Showing posts from December, 2012

City of Dark Magic, by "Magnus Flyte"

Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood.
     Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.
City of Dark Magic could be called a rom-com paranormal suspense nov…

I graduated!!! YAY!!! Officially a PhD now!!

This is me right after the ceremony...
And even though his eyes are closed, this is my one of my favorites! It was so special to graduate with my cousin Jeff, and I am so proud of him!
Also, to Jessica: for taking photos and being an amazing cousin and person. I LOVE YOU. (And that gift was AWESOME!!!) To Arturo: Thank you so much for lunch! You are such a wonderful person, and we love you, too!! To Jeff: You always make me proud, but sharing this day was amazing. I love you and know you will do amazing things. To Ginny, Ron, Chuck, and grandma: Thank you so much for coming (though, of course, you obviously came to see Jeff, too!!). I appreciate your love and support so much. These last six and a half years have had so much stress and joy, and you have seen me through it all. To Jeanne and Theron, Laura and T: Though you couldn't be there today, I felt you in spirit! Thank you so much for all of your love and support, and I can't wait to see you over the holidays!! To Larry:…

Blog Happy

I decided that I will be writing my reviews on this site from now on. My "Friendly Reader" site annoys me. I will be continuing to update my Victorian Blog and my Alabama Book blog with reviews of material directly related to Victorian Britain and Alabama, respectively. Otherwise, all other reviews will appear here!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me

This "Top Ten Tuesday" prompt is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Check them out!

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me
1. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

2. Monkeys with Typewriters by Scarlett Thomas

3. Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel

4. Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter

5. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

6. Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole

7. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

8. Iced by Karen Marie Moning

9. Cold Fire by Kate Elliott

10. Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

A wonderful reader of this blog worked some photo editing magic and cleaned up one of my scanned images! I love it! Thank you so much! This is one of my favorite photos, so I am very happy to have an improved version! Thanks, Chris! Check out Chris's wonderful photos at this LINK.

Dad enjoying his celebrity...

Today, Dad and I met with Sylvia Parker so that he could sign a copy of his record "Crazy Date" and some photos. The record and one of the photos will be auctioned off soon to raise money, and dad was happy to help. If you haven't seen one of my previous blog posts about the song, you can read Sylvia's great article about it (and my dad) here.

This is for Jessica...

I was so excited when my cousin Jessica was born. There are about five years difference between us, and I couldn't love her more if she was my sister. I found these photos and just had to scan them in. No other images could capture my adoration for this tiny new addition to our family. And I feel the same way today.