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1. Waiting for a Response

What should you do if you don't hear back from an editor or agent?


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2. What I Read in July

Yay July!  I'm not a summer person at all, but I make it through because the kids usually come for an extended visit in the summer.  This year they were here for almost an entire month.  I went with my parents to collect them and help their parents move on the 10th and they don't leave until tomorrow.  I've spent basically every waking, non-working second in between playing endless games of ponies, princesses, ninja warrior, and NASCAR racing.  It's been a blast and I'm heartbroken to see them go.

In terms of my personal happiness, July was a winner.  In terms of my reading success...not so much.  I read fifteen books, but 6/15 of those were in graphic format and 6/15 were young adult/middle grade.  In terms of pages, this was by far my worst month.  I expected as much when I knew the kids were coming, but it's kind of nice to have a slower month every now and then.  I've got a week off between semesters coming up and I'm planning on spending most of it with my nose in a book.

Here's what I read:

Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People by Matthew Diffee
After a While You Just Get Used to It by Gwendolyn Knapp
March, Book One by John Robert Lewis
March, Book Two by John Robert Lewis
Sisters by Raina Telgemeir
Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik
Style Me Vintage 1940's by Liz Tregenza
Style Me Vintage Home by Keeley Harris
Below by Ryan Lockwood
Ana of California by Andi Teran
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Loch by Paul Zindel
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

Total books read: 15
Total pages read: 3374

What did you read in July?

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3. Books and Sweets Pairings: INFOGRAPHIC

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4. DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow now has a Hawkman

German actor Falk Hentschel, who has been seen on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Reckless will be joining the cast of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as the newest incarnation of Carter Hall aka Hawkman. The series has already recruited Ciara Renee to play Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl, so it was surely only a matter of time before […]

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5. Boom Snot Twitty: this way that way by Doreen Cronin

This is the second book featuring the bear (Boom), a snail (Snot) and a bird (Twitty). Once again, the trio have differing agendas. The three animals are all packed to go on an outing, but none of them are packed for the same place. Boom wants to go splash in the water, Twitty wants to go hike in the mountains and Snot could go anywhere but all he has is snacks. Of course, it's up to the one with snacks to solve the dilemma. The illustrations by Renata Liwska are fuzzy, soft and simple and match the spare text. A good introduction to compromise for younger kids.

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6. College Textbook Pricing is Up 1,041% Since 1977

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7. Our free e-book for August: Traveling in Place


Our free e-book for August:

Bernd Stiegler’s Traveling in Place: A History of Armchair Travel

Armchair travel may seem like an oxymoron. Doesn’t travel require us to leave the house? And yet, anyone who has lost herself for hours in the descriptive pages of a novel or the absorbing images of a film knows the very real feeling of having explored and experienced a different place or time without ever leaving her seat. No passport, no currency, no security screening required—the luxury of armchair travel is accessible to us all. In Traveling in Place, Bernd Stiegler celebrates this convenient, magical means of transport in all its many forms.
Organized into twenty-one “legs”—or short chapters—Traveling in Place begins with a consideration of Xavier de Maistre’s 1794 Voyage autour de ma chambre,an account of the forty-two-day “journey around his room” Maistre undertook as a way to entertain himself while under house arrest. Stiegler is fascinated by the notion of exploring the familiar as though it were completely new and strange. He engages writers as diverse as Roussel, Beckett, Perec, Robbe-Grillet, Cortázar, Kierkegaard, and Borges, all of whom show how the everyday can be brilliantly transformed. Like the best guidebooks, Traveling in Place is more interested in the idea of travel as a state of mind than as a physical activity, and Stiegler reflects on the different ways that traveling at home have manifested themselves in the modern era, from literature and film to the virtual possibilities of the Internet, blogs, and contemporary art.
Reminiscent of the pictorial meditations of Sebald, but possessed of the intellectual playfulness of Calvino, Traveling in Place offers an entertaining and creative Baedeker to journeying at home.
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8. Artist of the Day: Gaëtan Pencréac’h

Discover the art of Gaëtan Pencréac'h, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day.

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9. Book-Jumper Summer Reading Series: Exploring Norse Runemarks

I hope all of you are enjoying summer and can you believe this is Week 10 of our Book-Jumper Summer Reading Series??!! What fun it has been!

