a British officer in Capetown, 1870. This would begin a thirty-year journey which would take him from ancient to future civilizations, and innumerable places and times in between. Through all of his travels, Jacob seeks for the purpose of his predicament, the significance of his life with all of its joys and suffering, loneliness and impermanence.

Another author, T.W. Dittmer, pointed me in the direction of Scott D. Southerd, an author who also happens to write a killer blog.  I enjoyed his blog-style so much I picked up his book, My Problem With Doors.

This book is tough to categorize.  Yes, it could be considered YA in somewhat the same way The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is YA, yet just like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe the story is bigger than YA because of its existential themes, the adult questions posed by the story, and the answers sought by the main character, Jacob.

My Problem With Doors is a fantasy.  It involves time travel and pirates– I’m a sucker for time travel.  Pirates… eh.  Some of you are more into pirates than I am, but that’s neither here nor there.  (The book contains far more than pirates.  Jacob’s experience during The Children’s Crusade is quite remarkable.)

What makes this a good book–  (As a point of reference I can’t help but compare it to other time-travel novels I’ve read relatively recently.)

Remember Replay, by Ken Grimwood?  Remember that book?  Brilliant book.  I loved it.  But in Replay no matter how hard he tried, Jeff, the protagonist, could not alter the past.  This construct was prefect for Replay.

In My Problem With Doors Jacob does alter the past.  Not in a larger sense, not in any way that would alert the future time police, but in a way that, oh gosh… for lack of a better descriptive word, humanizes the past.  With the knowledge he gains via his time travel, Jacob tries to do the right thing regardless of the confusing circumstances in which he finds himself.

Jacob skips through time, much like Henry in The Time Traveler’s Wife, but while Henry couldn’t remember anything that hadn’t yet happened, Jacob grows and matures in a more linear fashion.  He remembers.  He learns.  Each jump, while it may propel him backwards in time, propels him forward as a human being.  From my perspective it makes him a more compelling character than Henry could ever be.  Where Henry was helpless, a victim of his genetic disability, Jacob is far from helpless.  He’s a survivor.

Therein lies the appeal of My Problem With Doors– Hope remains, even if contained in something as tiny and fragile as a tomato seed.  When I finished The Time Traveler’s Wife I was so pissed off I threw the book against the wall.  When I finished My Problem With Doors I sobbed.

Here’s the Amazon link:  My Problem With Doors, by Scott D. Southard

You can read a sample and find a buy link for the ebook here- My Problem With Doors.

 

 

It’s been weird, to say the least.

You’ve all been so nice.  Thanks.  I mean it… thanks.

Dad’s not out of the woods yet.  As my husband reminds me, baby steps.  He’s had a few setbacks, but overall he’s making progress.

I headed home early this morning, after picking up coffee at the Human Bean, a drive thru coffee place that has been my lifeline all week, or maybe my mainline – yes, I have been mainlining caffeine.  I was so happy when I read on their sign that they would be open on Thanksgiving from 4:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  I hit the drive up window at 6:55 a.m.

The trip was interesting – some pea soup fog, some ice, some black ice, some freezing fog, some wind on steep mountain roads and me driving like a bat out of hell because that’s what I do.  Only saw one cop.

When I drive this route I count raptors.  On the way up I counted 38.  On the way down I counted 29.  Big fat birdies.  Of course on the way home I had to pay a little more attention to road conditions.

Hubby was here for about 30 minutes after I got home and then he left for Thanksgiving dinner with my cousins in San Francisco.  Don’t say, awwww, poor you!  There is no poor me.  I wanted to de-stress by cleaning my house, doing laundry, walking my dog.  I simply couldn’t cope with making conversation.  That would have been a bridge too far.

It’s Thanksgiving and my dad’s alive so the lack of a turkey doesn’t bother me one bit.

While I was away, Jaye and I did some work too, and my Science Fiction Romance or Fantasy Romance or Futuristic Romance or Time Travel Romance, Daughters of Persephone, Book One, Exile, is available on Amazon.  Click the title for the link.

Princess-in-exile, Aja Bokinan, is the Thousand Year Empress. While her family has remained in forced isolation for nearly thirty years, women throughout the empire have been banned from public life. Females have no legal standing and they have become little better than property. The restoration of the monarchy is their only hope. Revolution threatens the male dominated Coalition. Resistance forces expect the Princess to be the salvation of the empire. The ruling generals fear she will be its destruction. 
Kyr Aram, is a smuggler and secret Resistance sympathizer. He must find a way to protect the Princess from both the general who plans her assassination and a traitor on his own ship who wishes to see her dead. Kyr believes she is no more than valuable cargo. With the Thousand Year Empress, he gets more than he bargained for.

What’s a woman supposed to watch after the WORLD SERIES?

I’ve lost all interest in The Walking Dead, Season Three.  Sorry, Barbara.  It IS SO NOT working for me this time around.  What a heart-breaker.

To jump the shark in television terms:  The moment when a show is no longer worth watching due to a very contrived episode. The term comes from the Happy Days Hawaii miniseries.

It was tragic when True Blood lost its magic -which happened for me during the All Maryann All the Time slog through Season Two.

The All Maryann Channel

Ah well.

Firefly never got the opportunity to jump the shark.  A mixed blessing.

Jayne – my favorite anti-hero

Battlestar Galactica occasionally sagged a little, but I could get past a somewhat lackluster episode because even if the action sputtered, there were still moments of subtle interaction, character growth, birth, rebirth, and death – moments that made the show worth watching.

So far this second season of Person of Interest has been stunning~ If anything, the second season is more engrossing than the first.  Good writing.  Accept no substitutes.

Here is what I’m about to embark on, in terms of a cutting age television adventure (have to watch via Hulu)~

FAITHLee Min Ho stars in a thrilling fantasy epic, as an elite warrior in 1300′s Korea who travels to the 21st century to find a doctor capable of healing the Queen. In a comic twist, his search for a doctor with godlike abilities leads him to a popular plastic surgeon, played by Kim Hee Sun. When she refuses to believe his outlandish story, he kidnaps her, dragging her back into the past to save the Queen. Will this stoic warrior give up his code of honor and choose love over war, and will this career woman ever consider a life less modern? Only time will tell, quite literally.

I’m excited, subtitles and all!

Remember these???

The Secret World of Og, by Pierre Berton – I loved this book, as did my kids – along with the animated version – http://youtu.be/lIE27NMfkfs.

The Water Babies!  You have got to watch this!  Delightful!  http://youtu.be/6WdlQhFNa4c

The past week has been insane.  My parents traveled to Canada for a wedding and instead of the trip taking seven hours, it took forty-eight.  Thank you United Airlines.  The last time my parents flew United, a six hour trip took two and a half days.  There’s nothing like having your elderly parents stranded in airports and rotten hotels.

I don’t even want to talk about the rest.  I think I’ll just order Waterbabies and watch it.

Three other favorite children’s stories (aside from Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White) -

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Borrowers, by Mary Norton

The Mushroom Planet Series, by Eleanor Cameron. 

Oh to be a kid again!