Thursday, February 16, 2017

#CatThursday - A little cat-levity #cats


Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! (share your post in the Mr. Linky below)

We need a little cat-levity in these trying times. Go forth, kitties, and make those frowns turn upside down. 😻








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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Q & A with author Barbara Crane #Giveaway Signed paperback of When Water Was Everywhere


Q&A WITH BARBARA CRANE

Where did the idea for your novel come from?

My novel emerged from days of crisscrossing the Los Angeles Basin by automobile—sometimes putting 15,000 to 20,000 miles a year on my car during my work as an independent writer and corporate trainer. As I crossed overpasses high above the land, I often turned north toward the soaring transverse range. Known in our time as the San Gabriel Mountains, they ring the Los Angeles Basin. I wondered, “What did the first people on this land think about living in the shadow of these magnificent mountains?”

I crossed over the Los Angeles River, saw it encased in its concrete channel, and wondered what the rivers looked like when they ran freely. I drove along the coast and imagined ships full of adventurers, explorers and holy men who came to California as early as the 16th century, changing the landscape, people and culture forever. I began to infuse my imaginings with the people who lived here when Los Angeles was a pueblo. Those people—a few Mexican and American settlers, the indigenous Tongva Indians, and the Spanish missionaries people my novel.

Is this a true story?

When Water Was Everywhere is historical fiction. Although the story is fiction, most of it is historically accurate because it is based on more than a decade of research on the pueblo of Los Angeles and the lives of the Tongva/Gabrieleno Indians in the early 1840s. I researched the padres and Indians at the California missions, specifically the Mission San Gabriel. I especially enjoyed delving into the history of our two historic ranchos in Long Beach, particularly Rancho Los Cerritos, where a good deal of the action in the novel takes place.


Are the characters based on real lives?

One of the four major characters is inspired by John Temple, a wealthy businessman and owner of the first store in the pueblo of Los Angeles. Don Juan Temple, as he was called, bought a part of the original Nieto land grant that borders the Los Angeles River on the west and, today, the San Gabriel River on the east. Today, those 325,000 acres that constituted the Nieto land grant have become seven cities. John Temple purchased Rancho Los Cerritos, which comprised 27,000 acres of the Nieto grant in 1843. Much of the action in When Water Was Everywhere takes place as Temple’s (Rodrigo Tilman’s) ranch house was being constructed.

Who are your favorite writers?

My favorite novel is Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. I’ve read it nine times. I love Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, Nadine Gordimer, Jonathan Franzen, Jumpha Lumphiri. Holly Prado Northup, Louise Glück and W.S. Merwin are some of my favorite poets. I read writers from all over the world--Japan, Africa, Nepal, Costa Rica, Mexico. I want to know about other places and other people, and I think books are a good way to know them.


Barbara Crane is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Her 2016 release, When Water Was Everywhere, won a Beverly Hills Book Award. Her 2001 novel, The Oldest Things in the World, was a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year. Crane’s short stories and nonfiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Sun, Birmingham Arts Journal, and the Outrider Press Black and White Anthology series. Barbara has enjoyed careers as a business journalist, teacher, and corporate communications consultant. A native Los Angelino, Barbara took her degree from UC Berkeley. She lives in Long Beach with her husband.

Visit Barbara's website: www.barbaraecrane.com

Find out more about When Water Was Everywhere: www.whenwaterwaseverywhere.com

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GIVEAWAY
Up for grabs...a signed paperback edition of When Water Was Everywhere. Open to U.S. entries only. Please leave a comment with an email address for winner contact. Giveaway is open through Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Good luck!




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Thursday, February 9, 2017

#CatThursday - #Authors and #Cats (59) Anais Nin


Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! (share your post in the Mr. Linky below)

The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author with their cat(s), or pictured with a cat(s).


