- Forgive an enemy? But they are the enemy....
- A good example? How do I do this and know that it is enough to make the child notice?....
- Tolerance to the one I am competing with...yeah those snarky comments about their slowness/lack probably is not tolerance...
- A friend my heart? Don't I do that, don't I always lend an ear....or do I?...
- A customer? I am friendly and try my best to work with my business associates in a serviceable manner - is it enough?
- Charity...for all? Did I ignore the bell and walk on in, hurrying out of the cold? Did I let the door slam on the couple as they entered the store?
- Respect...for me. For the one person who must look at the list and take in all its tasks, place them within my heartstrings and become better with each item...yes...respect:
- for the little girl in me who still stands amazed at the dazzling Christmas lights...
- for the teenage girl in me whose heart beats faster every time her beau holds her hand...
- for the young woman in me who marvels at the places in her life she has seen and excites at those to come...
- for the person I am who is a work in progress, a person who knows that every day she must accept her flaws and love them all the same, make decisions to be proud of and learn to accept the things we cannot change with dignity...
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
The Kingdom would like to welcome Tamara Hart Heiner to its lovely garden. (Isn't she just darl'n?) PERILOUS (released November 16, 2010 by WiDo Publishing)
Amazon's snippet: Jaci Rivera has plans for her sophomore year: go to regionals with the track team, make the honor roll, and eat too much pizza with her best friends, Callie and Sara. Her biggest concern is Amanda, the pushy girl who moved in a few months ago.What she doesn't plan for is catching a robber red-handed, or being kidnapped. The desperate thief drags her and her friends 2,000 miles across the Canadian border. They escape from his lair, only to find that he has spies and agents watching their path home, waiting to intercept them and take them back.Then Jaci finds something out about her family. Something which irrevocably connects her to their kidnapper, and makes her question their chances of escape.
Are you still with us or did you already grab your keys and head for the nearest bookstore? Still here? Good.
I was not sure what I was going to encounter when I was privileged to read this book before it hit the shelves. My reading selections are in no way predictable and Perilous fell right between finishing up a sci-fi fantasy and beginning a young adult paranormal romance. From the first few pages I was hooked. Jaci and her friends are much like the teens that I encounter with my own nieces. Their verbage and banter is believable in a way that sucks you back into days of your own youth. As you are introduced to the family you find a deeper tone. There are layers here that do not disappoint.
Tamara was able to weave a tale that at once excites and terrifies the reader. It could happen any time, anywhere, to anyone. The fact that it is teenage girls in situations that parents NEVER want to even imagine breathes life into the story - because it COULD happen and sadly as the news proclaims; it does.
I happily handed my own 16 year old niece this book and she gobbled it up in a day. After discussing the action, the twists, the turns, the surprises we discussed the dynamics of the girls. A chord that rang loudly is strength & perseverance. The friends discover a strength that pulls them through the trauma and propels them toward safer ground.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and happily flew through it in an evening. It is a quick read that takes the reader on an emotional journey, desperately wanting all clues, all secrets, all puzzle pieces tied up neatly by the final page...does it deliver that perfectly wrapped ending?...you'll have to find out.... ;o)
In case you are still too curious to slip out into the chill and head to the store, perhaps this link will provide something that will get you moving...
Well have I whet your appetite? Are you at the door, one eye on the screen reading this - the other on the doorknob ready to break free to the bookstore? Don't close those fingers around the knob just yet...there might be a few ways to snuggle up with Perilous...
The wonderful & sweet Tamara is hosting the following, awesome, amazing contests:
Any person who comments on any post during the blog tour will be entered into
a random drawing for a book. Which she can autograph, if you want. The
contest ends on Dec. 15.
Kindle giveaway: This contest is point-based and ends
Dec. 15. Whoever has the most points wins the Kindle. There will only be
one Kindle given away. Here are the points:
1 point: blog comment (can comment on all the blogs, multiple times, on
1 point: follow my blog (http://tamarahartheiner.blogspot.com/)
1 point: retweet
2 points: blog about the blog tour
5 points: purchase the book (ebook or paperback, must email me the
confirmation email) if they actually buy the book in the store they can
mail me a copy of the receipt.
