Saturday, July 24, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
The book is not really about becoming wealthy in the money sense, but wealthy in the spiritual and happiness sense. Could we be happy with less? Happiness is a state of mind-
I found this educational and easy to read and recommend it to adults in need of self-help, spiritual guides, and for people who need more about of life than they have right now.”
Reviewed by Ami Blackwelder
Friday, July 16, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
1. Thank the person who loved me enough to bestow this gift.
2. Share seven things about myself.
3. Bestow this honor onto 10 newly discovered or followed bloggers–in no particular order–who are fantastic in some way.
4. Drop by and let my ten new friends know I admire them.
So here are the seven things about me.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
“Last Writes” by Sheila Lowe
Publisher: New American Library/ Obsidian Mysteries
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Sheila Lowe does it again. Just when you think you have things figured out in “Last Writes”…here comes another twist.
By now you know you should expect the unexpected, but Lowe grabs you and you’re off on a suspense filled tangent. You just know there’s trouble ahead. You’re afraid there’s trouble ahead. And then you wonder just how bad that trouble can possibly be…and will they come out unscathed.
With a good mix of suspense and wit, Lowe’s believable characters come to life in this fast paced novel. Try to keep up with her heroine as she moves in and out of trouble faster than you can turn the pages. And once again…the end will keep you guessing as you sit on the edge of your seat. Always a good thing for a suspense novel.
Freelance Editor and Author
Friday, July 2, 2010
KIKI: Wow, now can you tell us a little more specifically what these books are about, what information a reader can expect from them? Because I know from reading The Christmas TV Companion, that if you start now with a notebook and pen in hand, you may just by December have your TV viewing agenda completed. I am big on watching holiday TV, but I never imagined that there was this much!
Christmas on TV is the best and the worst that TV has to offer. TV’s highest quality productions have included the very first Hallmark Hall of Fame production--the first opera specifically written for television, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” as well as the highly acclaimed “Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory.” However Christmas on TV also means the all too common superficial sitcom adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol.’ It can also be the worst, derivative conspicuous commercialism disguised as children’s entertainment. Yet we all watch our favorite holiday programs every year, it has become a common language for everyone and I’m endlessly fascinated by the diversity of what’s been created.
KIKI: Obvious next question is how did you find all this programming?
KIKI: Where can we find you on the web?
JOANNA: Like most people, my favorites are the ones I watched when I was a kid and continue to enjoy as an adult. My favorite specials are ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ ‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special.’ My favorite episodes are ‘The Voice of Christmas’ from The Brady Bunch, ‘A Vision of Sugar Plums’ from Bewitched, and the Dick Van Dyke Show’s holiday episode ‘The Alan Brady Show Presents.’ My favorite movies are ‘The House Without a Christmas Tree,’ ‘The Homecoming: Walton’s Christmas,’ and ‘A Christmas Story.’ I also love some of the non-traditional more bizarre programs that I covered in The Christmas TV Companion such as ‘Hey, Hey It’s Knishmas’ from Chowder, ‘Rebel With a Claus’ from Squidbillies and the made-for-TV movie based on the Terry Pratchett sci-fi/fantasy book ‘Hogfather.’ Just for you, Kiki, my favorite horror episode is ‘And All through the House’ a Christmas-themed episode of the TV series ‘Tales from the Crypt.’ My favorite horror movie is the original 1974 ‘Black Christmas’ directed by Bob Clark, the same director that made ‘A Christmas Story.’
"Director Bob Clark did more to permanently associate his name with Christmas films than create the now-classic 'A Christmas Story.' He also blazed a trail with his brilliantly made 1974 cult slasher flick, 'Black Christmas.' The story takes place in a sorority house at Christmas time as female residents begin to disappear and obscene phone calls are received by the remaining house mates who are unaware that the deadly danger is lurking in the house with them.
The thrill in watching 'Black Christmas' today is in the rarely imitated, open ended conclusion of the story. The film ends before the killer is caught! This terrifying lack of completion also means viewers are left to speculate just who is the serial killer and why he does what he does--making the imagined far more scary than the usual tying up of loose story ends with a complete explanation provided in most other horror films. There is speculation amongst this film's fans concerning its legacy and the extent of influence this film has had on the slasher genre. Many claim it as the inspiration for 1978's better remembered 'Halloween' and its tremendous success.