Book-Jumper Summer Reading Series

I can share with you that I’m up to my eyeballs in Norse Mythology. The ever-talented Roscoe Welply and I are working on a new book from Audrey Press all about the Norse Gods. Some of you might not know this about me but my family comes from the Island of Gotland in the Baltic sea. There on this magical island is buried Thor,the hammer god himself. So I guess I can technically say that Thor is a part of my geneology.



Runemarks by Joanne Harris is one of my son’s favorite reads. He has read it several times and has continued on with the series as well. He highly recommends it with five golden stars and thumbs up.


All of us know about the ancient Greek and Roman Gods. We read about their magical world both in school and for pleasure. But now a new realm of Gods has been introduced—the Norse Gods.

Maddy Smith is a unique, chaotic girl in a plain, orderly world. The age of the Æsir—Odin, Frigga, Thor, Tyr—is long gone. 500 years gone to be exact, after Ragnorak, the changing of the worlds. Now the Order rules, under the guidance of the Nameless, and anything seen as demonic or different is cleansed.

But in Maddy’s little town of Malbry she is no more than hated by the rest of her simple villagers. Until One Eye comes along. This mysterious traveller tells her stories of the old age and confirms that she does in fact have powers, powers of the Gods. But old One Eye only tells Maddy half-truths, only trains her in what she needs to know. She does not understand what is going on beneath the Middle World or what is happening at the End of the World where the Order congregates.

Life changes drastically for Maddy when One Eye sends her on a wild goose chase for something called “The Whisperer.” All she has to go on is that it will call to her and that it is very important that she trusts no one and bring the whisperer back to Maddy.

But forces are at work against Maddy and her old friend. The Order has now become suspicious of the town of Malbry and the paranormal activity occurring there. And One Eye’s old friend, Lucky, isn’t quite as dead as One Eye hoped he’d be.

In her journey through the tunnels of the underworld, Maddy uncovers the truth about her birth, her friends, and what is truly going on in the nine worlds. The Æsir are rising, but the Nameless has other plans for the nine worlds. After hearing the first prophecy in five hundred years, Maddy must figure out how to save her friend, herself, and the Nine Worlds from the Chaos that rests in the bottom of the world.

I know this summary is quite vague, but I do not want to give anything away. All the surprises that were around the corner in this book were so exciting to me that I’d hate to deprive you of such a feeling.

We have read books upon books upon books about the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. Well, Joanne Harris’s Runemarks is the start to the rise of the Norse gods. Well read in classical language and mythology, Runemarks is full of Norse history, but is also an exciting new tale to the old Gods. Her exciting tale of a nearly unknown world summits interest from the very beginning—from the curious Runemarks, to the alternative use of the word faerie, to these new, powerful Gods that we will soon get to know as well as we know Athena and Zeus. May the Greek Gods rest in peace, and may we welcome the Norse Gods with open arms! Be sure to finish out the series with Runelight and The Gospel of Loki.

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1. Check out this complete list of Norse runes and their meanings HERE.

Interested in learning more about Norse mythology? Go HERE.

2. Even though in Runemarks, Thor has lost his hammer, we still know it exists. And he’ll need it back eventually so lets help him out by making our own Thor Hammer!

Thors hammer craft

3. Idun is the goddess of healing. She heals the sick, wounded and dying, with her dried apples—the food of the gods. Make your own healing fruit!

DIY Dried Fruit


It’s the End of Summer Audrey Press Book Sale!!

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Summer is slowly winding down and thoughts are turning to the upcoming school year and reads that will take us into (and through) the colder months ahead. Instead of being sad to see summer go, I choose to Celebrate! And what better way to do it than with an End of Summer Audrey Press Book Sale. For two weeks only readers can get a great deal on two of my most popular books. But don’t delay; this super special sale ends August 14, 2015.!

First up The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook: The Simple Step-by-Step guide to creating a Waldorf-inspired #homeschool. And for a limited time, this best-selling book by Donna Ashton, The Waldorf #Homeschool Handbook is now only $17.95 until August 14th, 2015 !

Enjoy more month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. AND, it’s on sale until August 14th ! Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” http://amzn.to/1DTVnuX

Two great children’s books-Your choice, $17.95 each!

