Sunday, January 20, 2013

Butter in the Morning


Butter in the Morning by Georgia Green Stamper

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Wind Publications (December 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936138549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936138548
This collection of essays is at once heartwarming and nostalgic. Georgia Green Stamper is able to capture that down-home country feeling of her childhood and life and pass it on to the reader. The section ‘Where I’m From’ gives a snippet of country life with the stories ‘The Past is Never Dead’ where she talks about her MawMaw and PawPaw Green, to ‘My Hat’ where the topic is the wide-brim felt hat she wore to her Freshman Tea.

‘You Might As Well Laugh Mother Always Said’ is a collection of humorous essays with topics like ‘Rhubarb,’ ‘Causal Dress,’ and ‘Demi Moore Stew.’ ‘To Everything There Is A Season’ takes the reader from ‘The Garbage Collectors’ to ‘Memorial Day’ to ‘The Thanksgiving Blizzard of 1950.’
But my favorite section of the book is the book titled, ‘Butter in the Morning.’ ‘Mother’ is a touching story of her mother and the rock-hard maple dresser.  ‘Go Big Blue’ is a Kentuckians dream talking about Big Blue Madness. And my favorite essay of the book is ‘A Tale of Two Autumns’ when she describes the autumn of 1976, one of the most memorable autumns in my own life.

This is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter’s day, or to take with you when you only have a few minutes to read. The short chapters make it easy reading and you can skip around from story to story because they are in no particular order.  This book is good enough to enjoy every day and is one to treasure.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Hannah the Hedgehog Goes To Heaven





  • Perfect Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161862332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618623324


Hannah the Hedgehog is Lily's best friend. But Hannah hasn't been feeling well lately. Lily learns that it may be time for her pet to die, but she's grateful for the time she got to spend with Hannah.  This was a heart-warming book about coping with the sadness of death and moving on.  The loss of a pet can often be a child's first real experience with death. It's hard to know how to cope and as a parent, it can be hard to know what to say or how to explain what's going on to a child. On the other side, Hannah was sad to leave her friend, but looking down from heaven, she knows Lily will be okay too!

Moore's new book "Hannah the Hedgehog Goes to Heaven/Lily Loses her Best Friend" is designed to help. It's a flip book! One side is Lily's story and the other side of the book tells the same story from Hannah the Hedgehog's point-of-view, showing how she understands her situation and how much she cares for Lily.  This is a beautiful little book that is full of color and descriptions of the friendship between a little girl and her pet Hedgehog. When Hannah the Hedgehog gets sick and eventually dies, the little girl Lily is trying to understand what is happening and why.




Saturday, April 21, 2012

Jude the Dude

Jude the Dude written and illustrated by Debra G. Watts •Published: 3/27/2012 •Format: Perfect Bound Softcover •Pages: 36 •Size: 8.5x8.5 •ISBN: 978-1-46916-958-3 How do you deal with bullies? Just leave it to Jude the Dude. Jude works in the Jukebox Soda Pop Shop with his family June, Julian, Julie and little brother Junior. He and his buddies get into some hot water with a gang of bullies and Jude needs to step in before things get too out of hand. See what happens when Jude the Dude takes control. In a society where bullying is reaching epidemic proportions, Debra Watts has given the younger generation an alternative to bullying. Her illustrations are bold and colorful with a whimsical undertone. Jude the Dude is an inspiration for children who are currently being bullied. Jude the Dude stands his ground and Judas Junk slowly calms down. Written in a 1950s lingo, this book will resonate with grandparents reading to their grandchildren. Sling words from the 1950s are listed at the back of the book. There is also a message to a bullied young person at the end of the book: 1.Refuse to be a victim!! 2.Believing the bully only empowers the bully, 3.Arguing with a bully is exactly what he or she wants, 4.The responsible and mature thing to do is tell an adult if you are being bullied. Debra G. Watts is a retired educator who lives just outside of Harrodsburg, Kentucky. She has authored a teaching guide entitled "Listening Guides to America's Greatest Musicals" through J. Weston Walch Publishers and has just recently published "CARter CAR and his Wild and CARazy Birthday" through Xlibris. She is currently a University Coordinator mentoring practicum and student teachers for the university of the Cumberlands.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Death By Bridle