The influence of 'Black Christmas' was strong enough to inspire a 2006 remake. This updated and bloodier version of the story removes the mystery behind the supposed killer, the no longer unseen, Billy. Here, the character of the criminally insane Billy is expanded and explained, and he’s not working alone! There’s also an update on the story line with the obscene phone calls. In this remake, cell phones reveal the origin of the calls and ring tones sound off the location of the caller within the house. Whimsically, it recasts actress, Andrea Martin, also from the original film, now playing the more age-appropriate house mother instead of a sorority sister."
KIKI: A lot of special things have happened to you since The Christmas TV Companion came out. Can you give us a few highlights, like your favorite review you got for the book?
JOANNA: One exciting thing that has happened was that I participated in a TV special, talking about the history of Christmas on TV for the History Channel. This documentary about the culture of Christmas is scheduled to air this holiday season in 2010. I’m also very proud of receiving a glowing testimonial from Barry Williams, the actor who played Greg Brady on ‘The Brady Bunch’ TV series.
Information for Sales…
My book The Christmas TV Companion can be purchased through the publisher’s website: http://1701Press.com as well as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble online, and Oldies.com. The encyclopedia, Tis the Season TV, will be available for purchase from the same sources upon its release in November 2010.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it? If you like a specific mix of genres, please state that particular combination.
Cissy: My favorite genre to read in would have to be fiction and mostly Christian fiction. What attracts me to this specific genre is the fact that it is a fiction story, in other words it isn’t another living person’s story like nonfiction is, so for a moment I can claim it as my on. While I’m reading the book that is my story, that is me going through the adventure. Where with nonfiction you’re reading about another person’s adventure or story.
Kiki: What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read.
Cissy: Oh, this is a hard one for me because I like so many different authors and their works. I really don’t have just one favorite author. I like Beverly Lewis because she writes about the Amish lifestyle. I like Lori Wick because she is one of the most versatile writers I have read. In one book you can be reading about the life of the pioneers, the next could be set in Victorian times, then the next one you read could be set in contemporary time.
Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.
Cissy: Oh, yes, I have a Favorite Book of All Time. It is Gone With the Wind. I read it for the first time when I was in the 6th grade and have probably read it twenty times since then. I just love that book. What I love about it is the overcoming spirit of Scarlett and how she changed, grew up through out the book. This is the story of a “girl” who was use to being waited on hand and foot then because of war she was suddenly put in charge of taking care of everybody.
Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?
Cissy: To be honest with you I haven’t read anything since it is Summer. In the Summer my husband and I spend our time doing our favorite recreation which is night fishing. But the last book I read was the 3rd book in the series called A Place Called Home by Lori Wick. It is titled The Long Road Home. I would highly recommend the whole series to a friend.
Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?
Cissy: My reading habits vary according to what season it is. If it is Summer I don’t get as much reading done because I’m usually with my husband out on the lake fishing. When it is to cool to be on the lake then that is when I snuggle down with my books. I prefer to hold a real book in my hands. I know the “hot new thing” is ebooks but I still like turning the pages of a real book. I like reading at night out on my deck or if winter curled up by the fireplace when all is quite and I can get totally lost in the book. I average reading 5-7 books a week.. It is according to how many pages the book has and how many interruptions.
Kiki: If pressed, could you chose a favorite from the books you have written? Why is it your favorite?
Cissy: I have written many poems but only one book. It is A rose Blooms Among the Thorns. It is a fiction story about a woman’s journey from domestic abuse through healing to forgiveness. The reason I like this book is because of the subject matter it covers, domestic violence. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.
Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?
Cissy: Sometimes I wake up late at night or will be setting out on my deck and words will start whirling and twirling in my head. This is why I keep a pen and paper close by at all times. My faith inspires me, nature inspires me, words inspire me, wrongs or injustice inspire me.
Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?
Cissy: The part of the story that I think is my strength to write is the beginning and the ending. I know were I want the story to start and were I want it to end but getting it from point A to point B doesn’t always go the way I want it to. The story will take a different road entirely than what I had planned for it, so I have to work with the trip the story is taking me on..
Kiki: Please share with
Cissy: I have been an ordained minister since August of 2007. I am called to minister to hurting women who carry the emotional scars of domestic abuse.
For as long as I can remember I have always loved to write. When I couldn't express myself verbally, one only had to hand me a pen and paper and out would flow my words on to the paper.
I have written poetry most of my life and now my life-long dream has come true. I have written a book.
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