November 11, 2008

"You are THE Strongest Person I Know"

First and Foremost, I'd like to apologize for taking so long to write and that this will be a little short one as well. Again, I am sorry. I have undergone two surgeries, and I'm still having trouble. They are still looking for a problem with maybe my spine... and my legs are not strong at all. It feels like all of this is so hard to take.

Sitting here tonight with one of my good friends, (I am on medication for the pain and I look awful or I'd post the most recent pictures they always take of me) deep in my heart I know why they are doing it. But out of the blue, she turned to me and said, I want you to know that "You are The Strongest Person I Know.." and it means the world to me that I'm your friend. Again, I know this should probably be in a "private" blog, but I haven't written in SO long and I can feel how much I miss you all. Thank you for all the emails and well wishes. You are all very strong to me. It's funny how we see ourselves. I see myself as weak. I feel weak and I'm just sad right now. I do have BOOK REVIEWS that NEED to go up and I DEEPLY APOLOGIZE to my authors that have trusted me to get these out. It was YOU, my family and friends that have kept me HAPPY and in a better place when I need it. I thank each and every one of you.

...You haven't stopped praying, loving, or caring and that means the WORLD to me.

Your reviews will be up soon...

And for me...this year..."Yes Virginia, there IS a Santa Clause"! I get to spend another year with the ones I LOVE!

Happy Reading!


October 10, 2008


Cheryl! I'm so excited!! I'm LOVED!! What a cute award and Button! Cheryl has a BEAUTIFUL BLOG full of interviews, reviews, contests, and love (the things that "we" as book bloggers do best!) Well, here on the blogs anyway : )

Cheryl, I couldn't be more honored or surprised to get this, THANK YOU so much for being a great friend from the beginning. You really are a caring and very sweet person. I'm a little tired and weak today, so here are the rules (according to my friend Cheryl's blog, which happens to be Cheryl's Book Nook!)

Here are the rules -
1) Add the logo of the award to your blog
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs!
So here are the blogs that I choose!

Wendy and you can find her at caribousmom — Her blog is so great and she is too sweet!

J.Kaye and if you don't know by now, you can find her doing so many things here at J. Kaye's Book Blog

Trish (one of the very first people I met blogging here) ...Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’? and she couldn't be sweeter!

Nymeth - She is so sweet and her blog just rocks...(Plus she's always there when you need a friend) things mean a lot!

Madeleine - Her blog can be found by clicking here Madeleine's Book Blog! Again, I couldn't ask for more in a friend!

Cheryl? Can I nominate you back? I'm just wondering because you're always the first person to leave me something sweet? Her blog is here .... Cheryl's Book Nook

Wendy R. (no, you're not last in my mind or my thoughts..) You're always here for me and your blog is so awesome! I love it!! Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Last but not least is my very dear friend and Author Sandy Ellen Patsy, and if you can't find her, well may not be looking in the right place! POWER OF PUSSY There you go! She's got a wonderful blog and a gentle heart.

I have one or two more to add, but I have to leave this very second or (I feel like a little girl...) I'm going to get in trouble! LOL


I LOVE YOU ALL - The Princess

October 8, 2008

As Always...Thank YOU!

I promise to make this quick...I just wanted to thank everyone for the beautiful emails that I received. I cried and cried. Your comments and emails mean the world to me.

I really feel that you understand how I feel in this situation and that you are here to give me the support I need.
I love all of you for taking the time and interest in me and I will never forget the kindness that you have shown me.

Thank you! I wish I could say more. Two words never seem enough.

XXX - Kisses

The Princess

Matrimony - Give-A-Way

I wanted to let you all know that JAIME over at CONFESSIONS OF A BIBLIOPHILE is giving away her copy of "MATRIMONY"! So, just follow this link 2008: A Giveaway! - Matrimony Confessions of a Bibliophile and find out how you can get up to three entries ... (YES 3!) to win!!

Thank you Jaime!


The Princess

October 7, 2008

So Many Personal Things...So Little Time.

I just wanted to let you know that this is an update on me and I've been putting it off for a while now. There are many reasons behind this. I don't like telling a whole lot about my personal life, but since I feel that you're all my friends and you all accepted me so graciously as a book blogger, (and I want you to know that the feeling is mutual), I am going to do exactly what I don't want to.

Thank you all for everything you've done, I appreciate it so very much. I am even trying to keep up with all that's going on, and it's getting harder and harder. My surgeries ( are coming up very quickly and I will be away again). My friends Dawn, Kim and Vanessa that helped me the last time, have stated that it was tough for them to keep this going, and would rather spend the time at the hospital with myself and my family. So, I will have to do the updates.

To be quite honest, I have held a lot in and it doesn't get easier. It gets scarier and it gets harder. I feel this is a post that should be in a personal blog and not a public one. One I write my feelings in or to myself. You don't have to respond, I know how you all feel. And I can't make this post really long, because I will probably just become upset. Sure, I've said before, that I wonder "why" and I guess there is a reason for everything. It just isn't easy to understand the reasoning sometimes. I know I don't.

I promised myself when I started writing this it wouldn't be an all out vent and I won't make it that. Just know that I'm not always happy and I try to make the most of each and every day. My doctor told me last night that at the end of the day if I can say "I did my best", than it was a good day. I don't know if I believe that yet, or ever will, but I'll try.

I don't understand a lot of things...why this would happen to "me". I mean, I'm not saying I'm any more special than anyone else this happens too, but I always thought I was doing the "RIGHT and GOOD" things we're supposed to do in life. And I'm sorry to be such a downer, because I love to blog and I love halloween (actually, there are too many things I love). I'm going to keep posting and I will have my friends and family. If I'm away for a bit, it's probably either a surgery, or I'm sick. Flu season is coming up soon and it's important that everyone (especially me) in my family get flu shots.

I certainly don't want pitty or worry, but I could use prayers and good thoughts. Thank you all for taking me in and being my friends. I do think about you all often and I will keep doing this as I am permitted to do so. I will also try to answer emails as often as I can. I am no longer able to review on the other sites I was trying to hold on and review, now I will try to hold on to just my own.

Thank you for listening as always,

XXX - The Princess


I may regret writing all this later, but, the way that you've all been to me, means so much, I just wanted to let you know what was happening a little. Being depressed gets tough too. You know when it feels like it's raining day after day even when it's sunny? For those of you who don't...I do envy you and I hope and pray that you never will. Stay well and take care of each other.
Oh, one last thing. My little girlie girl dog Cassie, who I got as a gift when I first got sick, (she was 14) had to be put to sleep on Friday because she was ill. I didn't get to say good-bye to her either. I'm one of those people that love their pets like people. Other people like that will understand. She used to lick my tears and lay in a little ball on my bed at home. Very sweet and I will definitely miss her. (I know this is random, I really just needed to write it for me). xo

September 27, 2008


Today I got in a great YA Horror Book that I wanted to share with you! This is a new author for me and I'd love to say THANK YOU for sending me this *COMFORT READING* that I need just so SO much! I know what you're thinking *Comfort Reading* shouldn't be scary, or horrifying, but I have to tell you, I LIVE for the THRILLERS, CHILLERS, HORROR and just plain SCARE the DAYLIGHTS out of me! It's called ZOMBIE BLONDES! And it sounds like a total "me" book!