This month I'm featuring Anais Nin, born February 21, 1903 (d. January 14, 1977). Nin was a French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer, who gained international fame with her journals. Spanning the years from 1931 to 1974, they give an account of one woman's voyage of self-discovery. "It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all." (from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. I, 1966) 

Anaïs Nin was largely ignored until the 1960s. Today she is regarded as one of the leading female writers of the 20th century and a source of inspiration for women challenging conventionally defined gender roles. (from Goodreads)


"And in his eyes he had the look of the cat who inspires a desire to caress but loves no one, who never feels he must respond to the impulses he arouses."
--Anais Nin, Delta of Venus

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

#CatThursday Rosa Silva's Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep - #Review #cats


I have an extra special Cat Thursday for you this week! Our good Cat Thursday friend, Rosa from Cat Lady Confidential has written a very funny cat book, Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep, and I'm reviewing it here today. 


My thoughts
I enjoyed this book immensely. I'm a huge fan of Cortes and Mansbach’s adults-only bedtime story, Go the F*ck to Sleep, made famous by being read aloud by the illustrious Samuel L. Jackson. Anyone who has children can totally relate to that book. The same can be said for anyone who is the parent of a cat, or cats. They seriously do not want us to get any sleep. To say that cats are high maintenance is an understatement. We all know that they run our lives. Rosa perfectly captures this reality in this hilarious little book. I also must mention the brilliant illustrations. Rosa's illustrator, Diana Necsulescu perfectly captures the distress of the woman (Rosa) and the utter rapture and bliss of the kitty (Mr. Cat) who is clearly enjoying himself. Wonderfully expressive illustrations complete a book and that is clearly evident here.

The perfect addition to any cat lover's cat book library, Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep would also make an excellent gift. Just make sure they have a sense of humor first. I'm a big fan of swearing (studies show...swearing means you're smarter. 😄 ) so this book scored extra points with me. Highly recommended!

About the book
Inspired by, and in the tradition of Cortes and Mansbach’s adults-only bedtime story, Go the F*ck to Sleep, Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep is a funny take on the frustrations of losing sleep because of a feline friend. The struggle is real.

Anyone who is a cat lover knows that the cat rules the roost, and that certainly doesn’t change at bedtime. You might be ready to sleep, but you can bet that kitty is ready for just about anything but some shut-eye. Release your frustrations with a good laugh as you read along with Rosa and her struggle to get Mr. Cat to Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep!

Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep is a funny bedtime book for all the desperate cat parents out there. If you have experienced the nightmare of having a kitty who won’t let you have a good night’s sleep, this is the book for you. It’s the perfect gift for crazy cat lovers who appreciate hilarious insights into the feline nature.

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About the author
Rosa Silva is an author and blogger. When she’s not working on her next book, you can find her reading, chilling on the beach, hanging out with her cat, or writing the next post for her blog Cat Lady Confidential. Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep is her first book.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

#CatThursday - #Cats say the funniest things


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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Yearly Remembrance...Heath Ledger

Gone too soon, on this day, 9 years ago. I'm always thinking of all the movies you would have been great in, and how much your daughter, Matilda must be missing you. I hope you are at rest and in peace. You are missed. 💔



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Saturday, January 21, 2017

#24in48 - My Official Start Time


Now that I'm finally home (and have had a short nap), after being out all day. I'm ready to get started. I realize that I probably will not be able to read for the full 24 hours. That's okay.

You may ask if I was marching today. I was not. My sons (age 14 and 15) asked me not to. They were afraid something would happen to me. Since my sons are more important to me than anything else in this world, I had to respect their wishes. So, no marching for me, but I was there in spirit. Believe me. To all my sister women who did march today...sending out a big thank you for representing women who know how to stand up for what they believe in.

Okay, so let me do this little survey:

1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?
Nashville, Tennessee

2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?
Yes

3. Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first?
N/A

4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?
I'm equally excited about reading Little Women and The Chemist.