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10. Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--August 3, 2015

Contributed by Karen Sandler


Riveting page­turners with lots of twists and surprises are so much fun to read. They’re the ones that keep you up late at night, on the edge of your seat with each new revelation. The excitement of suspenseful thrillers can steal your breath when the main character that you’ve come to know and love confronts high­stakes peril. Who can go to sleep without finding out what happens after that cliff­hanger moment?

I’ve recently read three “unputdownable” young adult suspense/thriller novels with a bonus—all three were written by diverse authors (and featuring diverse characters). Their stories were so gripping, I tore through them at a lightning pace. These books are my personal recommendations, and I hope you’ll check them out.


Endangered by Lamar Giles

Author Lamar Giles demonstrated his skill at penning thrillers with his debut book, Fake ID. With his second novel, Endangered, he introduces us to a new set of characters, including our African­American heroine, Lauren “Panda” Daniels, and her adversary, the mysterious Admirer.

Panda, a photoblogger, likes to keep a low profile. She specializes in catching classmates and teachers in compromising situations then posts the pictures on her anonymous blog. The Admirer claims to know Panda’s true identity and threatens to expose it unless Panda goes along with a serious of dangerous dares—dares that eventually turn deadly.


Why you’ll love this book:

  •  Panda is tough but likeable, with a backstory that explains her mission of exposing others’ missteps

  •  If you’re a photography buff, you’ll enjoy the details of how Panda gets her pictures, but even if you’re not into photography, the window Giles provides into that world is intriguing

  •  The tension just keeps getting wound tighter and tighter as the stakes get raised with each page

  •  The climax is jaw­dropping
    If you loved
    Fake ID, you’ve got to pick up Endangered. If you haven’t yet read Giles’s first 
    book, you’ll want to pick it up after reading Endangered.



  • The Living & The Hunted by Matt de la Peña


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Yes, I’m cheating here recommending two books instead of one. And while I read The Hunted recently, I actually read Matt de la Peña’s apocalyptic thriller, The Living, at least a year ago. But you’ll get the most enjoyment out of The Hunted if you read The Living first.

In The Living, Shy Espinoza, a Mexican­American teen from Southern California, takes a summer job on a cruise ship to make some extra money to help out his mom and sister. It seems like a dream job—bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two while he’s raking in tips from the rich passengers. But then the Big One hits California and the cruise ship is wiped out by a tsunami. Shy survives, but there’s even worse to come.

In The Hunted, Shy and a couple friends, including Carmen, the girl he loves, make it back to California. But they face the utter destruction of the state, society, and everything they knew. As if the earthquake and tsunami weren’t enough, a virulent disease is wiping out the population. Only Shy and his friends can save what’s left of the Golden State.


Why you’ll love these books:

  •  Reading them is like watching a high stakes, special effects­laden action film

  •  Shy is an engaging character who manages to be strong and capable while still being a

    regular kid

  •  The disaster is horrifying (de la Peña doesn’t pull any punches) but not gratuitous

  •  The plot twists are clever and unexpected

    As someone who’s a native Californian, these books were especially gripping for me. But anyone who likes action and great characters will love reading The Living and its sequel The Hunted.



    Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

    Who knew a book about ballerinas would be so jam­packed with suspense? by co­authors Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton is not about adorable little girls in tutus—although they’re featured in the story (and referred to as petit rats—little rats). The main characters in Tiny Pretty Things are savvy, been­around­the­block teens, dancers who would kneecap you if it meant they’d get a starring role in The Nutcracker.

    Gigi, Bette, and June all want to be prima at their competitive NY ballet school. But the pressures of being number one bring out the weaknesses in each of them—Gigi, a physical problem that could kill her, Bette, the shadow of her stellar ballerina older sister, and June, the overwhelming expectations of her mother. The three main characters alternate telling the story, and what seems true one moment shifts the next until you’re not sure what’s real and what isn’t.page2image22424 page2image22584 page2image22744 page2image22904 page2image23064

Why you’ll love this book:

  •  Utterly compelling characters, mesmerizing even when they’re doing something awful to each other

  •  A fascinating look at the world of ballet

  •  A diverse cast of characters who in are turns totally likeable and completely hateable (is that a word?)

  •  A story you really won’t be able to put down until the last page

    Full confession—I’ve never seen an actual ballet. I lasted through a month of ballet in my teens (not prima material, believe me). But I devoured Tiny Pretty Things. It was that phenomenal a read.