Anyway, in this package, he also sent his YA book THIEF! So again, thank you brian. I'm going to give you the Synopsys on both of these until I get a chance to read them! ZOMBIE BLONDES is a beautiful hardcover book, honestly and I can't wait to get started!


Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pub. Date: June 2008
ISBN-13: 9780312372989
Sales Rank: 28,976
Age Range: Young Adult


From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.

Alot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah's first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders-the most popular girls in school.The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in their appearance. Blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.

But Hannah wants desperately to fit in-regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: If she doesn't watch her back, she's going to be blonde and popular and dead-just like all the other zombies in this town . . .


Brian James is the author of several notable books including Pure Sunshine and Dirty Liar. He lives in a small town in upstate New York that may or may not be overrun with zombies. He is currently researching the matter…very carefully.


Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pub. Date: June 2008
ISBN-13: 9780545034005
Age Range: 12 and up

About this book:

About This Book
A startling, uncompromising novel by the author of Pure Sunshine.

Elizabeth is a pickpocket and thief living on the edge in New York City. She and her foster sister, Alexi, are living with Sandra — a modern-day Fagin who takes in foster children and then forces them to steal things for her.

Even though she's sick of it, Elizabeth doesn't really question her life until Sandra takes in a third foster child, this time a boy. Dune is a completely lost soul, and Elizabeth begins to see the limits of her life. Sandra is not going to let her go easily — but Elizabeth knows she has to find a way out.

With brutal honesty and striking lyricism, Brian James has created a character you'll never forget, trapped in a situation that's frighteningly real.

So there you have it! I hope I brought you a little something new too! Thanks again to Brian James!


Until next time...Happy Reading!

September 22, 2008

Interview with SANDY ELLEN PATSY!

Well, first and foremost, I'd like to say hello to our guest author Sandy Ellen Pasty who has written the much talked about "Power of Pussy"! It's the story of a woman who let us all read about her steamy relationship without holding anything back!

Princess - Welcome Sandy and I hope you are having a wonderful day thus far. As you know, we're here to talk about your book, the "Power of Pussy". Why don't you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

Sandy - Thank you for the warm welcome and I really love the blog!

Princess - Awe...that was quite sweet of you to say, but let's not keep your fans waiting! How about just a *little* bit of Sandy Ellen Patsy?

Sandy - Well, the "Power of Pussy" is my debut book. The first book I've ever written. My fans like you are what keep my book doing well! I'd like to thank you all for that and if you haven't given it a try, please don't let the title scare you off! I heard it has been, it's very tastefully done and full of juicy information and secrets all women should know!

Princess - Sandy, I have to agree with you, I have heard from a few women that they were reluctant to read your book, but after reading it and loving it, I have to say that it is tastefully done and it's all about a relationship between two people and what happens when reality gets in the way! Anything else we should know?

Sandy - Oh yes, I have written many commercials and there's the fact over 30 years of selling TV Network-affiliated air time.....wait, some of those might have seemed just SLIGHTLY exaggerated! LOL

Princess - *giggling* What are the characters like in your book?

Sandy - Well the characters in the book are myself and a man that I love in an unworkable, ridiculous relationship. If I had my choice, I would wish my character was fictional and have sworn to never be one of those people again. Now I've changed. What I held to be true in my first book will be refuted in my second. Yes, this means a sequel! I've been working on my personality!

Princess - WOW Sandy, a sequel! You sound MUCH different than you did in your book and I believe that you have been working on your personality! You sound much more confident! Who would you say influences you on a typical writing day?

Sandy - Hmm...this is a really good one! I'd say what influences me on a typical writing day is a event or an idea spawned from every day life... like for example, here's a good one: Last night on National Geographic, I watched the 911 special. I am still floored at the incredible ignorance of the FBI and CIA. I don't care, they can come and arrest me! What I had missed on my first viewing was what I feel is the strongest motivation of all; Pussy! The promise of sex with 72 virgins made me come out of my chair. Don't worry, that will be expounded upon in my next book!

Princess - That sounds interesting and I guess I'll have to wait just like everyone else to see what's going to happen! Was that a little teaser? (LOL)

Sandy - LOL! Yes, I believe it was!!

Princess - Alright Sandy, before saying goodbye to you for now, I have just one last question. I'd like to thank you for stopping by and I hope you have had as much fun as I have. When you get writer's block, what do you do to get rid of it?

Sandy - And before I answer this, I would like to say that yes, I've had a blast and I hope to be back with my next book! As for your last question, I don't get writer's block. If I don't have an idea, I don't write. If I'm trying to come with an idea, it sounds stale and contrived. I have to embrace what I'm writing.

Princess - Sandy WELCOMES all email and you should send it to Would you like to visit her blog and leave a comment? That's easy as pie...the link can be found here POWER OF PUSSY and if you'd like to be her friend on myspace, just follow this link - SANDY PATSY - 63 - Female - Kansas - . I say visit there now, she's having a contest through Author Island and it involves jewelry! (A necklace) I can't thank you enough for stopping by Sandy and I wish you Success with the follow up to your first book!
Thanks again for taking the time to stop by! I miss you all!


Until next time...have fun reading!

Fugue by Rick R. Reed (Adults Only on this one)

I just wanted to let everyone know that this week, Rick R. Reed is releasing FUGUE through AMBER QUILL PRESS.

This is from the publisher since it isn't out yet (Other than the fact I can't wait to get it), Rick usually writes horror and I have every one, but I have to say, this made me quiver a bit too. So, here's what we have so far...

ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-382-5 (Electronic)

Who is the master and who is the slave?

In Rick R. Reed’s tortuously sexy short story, you might not always know. Fugue takes the brave reader into the dungeon playroom of a master and his boy. It’s the kind of place where “darkness skitters into corners, hiding in shadows where the walls disappear.” A boy is chained to the pipes along the ceiling. Hooded, he can only experience the sensations his master delivers with his whips, fingers, tongue...

But in the boy’s mind, a dream state takes him places even the master could not imagine...places where the established pecking order is turned upside down. As he’s being deliciously whipped, tantalized, and tortured, the boy takes a mental journey on a late-night train where his adventures are even more raw and erotic than what goes on in this very dungeon.

Come along for the Fugue...and answer for yourself the question: who is the master and who is the slave?

Genres: Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Voyeurism / Exhibitionism / Public Places
Heat Level: 3 Length: Extended Amber Kiss (11k words)

This is part of the AMBER ALLURE LINE! I can't wait to read and review this one! Congratulations on what sounds like another winner Rick and keep them coming!

Love, Luck and Success Always,


Untill Next Time...Enjoy What You're Reading

September 21, 2008

J.Kaye's Having A Give-A-Way!