Add up all your points as well as your proof (links, etc) and
email it to Tamara at the end of the blog tour (tamara at tamarahartheiner dot
People can earn an infinite number of points!
In addition to her contest, I also have purchased a copy of Perilous to place in someone's stocking! Yep so um that is like so many things to win, to enter..to tabulate (thank goodness Tamara must be good at math..;o) ) For my contest all you have to do is share this review (blog/Tweet/scream it out the window/skywrite it/whatever) this review and place a comment HERE on this post of how you did it! I will be using the honor system and on December 8 (hubby's birthday) will announce the randomly drawn winner! So go, get, spread the word and enjoy this edge of your seat debut!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I was a bit unclear as to what constituted High Drama...so if this is not textbook definition I apologize, for me it is dramatic - I hope for you as well ;o)
This is not from a WIP but written specifically for the blogfest...
My eyes followed her nervous fingers as she opened the door; the round edges of her nails a stark white against the dingy brass knob. An urge to stop her slammed into my gut.
"It means that things have changed." The voice that spoke did not sound like my own. Gruff tones, low and sad.
What is wrong with you?
"Why? I thought - I thought you...I mean I thought it was getting better."
Her voice isn't gruff. It is soft and sweet, a sound that could soothe away any pain, make you remember things long buried and not care about the things you had done. I wanted to hear her always.
The large wooden door creaked as she pulled it open. Melodic strains of Rachmaninoff glided out and chills ran down my arms. Her question was simple but now I knew the answer would not be - at least not to her.
I pushed her through and she stumbled to the floor. Her gasp barely registered when I saw him. He stood. Long, lean limbs unfolded as he straightened; dark black hair curled at the nape of his neck. A gray shirt hung loosely on his gangly frame accentuating the snug jeans. High cheekbones, eerie in their structure sat beneath eyes of night - black and terrifying.
She backed up and pressed against me. The ache grew and forcibly I pushed her forward.
"Wait - please..." No longer sweet and soft, her voice a pleading whisper that was more whine than ever.
He was in front of her before she could finish; his movements barely visible as he crossed the room. Long bony fingers curled around her neck.
I started to leave. His head snapped up and I froze. He looked from her to me and smiled.
"I see...you know the rules Evan."
Silently I nodded.
"Good." Gravely tones elongated the word and I knew then that yes, it isn't any better. "I apologize Evan, but I do not sense the gift in her."
Before I could say a word his hand twisted and her head fell to the side unnaturally. He released her and I watched the soft peach skin, dark chesnut hair and the brightest light I had ever known collapse onto the floor.
The ache was gone, replaced by an internal scream that can never be freed. My breathing hitched as I stared at her. He cleared his throat and I looked back at him; my body reeling with a hatred I had never known.
"Do better next time Evan." He began to hum along with music, waving a hand in dismissal.
I glanced at her, seeing her eyes stare blindly towards the wall and felt the scream die down replaced by a burning heat.
"Oh, I will sir, I will." Yes things had definitely changed.
Friday, August 6, 2010
(Wacko's Hellllooooo Nurse! is stuck in my head today)
1. Name/Blog Name.
Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to check out DL's Fantabulous HIGH DRAMA BLOGFEST tomorrow..should be a great one!
Monday, August 2, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Kristin & Me driving up and down Front Beach (don't worry we are at a stoplight) ;o)
Me & My sister Nina!My niece Anna hula hooping at J Michael's restaurant - you can barely see the hula hoop spinnng around her..
Broken arm and all...texting is still the utmost important thing to a 16 year old..
Kristin in the Hot Seat at Ripley's - one handed she made it to 3000 points, not too shabby...
Watching the dolphins play...
Kristin & me on the dolphin cruise...
The "Spearhead" my sister stepped on while shellseeking...she is adamant about it being a giant arrowhead or spearhead. I must say the shape is definitely interesting as is a mark at its base that resembles an indention of where a post may have been..either way it is her treasure...
A snippet of the shells collected each morning...
A few of my favorites..
So there you have it...my trophies, my lovelies, my memories...treat them well and I hope you enjoyed perusing our Royal Ramblings...
Have a Fantastic Friday & Wonderful Weekend...check in on Monday for the return of Monday Memos & the winner of the Harper Lee Prize Package..