Death by Bridle (A Josiah Reynolds Mystery) by Abigail Keam
• Perfect Paperback: 236 pages
• Publisher: Worker Bee Press (March 22, 2012)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1467517356
• ISBN-13: 978-1467517355

Josiah is back on the trail of a murderer. Arthur Aaron Greene III is one of Kentucky s most prominent horse men but he is found hanging from the rafters in a horse barn with stones in his pockets and a bucket of water under his feet. The only witness is a nine year old boy who can’t seem to remember exactly what happened. Relentless in her pursuit of the killer, Josiah stumbles into decades of lies and deception that include her dear friend, Lady Elsmere. Josiah discovers that she must go back to 1962 if she is to find out the truth at all, while making the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in the lush Bluegrass horse country. Fighting an unknown enemy in the glamorous world of Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon, and antebellum mansions, Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a land that keeps its secrets well.
Abigail Keam has once again given us a clever mystery for feisty, middle-aged character Josiah Reynolds. This quick read, although presenting a new mystery, also picks up on the storylines from her previous two novels, Death by a Honeybee and Death by Drowning.

I love Josiah because she is a real woman and reminds me of myself, with all her faults, aches and pains. She is a great role model for the “imperfect” women who love to read. The supporting cast of characters is well developed, each rich with his or her own eccentricities, from the flamboyant Franklin to the handsome Matt to the cranky Lady Elsmere.

Kentucky Author Abigail Keam is also an excellent beekeeper from the Bluegrass Region, having won sixteen honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair. In her spare time, she started writing books and is quickly becoming well-known outside of Kentucky.

Mrs. Keam has written a fun, exciting and humorous book. She throws in locally known areas like the Lexington Farmers’ Market and Al’s Bar. Ms. Keam writing is more like lyrical prose, leaving the readers wanting to know more of Josiah's life and clamoring for the next book.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Battle Scars Anthology

I am happy to announce, I have had a poem printed in the Battle Scars
Anthology
edited by Jerome Brooke

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 70 KB
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B006WWGTIM

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Isles - Astarte - Zylophone
Monograph
GoodSamaritan Press
2012
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Eugenia Fain - Ron Koppelberger - Bobbi Rightmyer
Gordana Culibrk - Christina Murphy
Published by GoodSamaritan Press
Copyright 2012 GoodSamaritan Press



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Weaving A New Eden


Weaving a New Eden by Sherry Chandler

Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: Wind Publications (March 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193613828X
ISBN-13: 978-1936138289

Sherry Chandler is a high caliber poet and author of two chapbooks: Dance the Black-Eyed Girl is #13 in the New Women’s Voices series from Finishing Line Press and My Will and Testament Is on the Desk is #4 in FootHills Publishing’s Poets on Peace Series. Weaving a New Eden is her first full-length book of poetry.

Weaving a New Eden takes us back to the beginnings of Kentucky, back to 1774 with Daniel and Rebecca Boone. I have lived my entire life in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, home of the first permanent settlement West of the Alleghany Mountains, founded by James Harrod, but visited by Daniel and Rebecca Boone and their family. The poems in this powerful book interrelate with the female heritage of Chandler and the frontier life faced by Rebecca Boone.

One of my favorite poems is “No More” because it reminds me of the death of my mother. Although my mother was 65 and Chandler’s was 91, the similarities of their deaths haunted me. Watching a parent, especially a mother, take a last breath is always hard, even if it comes at the end of a long illness. While many relatives may rush to claim treasures after the funeral, the last lines of this poem reverberated through me because it is similar to what I did when my own mother died:

“Last chance,”
he says,
“to claim what you want.”

I break a branch,
a blossom
from the hard winter pear.

“The Grandmother Acrostics” is a legacy of recollections from the women of Chandler’s past: Lettice, born ca 1774, who kept a Kentucky tavern; Lydia Simpson ca 1799, whose father kept a public house; Ambie W. True, October 1870, had seven children; Katherine B. Keith, September 1917, born weighing 14 pounds; and Chandler, February 1945, “dancing the figure of the Black-Eyed Girl.”