Yes, I know what you're thinking, (if you know J.Kaye), she is always having give-a-ways! But this isn't just any ordinary give-a-way! It's "Breaking Dawn" by Stephenie Meyer! And that's not all, she's having a chat everyday this week at NOON! Gustav and my good friend J.Kaye will be chatting away about the book! There are two copies to give-a-way and a week of talk! To find out how to win the book and all about the contest, follow this link J. Kaye's Book Blog: Noontime Chat: All This Week!

Most of all, have fun and best of luck!


Until Next time...

Happy Reading!

September 14, 2008

The Book Of Matthew: A Macabre Novel of Suspense!

THE BOOK OF MATTHEW: A Macabre Novel of Suspense
By: Thomas White
Publisher: McBooks Press
Pub. Date: August 2008
ISBN-13: 9781590131510
Number of pages: 352pp

I couldn't help but close the book and hide my eyes quite a few times during this book! Believe it or not, I read this book in one sitting. Thomas White does a fantastic job writing this fast-paced page turning novel.

Yao and Angie (realtor/agent), find a body at one of the homes and in the mind of this serial killer named Matthew, who researches some of the most brutal ways to kill and torture people, who calls his crimes "messies" will keep you guessing until the very end. Catching a brutal serial killer isn't easy.

Yao and Angie are frustrated because they are always just one step behind this mad man. They knew it wouldn't be easy, but this hard? The characters in this book are anything but flat and kept me up well into the night. The descriptions of the torture and killings are graphic and amazingly unique.

This book kept me up at night and that's just the way I like them. while not for the squeamish, I would highly recommend this book! From cover to cover, I loved everything about it.

White's writing talents are amazing! I definitely look forward to reading more from this author! This book will always have a place on my book shelf.

I give this book FIVE FABULOUS TIARAS!!


Synopsis from Publisher:

Grizzled insomniac San Francisco Homicide Inspector Clemson Yao enlists the help of Angie Strachan—a San Francisco realtor who once tried and failed to become the city's first female homicide inspector—to help him solve a series of frightening murders. The two face off against a ghoulish, black-humored serial killer who whimsically refers to his grotesque murders as "messies." Gripped by macabre obsession for a decade, he's evolved into a grandmaster of slow, anguished death, roaming the globe to catalog the most despicable and clever methods of execution. As Clem and Angie slowly unravel the murderer's clues, they realize he has his next victim already picked out—and it seems there is nothing they can do to stop him.

About the Author:
Thomas White has worked in fields as diverse as intelligence—with stints in North Africa and the Middle East—and antiterrorist technology. He lives in San Francisco.


August 27, 2008

What's New

This is to all of my dear friends that stand by me and lift me up when I need it. I apologize for the length between posts. It's been so hard for me these past few weeks and I feel like crying all the time.

I do have SO many authors to thank for making sure I have books to review and to have what I call *Comfort Reading*. This is the reason I review. I do it to pay back all the authors over the years that have taken me away from my horrible illness and bring to a place that made my day and night.

There are TOO many for me to list right now, but there were at least 4 authors (I think I maybe forgetting someone and that makes me nervous) OK...these four (I think it's actually five) sent me boxes of books. Their amazing generosity and caring sent me into teary fits and butterflies (those school girl ones) You ladies know what I mean. I will leave a list and I find it so hard to send them back "REAL SNAIL MAIL" thank yous and not just emails. Does anyone else have this problem? The person that sent me the most beautiul package, I don't have his address. I'd love to send him a very special thank you and SOME OF YOU as well.

J.Kaye, Trish, Nymeth, Wendy, Sandra, Breeni , Cheryl, and my friend are like a close knit on line family to me. Everytime I turn around, there is something sweet in my box or you leave me a comment. I LOVE COMMENTS and fresh faces. I know there are SO SO many of you I forgot Sandy Ellen Patsy, WindyCity, Care, Bunny...Please know that if I didn't acknowledge you above means I love you less or don't think of you all praying for me every day. Believe me .... you'll be in many more to come! AND PLEASE don't be afraid to say hello, I LOVE to make new friends. Look at all the blogs on my side bar that I Lurk...

I don't know what's going on with my Library Thing. I'm in the early reviewers program .... I just got in my August book, but my July, June and May books have not shown up. I'm not even kidding. Has this happened to anyone else? Is it just me? I thought I typed in my wrong address, but I got this months book. So that isn't it.

I'm still a little depressed and weak, but I'm fighting and trying. I love you all for being loyal to my blog. If you need to reach me privately, my address is

Also I got in a new book from a brand new author, it's his first book and it's amazing! I haven't finished it yet, but let me tell you what it says about the book on the back.

It's called PIT-STOP by BEN LARKEN and it's his debut novel.

Welcome to the Pit-Stop Grill, a roadside attraction along Arizona’s Route 66 where travellers kick up their feet while sipping a nice cup of joe. It’s a cool oasis in an unforgiving desert landscape. It’s also the last stop on the road to Hell.

When ten people find themselves inside the eerie diner, unable to get out or remember how they arrived, all they know is what their waitress, Holly, tells them: a bus is coming. It will take them the rest of the way to a destination of unspeakable horrors.

Led by highway patrolman, Officer Scott Alders, the group of strangers unite with a common goal—-escape. Each of them holds dark secrets, but personal demons are no match for the wraithlike bus driver who arrives bearing the nametag RAMSEY.

Driving an oily black bus with ghostly headlights and exhaust that smells of brimstone, Ramsey wastes no time picking them off one by one. As their number dwindles and the terror mounts, Scott Alders realizes it will take more than a police-issued sidearm to stop the evil that tracks them. But is there enough power in their battered spirits to combat a crimson-eyed driver with a schedule to keep?

One thing is clear: you’ll think twice before you make your next Pit-Stop..

So far, I'm loving it and you'll have my thoughts and how many TIARAS it's getting soon.

There are a few more I'm reading, but I will fill you in on those, hopefully tomorrow.



Happy Reading Everyone!

August 11, 2008

It's been ONE of those WEEKS and ...

It's ONLY MONDAY! UGH! It's been bad news after bad news for me and this bed rest after all this time is starting to get to me. I'm so glad I have all of you to keep my mind off things. (EVEN if I LURK)! I've been told to get more rest and the pain is getting worse...they're trying to keep it under control, but it's SO hard and NOTHING seems to work. I HATE that loopy groggy feeling or that I "kinda'" remember that. Soooo...the medicine I don't want to be to high.

Also, I'm really weak and I don't like this, I don't want it to be this way! This isn't how I pictured my life and more than once this week I've screamed and screamed "WHY ME!" Yup, it's time you know, I'm NOT as strong as you think I am. I can't believe the last FOURTEEN years of my life have been on and off fighting the BIG or in my case, the BIG "C"!

It's really hard and I need to find a way to help me forget about some of it. Some, I honestly don't remember on my own, I think my memory has a way of not letting me remember it. But the things I do remember, like the pain and the P.T. and the handfuls of hair...Sorry this has turned into a VENT FEST. I didn't have this intention when I wrote it.

