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1. Maryam's Maze review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Mansoura Ez Eldin's Maryam's Maze.

       (The review appears just ...2537 days after I received the review copy. Which demonstrates that little is lost in the piles surrounding me, and there's always a chance I will still get to a title from way back when .....)

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2. Sunday Sketching -

In the teensy purse-Moleskine balanced upon my knee...


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3. Our Wonderful World.21


Details of my Poetry Month Project can be found here.



21. The Great Barrier Reef


Do you care
If the
Vitality of the
Earth is
Reduced by
Slow degradation of ecosystems?
It should
Tear at 
Your soul,

Making you feel the loss
As if a part of you were
Taken,
Tossed,
Erased,
Removed,
Stolen.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2014



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4. Star Child: A Visit with Claire A. Nivola


“Slowly you will learn to take care of yourself.”


 

Claire A. NivolaIn early May, fans of the work of Claire A. Nivola will be happy to see Star Child hit shelves (Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux). It’s an extraordinary, brand-new story from Claire, and I like it a lot. I reviewed this for BookPage, so you can read about it here.

Today, Claire (pictured here) is visiting to talk a bit about the book, and we can also take a look at some of the art from it.

I interviewed Claire here at 7-Imp in 2011, and it remains one of my favorite interviews. To make sense of what we talk about here today (assuming you haven’t already seen, say, an early copy of the book), since it’s an unusual story, be sure to read the review first and then return, if you’re so inclined, for her thoughtful responses.

I’m always happy when she visits 7-Imp, and I thank her for taking the time to do so.

Enjoy.

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Jules: How did this story come to you?

Claire: I have in front of me a tiny handmade “book” (1 3/4 x 2″), bound with a single staple, written by hand, and hastily illustrated with markers. Its title is “The Star Child,” and it is dedicated by me to my son on August 1988, when he was five years old. The idea is all there — tossed off in rough form, 26 years ago!

My father had died in that same year, just three months earlier, and as I say on the back flap of Star Child, the idea for the story came to me in response to the mystery of my father’s death (where does all the plenitude that a person has been, go to?), combined with the wonder I had felt at the birth of my son five years earlier (where does all that an infant already is, come from?). In Star Child, I am in no way trying to provide an explanation, but only to express the awe we feel in the face of these two ordinary, but utterly extraordinary, events.


“…To visit planet Earth you will have to be born as a human child.”


 

Jules: The Kirkus review describes it as a “fanciful, thoughtful examination of a life well-lived.” I had planned to ask if you had anyone in particular in mind when you wrote it, but you just answered that!

Claire: I had no particular person in mind, though the boy looks somewhat like my son (who looks somewhat like my father), and I did base some illustrations on photographs of my son when he was little. But no, I was not trying to portray any particular life, nor a “life well-lived.” In fact, I wanted the Star Child’s life on earth to be almost generic, anyone’s life, anyone’s life anywhere. That’s why he sometimes appears in a jungle with exotic animals, and at another point he’s walking away from a stark New England village. He is anyone and everyone.


“…and so much for you to feel — pleasure and fear …”


 

The story doesn’t presume to answer the big questions of why we are here or the meaning of life; the Star Child simply experiences life on earth and, like all of us, tries to make sense of that experience while caught up in confusion and wonder. That he has a chance to experience life is what matters. The colors, sounds, movement, ranges of emotions, all are the opposite of the eternal tranquility of the star he comes from. At the end, he affirms that the visit was worth it. I added that affirmation late in my many versions, as the affirmation became stronger in me.

The story is more of a fable that allows us to question and wonder.


“Here it is still and peaceful, but there the colors,
sensations, and sounds will wash over you constantly.”

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Jules: Did you go through a lot of drafts?

Claire: My editor of many years, Frances Foster, and I went back and forth about the story over many years, often setting it aside for long stretches. My original versions—my intention—was to cover the full life cycle through youth, maturity, old age, and the death/return to the star of origin. It never really was a book for “children.” In fact, it was friends of my son and daughter, now in their mid- and late-twenties, who most enthusiastically appreciated the story. And yet, I couldn’t quite give up on the idea. …

A few years ago, after conferring with colleagues, Frances asked me to shift the emphasis to the early portion of the life cycle: to childhood. I did just that but felt that now by implication it was a child who had to return to its star, who had to “die.” My husband suggested that I make one spread that would encompass the passing of the years from youth to old age, and that is what I did.

Jules: Your paintings here are so beautiful.


“In your confusion and delight, you will forget where you came from.”
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Claire: In the illustrations, I wanted to convey the brightness, variety, stimulation, colorfulness, moodiness — the sheer aliveness of life on earth! I tried some partial bleeds here and there with, in my opinion, mixed success. I had never tried that before!

Frances Foster, to whom the little book is dedicated, after many years of mulling this story over with me, had a stroke just as the project was nearing completion. It was graciously taken to a close by others at FSG, Joy Peskin as editor and Roberta Pressel as designer, but I will never think of it as anything but a story I made with Frances. We went through much of the life cycle together!


“The Star Child watched the Earth from far away in the sky. He saw the tiny bright swirls of blue ocean and green land turning in the empty cold blackness of space, and he wanted so much to go there. ‘Please, may I go and see what it is like?’ he begged.”


 

One more thought about Star Child may seem almost obvious to those who have seen some of my other books — though it wasn’t a conscious message when I conceived the story. The first photo of earth taken from space in 1968 is not unlike what the Star Child sees from his star.

That image became iconic for the environmental movement. And I think the whole Star Child story, though it tells of the human life cycle, is imbued with a sense of the wonders of our little planet and of how lucky we are, on balance, to have the amazing chance to live a life on it. My concern for the fate of those “tiny bright swirls of blue ocean and green land turning…in space” has sadly and alarmingly only intensified.


“You will see so many living things — plants and animals beyond imagining!”
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Photo of Ms. Nivola taken by Anther Kiley and used by her permission.

STAR CHILD. Copyright © 2014 by Claire A. Nivola. Published by Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, New York. Illustrations used by permission of the publisher.

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5. The contours and conceptual position of jus post bellum

By Carsten Stahn, Jennifer S. Easterday, and Jens Iverson


In our previous post, “Jus post bellum and the ethics of peace,” we introduced the concept of jus post bellum, including its history, functions, and varied definitions. Because jus post bellum can operate simultaneously with related but distinguishable concepts, it is important to keep the goals of related concepts clear. Jus post bellum may serve a particular function in facilitating choice among competing interests in the transition from armed conflict to peace.

Relationship to related concepts

Jus post bellum overlaps with Responsibility to Protect (R2P), Transitional Justice, and the law of peace. It is sometimes even argued that it forms part of these concepts, but there are differences.

The concept of transitional justice emerged in the context of the post-democratic transitions of the 1990s. Traditionally, it has a different focus than jus post bellum. It is geared towards accountability for past violations and the establishment of new political order that would prevent human rights violations from re-occurring. Jus post bellum is not a ‘human rights’ or ‘justice’ project per se. It is geared at peacebuilding more broadly, focusing on the organization of the interplay between actors, norms, and institutions in situations of transitions, and the establishment of sustainable peace.

Jus post bellum is also distinct from Responsibility to Protect. R2P was developed to provide authority for protective duties and response schemes, through a definition of sovereignty as responsibility. Its application is linked to atrocity crimes. This trigger has oriented the concept towards prevention and response to conflict. Ethics of care in the aftermath of conflict have been side-lined in its operation. Jus post bellum is tied to the ending of hostilities. It entails certain due diligence obligations towards intervention, but is mostly focused on the organization of post-conflict peace. It includes negative obligations (i.e. ‘do no harm’ principle) and positive duties. In some cases, conduct may be warranted by R2P (e.g. continued international presence), but sanctioned under jus post bellum, i.e. due to lack of consent (e.g. unlawful occupation).

Monrovia, Liberia - 24 February 2012: The abandoned Ministry of Defence building stands empty and ruined, a reminder of the civil war here not so long ago. © MickyWiswedel via iStockphoto.

Monrovia, Liberia – 24 February 2012: The abandoned Ministry of Defence building stands empty and ruined, a reminder of the civil war here not so long ago. © MickyWiswedel via iStockphoto.

