Thursday, September 27, 2012

Just When I Thought Life Couldn't Be Any Crazier...

I have an announcement.

A big one.


As in 5+1=6

Do you get it?



I will update more next week...

Until then?

Happy guessing, friends! xoxo

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Hyde

About the Book:

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors—beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and 9-year-old Grace and her former addict mother Eileen.

But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building’s front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy’s patio. Troubled by this change in the natural order, Billy makes it far enough out onto his porch to ask Grace why she doesn’t sit inside where it’s safe. Her answer: “If I sit inside, then nobody will know I’m in trouble. And then nobody will help me.”
Her answer changes everything.

By the bestselling author of When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, and Pay it Forward, Don't Let Me Go is the heart-breaking, funny, and life-affirming story of a building full of loners and misfits who come together to help a little girl survive—and thrive—against all odds.

My Thoughts:

From the moment that I read the first pages I was in love with Don't Let Me Go. Ms. Hyde's writing style is flawless and will have you there, in the pages with the characters, as if you were in her novel yourself. The characters are lovable, likable, and I felt myself giving compassion to them while rooting them on. Don't Let Me Go definitely did not let me down while reading. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars--and possibly 6 out of 5! A must-read book, treat yourself to it today.

Where to Buy:

About the Author:

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 18 published and forthcoming books.
Her newest releases are When You Were Older,  Don’t Let Me Go, Jumpstart the World , When I Found You, and Second Hand Heart. Forthcoming is Walk Me Home (Transworld UK, Spring 2012).

Other newer novels are Becoming Chloe, Love in the Present Tense, The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance, Chasing Windmills The Day I Killed James, and Diary of a Witness. 
Both Becoming Chloe, and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List.  Jumpstart the World was chosen as a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards, received a third place Rainbow Award for Young Adult/Coming of Age Fiction and a tie for first place in Bisexual/Transgender Fiction. Love in the Present Tense enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the national bestseller list, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year Award at the British Book Awards.

Older works include the story collection Earthquake Weather, and the novels Funerals for Horses, Pay it Forward, Electric God, and Walter’s Purple Heart. 

Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries.  The mass market paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller.  It is still in print, and was rereleased in a trade paperback edition in April of 2010.

More than 50 of her short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Sun and many other journals, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog is my Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O'Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize.  Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.

She is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.

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I received a copy of the novel in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was given, and all opinions expressed above are my own.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


A few weeks ago I mentioned me starting a new adventure...or two.

The first being that I enrolled back into college, which I discussed previously.

The second was a secret. As in top secret, I am not telling anyone in case I chickenoutandgetscared.

You totally understand that feeling, right?


Here is my "secret".

I did my first photo shoot. As the "photographer".

Now, I use that term loosely for myself. I have studied and practiced and studied and read book upon book for over 4 years now. But in no way do I consider myself an expert.

Far from it.

If anything I am just learning more and more about a hobby that I love and adore.

Without further ado, here is my shoot that I did for a friend and her family. Enjoy!