I've gotten so many great books in, and I LOVE to read, but imagine it being just about the only thing you do and NEVER being able to leave your bed. NEVER! I'm picked up by my sheets for tests or operations from bed (A big air bed it is too) and I'm put on a gurney and that's when the pain kicks in again.

I'm hoping I get a LOT stronger this week and for those of you that have me in your thoughts and prayers, I appreciate it. I didn't want to make my "FUN" blog sad ever... but sometimes, I guess you just have to get it out. I'm out of Journal paper or I would've probably wrote it there. I've ordered a new one and it should be here like yesterday. I have so many great reviews waiting for me to just post...I have to get them fixed.

THESE authors should be PROUD! And I'd like to thank them all for taking me away to a different place...not the one I HAVE to be!

Again...I apologize for making a ROYAL case of all this. I just couldn't stand one more poke, pinch, needle, prod, touch, talk or "information.



The Very Weak Sad and Not Herself Princess


August 8, 2008


Hi Everyone! I need a little help and I know JUST WHO to go to! I hope lots and lots of you read this so that I can get some really great ones that I'll love!

Ever since I was a little girl, my favorite type of book has always been FAIRYTALES. Well, now I'm grown up and I know them all. I also reread the children's books and collect them for their illustrations. question to YOU? Do you know any Fairytales that have been redone that you really liked OR maybe some fairytales for adults....(If ya' know what I mean) *giggle*
So that's it. That's all I ask of you....just a teensie weensie bit of help from each of you!
I love you all and appreciate you taking the time to keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Believe me, I NEED them.
The Princess

August 1, 2008

Sandy Patsy is Holding a Contest!

So, My Very Good Friend (and good-hearted person) Sandy Ellen Patsy is holding another contest! She is Just SO Generous! This is what is says over on her blog!

I am giving a Power of Pussy eBook download monthly so get your entry in for August !

Also included will be a Lion pin to give to your very own Lion King.

To enter for your chance at a free download of Power of Pussy eBook and a Lion pin, please comment on this blog or myspace blog MySpace SANDY PATSYAll comments will go into the hat, so the more you comment, the better your chances to win.It would be fun to hear about your very own Lion King but all comments are welcome !

So, I will have the winner's address for your Lion Pin, email your comment and name and address to - put LION KING in subject line!
I believe she is holding a contest monthly! SO be nice and leave her a comment! It's always nice to see comments on your blog. Friends that reach out and leave a message let you know how much you mean to them!
Have fun!
XXX - Kisses

The Princess

July 29, 2008

RAVENOUS By Ray Garton

I can't tell you HOW excited I AM! Ray Garton sent me a copy of his newest book RAVENOUS! I've got SO much to tell you about he wrote his first novel at the age of 19 for one. AND he's my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE WRITER! Has been since I was in High School. *Now I have to say this...there are scenes in his books that some may find offensive, so it's not for everyone, but I LOVE his writing and NOTHING will ever change that. I'm almost done with it, but for now, I'm so excited about it, I wanted to get word out in case anyone else wanted to give it a try.
Here's what Publisher's Weekly had to say about Ravenous:
A serial rapist is on the loose in the sleepy California town of Big Rock, and sheriff Farrell Hurley's secretary is the latest victim. When a self-proclaimed werewolf hunter named Daniel Fargo comes into town claiming that Big Rock has an infestation of the creatures, Hurley thinks the man is insane, until the eviscerated corpses and attacks by large animals start in earnest. For Garton, lycanthropy is an STD, spread mostly through rape, that runs rampant through a small town fraught with affairs and intrigues. His werewolf is a terrifying creature: not a remorseful, helpless cursed human but a homicidal beast driven by a dual urge to breed and feed. Hurley is a sheriff to root for, and Garton's well-paced horror novel reworks the werewolf myth to great effect. (Apr.)
I have to say that throughout my life he's scared the daylights out of me and that is SO hard to do! So if you're remotely interested, I say give him a try. Live Girls, Pieces of Hate and a lot of his others are not oop and they are all good. I THINK. I'll leave it up to you.
That's all for now. Hope you've had a happy weekend of reading!
XXX - Kisses

July 28, 2008

Park-Avenue Princess' Blog Has Been AWARDED!

OK...I'm still speechless and for those of you who really know me, you know it's hard to do! My blog has been awarded this beautiful blog by not ONE but TWO of my good friends. Cheryl from Cheryl's Book Nook and I'm going to leave you her link for those of you who aren't familiar with her blog. Cheryl's Book Nook That's it! The other friend of mine is Breeni and she has a Wonderful Blog as well! They're both on my daily stops. Make them yours too. Be kind and leave them a comment! Here's Breeni and that's her blog SO a BIG *HUG* and a HUGE THANK YOU to YOU BOTH.

Now, the rules:

1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Nominate at least seven other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.

And here are my SEVEN choices in NO particular order:

1. FIZZY THOUGHTS! Fizzy Thoughts


3. Hey Lady, Whatcha Readin'? Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?

4. A High and Hidden Place A High and Hidden Place

5. Tings Mean A Lot things mean a lot

6. J.Kaye's Book Blog J. Kaye's Book Blog

7. Musings of A Bookish Kitty Musings of a Bookish Kitty

THANK YOU AGAIN!! I LOVE YOU ALL! This made my day! The hospital is so gloomy and it's so nice to know that people are thinking about me and praying for me!



July 27, 2008

I am Speechless right NOW!

which is HARD FOR Me...those who know me, would agree! I've been nominated for an award, not once, but twice...yes, TWO of my good friends CHERYL from Cheryl's Book Nook and BREENI of BREENI BOOKS! Thank you both...I feel so unprepared and I don't know what to say, so tomorrow I will reveal my gorgeous award, the rules, my picks and A BIG THANK YOU....TWICE!

XXX - Kisses


YAY!! Photobucket


YAY!! YAY!! Bookish Ruth is having her first contest and TWO (no that's not a misprint) TWO lucky winners will get to win her ARCS of ERIC VAN LUSTBADER's FIRST DAUGHTER!

How exciting for RUTH! I'm going to send you to the contest spot and you stop by and share some hugs and love and tell her that *I* sent you and then find out OTHER ways you can keep getting entries!
So, good luck to everyone that wants to participate...including me (Because I have none) and here is your LINK! Bookish Ruth: First Giveaway: First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader. OK, so now you have the link, GO WIN!
That's it for now!

The Princess

Show ME your Tan Lines...

well...because I don't have any! woo-hoo baby! NO get your minds out of the gutter. I'm still in the miserable hospital awaiting my second surgery, but my very sweet, dear and caring friend CHERYL at CHERYL'S BOOK NOOK, is having a contest for a book and the name of this book is yes, YOU GUESSED IT! "Tan Lines".

SO, head on over to Cheryl's blog. It's full of reviews, interviews and contests and of course you will need the link, which I will give you, and be kind, LEAVE A COMMENT! She's really sweet!

