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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Picture This - Nursing A Grudge by Diana Orgain

Do you ever have images stuck in your head from books you have read?  I do and since I am an artist as well as reader/writer I decided to use my talents to promote the books I am reading. 

Today's Picture This is from a cozy mystery called Nursing A Grudge by Diana Orgain.
This image is my view of main character Kate Connelly picking a lock for the first time trying to gain info from another P.I.

by Shannon M. McGee

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Shannon's Review - Queen Clarion's Secret


Title: Queen Clarion’s Secret
Series: Tales Of Pixie Hollow #16
Author: Kimberly Morris
Genre: Chapter Book, Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy, Fairies
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: August 2009
Pages: 100

Author’s Official Websites:

Kimberly Morris Official Site:




Shannon’s Thoughts:

This is the 16th book in the Tales of Pixie Hollow Series but it is the first book in which the character on the cover, and title, is not from their point of view. It is in the point of view of Prilla who notices that the Queen and the precious magical heart seed is missing.

As always the images are beautifully drawn.  The story is sweet.  I am a fan of Prilla the clumsy (their word for humans) fairy.  Prilla runs into Lily and Beck.  Beck is a animal fairy who can talk to all animals and talking to frogs is a hoot!

I was hoping this was a story featuring the Queen as the main character but sometimes you can not have everything.  We get to hear little about Mother Dove which makes up a little for the lack in Queen Clarion’s story.

I love the Disney Fairies movies but I the books I enjoy more because there are more fairies and other characters then the movies.  My wish is that the books continue to be on bookstore shelves for a long time to always enjoy.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Something To Talk About - From Television To Book

From Television To Book


It’s amazing these days the things you find out after your favorite show has been canceled or you are caught up with all the episodes.   As some TV shows and movies continue on in book format, like the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises.  Stars Wars and Star Trek has been pumping out books for years and are probably the most profitable series in book format that started on tv.  Some of the tv series continued on in book series as the tv series was cancelled, like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Charmed. Then there are series that have books coming out even though the show is still airing, like Doctor Who and Supernatural.

As for myself I am a big Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel The Series fan. It is sometimes exciting to know that there are still stories about the series that I have not read. Even though there are no more books being written for the BTVS and ATS there are still so many it’s going to take a while to read. That is unless you count comics as actual books then yes, BTVS is still going strong.

The only thing I dislike is that each book is written by a different author.  So, some of the books end up not written well and the author is not able to capture the feel of BTVS. Most of the time the books are well written, and fun to read.

Are there any book series that started on tv that you read?  What do you like about them?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Shannon's Review - Tibby And His Friend's Big Secret by Carl Kegerreis


Title: Tibby And His Friend’s Big Secret
Series: N/A
Author: Carl Kegerreis
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Outskirt Press
Received: From Author
Release Date: January 2010
Pages: 96


Author’s Official Website

Carl Kegerreis Website




Shannon’s Thoughts:

A newspaper boy, Tibby, his dog, and his friends find thrilling secrets happening in their hometown.  At least that is what Tibby thinks unless it is all a dream...

There are some interesting uses of the author’s imagination.  Main character, Tibby has a dog that completely keeps Tibby and friends safe.  The dog is adorable.  I also like the fact that ex-bully Fogel becomes his new best friend.

Even though there are some good things about the story...there was just too much that drove me crazy.  I had to read the book twice and it is not one to read with any distractions (like tv or music). This kids story has two different stories going on and technically you never find out what is real and what isn’t.  Tibby wakes up 3 or 4 times leaving you figure out what was a dream and what wasn’t and it would happen kinda suddenly.

Another issue I had was with Tibby and his friend Rex.  The characters sort of became mushed together.  I was never sure which was talking when and had to reread to find out.

In general this book gave me a headache but that does not mean it was bad. I just think it needs a lot of tweaking.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Bloggiesta September 17 - 20

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Bloggietsa time! I have only participated in one Bloggiesta before and I am not sure I followed through with it.  Here’s to hoping I do better this time.  I have been away from the blog for awhile.  I just haven’t been having as much fun as I was but I am hoping to bring the fun back because I need some sort of fun/joy or I am going to blow.  *Crossing-fingers*  

  1. Write 8 7 Reviews.
  2. Post at least 4 3 reviews
  3. Update Review Policy Page
  4. Update Looking for Reviewer
  5. Comment on other book blogs
  6. Participate in one twitter chat
  7. Schedule 2 weeks worth of posts
  8. Add Pinterest page
  9. Do One Mini Challenge
  10. Update Side Bar and Links

Edited 9/17/2015  9:06am

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Spooky Challenge - Day 1

Rachel at Parajunkee created this challenge at

I could not think of 10 stories.  I got to about 7.  I do not really read much horror these days and the ones I do, do not seem as scary as the books I read as a teen.

Edgar Allan Poe is the first author that scared the crap out. Especially The Tell Tale Heart.  The story was actually read to us in school and gave me nightmares. 

Then the second Poe story that scared me, would be The Fall Of The House Of Usher.  People being  buried alive and "ghosts" what's more creepy then that. 

As a kid these stories were the thing, especially when going camping.  The book is written in the way you would tell it at a campfire, telling you when to make sounds when reading. 

Okay I know that many people probably do not think this scary if you have seen the movie versions. The book is much more psychological.  I read this at the age of 13 and had never read anything like it before.  To be honest I am still surprised I checked this out from my elementary library.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes is one of Stephen King's collection of short stories.  One story as stuck with me for life.  I think the title was "Rock N Roll  Highway To Hell".  The description Janis Joplin laughing as maggots pour out of mouth...ugh just gross and creepy. 

Salem's Lot I did not read but my aunt had this book in her old bedroom, where I slept on weekends, and the cover made me so uncomfortable I would hide it from my view.  This picture does not do it justice. 

The Witching Hour actually story is jumbled in my head but I remember the ghost that tormented the Mayfair witches. He did so in scary uncomfortable ways.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Shannon's Review - The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg


Title: The Power Of Habit
Series: N/A
Author: Charles Duhigg
Genre: Non- Fiction, Self Improvement
Publisher: Random House
Received: Bought
Release Date: 2012
Pages: 286


Author’s Websites:

Charles Duhigg Website

Charles Duhigg Blog

Charles Duhigg Facebook

Charles Duhigg Twitter

Shannon Thoughts:

The Power Of Habit claims to be a book that is key for the reader to learn how to make good habits. Such as habits to help a person to exercise, lose weight, raise children, and build a business. Author Charles Duhigg describes that making smaller good habits will help change the bad ones.

I listened to the audio version of The Power Of Habit.  I thought maybe listening to the audiobook my brain would able to absorb what needs to be done to create some good habits. Some of the stories were interesting including the one about Starbucks and others.

As I listened I realized that most of the book was really talking about examples of how others changed or already had habits and how they kept or change them.  Which was sadly not what I was looking for. I guess what I wanted was a workbook with The Power Of Habit.  I wanted to know where I begin not how someone else did. I needed a little more guidance.

This was the first self help book I listened to on audio and I think I will be doing more non-fiction by audio. Even though this is not what I was looking for it was still a interesting book.