Content

In just war theory, some attempts have been made to define the ideal content of a jus post bellum. Areas included in this checklist are:

  • Disarmament, Demilitarization, Re-integration (DDR)
  • Compensation
  • Punishment
  • Constitutional reform
  • Economic reconstruction


This ‘toolbox’ logic deserves critical scrutiny. These factors are typically tied to international armed conflicts, rather than dilemmas of internal armed conflicts, or mixed conflicts. More fundamentally, there is an inherent danger that jus post bellum might be used to tell what a ‘just society’ ought to look like.

An alternative way to think about content is to view jus post bellum as a mechanism to facilitate choice among competing interests. The concept provides an incentive to integrate the goal of sustainable peace into decision-making processes requiring a balancing of conflicting rationales. For example, this is relevant to peace arrangements, processes of governance, and redress for victims. How should ‘consent’ used in peace negotiation and peacebuilding efforts, and how inclusive should it be? What factors should be taken into account in the restoration of public authority and democratic rule? How can judicial reform be reconciled with ‘vetting’ of institutions? To what extent is there an adequate equilibrium between protection of fundamental freedoms and socio-economic rights in post-conflict settlements? Is damage repaired in a way that that addresses harm and needs of post-conflict societies?

Such choices require a certain ‘margin of appreciation’. In some areas, a deviation from peacetime standards may be acceptable. Classical examples are collective reparation, the focus on targeted accountability, or conditional amnesties.

Jus post bellum may also offer some guidance for specific procedures. One example is the permissibility of derogation from human rights, including their justification and declaration. Existing principles have been applied primarily in the context of human rights obligations of States. In the context of jus post bellum, such principles become relevant in relation to other entities, such as regional organizations, peace operations, or the Security Council.

Another example is ‘sequencing’ and coordination of the temporal application of specific responses. Under a ‘justice after war’ perspective, classical dilemmas of peace v. justice are at forefront of attention. In the context of peacebuilding, sequencing gains broader importance in additional areas, such as the timing of elections or the determination of status issues. Jus post bellum may further determine parameters for ‘exit’ after intervention.

The fundamental problems of minimizing the evils of war and building a robust peace are not new, but they are often treated as new. Too often, contemporary peacebuilding difficulties are treated as essentially unprecedented, when in fact legal history could serve as a valuable aide. A key thesis of jus post bellum is that the rich legal and philosophical traditions that guide the law of armed conflict and the general prohibition on the use of force could also inform the transition from war to peace. Unfortunately, these traditions are too often ignored. Rather than being depreciated or held sacred, those traditions must be refreshed and revisited if they are to be applied meaningfully to contemporary problems. We could extend the dualistic approach of jus ad bellum and jus in bello to a tripartite conception that includes jus post bellum. Such a conception would cover the entire process of entering into armed conflict, fighting, and exiting from armed conflict. This more comprehensive approach would improve our capacity to manage the enduring difficulties inherent in ending war and building peace. Jus post bellum does not offer the promise of a more comprehensive approach on its own, but only in combination with other, related concepts. Together, however, they offer the promise of transitions to peace that are both more just and more secure.

Carsten Stahn, Jennifer S. Easterday, and Jens Iverson are the editors of Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations. Carsten Stahn is Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice and Programme Director of the Grotius Centre for International Studies, Universiteit Leiden. Jennifer S. Easterday is a Ph.D Researcher, Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Publiekrecht, Internationaal Publiekrecht, Universiteit Leiden. Jens Iverson is a Researcher for the ‘Jus Post Bellum’ project and an attorney specializing in public international law, Universiteit Leiden.

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6. Spotlight and Giveaway–Edge April Releases!

 
Edge, a digital-first single-title romance line from Entangled Publishing, takes its lead from their popular Select imprint but gives its novels an edge in the marketplace by bringing great stories to readers at reasonable prices in a quick-and-easy way. Whether sexy or sweet, traditional romance or love and lust with a women’s fiction bent, at the center of every Edge book is heart. From Urban Fantasy to Contemporary Romance to Science Fiction Romance, Edge has a book for all romance readers—and right at their fingertips! As they say, all’s fair in love and war. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books are coming next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, and like their Facebook page.

Today I’m happy to be featuring Edge’s April 21st releases!!


A Shot of Red by Tracy March

Special $0.99 Introductory Price!


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When biotech company heiress Mia Moncure learns her ex-boyfriend, the company’s PR Director, has died in a suspicious accident in Switzerland, Mia suspects murder. Determined to reveal a killer, she turns to sexy Gio Lorenzo, Communications Director for her mother, a high-ranking senator—and the recent one-night stand Mia has been desperate to escape. While negotiating their rocky relationship, they race to uncover a deadly scheme that could ruin her family’s reputation. But millions of people are being vaccinated, and there’s more than her family’s legacy at stake.


Undying Desire by Jessica Lee
Enclave #3

Special $0.99 Introductory Pricing!

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Eve Devonshire is a woman hiding in plain sight. Not completely human, but not quite a vampire, she’s accepted by neither race but is more powerful than both. To stay alive, Eve can’t trust anyone, including the alpha vampire with midnight eyes and a thirst for pain and submission. With her enemies nipping at her heels, Eve has Guerin cornered, and both are determined to get the answers they’re looking for or die trying… if they can fight their desires long enough.


The Perfect Hostage by Misty Evans

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Sergeant John Quick has seen the worst in life, both personally and professionally, and long ago decided loving someone comes at too high a price. But when the woman of his dreams “kidnaps” him for a weekend affair with no strings attached, he can’t resist. The smoking-hot weekend turns deadly when John and Lucie are trapped during a blizzard and discover they’re not alone. Someone from their past has come hunting for revenge. Now John must become the perfect hostage in order to save Lucie’s life.




Untamed Hearts by Heather McCollum
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Jonet Montgomery has longed for a chivalrous knight her whole young life. Instead she found herself wed to a scoundrel and left a widow. When a lusty, silver-tongued rogue steals a kiss and opens a crack in her routine life, she’s tempted by his offer to taste adventure of the most pleasurable kind. Will’s heart of gold shines through despite his infamous past. But is Jonet enough woman to keep this sexy pirate from straying? With past embarrassments haunting her, she risks more than just her reputation this time. She risks her heart.

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7. Alistair MacLeod (1936-2014)

       Canadian author Alistair MacLeod has passed away; see, for example, Mark Medley's obituary in the National Post.
       None of his books are under review at the complete review, but I certainly admired his work; get your copy of No Great Mischief at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

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8. Mailbox Monday - 4/21/14

 
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).    

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.


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Every week Mailbox Monday will have a new linky posted for our Mailbox Monday links at Marcia's Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s a shout out to the new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Vicki of I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit 

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive. 

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I hope you had a good mailbox.  
 
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I had a record book week this week.  :)
I am saying that because I have gotten NO books or no more than one or two books for a long time.  :)

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On Monday, April 14, I received:

1.  THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME by Hazel Gaynor, courtesy of LibraryThing.

It looks quite good.


On Tuesday, April 15, I received:

1.  THE OTHER STORY by Tatiana de Rosnay, courtesy of Staci Burt and Joan Higgins of St. Martin's Press.

 

I know I am going to LOVE this book.

On Thursday, April 17, I received:

1.  HUNTED by Elizabeth Heiter, courtesy of Emer Flounders of Harlequin.

 

Love the cover...Sounds very good too.

On Friday, April 18, I received:

1.  THE FORTUNE HUNTER by Daisy Goodwin, courtesy of Reading Group Guides and Carol Fitzgerald.

It looks very good.


On Saturday, April 19, I received:

1.  Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson, courtesy of Christopher M. McCarthy of Howard Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster.

Love the era it is set in.





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9. A religion reading list from Oxford World’s Classics

By Kirsty Doole


Religion has provided the world with some of the most influential and important written works ever known. Here is a reading list made up of just a small selection of the texts we carry in the series, covering religions across the globe.

The Ecclesiastical History of the English People – Bede

Bede’s most famous work was finished in 731, and deals with the history of Christianity in England, most notably, the tension between Roman and Celtic forms of Christianity. It is one of the most important texts in English history. As well as providing the authoritative Colgrave translation of the Ecclesiastical History, the Oxford World’s Classics edition includes a translation of the Greater Chronicle, in which Bede discusses the Roman Empire. Meanwhile, Bede’s Letter to Egbert gives further reflections on the English Church just before his death.