“Jemima Boone Speaks of Abduction, Boonesborough, July 1776” is a lyrical look at the torment Miss Boone at the hand of the Cherokees, Shawnees, who

“knew me for Boone’s child. We have done pretty well for Old Boone this time.”

“Rebecca Boone Speaks of Fidelity” starts out as,

“You should have staid home and got it yourself.”

What woman hasn’t thought this thought at one time in their lives?

At the end of this lovely book of historical poetry is a note section, letting the reader know about some of the research Chandler gathered in order to put this book together. This book is well-worth the read, especially, put not limited to, the women of Kentucky. History woven into poetry is a magical thing.


Sherry Chandler’s poem “Relics” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by qarrtsiluni in 2010. She won the Betty Gabehart Award from the Kentucky Women Writers Conference the Legacies Award from the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, the Kudzu poetry prize for 2006, and the Joy Bale Boone Prize for 2006. In 2005, she received a scholarship to attend the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, in 2007, she received a scholarship to attend the West Chester Poetry Conference where she studied with Molly Peacock, and in 2009 she received the Katherine Osborne Scholarship to attend the Wildacres Writers Workshop. She has received professional development funding (2005, 2009) and Professional Assistance Awards (1989, 2007, 2009) from the Kentucky Arts Council, and an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women (2008).


Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Unbreakable Child

The Unbreakable Child
by Kim Michele Richardson

Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: Behler Publications; Second Edition edition (October 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933016914
ISBN-13: 978-1933016917

"The Unbreakable Child is an act of courage, a book that insists on the primacy of justice, no matter how long the delay. Kim Michele Richardson, an author determined to give traumatic memories a rightful meaning, is one indestructible woman." —Jason Berry, author, Vows of Silence
In a story of incredible cruelty and injustice, Kim and her three older sisters were taken from their neglectful mother by the Commonwealth of Kentucky when Kim was a toddler and placed at the St. Thomas/St. Vincent Orphanage The beatings began almost immediately and lasted until the girls’ mother regained custody again. By this time Kim and her sisters had endured nine years of systematic abuse at the hands of the cruel nuns.

It is sometimes hard to read the unimaginable abuse the children suffered in the care of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Kim’s honesty will drew you in and her truthfulness oozes from many of the horrific pages. Her voice speaks clear in this page-turner, touching every emotion leaving you drained from the pain and the joy, from the crying and the laughter.

Ms. Richardson also appalauds the courage of one man, William McMurry, the blistering, but empathetic attorney who uncovered and effectively brought to justice, the methodical concealment of decades of orphan abuses. Although you would think this story of cruel and inhuman practices was evil without end, it is an accolade to the flexibility of the human spirit and a victory to see Kim and her sisters overcome their situation with determination and resolution.

BIO: Kim Michele Richardson spent over nine years in the care of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in her native Kentucky in the 1960’s. That grim experience and her subsequent legal action against the nuns are the subjects of her book, The Unbreakable Child.

As the Kentucky spokesperson for SNAP, The Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, Kim is a go-to contact for news media for the endemic clergy abuse crisis and has appeared on national radio, news print, TV news channels, and on PBS stations.

Kim mentors teen and adult writing workshops and has initiated student reading groups and has also implemented and designed successful programs to help homeless shelters - programs that taught students about giving back to their communities.

Kim has been an active community worker doing volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and a local shelter for the homeless, as well as helping younger students with reading and writing. She works closely with abuse victims and survivors of all types of abuse. Kim is also a contributor to The Huffington Post, writing about societal issues.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bag of Bones

The True Book Addict at Castle Macabre blog is hosting:


One of my favorite Stephen King books, Bag of Bones, has been made into a television mini-series, set to air on December 11 and 12 on A&E (in the U.S.). In honor of this momentous event, I have decided to host a read-a-long!

