January 31, 2015

Monthly Wrap Up Post - January

January seem to have come and go. Today is the last day of the month and it is time for me to wrap on the books I have read for this month. What are you doing to get ready for February. I am going to watch the Superbowl on the first of February. I have done well in getting 6 of 7 books read this month. The reviews that are done will be linked up for you.
My checklist of books read for the month of January.

Dobyn's Chronicles
Fate Reborn
The Monster that Ate my Socks
One Minute There
Beyond All Dreams
The Promise of Palm Grove
Prophecy Revealed

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The reviews that got published/posted this month are the following "Fate Reborn by Christina Ow", "Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning + Giveaway", "An Amish Family Christmas: Heart of Christmas\ A Plain Holiday", "Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund", "Review: Backyard Horse Tales 2: Frosty and the Nightstalker", "Dobyn's Chronicles by Shirley McLain", "Midnight and the Man Who Had No Tears by Tiffany Golden - Tour Stop + Giveaway", "Lights Out by Melissa Groeling - Review", "Review: The Choice".

The Interviews that got published/posted this month are the following "Interview Around The Globe with Diane Daniels Manning", and "Interview Around the Globe with Tiffany Golden".

I have some reviews done for some of these books. I need to write reviews for some of them as well. I have some scheduled to be posted this coming month. I also have a few books to read in the up coming month as well. I have also got a few Interviews done this month as well. Here my checklist of Interviews that have been written for the month of January.

Interview Around The Globe with Diane Daniels Manning
Interviews Around the Globe with AJ Cosmo
Interviews Around the Globe with Max E. Stone

I have read of a total pages of 1,748 this month. So far this year I have read a total of 1,748 pages. I will be keeping track of the total of pages read during each month as for the year.

Reviews coming out next month are "The Monster that Ate my Socks", "Prophecy Revealed", "The Promise of Palm Grove", "One Minute There". The interviews that will be coming out next month are "Interviews Around the Globe with AJ Cosmo" and "Interviews Around the Globe with Max E. Stone".

Here are all my Book Tours, & Authors for this month: +Shirley McLain+Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours+Bit'N Tours+Tiffany Golden+Goddess Fish Promotions 

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January 29, 2015

Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning + Giveaway

Book Title: Almost Perfect
Author: Diane Daniels Manning
Genres: Animals, Dogs, Autism, Young Adult, Fiction, ADHD, Contemporary
Publisher: Beltor
Published: January 29, 2014 (Paperback, 340 Pages)
Disclaimer: I received this book for book tour from +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours
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Dog Show Info: Since this book revolves around the Westminster Dog Show and this years show takes place Feb 16 & 17 and that when this book ends you may want to check out the website Westminster Kennel Club
Author Interview: Interview with Diane Daniels Manning
Description: Two unlikely friends, an old woman and a boy with special needs, take an aging champion to Westminster Dog Show, and heal their troubled families.
Seventy year-old Bess Rutledge has fantasized about winning the Westminster Dog Show all her life, but now she has decided she is too old to follow her dream. She meets Benny, an angry fourteen year-old with mild autism and ADHD, who has a dream of his own: to impress his self-absorbed mother. He becomes convinced that winning Westminster with McCreery, Bess’ aging champion standard poodle, will finally make his mother proud of him. Getting Bess to go along with his plan, however, is not going to be so easy.

Almost Perfect got to me. I just loved the story behind it. It's about a boy named Benny and an older woman named Bess. Benny is having trouble with emotions, especially when dealing with his mother. Benny wants a dog, but his mother is too busy with her life. We meet several different folks.
Benny meets Bess for the first time when he discovers her dogs. Benny meets Susie and McCreery, Bess's poodle. Benny wants McCreery for himself. Bess sees this fascination with McCreery. Benny runs off. Bess wants to win the Westminster Dog show and no one

There are some amazing twists and turns in this book. At one point, Benny finds out that McCreery is gone. And is determined to find McCreery. There are other characters I liked in this book. David and Dr. Kate meet through Benny. Benny meets a new girl as well.

Benny now has the possibility of choosing a puppy and calls him Breaker. Bess and Benny are now Co-Owners. Can Benny handle a puppy and deal with all the hard work it takes for a show dog? To find out you will need to read "Almost Perfect." There are surprises to this story.

Interview Around The Globe with Diane Daniels Manning

Today we have a new Author. Diane Daniels Manning is an author that is working though a book Tour that I have now been a tour host for. Let welcome this new author to Interviews around the Globe.