The Varieties of Religious Experience – William James

This work is William (brother of Henry) James’s classic survey of religious belief in its most personal aspects. Covering such topics as how we define evil to ourselves, the difference between a healthy and a divided mind, the value of saintly behaviour, and what animates and characterizes the mental landscape of sudden conversion, The Varieties of Religious Experience is a key text examining the relationship between belief and culture. At the time James wrote it, faith in organized religion and dogmatic theology was fading away, and the search for an authentic religion rooted in personality and subjectivity was something deemed an urgent necessity. With psychological insight, philosophical rigour, and a determination not to jump to the conclusion that in tracing religion’s mental causes we necessarily diminish its truth or value, in the Varieties James wrote a truly foundational text for modern belief.

Saint Augustine of Hippo On Christian Teaching – Saint Augustine

This is one of Saint Augustine’s most important works on the classical tradition. Written to enable students to have the skills to interpret the Bible, it provides an outline of Christian theology. It also contains a detailed discussion of moral problems. Further to that, Augustine attempts to determine what elements of classical education are desirable for a Christian, and suggests ways in which Ciceronian rhetorical principles may help in communicating faith.

The Book of Common Prayer

Along with the King James Bible, the words of the Book of Common Prayer have permeated deep into the English language all over the worldFor countless people, it has provided the framework for  a wedding ceremony or a funeral. Yet this familiarity also hides a violent and controversial history. When it was first written, the Book of Common Prayer provoked riots, and it was banned before eventually being translated into a host of global languages. This edition presents the work in three different states: the first edition of 1549, which brought the Reformation into people’s homes; the Elizabethan prayer book of 1559, familiar to Shakespeare and Milton; and the edition of 1662, which embodies the religious temper of the nation down to modern times.

The Qur’an

The Qur’an, the Muslim Holy Book, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad over 1400 year ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the source of all Islamic teaching; it is both a sacred text and a book of guidance, that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of Islam. The greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, the message of the Qur’an was directly addressed to all people regardless of class, gender, or age, and this translation aims to be equally accessible to everyone.

Natural Theology – William Paley

Natural Theology is arguably as central to those who believe in Intelligent Design as Darwin’s Origin of Species is to those who come down on the side of evolutionary theory. In it, William Paley set out to prove the existence of God from the evidence of the order and beauty of the natural world. It famously starts by comparing our world to a watch, whose design is self-evident, before going on to provide examples from biology, anatomy, and astronomy in order to demonstrate the intricacy and ingenuity of design that could only come from a wise and benevolent deity. Paley’s work was both hugely successful, and extremely controversial, and Charles Darwin was greatly influenced by the book’s accessible style and structure.

The Bhagavad Gita

‘I have heard the supreme mystery, yoga, from Krishna, from the lord of yoga himself.’

So ends the Bhagavad Gita, the best known and most widely read Hindu religious text in the Western world. It is the most famous episode from the great Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata. Across eighteen chapters Krishna’s teaching leads the warrior Arjuna from confusion to understanding, raising and developing many key themes from the history of Indian religions in the process.

It considers religious and social duty, the nature of action and of sacrifice, the means to liberation, and the relationship between God and human. It culminates in an awe-inspiring vision of Krishna as an omnipotent God, disposer and destroyer of the universe.

Kirsty Doole is Publicity Manager for Oxford World’s Classics.

For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. You can follow Oxford World’s Classics on Twitter, Facebook, or here on the OUPblog. Subscribe to only Oxford World’s Classics articles on the OUPblog via email or RSS.

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10. Sinan Antoon Q & A

       In the Irish Times Martin Doyle has a Q & A with The Corpse Washer-author Sinan Antoon.
       Among his responses:

What book would you give to a friend's child on their 18th birthday ?

Nowadays, George Orwell's 1984.

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11. People, Places, and Poetry


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By Xánath Caraza

What contentment to report on such varying cultural activities as the visits of James Edward Olmos and Rigoberto Gonzalez in Kansas City, the presentations of Noche de Colibríes: Ekphrastic Poems in Chicago and Wisconsin, in addition to another in Brazil, and Con Tinta’s celebration of National Poetry Month. 

James Edward Olmos at UMKC


James Edward Olmos in Kansas City brought excitement, energy and friendship.  What a pleasure it was to see him in person, to hear him talk and see him perform his presentation.  There is no doubt of his great commitment to the Latin@/Chican@ community.  His presentation was on Tuesday, April 15 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) to celebrate Cesar Chavez.  Muchas gracias a Erika Cecilia Noguera, Coordinator of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion at UMKC, for her dedicated work and for making the Cesar Chavez Lecture possible.  After his UMKC presentation, James Edward Olmos continued his conversation with the Kansas City community at the Guadalupe Centers, where a reception in his honor was held. 

Erika C. Noguera, Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion

James Edward Olmos at the Guadalupe Centers


Another distinguished Chicano writer visiting Kansas City was Rigoberto Gonzalez, American Book Award recipient, on Tuesday, April 8 from 5-8 p.m. at the Student Union at UMKC. His visit was part of Literature for Life Week.  Rigoberto Gonzalez’s reading was followed by a Q & A and book signing.  Several members of the Latino Writers Collective, Kansas City, attended this important event.

Consuelo Cruz, Jose Faus, Maria Vazquez-Boyd, Rigoberto Gonzalez and Norma Cantu



Noche de Colibríes: Ekphrastic Poems in Chicago and Wisconsin

Many thanks to my wonderful hosts in Chicago and Appleton, WI for making the presentation of Noche de Colibríes: Ekphrastic Poems possible.  Miguel López Lemus and Kapra Fleming opened the doors of their home to receive the literary and artistic Chicago community on March 27 for an Art Salon. Thank you Chicago for your warm reception and endless support.


Chicago


Appleton, WI was next on Saturday, March 29.  Several members of the Latino Community graciously attended the Art Salon for the presentation of Noches de Colibríes: Ekphrastic Poemshosted by Yasser Bashi and Reme Bashi in their amazing home.  I have no words to thank their affable hospitality.   Among the people who attended the Art Salon was Paco, who I’m happy to say has been present during all my visits to Milwaukee and Appleton, WI.  I first met Paco in March of 2012 during a Poetry Workshop in Spanish I gave at Woodland Patterns Bookstore.  He then attended my presentation as part of Cantos Latinos in Milwaukee organized by Brenda Cárdenas.  I’m proud to say that I’ve been following Paco’s development as a poet and will continue supporting him.  Paco is an avid reader and poet, now a young man, who has graciously read all of my books.  So proud of you Paco.


Wisconsin



Brazil

I had the unique opportunity to be part of the 7th MECA (Muestra de Educación Ciencia y Arte) in Apucarana, Paraná, Brazil.  I had a couple of presentations, roundtable participation, book presentation, and classroom visits.  My main presentation was on Estructura de enseñanza básica en México: formación, práctica y carrera docente, y poesía.  Another highlight of my visit was the opportunity to meet the award winning novelist, Oscar Nakasato, from Apucarana.  I was able to exchange a few words with him and exchange books.  He is the author of Nihon Jin (Benvirá, 2011) winner of the Premio Benvirá de Literatura.  Iguaçu Falls was the last part of my intense trip to Brazil.  I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Dr. Barbosa and Dr. De Jesus many thanks for all your support and great organization.
























CON TINTA NaPoMo 2014

CON TINTA NaPoMo 2014 is here, send your poem to creativexc@gmail.com and/or mouthfeelpress@yahoo.com (Mouthfeel Press) y celebra la poesía. This is Con Tinta's third year celebrating NaPoMo, more to come. Viva la poesía!


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Dios mío… Me desmayo!
By Miguel López Lemus

Con tanta competencia es difícil ser poeta
A ver díganme! Como competir contra
“Como espuma que inerte lleva el caudaloso rio,
Flor de Azalea la vida en su avalancha te arrastro”
Me sentare a pensar con las plumas en la mano
Y las hojas de papel arrugadas en el piso como hojas de otoño
Acabadas de caer.