  • Karen Sandler is the author of nineteen novels for adults, as well as TANKBORN, AWAKENING, and REBELLION, a YA science fiction trilogy from Lee & Low/Tu Books. Just a few felines short of being a full­fledged Cat Lady, she loves chocolate, horses, and folk dancing. She is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books




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11. Here Is the World (of Leslea Newman)

Author Leslea Newman
Leslea Newman has written over 60 books for children and quite a few for adults as well. She is well known as an author of Jewish books and LGBT books, and wrote the groundbreaking title Heather Has Two Mommies (reissued in 2015 with new illustrations). Her newest picture book, Here is the World, is a joyful celebration of Jewish holidays around the year.

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12. Koyama Press Fall Preview: Lose #7 — now in color

It’s time to get back to what’s best in life: COMICS. The fall publishing season has been announced (and Spring ’16 is coming soon) so here’s some previews of what’s coming starting with Koyama Press . Next month will see the publication of Michael DeForge’s acclaimed series Lose with issues #7, now for the first time […]

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13. Powell’s Q&A: Alice Hoffman

Describe your latest book. The Marriage of Opposites is a novel about the mother of impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, set on the island of St. Thomas and in Paris. What's the strangest or most interesting job you've ever had? A secretary at a university sex clinic. What was your favorite book as a child? Magic [...]

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14. Miss Me?

Hello! I’ve been away. Did anyone notice? What have I been away doing? Well, first, Thursday last week was Bookman’s birthday. He turned forty-eleven, something worth celebrating, eh? So we did. We went out to breakfast at our favorite breakfast place and I baked him a cake. Per Bookman’s request, the cake was chocolate chocolate chip with peanut butter cream frosting. I am not the cook of the house but that does not mean I don’t know how to cook, and I made a freaking awesome cake if I do say so myself. We had a meandering kind of quiet day with a little of this and a little of that. Some of that included packing because Friday morning we flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Bookman’s brother lives there and his niece got married on Saturday. We were very happy we could make it for the wedding. Bookman and I don’t often get to travel anywhere together, our slow times at work don’t exactly coincide and we both work places with a small staff which requires a whole other level of scheduling consideration. We knew about the wedding though since last winter and were able to make sure everything coordinated.

A friend of ours stopped by and took care of Waldo and Dickens. We travel so little, and, as I said, rarely together, that we had never left the cats alone like this before and they are 8-years-old! They survived just fine though. They were a bit mad at us when we got home last night, did the “I’m going to sniff you but you are not allowed to touch me” bit. Waldo is also an expert at making big sad eyes so he mooned around the house trying to look as wounded as possible to elicit sympathy and then not let us touch him. Ah, the cats, they know how to make their people feel guilty. They soon got over being mad though, their desire for cuddles outweighing their resentment. When I woke up this morning I had Waldo snuggled up and purring on one side of me and Dickens snuggled up and purring on the other. Today they have been sticking to me like glue. Bookman and I left for an hour to go grocery shopping and upon our return they tried to play the “you’re causing us trauma” card but they dropped it pretty fast when they realized we weren’t buying it.

It was a good trip. A Beautiful wedding that even had vegan food! And it was great to catch up with Bookman’s family, many of whom I haven’t seen in a very long time. The flight to and from wasn’t completely terrible. The only snag was on our return yesterday. I opt for the pat down instead of going through those full-body x-ray machines. The TSA agent got a false-positive for explosives on her gloves after the pat down. So then she took everything out of my carry-on bag that had just gone through being x-rayed and had passed and tested it all for evidence of explosives. In the bag was a sealed, just bought container of hummus and some pita bread that was going to be my and Bookman’s lunch. Well, apparently hummus is considered a potential hazard and even though the luggage screener had let it through, the TSA agent emptying my bag refused to. When I told her it was sealed and it was my lunch she told me I could go back out of the airport, eat it and then come back in. And go through all this again? My flight leaves in an hour! She was not sympathetic and tossed my hummus in the trash. I suspect after I left she fished it out and had it for her own lunch.