Here's how it will work:

Each week we will read approximately 125 pages (give or take), beginning on Sunday and posting thoughts/discussion on Saturday. Now, I know weekends are busy so if you're a couple of days late posting, that's absolutely no problem (if you don't have a blog, feel free to post your thoughts in the comments). Please stop by and leave the link to your post in the comments. Also, feel free to comment on my post. I have been known to run behind on read-a-longs so don't worry about being dropped from the list. I understand that life gets in the way. Incidentally, since I am hosting, I will make my best effort to NOT fall behind. Any questions, leave me a comment or email me at truebookaddictATgmailDOTcom.

Here is the schedule:


November 13-19--Chapter 1 - 9
November 20-26--Chapter 10 - 15
November 27-December 3--Chapter 16 - 21
December 4-10--Chapter 22 - End
If you would like to sign-up, please leave a comment with your blog link.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

CARter CAR and His Wild and CARazy Birthday

CARter CAR and His Wild and CARazy Birthday written and illustrated by Debra G. Watts

Pages : 36
Book Format :Square 8.5 x 8.5
Subject :JUVENILE FICTION / Fiction / Childrens Book
ISBN10: 1-4628-4864-8 (Picture Book)
ISBN13: 978-1-4628-4864-5 (Picture Book)

Today is CARter CAR's birthday and he is very excited. He and his friends CARissa, CARmen, CARina, CARly, CARlton, CARlos, CARson, CARol, and CARey celectrate a little too CARazy throughout the day. See how his party gets a bit out of control.

This is a wonderful children's book written by local author Debra G. Watts. Debra wrote the book for her nephew, Carter, and she has also illustrated the book named after him. Children will love the brightly colored pictures and the amusing escapades of Carter and his friends.

Debra G. Watts is a retired educator who presently resides in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. She has authored a teaching guide entitled "Listening Guides of America's Greatest Musicals" and she is currently a University Coordinator mentoring practicum and student teachers for the University of the Cumberlands.

You can contact Debra at noteworthy.watts@yahoo.com. The book is published from Xlibris and is available by contacting Debra directly or contacting Xlibris at 1-888-795-4274 ext 7879.

I think this quirky little book is perfect for the little boy or girls who still love to play with cars. It would make a wonderful Christmas gift or stocking stuffer.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

• Reading level: Young Adult
• Hardcover: 256 pages
• Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0312649614
• ISBN-13: 978-0312649616

Bibliophilic wyverns, enchanted woods, an evil Marquess, a magical talisman, dwarven customs agents, djinns, velocipedes--and that doesn't even take into account what's in the title of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. A fantastical tale that's somewhere between Lewis Carroll and Terry Pratchett, Cathrynne Valente's book follows twelve-year-old September, a girl from Omaha, Nebraska, who finds herself whisked away by a fast-talking gentleman called the Green Wind to the world of Fairyland where she has to retrieve a witch's spoon from the fickle Marquess. Still, Cathrynne Valente's imaginative cast of characters and spirited prose turn what could be a standard heroine-on-a-quest story into something on par with the best (and weirdest) classics. --Darryl Campbell

Precocious and bored, 12 year old September – and no smarty, she was not born in September – is whisked off by the Green Wind into Fairyland. She is cleared through customs – whoever heard of customs in Fairyland? – and is left to fend for herself. This charming and whimsical book is full of imagination and sass, making it hard to put down, even if I am 49 years old.

Being a lover of Young Adult fiction, this book will finally take you away from the vampires, werewolves and zombies that seem to be creeping up all around us. September is a vicious child with a wild imagination, but she is not fool-hearty and takes her time in making decisions. She is not a quitter and she never gives up.

Valente’s writing just flows off the page and I was lapping up every luscious word. She has a way of telling a story that puts her in the category with Neil Gaiman, J. K. Rowling, Brandon Mull and James Dasher. I can’t wait until my granddaughter is old enough so she will sit still for chapter book reading. She is going to love it.

I recommend this book highly, especially to the middle-school crowd. Elementary and middle school teachers are going to love this book and librarians are already giving it rave review. The book was written with an obvious sequel in mind, which I can’t wait to read, and I hope it turns into a series and not just a trilogy. September is a girl I want to learn more and more about and Valente will show it to all those who read.