Bueno aquí voy:
Dios mío, me desmayo!
La veo venir, se acerca
Y el zancudo de cupido me atraviesa su saeta
Dios mío, me desmayo
Que me mira
Se me cierran las ideas, no pienso, quedo
sin palabras, sin nada que decir
Dios mío, me desmayo
Me sonríe, me platica, camina junto a mi
Yo enloquezco, me derrito como nieve en el calor.
Dios mío, me desmayo
Que me besa!
y yo pierdo la cabeza
que me traigan un doctor.

Yo pensé que era invencible
Que mi corazón de roca
Jamás habría de penetrar
Y ahora sé que no es de roca
Gelatina, tembeleque,
Nieve de limón.

Dios mío, me desmayo!
Me aprieta!
Y estoy a punto de decirle
Que la amo
Que es el sueño de mi vida
Que adoraría tener muchos hijitos
Que quiero una casa grande con jardín.
Dios mío, Me muero!
Me dice
“Ahorita vengo
Voy a ponerme algo más cómodo”
Estoy sudando frio
Me tiemblan las rodillas
La vista se me nubla
Me peino con los dedos
Reviso mi aliento entre mis manos

Madre mía, estoy llegando al fin
Aparece
Envuelta en no sé que
Y yo pienso
Hasta aquí llegaron tus huesitos
Miquelón
Me decido
Proponerle matrimonio
Bajarle las estrellas y la luna
Traernos a vivir a su mama

Madre mía, estoy borracho
La belleza me ha drogado
Yo le digo
“Ahorita vengo
Voy por la estrellas
Por la luna por el mar
y por el sol”
© Miguel López Lemus


A LOS POETAS OLVIDADOS
Por Xavier Oquendo Troncoso

A ti León y a ti Paco y a ti Manuel
Poetas olvidados
A quien el tiempo no dio tregua.
A ustedes que nadie les da una efemérides
En el calendario solar.
Y que sólo son culpables de las letras olvidadas
De las letras sumergidas en la muerte
Para que pasen madurez en el infierno.
Para que apenas lleguen a ser leídos en la calma,
Luego, después de un homenaje a los poetas oficiales
Ustedes brillen como el azúcar
En esos días de sol y nieve y poesía.
Allá, en el infierno,
Allá en el olvido.

© Xavier Oquendo Troncoso


Nobody Asked Us
By Sonia Gutiérrez

They had wished
that their winged thoughts
would always be eternally
green.

But nobody asked us
why we turned pale
and why our arms one day
stayed bare.

Nobody asked us
if we preferred living
away from the bullet machines
that rang our ears.

And now, they don’t know what will happen
because nobody asked us,
The Trees, what we felt
or what we thought.

What I have always known
is that I never dreamed
of living chained to the sulfuric
waste of humanity.

Translation by Sonia Gutiérrez
*“Nadie nos preguntó” is forthcoming in Revista Ombligo

© Sonia Gutiérrez


En una esquina
Por Gerardo Cárdenas

Los relojes reventados en diminutos cristales,
detenidos a horas distintas,
desangrándose en un torrente de engranajes
como un toro que embiste los trazos febriles
de las luciérnagas.

Cruzo la plaza bajo la mirada de una china
no oigo lo que dice pero leo en sus labios
mi locura.
Me persigue señalándome con un dedo
yo que sólo quiero recoger los cristales hechos añicos
de los relojes que agonizan
y mueren sin descendencia
pero los pájaros son más rápidos:
                                                se los llevan
y los regurgitan en los picos de sus polluelos.

Al final de la plaza me desplomo
como un ovillo sin sombra;
las hormigas se compadecen
me cubren con una roída manta
para que nadie mire mis incontenibles temblores.

El teléfono me urge:
alguien ha dejado un mensaje
(tal vez una carcajada o una foto obscena).

La plaza se vuelve un estruendo de piares
ya sacuden sus alas de cristal incontables relojes.

© Gerardo Cárdenas


The Disappearance of the Poem
By Mark Statman

For John Yamrus

Happens
Because the
young woman on
the Amtrak

I couldn't figure out
her accent
she told me
Puerto Rico
Really?
It unseemed secretly something else
but she was pretty sure
as she should be

© Mark Statman


 






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12. In the Limelight with Children’s Author David Chuka…



I want to thank and welcome good friend and wonderful children’s author, David Chuka for sharing his personal writing journey with us on my blog today. David’s series The Fartastic Adventures of Billy and Monster and his other non-fiction books can be purchased from Amazon.

So let’s get this interview rolling! How long have you been writing, David?

As a children’s book author, I’ve been actively writing for the last two years. I’ve been writing non-fiction stuff longer than that.

Only two years? Quite prolific, I might say! Where did you get your idea and inspiration to write The Fartastic Adventures of Billy and Monster series?

The idea for the first book in the series came early one morning on Boxing Day 2012. The entire house was quiet and instead of lying in bed counting imaginary sheep, I crawled out of bed, grabbed my pen and pad and went to the kitchen. With an empty page staring at me, I began to imagine this little boy who’s an only child and creates this Monster character to serve as a brother and friend. They do everything together and have loads of fun. There’s just one problem. Monster farts a lot and everyone blames Billy for it. I completed the first draft in about 90 minutes. With the good reviews that accompanied the book’s publication and a nudge from a friend, I’ve gone on to write three more books in the series. Book Five is coming out this summer and it’s titled ‘Billy and Monster Meet the President.’

I want to know was in your coffee that morning for you to produce a draft in 90 minutes! What sets The Fartastic Adventures of Billy and Monsterseries apart from other books in the same genre?

I believe the books in this series are different from most books because in spite of the shenanigans Billy and Monster get up to in each episode, there is always a lesson with good moral values weaved into the story. Parents and grandparents have informed me that they enjoy reading the Billy and Monster books with their loved ones.

It’s certainly good to have parents and grandparents on your side! As a children’s author, what is your writing process?

I think for me, there has to be a big ‘What If What if someone couldn’t exercise self-control and it led them
to over-indulge? This ‘what if’ led to me writing ‘Billy and the Monster who Ate All the Easter Eggs.’ What if a child disobeyed their parent because they didn’t want to be teased by their friends? This ‘what if’ led to me writing ‘Kojo the Sea Dragon Gets Lost.’ A ‘What If’ scenario is always the springboard for me to write a story.

Asking ‘what if’ is a very powerful question for a storyteller. How long does it usually take for you to start and finish each book in The Fartastic Adventures of Billy and Monster series?

Hmmmm… that is a very interesting question. Sometimes, like with the first book in the series, it can take me less than two hours to have a first draft in place. Other times, like with the fourth book in the series, it took me about a month to get the story done.

Do you have any advice for other writers striving to write in your genre, David?

I would say to read a lot of children’s book to familiarize yourself with what’s out there. Then I would implore them to either innovate on what’s currently out there or perhaps take a fresh approach on a popular theme. I see a lot of me-too books in kidlit and it’s always refreshing to discover a new voice.

Sage advice, David! So, what’s next for David Chuka the author?

That is a very loaded question Sharon JIn the short term, I’ll be working with my illustrator to get the fifth Billy and Monster book ready before July 4th. In the medium term, I’m working on writing my first Middle Grade book. And in the long term, I have aspirations to write a mystery thriller. Maybe things will pan out in that exact order…maybe not.

Hopefully your plans will all take root, David. Okay, here’s one for me, since I’m writing a time travel series—If you could time travel anywhere into Earth’s past, where would you go and why?

I would love to go to Egypt during biblical times. Whenever I read the Bible or watch the Ten Commandments, I’m always fascinated by the drama that surrounded the ten plagues that beset the Egyptians as well as the parting of the Red Sea. I sometimes imagine closing my eyes and waking up to here and see Moses telling Pharaoh ‘Let My People Go!’

It’s been an absolute pleasure being on your blog today Sharon. I value and appreciate your friendship and the way you go out of your way to make other authors SHINE! Your blog readers can connect with me at one of the links below. I’d love to hear from each and every one of them!



David Chuka lives in London with his lovely wife and two adorable children. His family are usually the first people to hear his funny and quirky tales. He was inspired to write his first book, 'If You See a Doctor' after he struggled to find a book for his daughter who was a beginner reader.

He's gone on to write more books including the popular 'Billy and Monster' series, a funny set of books about a little boy and his Monster who get into all sorts of funny situations and learn about moderation, friendship, self control, bravery etc. Young children can relate to Billy and you'll love sharing his adventures with your children, grandchildren and loved ones.