I would love if you all took a look at our author Bio.. We have some good questions and answer for her to answer. Please  also I had the opportunity to read her latest book called "Almost Perfect". I have a review on it here at NRC and I also got a giveaway as for all of you as well. Almost Perfect Review & Giveaway, The author is giving away a prize of 13 copies of "Almost Perfect" by Diane Daniels Manning (5 print copies - USA only, 5 e-book copies and 3 audio-books from Audible - international) and one $25 Amazon Gift Card. Here is the author bio for before we enter the interview.  We welcome Diane to our community. #Interviews, #Interviewsaroundtheglobe, #NRC, #Giveaways, #fiction #autism #dogshow​ @DianeDmanning
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Author's Bio:
Diane Daniels Manning is the co-founder and director of The New School in the Heights, a therapeutic school in Houston, Texas which helps children dealing with social-emotional challenges find success in school and life. She has a Ph.D. in Education and a post-doctoral M.P.H from Harvard and is a practicing child psychoanalyst certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association. Formerly, she was the Director of the Reading and Learning Disabilities Clinic at Tufts University, Lecturer and Research Associate in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Harvard, and Chair of the Department of Education at Tulane University. She learned the inner workings of dog show kennels by writing an authorized oral history of a lifetime President of the Poodle of Club of America. Her writing awards include the Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Prize and the Women in Film and Television Short Script Competition.

When not at The New School, Diane and her writing partners, a Standard Poodle named Misty and a rescue cat named Elvira, convene at the keyboard to share great thoughts and plan the dinner menu.

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Describe your *Latest/Recent* book in 20 Words or Less?

An old woman and a teenage boy connect over love of a dog and heal their broken families. It's ALMOST PERFECT!

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story (in this book)?

The book started as an oral history of a famous breeder of standard poodles and evolved into a novel after I started a special school in Houston, CT.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you that you?

I love choosing names for my characters. Some characters are "born" with a name that just seems right, like Benny. Other minor characters I use names of friends that I hope will tell them I am thinking of them and grateful for their friendship. All of the characters are fictitious.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

I don't have one favorite character. ALMOST PERFECT has two "main characters:" Benny.the boy and Bess, the old woman. Like them, my favorite characters all come in pairs. Bess and Mona are two sides of the same woman, as sometimes happens with twins. I also love the duo of Benny and Steffie. She is the "head" and he is the "heart."

Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?

I can't think of a scene that was harder to write than the others, but there is definitely one that was easiest. This book has been in the work for decades (really!), going back to the original oral history, but the final scene at Westminster Dog Show was written from the beginning and has never changed. Many readers have told me it is worth the read!

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

The children would all be "discovered," I imagine.

I would be thrilled for any working actress over 50 to play Bess/Mona. There are too few featured roles for older women in movies or literature.

What was your favorite part to write and why? (Alternate Q: What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?)

I liked writing the scenes between the older twins, Mona and Bess, and also the scenes between Benny and Steffie. I find them to be bitter sweet and often funny, and characterize the humanity of people at the different ages. Probably my favorite is when the seventy year-old twins squeeze their faces into a small, round mirror, trying to decide if they look alike, the way others say they do. The dog walks by, gives them a look, and wonders when someone is going to remember to feed him.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write? (Alternate Q: If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?, What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Mark Twain obviously influenced me. I spend my childhood reading books on the bottom shelf of the Mark Twain Library in Redding, Connecticut (the setting for ALMOST PERFECT). It was founded by Samuel Clemens in the town where he died.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I read my reviews and always respond to them when contact information is provided. I am very grateful to anyone who takes the time to read my book and then spends even more time reviewing it.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I am currently completing GOOD ENOUGH, a version of the same basic story for middle grade and young adult readers.

Thank you for stopping by Diane Daniels Manning. I happy for you have stop by Nighttime Reading Center. Your book a great read. I loved it. I hope you come back again and enjoy working with me and other events coming this way.

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January 28, 2015

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January 27, 2015

Review: The Choice

Book Title: The Choice
Author:  Nicholas Sparks
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
Pub Date: 9/24/2007
Genres: Romance, Fiction, Woman Fiction, Adult, Contemporary, Drama, Love, Realistic Fiction
Book Resource: I download this book free
Synopsis: Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life -- boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Despite himself, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

This book is about a man named Travis. He has a job as a vet. He meets his neighbor when she hear him and his buddy are making noise. His neighbor storms over to tell him about his dog running the neighborhood.

Gabby seem to always have a chip on her shoulder. She a little worried about her dog. There are quite a journey that they go about. Travis tries to be neighborly toward her. Gabby seem to give him a hard time when they meet.