Here it is...I'll give you the contest page and everything! You go find out how to get the MOST entries. Not more than mine though. OK? Good! Here you go ... and try not to stay too long, her blog is
XXX - Kisses
That's all for now!


NOT MY BLOG NAME...But then again THERE IS AN AWESOME GIVE-A-WAY going on there....wanna' know? huh? huh? Weeelllllllllllllllllllllll, I suppose I can share the news with a couple of hundred

ALL you have to do to get the directions is visit Giveaway: The Gargoyle « So many books, so little time… OH AND SEE...Ugh, I did it wrong, I was going to keep you in suspense and not tell you what book it was yet. Well, it's an ARC of "THE GARGOYLE" by Andrew Davidson that was given through the E.R. Program by Library Thing! An awesome way to get Arcs and new books out MONTHS before they're on the shelf, just like the one above.

So, what are you still standing here reading this for?? HOP on over to SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME and find out ALL the details on how to win! OH and say the *I* Sent You!

That's it for now!

XXX - Kisses


July 17, 2008

Ol Red Bard QUILT Give-A-Way

Win a quilt at

OK...DANA at Red Barn is giving away a gorgeous quilt that I would do anything to win. You must hurry if you want to must leave a comment by July 22nd and yes, there are other ways to is even for FIFTY MORE CHANCES - NO that's NOT a Misprint ... (I can't do it because I can't video at the hospital) But good luck to all of you that can. I am going to link back for the five extra chances ... it's really have to go and see it. It's right here ... Old Red Barn Co.: Win this quilt! and just follow the instructions! Good luck to all!


That's all for now!


Well, they've decided that I'm still too weak for my next surgery that they had planned and I've been getting SO many emails and calls from all of you that I wanted to let you know that I am fine, just weak and fighting, because that's what I've got!

When I'm stronger, it will be planned and you will know, PROMISE! SO many great contests going on, which I will be back to tell you about and if you'd like a number where you can reach me, just email me at!

There are some of you that I have things for and WENDY, I didn't forget that you won, way back when ... it will be coming I PROMISE and I will email you as soon as I can, or email me so that I have your email. J.Kaye, I have a couple things for you and I believe I have your address and IF NOT, I will bother you for it again. Trish and Sandy Ellen Patsy, I think you've been MY BIGGEST FAN through all of this! LADIES and GENTLEMEN, Sandy Patsy is the Author of The Power of Pussy so, if you haven't read this yet, You can look back to my interview or email Sandy at and she will answer any questions you have if you've read the book or about the book. Her Interview should be up this weekend for questions and answers! Sandy Patsy is now 63 and wrote a HOT book all about her torrid love affaid with's got it's ups and downs and things and Positions I can hope I can get in at that age! *SEE ANOTHER OUTLOUD THOUGHT*...they get me into trouble usually, but Sandy Patsy is on SWEET and GENEROUS lady. She did something AMAZING FOR ME, which she deserves to be thanked for publically and I was actually threatened by another author that was running a contest and when I won and she didn't give me the prize, I was told I couldn't use our conversations or tell the whole blog-o-sphere what happened. It was a threat. SANDY PATSY came to help and did so much for me and still does when I'm down. AS DO SO SO SO SO SO many of you!

It's also been kind of a busy week. I've gotten in some great books for review, I will share those with you as soon as I feel a little bit better, later on today and for some reason, I can only get on at certain times. The internet is horrible here so I will be on and off when I can!

A couple of quick contests, J.Kaye has some really TEMPTING BOOKS THAT ALL WENT IN MY TBB PILE (that's to be bought...for those of you who are slow with my book LIN-GO. Here's the link to that HAPPY Girl's Blog...and don't listen to tyrant J.Kaye, believe me, there is NO SUCH THING... So if you want A whole LOT of fun...skip on over to J. Kaye's Book Blog!

An AMAZING contest that TRISH is having on her blog Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’? Now, IF you know TRISH and I'm sure most of you do, she's the beautiful one always laughing with something nice to say about everyone...and then she throws in her potty humor and her "DUDE I AM NOT EVEN KIDDIN'"! OK Well that's how she starts this contest and DUDE I AM NOT EVEN KIDDIN', it's SO WORTH here are my girl Trish's DIRECT WORDS ABOUT HER CONTEST, YES, THERE ARE MORE WAYS TO WIN, YOU have to go and see to find out more than this!!

"Hachette Book Group USA is doing a Summer Reads Giveaway and wants to give away 14 books. For up to FIVE people. Doing the math…five times four is twenty, carry the two….that’s SEVENTY books they’re willing to part with. And send to you. For free. And all you have to do is comment here. More on your entry possibilities below.

There’s true crime, fiction, historical fiction, memoirs, romance, thrillers…click on the link to the book to get a synopsis."

Tell ME THAT CONTEST ISN'T the best ONE ALL Summer!! So go check it out...but don't get too close to those books...I'm going to win...(ahem) I mean congratulations ALL!


That's ALL for now!

June 29, 2008


I just wanted to thank everyone for welcoming me back! I wish I could REALLY be fully back and I'm going to try as much as I can. I will have books to give away even from before. WENDY, I haven't forgotten you won and I don't want you to wait any longer, so I think I'll just send you a certificate. J.Kaye, I would just buy you and send you a copy of the book, but I have an autographed copy for you and a bought one won't be AUTOGRAPHED! I also have a little something for you for being so sweet!

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE WELCOME BACK. Surgery No. 2 is supposed to be scheduled for two weeks from this Tuesday coming up, which I believe is July 15th. The problem is I may not be strong enough and still weak, so that's what it's all riding on. So we'll have to wait and see!

SO I SAY....LET'S have FUN UNTIL THEN!! Soon, I am supposed to be doing some advertising for an author and an Etsy Shop (IF she still wants's been forever...I feel so bad : ( I WISH this didn't have to be this way!) BUT....we're going to do what I said above, "LIVE IT UP!!"

Until next time



Oh and don't forget to check out J. Kaye's BLOG! She's always givin' away somethin' good! With a WONDERFUL REVIEW!

June 26, 2008

Do YOU want to WIN??

Well...if you do, I have a secret and all you have to do to win is this... (DID I SAY I WAS GOOD AT KEEPING SECRETS)? Go to J.Kaye's blog...which is located, here ... J. Kaye's Book Blog: WITCH EMBER by John Lawson When you get there, look around, it's a GREAT and VERY INTERESTING BLOG. But under the review entitled "WITCH EMBER" by John Lawson, done by both J. Kaye and her husband Steve (They make a very cute couple by the way), leave a COMMENT and the if you want a second chance to win (LIKE ME) link it to your blog and there you have it TWO CHANCES.

Psst...another thing. It's NOT just "WITCH EMBER" that you get to win, it's the second book, "RAVEN" in his series as well...

If you're wondering what "WITCH EMBER" is about, here's a blurb on that book!