After going through my bag and finding no explosives, the TSA agent took me to a private room and gave me another pat down. I’m not sure why I needed a private room for this because the pat down was exactly the same as before only she used the palm of her hand down the inside of my legs rather than the back of her hand. Bookman gives them the benefit of the doubt and says they are offering privacy, but I suspect it is meant to be intimidating. Of course on the second go-round everything was fine. Except it wasn’t because Bookman and I no longer had any lunch.

Albuquerque airport does not have an abundance of restaurants like the one in Minneapolis does. There was no decent food to be found so we ended up having a big plate of overly priced, greasy french fries for lunch. I have not had french fries in quite a few years and this “lunch” had the curious effect of feeling both like a naughty treat and disgusting at the same time. But between that, some almonds the TSA agent did not deem a threat, and a tiny bag or airplane peanuts, we made it back to Minneapolis a little hungry but not starving.

There wasn’t much time for reading during our stay in Albuquerque but of course I had plenty of reading material! I had my Kobo with several books on it, my iPad with magazines, and I finished reading The Martian by Andy Weir on the airplane yesterday.

It’s nice to be home, sleeping in my own bed that doesn’t sag in the middle, not having to breathe dry desert air and dry, overly air conditioned air, having my garden-gone-wild and being surrounded by brilliant greens instead of the dusky desert colors, which are pretty but don’t exactly satisfy me.

Oh, one last thing! Thursday last week while weeding in the garden around some milkweed and feeling a bit sad about not hosting any monarchs this year, I came upon a big fat monarch caterpillar! It was huge and I suspect, close to being ready to spin a cocoon. I will have to keep my eyes out for it!

Back to work for me tomorrow and back to a regular schedule. Breaking up your routine is good to do now and then, but it is also nice to get back to one as well.

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15. पहला कदम पहली मुस्कान

पहला कदम पहली मुस्कान

एक अनुभव

टेलिविजन पर एक विज्ञापन आता था. वो पहला कदम पहली मुस्कान…. जिसमे मम्मी अपने नन्हे से  बच्चे को चलना सीखाती है और एक दिन उसे उसी के नन्हे नन्हे पैरो से डगमगाते हुए चलते देख कर भावुक हो जाती है.सच मे समय ऐसे ही बदलता रहता है.आज जो बच्चे थे वो अब बडे हो रहे हैं और वो अपने बडो को भी सीखा रहे हैं अब आप सोच रहे होगें कि बच्चे क्या सीखाएगे. हैरान होने की जरुरत नही अब आप खुद ही देखिए अगर कुछ नेट पर,मोबाईल पर मैसेज या फोटो कैसे लेनी है या कुछ भी पूछना है तो बच्चो को सारी जानकारी होती है इसलिए यह सब हम बच्चो से ही तो सीखते हैं.

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अब देखिए ना बडे बडे शहरो मे मैट्रो चलने लगी हैं. शापिंग माल, पीवीआर इत्यादि खुल गए हैं. अब वो इतने बडे यानि बहुमंजिला होते हैं  कि  उसमे लिफ्ट भी होती है और ऐस्कीलेटर भी.ये भी सब नए जमाने की तकनीक है और हमे इनके साथ भी चलना चाहिए पर कई बार डर भी लग जाता है.  मेरी सहेली मणि ने बताया कि उसका बडा बेटा गुडगाव मे सर्विस कर रहा है जब वो उससे मिलने गए तो उन्होने पिक्चर का प्रोग़ाम बना लिया. उस पीवीआर और शापिगं माल पर ऐस्कीलेटर था. पता नही पर मणि  को उससे बहुत डर लगता था तो  बस उसने  ऐलान कर दिया कि वो किसी भी हालत मे इस पर नही जाएगी और वो सभी बिना पिक्चर देखे वापिस जाऐगे. ऐसे मे मणि का बेटा पहले तो मम्मी को समझाता रहा फिर उसने बहुत प्यार और नर्मी  से मम्मी का हाथ पकडा और मासूमियत से बोला कि बस जैसे मै कहू वैसे ही करते रहना. मणि की दिल की धडकने बढे जा रही थी और पैर कापें जा रहे थे. लाख मना करने के बावजूद बेटा नही माना और बडो की तरह समझाते हुए उस ऐस्कीलेटर पर पहला कदम रखने को कहा. जब मणि की  एक ना चली तो उसने हिम्मत दिखाई और कुछ ही पलो मे वो ऊपर की ओर जा रहे थे.

