Category: Life

SNOW in Georgia!

As you guys know, I live in Georgia. Well we have had snow!  It started Friday morning.  We were sent home from work at noon, which was almost too late!  The roads were bad and I don’t drive a car for that kind of weather.. I made it home safely. The snow continued through part of yesterday. We lost power and internet off and on all day!  It’s on now and will hopefully stay on…

Here’s some pictures of the snow. It’s pretty, but….. People can’t drive in this stuff!  They don’t need to be out in it either….

We estimated 8-10 inches. It started melting off the trees yesterday and we got the snow off the cars.  It got really cold last night so what’s still there is most likely refroze and is ice now….

We are hoping to get out this afternoon.  If it comes down to it there is a Family Dollar within walking distance.  We do have a Bronco that is 4WD, but it is having mechanical issues. We will see what today brings and who know what will happen tomorrow…

We live across from a cemetery, and it looked so pretty! A small portion is civil war and the snow on the wall around those tombstones was so pretty.


Our poor little house!  8-10 inches…

Anyone else got any snow this weekend?  I’m hopefully going to catch up on my blogging today. I hope to get posts scheduled for the week and I have two reviews to write: The Hate U Give (This is one I am nervous about reviewing as I was nervous about reading it) and Anatomy of a Scandal.  This was originally to be released December 5, but was changed to January.

Have a great Sunday guys!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to those in the USA. I hope your holiday season is a good one!  Enjoy that huge meal we will all eat today, then I suppose shopping comes next for some of you… I’m going to try and enjoy this four day weekend, I hope to get some blogging, reading, relaxing, and maybe catch up on a little tv.  But who knows what will actually happen. I can’t sit still much!  Too much to do and never enough time!

-Jessica

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! I’ve been dreaming about the turkey sitting my fridge, for weeks now and I’ve been baking up a storm, so I promise you there will be no healthy eating today. Both my and Ivan’s family are coming to my house and I have 4 different bottles of wine to help get thru the day! Ivan is finally off this year and today will be filled with loud conversations, football games, lots of food and lots of napping. And of course, a lot of reflection on all the blessings that have come into my life this year. A special thank you to Jessica for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions on her blog! Everybody have a great day and hopefully you’ll find some time to relax with whatever book you’re reading!

-Kim

 

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And guess what?!?!  You guys get a review today!  This is today’s review Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie

Book Title: Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces
Author: Dawn Davies
Expected Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Date Sample Read: 11/22/17

Some women are born mothers, some achieve motherhood, others have motherhood thrust upon them.

Dawn Davies, a six-foot-tall divorcée, couldn’t care less about anyone’s potty training progress, and doesn’t care to share her own children’s milestones with people who don’t love them. But even if she has never fit in with other moms, she has raised three children with her own particular brand of fierce, unflagging love.

In pieces that cut to the quick, we see Davies grow from a young girl who moves to a new town every couple of years, to a misfit teenager who finds solace in the local music scene, to an adrift twenty-something who summons inner strength as she holds the hand of a dying stranger, to a woman dealing with difficult pregnancies and postpartum depression. And in her powerful titular story, we see Davies struggling with the weight of knowing that her son is deeply troubled.

Mothers of Sparta is not a blow-by-blow of Davies’s life but rather an examination of the exquisite and often painful moments of a life, the moments we look back on and say, That one, that one mattered. Straddling the fence between humor and, well, not humor, Davies has written a book about what it’s like to be a woman trying to carve a place for herself in the world, no matter how unyielding the rock can be.

Jessica’s review:

**Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.**

Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie just in time for Thanksgiving.  This sampler of Dawn Davies’ upcoming memoir was published on November 21st and is 18 pages long. This is the perfect time for this sampler to be released as it deals with a new mother dealing with her infant’s first Thanksgiving and the chaos that ensues.  All she wants to do is bake a pie!

Davies perfectly captured her experience and the story gives people who are not parents an idea of the craziness that new moms go through. I’m sure the parents that read this will laugh and understand where Davies comes from.  Flatiron Books accomplished their intention of offering this sample for free: I want to read the rest of this memoir!

Pre-order links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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Sharyn McCrumb Meet and Greet

This past Saturday, November 4th I had the opportunity to go to a “meet and greet” and book signing for author Sharyn McCrumb and her newest novel The Unquiet Grave. This was made possible through the Cobb County Public Library and was located at the Switzer library in Marietta.  I learned they host these events from time to time and hope to attend more. I always love meeting authors, especially when they are ‘new to me’ authors!

This is the program and the book. I arrived at the event a little over 30 minutes before starting time. That was a good thing as it ended up being a full house! And I got a front row seat!!!

Sharyn has written many novels. Here are some displayed.

This is author Sharyn McCrumb and we were also in for a treat: The gentleman pictured is artist Thomas Dodd whose artwork was used for the cover of The Unquiet Grave. Sharyn shared how she had to fight to get that picture as the publishers wanted palm trees on the cover.  But the novel takes place in West Virginia and “Hello! There are no palm trees in West Virginia!”  Then another idea mentioned was where the perspective was going to be from a grave, but according to Sharyn, it looked like a cucumber!  lol. She found Thomas’ picture and it was exactly what she was looking for and the publishers eventually gave her what she wanted.

 

Sharyn discussed her newest novel. It was a folk tale and as folk tales are so short most information is incorrect. She talked about her meticulous research involved in writing the novel.  And in fact, she is still researching it and the book has been out for seven weeks! There is so much more she wants to learn.

She shared that she pictured one person, James P.D. Gardner as a Morgan Freeman type, but then she found a picture of him and OOPS! He actually was a Chris Rock type.  She had to rewrite everything with him!  That is a big difference: picturing Morgan Freeman and in actuality you get Chris Rock!

When she was done talking she answered some questions and she tells it like it is with her answers.

Signing books and talking to readers!

I got to talk with her and get a few pictures!

Book Description from Amazon:

From New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb comes a finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia, based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history—the case of the Greenbrier Ghost.

Lakin, West Virginia, 1930
Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P. D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Boozer is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity, and encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia. Gardner’s most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride—a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost.

Greenbrier, West Virginia, 1897
Beautiful, willful Zona Heaster has always lived in the mountains of West Virginia. Despite her mother’s misgivings, Zona marries Erasmus Trout Shue, the handsome blacksmith who has recently come to Greenbrier County. After weeks of silence from the newlyweds, riders come to the Heasters’ place to tell them that Zona has died from a fall, attributed to a recent illness. Mary Jane is determined to get justice for her daughter. A month after the funeral, she informs the county prosecutor that Zona’s ghost appeared to her, saying that she had been murdered. An autopsy, ordered by the reluctant prosecutor, confirms her claim.

The Greenbrier Ghost is renowned in American folklore, but Sharyn McCrumb is the first author to look beneath the legend to unearth the facts. Using a century of genealogical material and other historical documents, McCrumb reveals new information about the story and brings to life the personalities in the trial: the prosecutor, a former Confederate cavalryman; the defense attorney, a pro-Union bridgeburner, who nevertheless had owned slaves; and the mother of the murdered woman, who doggedly sticks to her ghost story—all seen through the eyes of a young black lawyer on the cusp of a new century, with his own tragedies yet to come.

With its unique blend of masterful research and mesmerizing folklore, illuminating the story’s fascinating and complex characters, The Unquiet Grave confirms Sharyn McCrumb’s place among the finest Southern writers at work today.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

I also made two new friends!  We had a great talk once the event was over.  One lady has met thousands of authors. I hope to see these ladies again at future events.  Some people attend these events over and over. I might become one of them!

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