As a father himself, he has parents at heart when he writes. He recognizes that bedtime has to be one of the best parts of the day for parents and grandparents as it gives them the opportunity to bond with their little ones. He believes you'll enjoy sharing his stories with your loved ones at bedtime.

In David Chuka's books, you can stay rest assured that quality and captivating images will always complement the story to ensure your loved ones are spell-bound as you read to them. Beginner readers will also enjoy discovering new words as they read his books.

He would like to keep you updated on what he's working on and any giveaways he currently has on offer. Please subscribe to his newsletter at www.davidchuka.com and you'll get a FREE Coloring and Activity book for your loved ones.

You can also connect with him on twitter @davidchuka and Facebook.

Make sure to watch the video trailers for his most popular books on his Amazon Page and you'll get a little taste of why his books have garnered more than 300 glowing reviews.


He has so many stories to tell and can't wait to share them with you and your loved ones.

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13. Interview with Gayle Callen, Author of Redemption of the Duke

And, to bring our Two Dukes and a Scandal day to an end, Gayle Callen is here to answer a few questions about her release Redemption of the Duke. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Gayle!  Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Gayle Callen] Wife, mom, author, dog-obsessed, skating-fan (okay, that last hyphen was incorrect…)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?

[Gayle Callen] REDEMPTION OF THE DUKE is the third book of my “Brides of Redemption” trilogy—but you don’t need to read the books in any order. All you need to know is that, in the past, something went wrong for three soldiers at war, and when they return to England, they want to help the families of their fellow soldiers who died. The tag line for the newest book is “A duke who needs to be tamed; a lady who refuses to be rescued.” Adam is determined to help Faith, who had to go into service as a lady’s companion when her brother died. She doesn’t want to be beholden to another man again, but he doesn’t give her a choice, and manipulates each situation to his benefit. He thinks he’s been redeemed, but she’s going to show him otherwise.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Gayle Callen] After writing the “Scandalous Lady” trilogy about three women, I wanted to focus on the men. I wanted them to be as close as brothers—and what makes them that way more than serving together in the army? And I liked the idea of them coming home determined to make up for the mistakes of their past. To build each story differently, the heroines were connected to the dead soldiers three separate ways: one was a widow, one was a sister, one was a daughter. Because of that, our heroes had to approach them differently.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

[Gayle Callen] The brainstorming. I have two critique groups made up of longtime friends who are fellow writers, and we bounce ideas off each other in person or by email. Sometimes the plotting takes weeks to figure it out, but they’re always there to answer questions or come up with more solutions. And boy do we laugh together. ;)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?

[Gayle Callen] In some ways, setting the identical back story for all three heroes—that they feel guilty for mistakes in their past that ended tragically—made me pay special attention to creating the heroes themselves. They had similar goals, so by the time I hit the third book, it really forced me to dig deep and find new and interesting motivations that guided my hero.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?

[Gayle Callen] “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.” Old-fashioned but so true! I try to be positive all the time, because doubts aren’t good for writing or for life. ;)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

[Gayle Callen] A lot of people probably say this, but it’s my cell phone. I like to be able to call my husband and kids, to find a map of where I’m going, to search for something, to look at all my lists. And I make a lot of lists…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Gayle Callen] Index cards for plotting; different colored markers to color the corners of those cards so I know if they pertain to the hero, the heroine, the romance, the main plot, etc.; and a big glass of ice water.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Gayle Callen] I’d love to be J.K. Rowling for a day, just to see how her brain works. The world of Harry Potter is so brilliantly created. I’m rereading the series for the third time now, and I keep finding new things to be amazed at.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Gayle Callen] I just finished reading Simply Perfect, by the great Mary Balogh. Now I have to go read the others in the “Simply” series. Also, as I mentioned above, I’m rereading Harry Potter, and just finished The Half Blood Prince. Can’t wait to dive into the final book again!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Gayle Callen] I really enjoy being outside, hiking or snowshoeing with my husband and our two dogs, Apollo and Uma. I love to travel, although I don’t get to do it nearly as often as I’d like. My daughter did a semester abroad in London last fall, and I was able to visit her and tour the country for a week. Such great research—and fun, too. I also like to sing, read, watch TV, and crochet, but not at the same time. ;)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Gayle Callen] Website: http://www.GayleCallen.com
Newsletter (sent when I have a book coming out): http://tinyurl.com/pfchxk3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GayleCallen
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/GayleCallen

Thanks so much for the great interview!

Blurb (Redemption of the Duke by Gayle Callen)

USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen concludes her new series with a tale of generosity, passion, and the true kindness of the heart.
A duke who needs to be tamed…a lady who refuses to be rescued.
Adam Chamberlin was the third son of a duke, known for gambling binges and drunken nights. No one expected anything of him …until tragedy strikes. Now Adam is the new Duke of Rothford, determined to right the wrongs he’s done. Except a secret in his past means helping the one woman who doesn’t want his help at all…
It’s not every day that a duke introduces himself to a woman sitting by herself in Hyde Park. Faith Cooper is even more surprised when Adam offers her a position as a lady’s companion to his elderly aunt. Faith refuses to be beholden to a man again-certainly not this man, who both infuriates and attracts her. But with the simmering passion between them, will Faith surrender to forbidden desire?

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Redemption-Duke-Brides-Gayle-Callen-ebook/dp/B00FJ376TQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1395632622&sr=1-1&keywords=redemption+of+the+duke

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/redemption-of-the-duke-gayle-callen/1116864944?ean=9780062267962

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/redemption-of-the-duke/id718592591?mt=11

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/03/now-booking-two-dukes-and-scandal-blog.html

After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she’d always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than eighteen historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion and the Laurel Wreath Award.

Gayle lives in Central New York with her three children, her dog, Apollo, and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero.

Visit her website at www.gaylecallen.com.

Excerpt -

(Setup: The duke wishes to employ Faith to help her, since he feels guilty about the death of her brother, a fellow soldier. But she’s refused.)

Faith gasped and put a hand to her chest, glancing up and down to see if they were alone before frowning at him.

And they were alone, more so than they’d been in the park or on Bond Street. They were dangerously alone.

“Can Miss Warburton work you any harder?” he asked softly.

She took a step backward. “Believe me, Your Grace, I would fetch a reticule for a sister or friend, why not Adelia? You make too much of how I help her.”

“I don’t think so. I saw your bare hands at dinner.”

She clutched them together, though they were now hidden under gloves. “You could not have—we were too far apart.”

“Not that far. You are embarrassed about their roughness, embarrassed about what you do.”

“I may not like the look of my hands,” she insisted, “but I am not embarrassed by respectable employment.”

“I’ve offered you better employment.”

“And I’ve refused.”

He took a step closer. “I could push the matter.”

She groaned and wished she could childishly stomp her foot. “And I will still refuse. I cannot make you feel better about yourself.”

“That is not the point—I can make your life better.”

She stared up at him in confusion, wondering how long it would be before he’d take her at her word. And then she realized she was standing too close, that he was leaning over her to make his point, that if anyone saw them—

And worst of all, she was actually flattered by his persistence.

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14. Happy Earth Day – Part 2 With Butterflies

On Friday’s post I gave you some simple ways we can be kind and care for Mother Earth.  Here are a few more.

1. Shred non glossy paper and use it to mulch plants.

2. Make your own non-toxic cleaners.  There are great recipes at: http://www.eartheasy.com

3. Choose containers with 1 or 2  numbers since they are easiest to recycle.

4. Buy a water filter for the faucet or use a filtered pitcher.  Carry a stainless steel or glass bottle with you instead of those plastic bottles that not only cost so much to produce, but clog up landfills as well.   Visit http://www.newwaveenviro.com    or http://www.lifefactory.com

5.  Build a compost bin for you food scraps.  We incorporate the nutrient-rich scraps into the garden beds each spring and have little need to add fertilizer to produce great veggies.

6. Buy produce locally and in season.  Visit   http://www.localharvest.org   to find farmers’ markets and fresh produce in your town.

