Reincarnation & Books Made Into Television Series

February 18, 2010 Book Review, reviews 0


Some days it can be quite interesting to just “surf the net”… having one of those moments when you discover the new television series “Past Life” on FOXTV which is based on M.J. Rose’s book The Reincarnationist.  I read The Reincarnationist back in 2007 when it was first released and had no idea it had been slated for t.v.  Discovering the new television series, I had to watch the episodes to see how closely to the book the show would follow.

In the show, Dr. Kate McGinn pairs with a former police officer, Price Whatley who was fired after poor job performance, ie – drinking too much & not showing up for work.  In the book photojournalist, Josh Ryder, enlists the help of The Phoenix Society to discover why he keeps having visions from 391 A.D. after surviving a terrorist attack.  The book moves quickly, thrusting you into the life of Julius and Josh Ryder in the first few pages….going from modern-day terrorism to early AD religious cleansing.  In “Past Life” different stories of regressions come to light in each episode; however, the Talmadge Center for Behavioral Health is center to each episode.

I cannot say I am in love with the show “Past Life” as there have only been 2 episodes shown so far, the next one to air 2/18.  I can say it definitely raises questions around the water cooler I’m sure, for anyone who has seen it.  So, have you seen “Past Life” & if so what did you think? Read The Reincarnationist? Believe in reincarnation?


Literary Road Trip!

February 11, 2010 Uncategorized 1

I’m so happy to be starting on a Literary Road Trip for Georgia! There are so many fantastic authors in Georgia. Each month I will highlight an author along with a book review.  My first is one of my favorites – Judson Mitchum.

I discovered his emotional, heart-wrenching books in my book club when Sabbath Creek was our book for the month.  Ahh, it was such a beautiful book – timeless……

Judson Mitchum’s books are published by the UGA Press.  Sabbath Creek won The Townsend Prize for Fiction award from the “Chattahoochee Review”.  His debut book The Sweet Everlasting is supposed to be just as touching as Sabbath Creek.  I’m looking forward to reading it and sharing my thoughts with you!

from Sabbath Creek:

In his highly anticipated second novel, Judson Mitcham, with plain but elegant language, creates an emotional impact rivaled only by his critically acclaimed debut novel, The Sweet Everlasting (Georgia). Sabbath Creek is the story of Lewis Pope, a fourteen-year-old boy thrust into an adult world of heartache and brokenness. When his beautiful but distant mother takes him on an aimless journey through south Georgia, the cerebral and sensitive Lewis is forced to confront latent fears—scars left from the emotional abuse of an alcoholic father and the lack of comfort from a preoccupied mother—that crowd his interior world.

At the heart of the journey, and the novel itself, is Truman Stroud, the quick-witted, cantankerous owner of the crumbling Sabbath Creek Motor Court, where Lewis and his mother are stranded by car trouble. His budding friendship with the ninety-three-year-old black man is his only reprieve from the mysteries that haunt him. Despite his prickly personality and the considerable burden of his own personal tragedies, Stroud becomes the boy’s best hope for a father figure as he teaches Lewis the secrets of baseball and the secrets of life.

Sabbath Creek is more than a coming-of-age novel. And while Mitcham provides a nuanced look at the relationship between a white adolescent boy and a black old-timer, his second novel transcends the tired theme of race relations in the South. This compassionate, smart, powerful work of fiction touches the pulse of the human spirit. It travels from the ruined landscape of south Georgia and takes us all the way through the ruined landscape of a broken heart.

Many thanks to Michelle at GalleySmith ( ) for hosting the Literary Road Trip!

Til next time….
Happy Reading!


I found the perfect model for my bookstore!

February 7, 2010 Uncategorized 3

I went with a friend to Ginny and Jane E’s on Anna Maria Island in Florida and at once realized I found the perfect model for my bookstore.  The only change I would do would be to add thousands more books and have the trade-in books policy available.

This place as soon as you walk inside you get a sense of “sssiiiggghhh” I’ve reached a resting place for awhile!  The place is eclectic, somewhat cluttered and everywhere you look there is something to see….floor, ceiling, everywhere.  The merchandise is a wide variety of furniture, cards, books, and great tropical knick-knacks.  And then when you reach the back of this converted old, ancient IGA you come upon one of the best bakeries I’ve been to in a long time!  I had the bacon & cheddar quiche along with the “willy wonka” coffee, a blend of caramel & chocolate….yummy!!!  The coffee didn’t even need creamer nor a dash of sugar.

I’m going back in a few days to talk with the owner, take some pictures and notes about this awesome place!!!  Stay tuned for more as I work my way through Florida visiting the bookstores and giftshops!



February 4, 2010 Giveaway 4

Would you like to win my copy of The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson? To enter, please leave a comment in this post. Be sure to include an e-mail address so I can contact you if you’ve won. To learn more about the The Girl Who Played With Fire read my book review below…..

Good Luck!

Giveaway Closes February 15th, 2010.
The Winner will be announced by February 17th, 2010.


Book Review: The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

February 4, 2010 reviews 3

My Favorite Trilogy!

Whew! I feel like I just came off of a wild ride at the amusement park! As you already know from my review of Mr. Larsson’s first book, I am a huge fan of his writing.  I inhaled The Girl Who Played With Fire. In this second book of his Millenium series we discover more about Lisbeth Salandar’s past, including government conspiracies, parents, and just a hint more about her sister.  I absolutely adore Lisbeth Salandar’s character! She is damaged but her spirit prevails.  In The Girl Who Played With Fire a sex trafficking ring is discovered that reaches all the way to the top of Sweden’s government and most profitable businesses.  From the first paragraph I was totally hooked!

She lay on her back fastened by leather straps to a narrow bed with a steel frame. The harness was tight across her rib cage. Her hands were manacled to the sides of the bed.
From there I was gone….reading the book all night long! I’m going to have to read both of these over again because I’m sure I missed key elements just because I could not wait to turn the page to see what happened next.  The things you discover in this latest book about Lisbeth’s past will shock you, horrify you and make you appreciate the family you do have. It’s that real!
The 3rd book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, in this new favorite series  of mine will not be released in the U.S. until May 25th…..aargh! I am so tempted to go ahead and pay the $50 to buy the 3rd book from the U.K.  That’s how badly I want to know what happens to this girl!  Sad, huh? Nope, what’s really sad is that until the legal battles end with Mr. Larsson’s estate it looks as though The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Next will be our last sighting of Lisbeth Salandar.