ऐसी ही हिम्मत बढाने के लिए उसने दो तीन चक्कर और लगवाए इससे मणि का  पूरा डर खुल गया. उसने मुझे बहुत भावुक होते हुए बताया कि उसे वो समय याद आ गया जब बचपन मे वो बेटे को  चलना सीखाती थी और  जब वो चलते चलते  जमीन पर गिर जाता था था तो कभी झूठ मूठ से फर्श की पिटाई करती और कभी कहती ओ देखो ये तो चींटी मर गई आपके नीचे आकर. आज बातो बातो मे बॆटे ने भी बहुत सारे कारण देकर उसका ध्यान बांटा  और उसके अंदर छिपे हुए डर को चुटकियो मे भगा दिया. तो बताईए परिवर्तन अच्छे ही हुए ना.

मणि की बातो ने, सच मे, सोचने को मजबूर कर दिया कि समय के साथ हमेशा मिलकर चलने मे ही भलाई है.कोई बडा छोटा नही होता.सभी से मिलकर दोस्त बन कर रहना चाहिए.हम सभी एक दूसरे के काम आते है और यही तो है परिवार.बात यह भी नही है कि बेटी बेटे की बजाय ज्यादा ध्यान रखती है यह हमारी अपनी सोच है जैसा आप परिवार मे माहौल देंगे आपको वैसा ही मिलेगा.

कल आपने बच्चे को उंगली पकड कर चलना सीखाया आज वो आपकी आप उंगली थाम कर चल रहे हैं. किसी ने सच ही कहा है कि रिश्ते हथेली पर मिट्टी की तरह होते हैं यदि ढीले से पकडेगें तो वो रहेगे और अगर कस कर पकडेगे तो आपकी ऊगलियोँ मे से निकल जाएगे. अपना छोटा सा संसार सहेज कर रखे आपको यह परिवर्तन प्यारा लगेगा.

कैसा लगा आपको ये लेख … जरुर बताईएगा :)

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16. Ryan Reynolds Stars in a Trailer For the Deadpool Trailer

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17. Babar Playing Indian in BABAR COMES TO AMERICA

I am always grateful to readers who write to me. Sometimes they write with a question. Sometimes they write to thank me for a review. Sometimes, they send me something to take a look at. This morning's mail had one of the later.

Tricia wrote to tell me about a page in Babar Comes to America. As I read her email, I remember seeing that book in a bookstore and snapping a photo of the page she sent to me. I'd lost track of it and am grateful to Tricia for sending it along so I can include it in AICL's Foul Among the Good page.

Published in 1965 by Random House and again in 2008 by Abrams, Babar Comes to America is by Laurent de Brunhoff.  One of the places Babar visits is the Grand Canyon, where "Babar and Arthur pay a visit to the Indians":

Helen Therese Frank writes:
To source this new title about America, de Brunhoff and his wife were invited to the United States in 1963, with expenses paid by the American publisher and several American companies who are acknowledged in the text and illustrations (Hildebrand, 1991).
Presumably, de Brunhoff and his wife were actually at the Grand Canyon, but what Indians did they see there? Was there really one called "Chief Sitting Bull" who was telling "hunting tales" and "the legend of the White Buffalo"?! Was he sitting on a drum? Was he barefoot?!

It is possible--but not likely--that de Brunhoff saw a "Sitting Bull" but this all strikes me as the imaginings of an outsider who was there but didn't understand what he saw. Rather than depict what he saw with accuracy, de Brunhoff turned to stereotyping when he created this in 1963.

Why, I wonder, did that page go unchanged when the book was published again in 2008? Who, I wonder, edited the book at Abrams? If changes can be made to Curious George playing Indian, I think they can be made to Babar Comes to America, too. What do you think?

This is the second post I've done on Babar. The first one was about Babar's World Tour.

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18. Kishaz Reading Corner: One Night With the Sheikh by Penny Jordan

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

About the Book

The searing attraction between Sheikh Xavier Al Agir and Mariella Sutton was instant and all consuming.When a storm left Mariella stranded at Xavier's desert home, passion soon took over…. It was a night she would never forget!

But having always yearned for a child of her own, Mariella planned just one more night with the sheikh—to conceive his baby….

Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 3.5 stars

Here's why:

Must be something about the desert, sand, and men so hot they raise the temperature up several degrees.

