Friday, September 17, 2010

Enter to win a signed book from Pages of the Mind!

On October 1, 2010, we will be giving away two signed copies of Stiletto's and Scoundrels (October Book of the Month) by Laina Turner-Molaski.  There are four ways to enter your name to win!  Each one gives you an additional entry and a better chance to win.  Two winners will be randomly chosen and announced on October 1st.
  1. Leave a comment on this post by finishing this sentence: The title of my memoir would be ________.
  2. Share this post on Facebook by clicking the FB icon below and leave a comment saying you did so. 
  3. Become a follower of this blog.
  4. Become a member of the Pages of the Mind group on Facebook and leave a comment here saying you did so. 
Good Luck!

P.S. There will be another contest to win a signed copy of Laina's new book, Chiczofrenic, that is being published in October!  Details to follow. 

Contest rules:
You can only win once.  Winners must reside in the US or UK.  Contest ends September 30, 2010 at midnight, Eastern Standard Time.  Please allow 2-3 weeks delivery time.  Owners of this blog are excluded from winning. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Meet the Author - Laina Turner-Molaski

Janet Pritchett and Laina Turner-Molaski

On September 11, I went to Mudsock Books and Curiosity Shop to meet Laina and get my very own signed copy of Stiletto's and Scoundrels!  It was great to see her and talk with her about Stiletto's & Scoundrels, as well as her new book, Chiczofrenic that is due out in October.  After talking with her, I got a surprise!  Laina gave us 4 books to giveaway to our readers!  There will be information coming soon about how to win a signed book, so stay tuned!  Thanks Laina!

Children's Book Giveaway!

Laurie Keller's new book, Birdy's Smile Book, will be published on September 28th.  To celebrate she's giving away 5 free copies!

If you'd like to enter the drawing, just go to her website ( and send her an email including your name and email address.  You will be notified by email if you have won. 

Good Luck!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Local Book Signing in Fishers, IN!

The Book of the Month in October will be Stilettos and Scoundrels by Laina Turner-Molaski.  If you do not have a copy yet, head out to Mudsock Books & Curiosity Shop in Fishers to purchase one.  Mudsocks is located on Allisonville Road near Hallmark behind Kroger.  Laina Turner-Molaski will be there this Saturday (the 11th) starting at 1pm to sign copies of Stilettos & Scoundrels!  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Hunger Games Trilogy: A Reccomendation

The Hunger Games             Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)             Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)

The Hunger Games takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of North America, in a nation known as Panem. Panem consists of a rich Capitol and twelve surrounding, poorer districts. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol, every year one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are selected at random and forced to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised event where the participants, or "tributes", must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. The story follows fatherless 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12 who volunteers for the 74th Games in place of her younger sister, Prim. Also participating from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a boy whom Katniss knows from school and who once saved Katniss's life by giving her bread when her family was starving. 
(Synopsis from Wikipedia)

The first book details Katniss' journey through the Hunger Games - I read this book over the course of weekend (a busy weekend where I only had time to pick up the book to get a few pages in while waiting for water to boil or sitting in my car outside a friends house before leaving to tailgate).  I haven't yet read the second two books in the (supposedly) young-adult trilogy but the person who recommended them to me assures me that they are just as good.  The second looks at life after the Hunger Games and if I tell you too much about what happens in the third, I'd have to tell you too much about the if you want to know, read them ;)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Even Cowgirls get the Blues by Tom Robbins - A Recommendation

Sissy Hankshaw, an almost flawlessly beautiful small-town girl with big-time dreams, hitchhikes her way into your heart, your hopes, and your sleeping bag in Tom Robbins's magical, funny, and most famous novel. Follow Sissy's amazing odyssey from Virginia to chic Manhattan to the Dakota Badlands, where FBI agents, cowgirls, and ecstatic whooping cranes explode in a deliciously drawn-out climax. This is Tom Robbins at his offbeat, outrageous, and inventive best.
Stacy Says- This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I think that Tom Robbins is a brilliant author and I look forward to reading more of his work. The way he uses words is truly beautiful. There is a truth to humanity with a twist of silliness that comes out in this book and because of that I intend to read this again some day to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Extreamly Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. What he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination.

Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the attack on the World Trade Center. An inspired creation, Oskar is alternately endearing, exasperating, and hilarious as he careens from Central Park to Coney Island to Harlem on his search. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone's heartbeat? His goal is hopeful, but the past speaks a loud warning in stories of those who've lost loved ones before. As Oskar roams New York, he encounters a motley assortment of characters who are all survivors in their own way. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close boldly approaches history and tragedy with humor, tenderness, and awe.

Stacy Says- When asked to describe what this book is about I could not tell you, I just know that you should read it.

Friday, September 3, 2010

We've announced the books we're reading for our book of the month till the end of the year.
Just check our Book of the Month tab!

We're voting for our December book now!
Check out the Your Vote tab to read about your choices!!

As always we are taking suggestions for books to read!
I'm always looking for recommendations!!
Please tell us what to read!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September's Book: Heartburn by Ephron

September's book is........ Heartburn by Nora Ephron.

Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel discovers that her husband is in love with another woman. The fact that this woman has a 'neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb' is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel is a cookery writer, and between trying to win Mark back and wishing him dead, she offers us some of her favourite recipes. Heartburn is a roller coaster of love, betrayal, loss and - most satisfyingly - revenge.
I discovered this book in The Reading Group by Elizbeth Noble,
I felt it would make a good discussion book! I hope you all like it!!!
I also picked it as I am under the impression it has recipes through out the book which of reminds me of Melanie! Who recommended Julia and Julia last summer!!

Cupcakes at Carrington’s by Alexandra Brown {book review}

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