In the days when gods walked the earth and the clay of Man was still wet, a Stone of Power was shattered. From that day forward, all humankind carried a piece. Most have just a little- just the tiniest speck of dust- but some have one of the bigger grains- or even a pebble- and they are the most powerful of sorcerers. In the paranoid, magically-barren lands of the Seven Kingdoms, the street urchin Esmeree is born to carry a stone of unprecedented size and power. As she struggles to survive the unforgiving streets of Cliffs Reach, she endeavors to master the sorcery of her stone and understand its purpose. But time is running out for her for others have discovered her skills and seek to use or destroy her. The Inquisition, the Superbus Tyrannus, the Primate of the Holy Median church. Esmeree must determine her own path, or she will die their slave.

Best of luck to all of you playing (especially me! Did I say that out loud? No really, tell me outloud, because sometimes I do that at the wrong time and then well you makes for an uncomfortable situation ... like this one and that's not s-s-o -so much fun... so...well GOOD LUCK EVERYONE~ may the best entry win!



Until next time...

June 23, 2008

She's Back! Thank YOU!

Hi Everyone!! ::Waving:: I don't even know where to begin to thank you all!! I really don't. You're kindness, heart-felt thoughts and prayers have meant the world to me and still do. I received the most beautiful gifts, flowers, cards and notes while I was in the hospital. You all really shocked me and I really don't know where to even start (I said that already didn't I?) or something similar. It's because I'm crying and I can't believe that you all thought so much of me to share your stories with me. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! I'd like to thank TRISH, DeNita and Sandy Patsy for being so giving and wonderful. I'm going to write to each notes, but I'm also going to write you ONE HUGE thank you!

You couldn't have been nicer to Vanessa, Kim or Dawn. They know absolutely NOTHING about this and told us all about how they got such gracious offers for help and many notes of love and prayer to pass on. I've been switched from my last hospital to another one. I've had one surgery and there are three left. I will be on and off and I do love you all. Thank you for continuing to visit.

I have SO SO MANY REVIEWS to catch up with. All I've done is my comfort reading. AMAZING. I LOVE to give back to the authors that have helped me over the years. It's truly great and exactly what I need. You know what? I read and read and write and write and forget about all of the badness going on. Sometimes I can get on line, and others I can't. I absolutely LOVE doing this and NO ONE can take this away from me. There has been SO MUCH TAKEN. This can not.

Remember that I LOVE and thank you all. I've missed you too! I'll be back ... most likely later on today!



Until Later...

May 31, 2008

Hospital Information

Hello Royal Readers,

I hope you've enjoyed the last few reviews, the authors did and that made Amy so happy! Amy is not strong enough for her second surgery yet, but she was on line for only a little while today. I do have all of the information of her hospital and her room number. TOO many of you (WHICH IS WONDERFUL) asked me for the hospital, the address and number, etc. to call her and send a card or flowers. She's now in a room alone and they are watching her very low blood pressure plus she has a bad infection.

If you'd like the telephone number. Please write me at some of you tried my email and it wasn't going through. So use Amy's for IMPORTANT Things.

She is at

  • Amy Santos

  • Rhode Island Hospital

  • Jane Brown Building

  • Three North

  • Room 336

  • 593 Eddy Street

  • Providence, RI 02903
    401-444-4000 - Direct line ask for patient information (or to be connected to her room telephone...if there is no answer, it could be tests or meds or doctors so don't give up.)
    401--- Direct line to room (To speak to her directly) I have this, email me for this ...thanks
    401--- Direct Cell Line (her cell phone) I have this email for it thanks

  • This should help anyone wanting to send her cards or flowers, or phone calls, etc.

Mrs. Sandy Patsy still has HIGH HOPES for Amy's Birthday Box so if you'd like to speak with her please write to ...but this is up to you. Amy's birthday is on Father's day this year and it's also her father's birthday as well and it will be spent in the hospiital. Amy has a little boy. His birthday is the 23rd and his name is Devin. His birthday will be spent in the hospital. Think of how they feel.


Thank you for listening!

Resident Royal Reviewers

May 25, 2008

Legs Talk: Let Your Legs Do The Talking

Legs Talk: Let Your Legs Do The Talking By: D.E. Boone

From the Publisher:

Inspired by the edgier side of dating, Legs Talk employs comical banter and classic black and white photos, to illustrate the hilarious accounts of a doomed relationship.

I LOVED this gift-book and it gets a SOLID FIVE-STAR TIARA RATING here at Royal Reviews! Which Means - This Book Lives Happily Ever After On MY Bookshelf


My thoughts and Review:

"You break it you buy it!"

How many times has the man you thought of as "the one" ended up just being a number in your little black book? From page one this book had me on my toes! It's like a girl's night in all packed in one adorable book! D.E. Boone is original and refreshing and tells it like it is! This book is something we all could use at some point in our life, and that is a fact.

Heart-broken? We've all been and well all know the story and how we got there. It's timeless and I'd go as far to say a "classic" in it's own right. But you know what? I want to tell it single women, when we look for a man, we dress-up, use our sensuality and "walk" with it so to say. There she is minding her own business, having a little "retail therapy" (which we all need by the way) and here he comes,could it be..Mr. Right? or should we say Mr. Right Now? I love a good story especially one I've lived through and can relate to one hundred percent! But when it's told a way so ingenious, edgy, and different that I've never seen it before, I am blown away! "Legs Talk: Let your Legs Do the Talking", is THAT book. We may know the story, but we certainly have never seen it narrated like this.

A tale of girl meets guy, falls for guy, finds out he's not what he said he was, disappoints, disappears, reappears, girl gives him another chance only to be hurt again ...then what? We all swear the next one will be normal! Except for one thing, as normal as this story sounds, it's anything but! This beautiful black and white picture book is told from the waist down. That's right, this book is narrated by a par of sexy, gorgeous and sensuous legs.

Have you ever been looking for that perfect gift book for a girl friend who just got dumped by the man of her dreams? Or maybe things just didn't work out between the two of them. And all you want is a little something to stop her from moping around and eating your entire pint of Ben and Jerry's? So what do you do? You rush out to the local bookstore and all you find sitting on the shelves are the "I'm so very sorry" books. Now to me ladies, in most cases, and even if you don't find out until later on, it's a blessing in disguise! So, why not celebrate? This book is how we as women can hold all the cards! We are sexy beings with intelligence, thoughts and feelings and isn't it about time we started to get treated like it?

So go put on your high heels and "walk that walk" because you're a woman and thanks to this book, you'll celebrate it! Nancy Sinatra didn't hit Number One in 1966 with "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'" for nothing! Right?

Thank you Mr. Boone, I totally got a kick out of this book and believe me, you will too!


***GIVE-A-WAY Notice: I will be GIVING AWAY COPY of D.E. Boone's "Legs Talk: Let Your Legs Do The Talking" this week! Hopefully, in the near future we can get Mrs. Boone in here for an interview as well, which would be great! This book give-a-way is made possible by Mrs. Boone hereself because she was so generous to send me two books. ONE for me and ONE to share! Yes, I did learn that from my mom, but if I only got one of would've gone out the window! : ) The Lucky Winner will be posted at the end of the week. So, if you'd like this adorable little gift book, just leave a comment and you've got your chance!