7. When you mow the lawn, skip bagging and leave clippings on the grass.  It nourishes the soil.

8. Hang clothes to air dry when possible.

Now, I promised you free seeds for attracting butterflies to the garden.  Go to:  http://www.livemonarch.com/free-milkweed-seeds.htm   Not only will you bring beauty to your own habitat, but you will be helping an endangered species: THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY, who lays its eggs on the milkweed plant.

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15. Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

GlorkianWarrior1 224x300 Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza
By James Kochalka
First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook)
$17.99
ISBN: 978-1626721036
Ages 7-11
On shelves now

James Kochalka has always had a penchant for the outright silly. If nothing else his Johnny Boo series of books have said as much. He’s not afraid to go for the obvious gag, but at the same time his sheer willingness to get ridiculous sort of becomes his strength. I picked up The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza uncertain if it would be honestly funny or just trying too hard, and you know what? There was more than one time I thought this book was actually, honestly really funny. It’s the kind of funny best appreciated by younger kids too. Your Captain Underpants / Junie B. Jones crowd. Humor is, admittedly, so completely subjective that adults have a hard time remembering what it’s like to be a kid and to find just the most ridiculous thing in a story freakin’ hilarious. But reading about The Glorkian Warrior I couldn’t help but feel like this was one book where Kochalka really put his finger down firmly on the pulse of kid-humor. Nothing against Johnny Boo or any of his other funny books over the years but with The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza I feel like the man has finally hit his stride. His funniest and most ambitious bit of space-based lunacy to date.

It’s a slow day for The Glorkian Warrior. No amazing adventures on the horizon. Nothing much going on. And though his Super Backpack is bugging him to go out and do something heroic, until the Emergency Space Phone rings our hero is out of ideas. Turns out the phone call is from someone ordering a pepperoni pizza and, not one to back down from a challenge, our Warrior sets off to complete this mission. Granted, the only pizza he has in his possession is the partially eaten peanut butter and clam concoction in his fridge. And granted, nothing seems to go according to plan. But between busting up his Supercar, blowing up a little bully (don’t worry, he’s not hurt), acquiring a baby space cat head sucker thing, and encountering a Magic Robot capable of mucking up time itself, it’s all in a day’s work for The Glorkian Warrior and his newfound pals.

GlorkianWarrior2 197x300 Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka I’m not one of those children’s librarians that claims to have the sense of humor of a 9-year-old kid. There are folks out there that can say this in perfect seriousness and though I do understand where they’re coming from, it’s not really my thing. After all, there are some works of children’s literature that just baffle me with their popularity. That said, I found myself grudgingly really liking what Kochalka was doing here. It’s no mean feat to create an honest-to-goodness quest novel that fills itself from tip to toe full of silliness. The tone in this book is also consistent throughout. It has a clear vision, even if the reader does not, and even manages at the last minute to pull a little surprise coup on the reader. So while it will not be to every adult’s taste, I have absolutely zippo problem with the kiddos picking it up. Heck, I’ll be recommending it to them myself. This is for the kid who wants something along the lines of Adventure Time but without the existential philosophy.

Not that there wasn’t at least one element that struck me as particularly fascinating. Put a little time travel into a book and you’ll find folks like myself examining it from every angle, no matter how silly it is, for inconsistencies. I’ll repeat that. I, a 35-year-old woman, read a children’s graphic novel called The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza and when I hit on the time travel aspect I looked for mistakes. Just put that in your pipe and smoke it for a while. For me, the only possible problem I could come up with was the fact that if The Glorkian Warrior called himself to order the pizza, why did he call his own number thinking it was a pizza delivery place? So, yeah. Continuity-wise it’s a bit shaky, but honestly if that’s what you take away from the book you’re probably looking at it from the wrong angle anyway. Besides, I love the philosophical quandary of how The Glorkian Warrior learned about the existence of pepperoni pizza from himself rather than some outside source.

You can’t help but love a book where the Don Quixote of space is accompanied by a Sancho Panza-like talking backpack. And yes, it’ll get its own fair share of objections from various quarters. Not every parent will get it, but it’s awfully hard to find anything to object to here. It hasn’t the scatological warning signs of a Captain Underpants or the “bad” language / “bad” attitude of a Junie B. Jones. Instead it’s just a good-natured tale of a dumbo making a date with destiny. It’s not going to blow you away with its insights into the nature of humanity itself, nor would it want to. It’s just here to make kids laugh. And honestly, we could do with a couple more books along those lines these days.

Delivers.

On shelves now.

Source: Galley sent from publisher for review.

Like This? Then Try:

  • Meanwhile by Jason Shiga – Not to give anything away, but Shiga does some pretty similar things with time travel in his book with similarly goofy results. The tone of the two books is also quite similar.
  • Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian by Michael Rex – I’m sort of seeking out the silliest/goofiest of graphic novels, all operating under their own internal logic, to pair with Kochalka’s latest. Fangbone is a much smarter character, but that doesn’t prevent him from running headlong into danger ala our pizza delivery boy here.
  • Astronaut Academy by Dave Roman – Because if we’re talking peculiar space-based graphic novels with their perfect little ridiculous worlds, you can’t do any better than this.

Other Blog Reviews:

Professional Reviews:

Other Reviews: Boing Boing

Interviews:

Misc:

  • Read the first three chapters of the book here!
  • Check out the alternate sketches for the cover of this book over here at Tor.com.  Then you can continue to read the book online here.

Videos:

Oh. And yes. It has its own app.  Makes absolutely perfect sense.  Sort of Centipede-ish (a statement that perfectly solidifies where in history my understanding of video games began and ended).

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16. Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake by Julie Steinberg, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, 183 pages, RL 3

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17. Interview with Caroline Linden, Author of It Takes a Scandal

Continuing with the Two Dukes and a Scandal book tour, please enjoy this interview with Caroline Linden!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Caroline! Can you tell us a little about your book?

[Caroline Linden]  IT TAKES A SCANDAL is about a girl who seems to have everything, and a guy who seems to have nothing. Abigail is a beautiful young woman with a loving and very wealthy family. Sebastian, on the other hand, is virtually bankrupt because his father went mad and frittered away the family estate, then disappeared—leaving Sebastian to be suspected of murdering him. Even though Sebastian is star-struck by Abigail at first sight, he’s quite sure she’s never going to give him the time of day. But Abigail doesn’t see him as everyone else does; Sebastian treats her like a real person instead of a nouveau riche social climber, and he intrigues her. Unfortunately, her parents have other plans for her…

 

There’s a bonus offer for IT TAKES A SCANDAL as well. Everyone who submits proof of purchase by 5/6 will receive three issues of 50 Ways to Sin, a scandalously naughty story Abigail reads. It was also featured in LOVE AND OTHER SCANDALS, the first book in this series. Details here: http://avonromance.hc.com/takesascandal

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Caroline Linden] My original plan was to write a love triangle, with two men who grew up as brothers falling in love with the same woman. But then the hero, Sebastian, just turned out differently. He wasn’t charming and chipper, he was brooding and somewhat reclusive. The heroine, Abigail, was in my previous book so I already knew her; she’s sensible and sensitive, with a strong sense of loyalty and justice as well as an independent streak. In a way, the book wrote itself by the way the two characters interacted.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

[Caroline Linden] The hero, Sebastian. I have a real soft spot for heroes who aren’t Lords of All They Survey, who are suffering a bit of hard luck. They have to work harder to prove themselves, both to believe they deserve happiness with the heroine and often to earn her respect and approval (and in this book’s case, her parents’ approval).

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?

[Caroline Linden]  The other man! I had a terrible time figuring out Benedict: was he a good guy, honestly in love and destined for a cruel heartbreak? Or was he not so pure of heart or motive? It took me a while to sort him out, because I knew I wanted him to stick around for another book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?