Travis invites her to have some fun with him and friends. Though they do go about a journey that has twist and turns that lead to you wanting to know what happens next. Will they be able to keep love alive? They seem to go though some arguments and but heads. Will they work it out or will they walk away from each other.

January 26, 2015

Mailbox Monday #19

Mailbox Monday is a meme that can topple your TBR Pile with more books then you will add keep adding to it.

This past week as been going fine. It been cold and snowing and freezing but that winter. My Great Uncle pass away this last Thursday. I really have not had any kind of emotions either way. I will miss him but it not heart broken. He was would have been 90 in March of this year. I am using this weather to read as much as I can.

You can join the fun by making a list and make new friends and talking to new community and new books that are coming out.

The week of 1/18/15 - 1/25/15:

Bright Fire by M.J. Austin
Tour Stop: 3/11/15
Book Title: Bright Fire
Author: M.J Austin
Published: 1/18/14 (E-book)

Delfia thought she was a normal girl about to turn sixteen until her adoptive parents are murdered by creatures from the underworld. Her life gets thrown into chaos as she teams up with her best friend, a strange guy, and a prophetess. She soon discovers her biological father, Hades, ordered the attack on her and her family because a prophecy names her as the one to take him down. She must first complete a set of tasks to free Persephone, her mother, from the underworld and defeat Hades. Will she be reunited with her mother or will she get sucked into the underworld?
A Life of the Twentieth Century
Book Tour: 3/12/15
Book Title: A Life Of the Twentieth Century
Author: Irene Even
Publisher: Booklocker
Published: 9/1/14 (Paperback, 356 Pages) E-book

A Life of the Twentieth Century is a fictionalized biography depicting the life of Aya, which started in a small village in the Carpathian Mountains. From there, she went to Budapest where she survived the Nazi occupation. After the war, she went to Palestine and experienced life in a Kibutz. Later, she immigrated to Canada where she graduated with a B.A. and a teacher's diploma from McGill University. Ava spent the rest of her life teaching.

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January 25, 2015

Sunday Post #6

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This past week as been flurries of reviews being posted and if you can notice even though my calendar on the right sidebar. I do not always post a Interview on Thursday though I keep to that schedule the best I can. We have been getting temps of warm enough to snow to being cold with no snow. I wish we would stay either cold or not... Mother Nature not going to let me have that wish.. Oh well. I have just lost my great Uncle this past Thursday. I do not know if I will go to his faural or visitation.. Not sure. I really have not had any feeling either way about his passing, I am not upset or sad or anything I am more emotionless about it. I will miss him but it.

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January 23, 2015

Lights Out by Melissa Groeling - Review

Book Title: Lights Out
Author: Melissa Groeling
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Action, Adventure,
Publish Date: December 7, 2013 (E-book, 386 Pages)
Publisher: Black Opal Books

Disclaimer: I received this book free from +Bit'N Tours for an honesty review
Description: Even when the lights are out, he can still see you…Paul Holten’s profession doesn't leave much room for doubt or conscience but he’s reaching his breaking point. The nightmares are getting worse, the jobs are getting harder to finish and the volatile relationship with his boss, Aaron, is falling apart. Now faced with the possibility of an impending death sentence, Paul makes the fatal decision to run. Drawn into one hellish situation after another, he’s forced to confront his dark past---and wonder if perhaps dying isn't the better option.

 This book is quite good. I enjoyed the writing from the author. It starts out with Paul having dreams of someone with green glowing eyes. We learn a little more about Paul Holten's job or profession. We get to learn about Aaron a little bit. Paul is handed a list and envelope after Paul's girlfriend Kelly leaves him.

Paul then his given a little boy named "Ethan".  Things start to get quite more interesting once he left with Ethan. The action and adventures starts up after a few days when Aaron comes knocking on his door. Paul decides he wants to run,

Once on the road with Ethan. The story get more surprising and exciting. There are twists and turns in the book. It seems every time Paul turns around someone is chasing him. Aaron's words "your dead man". Though all that come after Paul seem to wonder if he going die to them. I do not want to giveaway anything that would be having trying to guess what happening. I am not going to spoil it for you or anyone that wants find out how it ends. Who is after Paul? Who is after both Paul and Ethan? Doe Paul and Ethan survive the death sentence that on his head? Who following Paul and Ethan?  Can Paul save Ethan life or his own? You will need to read to find out. I advise that those that read this book should be warn that there is lots of deaths. I think is book is best for readers that are 13+ or older.

Melissa Groeling graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in English. She lives, reads and writes in the Philadelphia region and wherever else life happens to send her. She is a hardcore New York Giants fan and loves chocolate. Lights Out is her second novel to date.

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