5. Tell us something about yourself.
I'm the mom of two teen boys, I love to read (obviously), I'm very active in the bookish community. I host six readathons yearly at my blog Seasons of Reading which also has a Facebook group. I have two book groups on Goodreads, and I host several reading challenges at my community for reading challenges and read-alongs, Gather Together and Read. My sister book blog, a horror blog, is Castle Macabre. I adore cats. I have a massive library in my home consisting of over 3000 books.

6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend.
You can find me on this blog, on Twitter @truebookaddict, or over at the Seasons of Reading Facebook group (Michelle Stockard Miller).


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Friday, January 20, 2017

#24in48 #Readathon - I'm in!


The 24 in 48 Readathon...starts in less than 2 hours (in my time zone)...yikes! I'm running a bit behind in signing up. But here I am and I'm ready to go. This fits in nicely with my two week Winter's Respite Readathon which is going on now through next Sunday (Jan. 29). The 24 in 48 runs through this Sunday at 11:59pm.


I'm thinking I will stick with reading Little Women and The Chemist, books that are on my Winter's Respite reading list.


I think I can get 24 hours of reading in this weekend, but we shall see. The boys are home with me this weekend and we're going to be out for a while tomorrow, going out to eat and seeing M. Night Shyamalan's new movie, Split. I can't wait!!!


I probably won't update frequently so I'll just do a new post when I do. If I do a sticky post, it goes out from my feed based Mailchimp anyway, so may as well do a fresh post.

If you're joining in, Happy Reading!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

#CatThursday - Reading cat is #reading


Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! (share your post in the Mr. Linky below)

In honor of A Winter's Respite readathon going on right now.



That love story has given him the bad eye 😄😄😄


We can all relate.


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Reading Life (47) - #WintersRespite #Readathon & Starting over on The Classics Club #ourclassicsclub


I meant to get the bulk of this done during Mini-Bloggiesta, and I did manage to partially compose my 2017 reading challenge post (went live earlier this morning), and I cleaned up my sidebar (which wasn't even on my original goal list 😄), but didn't get a chance to finish transferring reading challenges (along with starting over my Classics Club) to this blog.


This week, I'm hosting my winter readathon at Seasons of Reading, A Winter's Respite. I'm thrilled because it's now a two week long event! It started yesterday, and it runs through Sunday, January 29.

Here's what I'm reading:
  • The Golden Bough, Sir James George Frazier (This is one I'm reading for TuesBookTalk and I have to finish it by Jan. 31).  Decided to not read this.
  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  • The Chemist, Stephenie Meyer
  • Property, Valerie Martin
  • The Boy Who Wanted Wings, James Conroyd Martin
Actually, the above are all books I need to read this month so I'm hoping this two week readathon, and the 24 in 48 Readathon this weekend, will help me accomplish it. 

Why not join us? You can sign up and jump in through January 27.


My start date for The Classics Club was March 11, 2012...so my time is up this March. Problem is, I have not hardly put a dent in my list. I've had a lot going on in my life. A separation in late 2012 and finally a divorce in 2014. A job that I hated which sapped my energy and had me getting sick all the time. Plus, being a single mom (or the custodial parent, which means I have the kids the majority of the time). That is why I'm allowing myself a do-over. I'm sure the lovely folks at The Classics Club will understand. My new list, with start and end dates, will be in the menu tab above titled, The Classics Club. Head over there to check it out.

Watching



I saw two movies over the weekend. The Bye Bye Man, a horror film, was pretty scary.
I was hiding my eyes throughout. Passengers. Wow! I really liked it. Not sure why it didn't seem to get great reviews. Definitely worth seeing. 


Some people are grumbling about the season finale of Sherlock. I liked it. I thought the introduction of Eurus was quite interesting, in my opinion. Plus, the very end of the episode was very touching.


Victoria also aired on Masterpiece on PBS Sunday night. I really enjoyed it too. I thought Jenna Coleman did quite a good job in the role.


My youngest son, Reece's 14th birthday was January 10. We had his party this past Sunday at CiCi's Pizza. He had a great time! Why must they grow up so fast?

What's going on in your (Reading) Life?

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