Good Luck & Have Fun!!

That's all for now and Thank You for stopping by!


May 20, 2008


OK everyone for my FOURTH post today, I promised that I would make a very special announcement for our very good friend, AUTHOR SANDY PATSY.

Ever since Amy and Mrs. Patsy met, they have been very close. They met while planning a review of her book and an interview! Needless to say, they've kept in touch almost everyday since! It's true! They stayed tight, and have told each other all sorts of things. She's been nice, caring, sweet and protective of Amy. Not to mention generous. If you know Mrs. Patsy, you know how she is. This is what she wanted me to say for her. (It says it on her blog too and on the Author Island Author Blog too).

I'm not sure EXACTLY ALL the specifics or things we may add on later, but for now, here's what we have. As most of you know by now, Amy is in the hospital fighting as hard as she can against a very horrible disease that touches so many lives. THIS IS PERSONAL, because she's MY very BEST FRIEND! I see her each day laying in that bed not looking a thing like herself. She pretends to be happy for all of us and it hurts me because I know this and I can't tell her that right now. I miss when she's genuinely happy, which is ALL THE TIME! The doctors are talking about two very big things now that she's had her first surgery. The first is that she is not moving her left leg especially on her own and the other one isn't as bad but not moving on it's own normally either, which could mean she would lose that ability. She is also facing an infection, which could mean amputation which would just crush her and I can't even imagine being in her position. So please just think about what Mrs. Patsy would like to do and her reasons why.

This is what it is. Amy's birthday is JUNE 15th, which is her father's birthday as well and father's day. Her son's birthday is a week and a day later on the 23rd. And last year she was in the hospital from MAY TO SEPTEMBER! Can you imagine that much time in such a horrible place. She doesn't like the way it smells and you know what her most vivid memory is? Being rushed to the O.R. and looking up seeing those long lights flashing by. She will tell you that story and the hair on the back of your neck will stand up. I know you want to know why I keep going off on a tangent and what this has to do with her birthday and I do apologize but I'm hurt. I'm so very hurt. Not to mention ANGRY and ANGRY with the world. My faith and hers have been tested many times along with her family's and her son, her ONLY son's.

Sandy Patsy found it in her heart to want to make Amy's birthday a very happy one for her even though she is in the hospital. SO Dawn, Kim, Mrs. Patsy and I have started a Birthday Box for her. We hope that by a few days before her birthday it is filled with things for her birthday. It doesn't have to be something huge, just something that will let her know that you care about her and love her as well. I don't care if you write it on a scrap of notebook paper and send it, ANYTHING will do. You may send a gift, a card, a note, a gift certificate or you may contact any one of us if you'd like. PLEASE KNOW YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO THIS. It's just something sweet for Amy's long and dark road ahead of her.

Mrs. Patsy is of great help and will do what she can for you. She's also trying to get as many author's involved as possible. The following are the important email addresses you need to know and then I will post links to blogs. You can leave comments here as well. AND because I'd like this to get ALL OVER the blog-o-sphere, I think I'm going to offer a prize for the person with the most entries. How you'll get entries yet, I'm not sure. But, I like this idea. Please POST ABOUT THIS ON YOUR BLOG and write a note back here saying that you did it. If someone doesn't have a blog or says "Trish" sent me here to leave a comment...and TRISH has posted this on her blog, than that is TWO ENTRIES for TRISH. IF TRISH also posts this on her MYSPACE or any other page she has, than that's another entry for TRISH. (sorry Trish I hope you don't mind me using you as an example) I'm thinking the winner will get something like a gift card to Amazon or something like that but I will discuss that with Mrs. Patsy as well and post more about it later. I will take ideas on how to get names in for more and more entries (Dewey, I heard you're excellent at this. And I apologize that I haven't been able to Weekly Geeks. I know Amy was excited about it). So, we'll figure out something for the person who helps us spread the news. Unless you'd like to do it out of the goodness of your heart, and then that's up to you : ) But PLEASE try to make a little note of this post on your blog or leave it on the side up until the 12th of June or so to make people aware. OOPPSS! DEWEY...I just reread this and it makes it sound like I want you to coordinate this thing. With all the "yous". The ONLY part I questioned for you would be maybe coming up with a way for each person to earn points toward a gift because after reading your blog, you have the most amazing ideas, so I HOPE this clears that up! I do apologize. OF COURSE if you can't think of anything at all, don't worry about it. It was just a suggestion that popped into my head.

Email addresses are as follows:

Amy's ~ which we check daily is IAmHiMaintenance at aol dot com

Vanessa ~ Vanessa dot Wrenn at Yahoo dot com

Kim ~ LilkimCohen at Yahoo dot com

Dawn ~ Dawn dot Kessler at Yahoo dot com


Mrs. Sandy Patsy ~ SandyEllenPatsy at Aol dot com

I hope those help you.

If you would rather LINK your POST to SANDY PATSY's BLOG, That's fine. I am Pretty Sure it's alright if you LINK you POST to the AUTHOR ISLAND AUTHOR BLOG as well. I am going to give you every link you will need as well.

I know that Trish did just ask you to send Amy a card for her box, but as a special favor, Mrs. Patsy asked me to do this for Amy and since she has done so much for me, I would never say no to her AND I think this is a great idea with plenty of time. If you don't want to send things through the mail, you can send an e-card or e-certificate to her email address and Sandy will have the box sent for you all. I have to work like crazy these next few weeks coming up. I work nights and Dawn and Kim work Days. Kim has two boys so this is tough that's why we're going to catch up when we can. Please leave posts here in the comments section and you can leave them on any of the spaces for comments on the blogs I left for you above. If you could maybe make a simple reminder weekly within one of your posts, that will help BIG-TIME! Let's not just post this and say "OK I'm done." Alright? Thank you for taking the time to listen to this message that Sandy so wanted you to hear! I t was important to get out. Amy went through something really unnecessary right before she went into the hospital and Sandy made sure that it was made right, even though it wasn't her place! She deserves a lot of credit!

Mrs. Patsy MAY be the easiest to get in contact with, so you may want to try her first. I will try to answer you as quickly as possible.

Lastly, I'd like to thank you all for all of your support, interest, kindness, caring, loving, sweetness and just being the WONDERFUL PEOPLE YOU ARE. Also, thank you again to all that participated with Trish's blog post. I would like to have some more traffic through here, so let's just see what we can do for Amy ... she's be FIRST on the list for anyone else! I've known her for TWENTY YEARS and I KNOW this to be TRUE! Let's make this a HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR AMY ~ SO Don't forget to send your PRAYERS!

God Bless,

Vanessa, Mrs. Sandy Patsy, Dawn and Kim

Poodlums, Boogeymen and Booglers

Poodlums, Boogeymen and Booglers By: S.L. Chessor and C.L. Blankenship

Author: S.L. Chessor and C.L. Blankenship

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pub. Date: April 5, 2008

Format: Paperback, 196pp

Five Tiaras ~ This Book Will Live Happily Ever After On My Bookshelf!