[Caroline Linden] No idea! It would probably change from day to day. My kids know I’ve finished a book when they come home and hear my 90s hits playlist on the stereo. There might be dancing as well, which usually sends them running in horror.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

[Caroline Linden] My cell phone. I would be in serious trouble without it. (NB: my dog would like to add that the answer here really should be, “I won’t leave home without my dog,” because she loves to ride in the car. Doesn’t care where we go, either.)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Caroline Linden] A book on web design (because I’m re-doing my website); a cat, trying to spread himself over my keyboard; and a mug of tea, which is in serious danger of getting swept off by the cat’s tail.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Caroline Linden] Someone who is going on a two week long spa vacation in Aruba. It has been a terrible winter around here; I cannot wait to feel the sun on more than my forehead.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Caroline Linden] I just finished Dorothy L. Sayers’s HAVE HIS CARCASE, which features Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Harriet’s a mystery author who finds a dead body; Peter’s a detective who keeps asking her to marry him. Mystery + Romance = WIN. Plus, they solve the murder in part by asking themselves what Harriet’s detective character would do, which was just hilarious to this author.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Caroline Linden] Anything that doesn’t involve sitting at my desk. Baking cookies. Reading. Going out with my husband. Walking the dog. Sometimes sewing, when I let my daughter talk me into making her an elaborate Halloween costume.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Caroline Linden] I’m on Facebook (AuthorCarolineLinden) and on Twitter (@Caro_Linden), and I have a website which is pretty up to date. I also answer every single email I get from readers, so please drop me a line!

About the book:

The second book in a deliciously sexy new series from USA Today bestselling and RITA award winning author Caroline Linden, in which an utterly shocking book–Fifty Shades of Grey for the Regency era– has all of London talking and gives more than one young miss a mind for scandal.

Sometimes it takes a scandal . . .

Abigail Weston has everything: beauty, wit, and one of the largest dowries in England. Her parents hope she’ll wed an earl. Abigail hopes for a man who wants her desperately and passionately. But the money seems to blind every man she meets-except one.

Sebastian Vane has nothing. He came home from war with a shattered leg to find his father mad and his inheritance gone. He’s not a fit suitor for anyone, let alone an heiress. But Abigail lights up his world like a comet, bright and beautiful and able to see him instead of his ruined reputation. And it might end happily ever after . . .

To reveal your heart’s desire

Until Benedict Lennox begins courting Abigail. Ben is everything Sebastian isn’t-wealthy, charming, heir to an earl. Sebastian won’t give up the only girl he’s ever loved without a fight, but Abigail must choose between the penniless gentleman who moves her heart, and the suitor who is everything her parents want.

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Takes-Scandal-Caroline-Linden-ebook/dp/B00FJ350FS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/it-takes-a-scandal-caroline-linden/1116864936?ean=9780062244901

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/it-takes-a-scandal/id718587203?mt=11

Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, twelve books, two Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC Reader’s Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. Since she never won any prizes in math, she takes this as a sign that her decision was also a smart one. Visit her online at www.carolinelinden.com

Excerpt-

This time he stopped so suddenly, she ran into him. Instinctively she clutched at his shoulder, and his arm went around her waist to catch her. Abigail’s eyes grew wide as she stared up at him. His eyes were no longer hard and angry, but dark with raw longing. “As if I want you?” he asked, not making any effort to release her. “I do. I came into the woods today because I wanted to see you, even though I said I wouldn’t—even though I know I shouldn’t. I want you in every wicked way a man can want a woman. And if I had you, I could show you many, many more than fifty ways to sin.”

Her eyes had grown wide at his first words, but she froze in shock at the last bit. “What?” she squeaked.

“You know what I mean,” he murmured. His hand moved up her back, his fingers spread wide to hold her to him. “The pamphlet you bought in Mrs. Driscoll’s shop.”

“You read it?”

He nodded.

Abigail made a silent vow to murder her sister for this. She’d known it would land her in trouble somehow. “But—but—why did you buy it?” She really wished she could look away, but her wits—and her will—seemed to have gone missing.

“Because you bewitched me, and I wanted to know you, even if just what you read.” He wound a stray wisp of hair around his finger before smoothing it back from her temple. “Why did you buy it?”

Abigail’s heart was beating a tocsin against her breastbone. It was tempting to blame it on her sister, but she’d found that issue so arousing … “Curiosity,” she finally whispered.

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18. Pages from my Daily Drawing Journal

It feels kind of weird to be sharing so many self portraits here. But you and I better get used to it, because there are yet a lot of pages to be filled in my current drawing journal and I'm not giving up the habit of drawing a self portrait each day!
Some days I really like the result, some days I don't. I notice that with some drawing tools, I find it easier than with others. It's a fun journney I'm taking.

I will leave it to you to decide if they're getting any better.




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19. 5 Baseball Themed Books for Young Fans and Readers

Among scores of spring themed picture books, families with young fans can celebrate the season with this diverse selection of 5 baseball inspired books.

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20. Interview with Laura Lee Guhrke, Author of How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days

Laura Lee Guhrke is here to kick off the Two Dukes and a Scandal blog tour!  Check back a little later for interviews with Caroline Linden and Gayle Callen, and be sure to enter the giveaway!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Laura Lee Guhrke] I am a rebellious, perfectionistic, history-obsessed, morning-adverse procrastinator.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?

[Laura Lee Guhrke] When she met the Duke of Margrave, Edie knew he could change her life. And when he accepted her proposal of a marriage of convenience, the ruined American heiress became an English duchess. Five years later, with her husband living a separate life on a whole other continent, Edie couldn’t be happier with the bargain they made.

With Edie’s money, Stuart was able to pay his family’s debts, and happily agrees to her terms that he leave England forever. But a brush with death in the African bush makes him decide it’s time to settle down and make a real marriage with his American bride, and he proposes a bold new bargain: ten days to win her willing kiss. But he soon discovers that to keep her, he has to win more than her kiss. He has to win her heart.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Laura Lee Guhrke] HOW TO LOSE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS is the second book in my new series: AN AMERICAN HEIRESS IN LONDON. When Edie appeared as a secondary character in the first book of the series, WHEN THE MARQUESS MET HIS MATCH, I knew she had to have her own story. I also knew I wanted to write a marriage of convenience, and this character seemed to dovetail perfectly with that particular plot. I’d never written a marriage of convenience story before, but I was determined to present it in a fresh, new way, so instead of having the marriage of convenience begin in the present, Edie and Stuart’s wedding took place five years before their story opens. During that five years, they had lived completely separate lives. But then Stuart decides it’s time to change the status quo and have a real marriage, a decision that rocks the safe, secure world Edie has built for herself.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

[Laura Lee Guhrke] I really loved these two characters! I try not to get too emotionally attached to my characters, because it can interfere with my ability to be true to the story. But Edie and Stuart really got under my skin, and I was cheering for them to work things out every step of the way.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?

[Laura Lee Guhrke] The ten-day time frame! There is some leeway at the beginning and end, but most of the story takes place in a ten day period. These are two wounded souls, with deep scars, and showing them falling in love over the course of only ten days meant every scene had to make a powerful impact. The sexual and emotional tension is very high in this book. It’s a bit deeper and a bit darker than my usual story, and much more intense.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?

[Laura Lee Guhrke] I Will Survive. I’ve been a working published author for twenty years now, and about half that time writing has been my only source of income. It amazes me every day that I’m lucky enough to have this as my job and that my readers have supported me so loyally. My thanks to them for being such great fans.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

[Laura Lee Guhrke] My SleepPhones. I have a hard time sleeping when I travel, and these cushy headphones are great for shutting off noise. I play meditation music and relax my way into sleep. I love my SleepPhones!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Laura Lee Guhrke] A funky set of toy blocks that spells: IMAGINE, an essay listing the Ten Commandments for a Happy Writer, and my awesome red stapler, like the one from Office Space. The stapler reminds me of why I chose to leave the corporate world. Oh, and both my cats are on my desk, Sushi and Saké. They are always on my desk, getting in my way, walking across my keyboard, demanding attention. It’s amazing I get any work done.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Laura Lee Guhrke] That’s tough. I can’t imagine being anyone but me! And wanting to be a real person has risks, you know. There’s that saying: Be careful what you wish for. Anyone’s life can seem great from the outside, but inside, who knows? On the other hand, if I could be a fictional character, it’s easier to choose. I’d be Alice because I’ve always wanted to go to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Or, wait, maybe I’d be Lady Grantham because then I’d get breakfast in bed at Downton Abbey, servants to wait on me, and gorgeous dresses to wear as I walk around my beautiful English gardens. Hmm…I can’t decide. I told you that was a tough question!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Laura Lee Guhrke] I just finished reading THE SECRET ROOMS, by Catherine Bailey, a non-fiction account of the 9th Duke of Rutland, who shut himself away in the servants’ quarters of his estate and spent his last days there. It’s a fascinating peek into early-mid 20th century English life. I also just read THE TYPEWRITER GIRL, by Alison Atlee, a wonderful debut novel set in Edwardian England, my favorite period!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Laura Lee Guhrke] I live in Idaho, and my husband and I have a mountain cabin, so in the winter, we spend a lot of time up there skiing. In the summer, we like to wakeboard on the lakes. I also spend a lot of time in my garden in the summer. We love to cook, and it’s great to use the herbs and vegetables from our own garden.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Laura Lee Guhrke] By visiting my website, www.lauraleeguhrke.com, or my Facebook Author Page. Readers can try to reach me via Twitter, but that’s a bit more hit-and-miss. I’m still working on liking the whole Twitter thing.)

 

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days

From USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke comes the story of a bargain, a marriage of convenience…and the chance for love to last a lifetime
They had a deal…
From the moment she met the devil-may-care Duke of Margrave, Edie knew he could change her life. And when he agreed to her outrageous proposal of a marriage of convenience, she was transformed from ruined American heiress to English duchess. Five years later, she’s delighted with their arrangement, especially since her husband is living on another continent.
But deals are made to be broken…
By marrying an heiress, Stuart was able to pay his family’s enormous debts, and Edie’s terms that he leave England forever seemed a small price to pay. But when a brush with death impels him home, he decides it’s time for a real marriage with his luscious American bride, and he proposes a bold new bargain: ten days to win her willing kiss. But is ten days enough to win her heart?

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/How-Lose-Duke-Ten-Days-ebook/dp/B00G97C51K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1395632581&sr=1-1&keywords=how+to+lose+a+duke+in+ten+days

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-to-lose-a-duke-in-ten-days-laura-lee-guhrke/1116864918?ean=9780062118196

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/how-to-lose-a-duke-in-ten-days/id734493048?mt=11

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned over twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction’s highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave. Laura loves hearing from readers, and you can contact her via her website: www.lauraleeguhrke.com.

Excerpt-

The image of her moonlit face, as luminous and smooth as alabaster, flashed across his mind, as vivid now as it had been that fateful night at Hanford House—so vivid, in fact, that despite his many efforts over the years not to think of her, he’d failed more often than he’d succeeded. It had been her image that invaded his dreams during his delirium-filled fever, not the dangerous events that had nearly killed him. Even now, he could hear her voice clearly, so resolute and uncompromising.  That you never, ever come back.  Well, as he’d told her then, never was a long time. Circumstances changed, and plans went awry. His certainly had. He turned on the carriage seat, grimacing as he shifted his weight onto one hip and stretched out his leg. The sea voyage from Mombasa to Constantinople hadn’t been too bad, even without Jones. He felt another grimace of pain that had nothing to do with his leg, and he put his valet out of his mind. Jones was gone, and there was nothing he could do about that. He focused on the pain in his leg instead. That was easier to bear. On the ship, he’d been able to move about freely, but trains and carriages were a different matter. The muscles of his thigh had knotted up before he’d even reached Rome, and by now they were so constricted that he felt his right leg must surely be at least an inch shorter than his left.

“What happened to your leg?”

Stuart glanced at the girl seated opposite him. “Do you always ask impertinent questions?”

That made her grin. “All the time. It drives Mrs. Simmons mad.”

“I don’t doubt it. But to answer your question, I was mauled by a lioness.”

Her brown eyes went wide. “Really? How exciting.”

Stuart settled back in the corner of his seat, giving her a wry look. He unknotted his tie and removed his collar stud, something he’d been longing to do ever since he’d put them on. Nothing like a stiff, tight collar to remind a man of all that was wrong with civilization.

“It wasn’t the least bit exciting, my dear girl,” he assured Joanna as he dropped his stud into his pocket and pulled apart his collar. “I almost died.”

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21. It's Monday!! What Are You Reading? - 4/21/14

  
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I hope you had a great reading week.  
 
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This is a weekly meme run by Book Journey!
 

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week. 

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Books Completed Last Week:


THE FORGOTTEN SEAMSTRESS by Liz Trenow

This is for a blog tour on May 30. 

It was a fantastic book.  No review at this time.  I need to wait until May 30 to post, but below are a few lines from my review.

"A quilt with a history.  A quilt containing royal cloth.  A quilt spanning a number of years.  A quilt that told a story.

If you enjoy reading family history and the history of family heirlooms created by a past generation and found by the present generation, you will definitely enjoy THE FORGOTTEN SEAMSTRESS.

The writing is flawless, the characters are lovable and unforgettable, the storyline will definitely hold your interest until the last page.  And...the last few pages will have you glued to each word.​ 5/5"




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Book Currently Reading: 

EMBER ISLAND by Kimberley Freeman
I am not too far into the book, but it is good.  It has secrets hidden in a family homestead.  

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Books Up Next:

TO SLEEP...PER CHANCE TO DIE by Donald R. Grippo
This is for a blog tour on June 20. 



EVERYTHING TO LOSE by Andrew Gross




THE FORTUNE HUNTER by Daisy Goodwin


DELICIOUS by Ruth Reichl 



WOMAN OF ILL FAME by Erika Mailman



THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS by Elizabeth Gilbert



PERFECT by Rachel Joyce


UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY by Nancy Horan


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The books below are not necessarily in the order I have planned to read them.  

I normally read in order of publication or tour date.

And....these are not for reading in the upcoming week.  They are books into and including all of 2014.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.  A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel lists.  :)




 







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22. 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

Before we get started today, I just want to take a moment to thank all our guest judges for volunteering their time, energy, and talents to this year’s April PAD Challenge. Be sure to find their poems online and if you like them, buy their books! Click here to review the complete list of our 30 guest judges.

For today’s prompt, write a “back to basics” poem. For me, back to the basics means jumping to the fundamentals. Maybe it’s me re-learning (or practicing) fundamentals–like running or writing–but it could also be a child learning how to tie his shoestrings, which can be a unique experience for both the child and the adult trying to give instructions and advice. Back to basics could also be re-setting a state of mind or getting back into a routine. In a way, spring is a season that gets back to the basics.

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Here’s my attempt at a Back to Basics Poem:

“marketing”

forget websites & blogs
what i need is a business card

i miss the tactile presence
of a name and job title

displayed with contact info
& sometimes a logo

but what i miss most
is the blank slate back side

on which i could jot notes
& random couplets

sometimes i’d sketch pictures
or get the contact info

of someone i actually
intended to contact

that cardstock carried no
analytics but it was

useful in a way only
a human could measure

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Today’s guest judge is…

Deborah Ager

Deborah Ager

Deborah Ager

Deborah recently co-edited The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry (2013) and Old Flame: Ten Years of 32 Poems Magazine (2013).

The latter is a finalist for the Forward Book of the Year prize.

Learn more at: http://www.deborahager.com.

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Poems, Prompts & Room to Add Your Own for the 2014 April PAD Challenge!

Words Dance Publishing is offering 20% off pre-orders for the Poem Your Heart Out anthology until May 1st! If you’d like to learn a bit more about our vision for the book, when it will be published, among other details.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems. The collection has a recurring theme of pushing the re-set button and getting back to basics. Learn more about Robert here: http://www.robertleebrewer.com/.

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Get back to basics with these poetic posts:

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23. Preview: Masaaki Yuasa-Directed ‘Adventure Time’ Episode

The most fascinating bit of news out of WonderCon last weekend? Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa ("Mind Game") has storyboarded and directed an upcoming episode of "Adventure Time."

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24. Hove on 'the day Zimbabwe became independent'

       In the Mail & Guardian 'Chenjerai Hove reminisces about what April 18 1980 meant for him', in Free at last: The day Zimbabwe became independent.
       The obscenity that was Rhodesia is certainly not missed; still, one wishes a bit more of the promise had been realized by now.

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25. 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in April 2014

1. Charmain Mitchell - Death Whispers (Mary Howard Supernatural Mysteries Series)

 

 

2. Kathleen Ball - Texas Haven (The Dawson Ranch Series)

 

 

3. Jamie Eubanks - Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms

 

 

4. James Hall - Ausarian Prophesy (Volume 1)

 

 

5. Ken Lang - Walking Among the Dead (Homicide Series Book 1)

 

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