This collection of poetry is both heartwarming and full of memories.


My thoughts and Review:

"Family bond, the glue that holds us together".

Within the pages of this adorable book I found my family and if you look close enough, I'm sure you'll find yours as well.

When I think of families, especially mine, I think of memories. Memories hold the key to who we are, how we grow and what we become. Not every memory is one that you look back at fondly, that's a given and how life is. But then there are those memories that will make you laugh so hard you'll cry! And hey, if you can't laugh at yourself, who CAN you laugh at? Some memories are shared only between friends and some are dreams of what we want to be, do or love. To me, families and memories go hand and hand.

So who were you? The scared younger sibling or the older much more "sophisticated and mature" one that tormented the younger about monsters in the closet or under the bed? Children will get into trouble and it's usually because curiosity killed the cat or "the dog" in the case of this book! I know it isn't just my mother that used to say this so "Eyes in the backs of our heads" will have you laughing louder than you thought you would sitting alone with this book. One of the greatest gifts we get in life is our parents and the bond created between us. As much as we don't want to hear this as teenagers growing up and finding ourselves, most of the time they were right and did know best. But, just to make yourself feel better, one of my favorite poems in the book, "Whatever!" will help you remember when you knew it all and they were just so wrong about everyone and everything.

Children are our future and the elderly our link to the past, a time where life was a much simpler place. We should honor them, help them, and do as they wish! Right? After you read these poems you'll have to wonder if they do things because they can, are still laughing inside and getting a chance to live their second childhood! What is better than that? The respect of an adult but to live your youth all over again.

Young love and dreams that happen in life that make us look back years later only to wonder "What if?" are also part of this wonderful collection. Times when we have to make important live altering decisions are in this book as well. You'll remember your own and the people that you turned to for wisdom when you couldn't decide yourself. Even though I cried, I read several of these poems more than once, "Remembering Grandma" was one of them. Loosing both of my grandmothers at an early age always affected me personally, so this helped me bring them back, if even for just a little while.As stated in the beginning, not only happy times are written about in this book. Poems such as "Valentine's Eve" and "Blame it on someone else" discuss some of the problems facing society today. Other memorable ones are "Will anybody ever love me" , "Jane Doe" and "A Pretty Dress",

Mrs. Chessor and Mrs. Blankenship are a mother and daughter team that write from the heart. They give you their family and their memories on a silver platter. You will laugh, cry and say "That happened to YOU too?" This unique collection of poetry has something for everyone, something that will make you remember a time in your own life and something that will make you want to read it again and again. I highly recommend this book of poetry that will always have a special place on my bookshelf.

If you enjoy this collection of poetry, you might want to also read S.L. Chessor's debut book written in memory of her late father entitled "My Tongue Fell Out.

***GIVE-A-WAY Notice: I will be GIVING AWAY an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of S.L. Chessor and C.L. Blankenship's BOOK!! If you are interested, please leave me a comment, in the comments section. Mrs. Chessor has been offered an opportunity for an interview but I am unsure yet but will let you know just as soon as I do! Winner will be posted at the end of the week.

Good Luck & Have Fun!!

That's all for now and Thank You for stopping by!


And The Award Goes To...


That's Right! Amy's Blog won one of J.Kaye's Blogger Awards! You can find the post about it (and you'll all be very proud of me for being able to do this OR you SHOULD be anyway) right here:J. Kaye's Book Blog: Blog Awards! Not bad huh? AND it only took me about 3 weeks to learn that one too! Go ME!

Oh right, this is about AMY and HER BE-U-TEE-FULL BLOG. The criteria to be part of this award is pretty steep too. There are five points that it must meet. Which means we are going to have to be on our toes to keep up until THE PRINCESS herself is back to take over. And the points are:

  • Fun Place to Visit

  • Cool Reviews

  • Neat Graphics/Photos

  • Unique

  • Fun Place to Visit

Now, if you ever knew just how shy Amy is in person, you'd laugh to know she could even keep up her blog! So, this is quite an honor for her. Trust me, I do know! So a BIG THANK YOU to J.Kay for the award. which I will put up right here in the middle of the post for now, until I know how to get it to stay on the side!


I encourage you all to stop by J.Kaye's book blog! She's got a lot going on over there herself! I'm sure it gets a FIVE CROWN RATING from AMY any day of the week! J.Kaye has cool reviews/interviews, raffles, Maxine and challenges up the ying-yang (Amy is going to kill me for using this language in the castle...she is). SO JUST ENJOY IT WHILE YA' CAN. 'Cuz when she's back - OH this is all deleted fo' sho'!

While we're on the subject of my most favoritest friend, who I will update you on in the next post, there will probably be three more today and this is already the second, I just have to do this for her. We miss her so much and this is important to her/therefore it's important to us.

Since we can't figure out her password yet and we've all tried so many things, we can not get a hold of all reviews, interviews and everything else of importance. She even reviews for a few online sites that I'm trying to forward reviews to. I feel so worthless and then when we see her, it's a feeling of being helpless. So, as I was saying, since we can't find all the reviews, we'll do what we can and fill you in on how she's doing, plus try to get up some interviews and we think it will be fun to tell you funny/interesting stories about Amy that you do not know. I hope it's alright with all of you. We've just known her so long and this part of her is new to us so we're going to give you a part of her that's new to you. Fair? FAIR! Also, Amy offered to help a wonderful woman named Lisa advertise her Etsy shop here, so I'm going to try to get in touch with her and help her do that and also there is an author that has done so much for Amy that we're going to get her book posted or banner up for advertisement as well and her name is Sandy Patsy. I'm sure you remember her from her review. We were planning an interview with her as well, but I think she wants to wait until Amy gets back and that's fine with the three of us.

Thank you again J.Kaye for such an honor. You really are a great friend to Amy and anyone that takes care of her is so special in our book. Although, we may have to stop by your blog as well, we want a chance at your wonderful raffles and serious reviews you do. If you haven't seen her review system, you should stop by. It's really unique. On top of that, she's doing every challenge under the sun, I have know idea how she has time for it all. It really is a great blog! J.Kaye, if we have any questions, would you mind us stopping by? You can answer in the comments . In turn, we'd really like to pass this type of blog award on to others, so we'll see what we can do!

The last thing for this post is this...for the last week, we've been lurking, visiting Amy's friends on their blogs and we have to say what a great place to be! You all have exciting, different and unique topics and blogs! We really know now why Amy loves this so. She does have quite a few books that she's gotten in and they are at the hospital with her. It's what she calls her "Comfort Reading" and she started writing reviews about eight years ago just to give back to her favorite authors that had gotten her through some serious tough times medically. In return, she will do just about anything to be part of a book that she loves success. We can't wait for her to be better. We miss our weekends together and our dinners out at least once a week. Get well my dear dear friend. I LOVE YOU!

I think that's all for now from us.

Respectfully - Your Resident Royal Reviewers

Vanessa, Kim and Dawn