I understand that when a woman's biological clock starts ticking we do crazy things but I'm not sure I liked how Mariella went about scratching her urge. Xavier was very arrogant but also vulnerable. Mariella had her share of issues, too. The pairing was decent.

I didn't have a problem with the story overall. It was a solid read.

Would I recommend this book? Yes.

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20. Monday Review: ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers

Summary: I finished reading this one today…and I just started reading it last night, right before bed. When I picked it up again this morning to enjoy with my coffee, it turned out to be basically un-put-down-able. It's easy to see how this... Read the rest of this post

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21. Phil Lord and Chris Miller Create Pilot for ‘Son Of Zorn’ Series

A barbarian warrior would rather wage animated war than work a real-world office job in the forthcoming animated/live-action comedy, 'Son of Zorn.'

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22. Kishaz Reading Corner: Claimed by Evangeline Anderson

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

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Brides of the Kindred Book One—Claimed

Olivia Waterhouse has just graduated from nursing school and has her whole life ahead of her—until she gets drafted. Problem is, she isn’t being forced into the Army, she’s been chosen as a Kindred bride.

The Kindred are huge alien warriors—a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward—the right to find brides among the population. The chances of being chosen are about the same as those of winning the lottery—guess it’s just Liv’s lucky day.

Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the malevolent Scourge. Through the torment and pain only one thing kept him sane—the thought of finding and claiming his bride—Olivia. His need to possess her is a burning intensity that threatens to consume them both.

Angry at having her future and her family taken away from her, Liv vows to fight back the only way she can—by resisting. She has one month on the Kindred Mothership with Baird—their claiming period. If she can keep from having bonding sex with him during that time, she can go home and get on with her life on Earth.

But Baird isn’t going to make it easy for her. Every week he is allowed to touch Liv more and more intimately and according to the contract she signed, she has to let him. She’s determined to resist him but his touch sets her on fire. And just as she thinks she knows what she wants, a twist of fate and an attack by the faceless Scourge AllFather changes everything…

More about the Brides of the Kindred series
A race of Genetic Traders from beyond the stars
Three very different types of men
All looking for one thing…their brides

Beast Kindred—Savage in battle these dark, brooding warriors from Rageron bring their passion and intensity to the bedroom. They possess a very special endowment that ensures every sexual experience is a tantric one.

Blood Kindred—Cold as ice to their enemies, these tall, blond warriors from Tranq Prime warm up when they find the right woman. But be careful…they bite.

Twin Kindred—Muscular and rugged, these warriors from Twin Moons always come in pairs and cannot be separated. They experience physical pain when parted from each other…or the one woman they both choose to love.

And then there is the enemy…

The Scourge—A genetic trade gone wrong, these menacing outsiders have twisted desires and sexual needs fierce enough to frighten away even the most adventurous. Their need to dominate and possess their women completely has led to a strange prophesy that they must fulfill…or die trying.

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Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating: 3.5 stars

Here's why:

I like the premise of this first novel in the Brides of the Kindred series. The different types of Kindred and their specific needs in "brides" is interesting. However, there were a couple of things that irritated me about the story.

One of the things that drove me nuts was Olivia's constant denial of her situation and her whiny behavior at being selected as a bride for the Beast Kindred, Baird. Also her unwillingness to even try to get to know him better as well as her rule breaking were hard things to handle. And her quick change of behavior to a "save me, save me" mentality whenever her poor decisions landed her in hot water had me yelling at Baird to get rid of her and find someone better.

I like Baird. He had infinite patience and he bent over backwards to try to accommodate his unwilling and annoying bride to be. His attempts to move ahead with his life after suffering horribly at the hands of the enemy made me want to get to know him better.

The flow of the story was fine as was the overall writing of this story.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, but be prepared for the overflow of the whiny cup.

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23. 5 Things You Need To Know About The Chinese/American Feature ‘Rock Dog’

Director Ash Brannon, animation studio Reel FX, and actors Luke Wilson and Eddie Izzard are all involved in this Chinese animated feature.

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24. Thank You And We'll See You In New York For #NY16SCBWI

From left to right: Lee Wind, Martha Brockenbrough, Jolie Stekly, Jaime Temairik and Don Tate

From all of us at SCBWI Team Blog, thanks for following along!

We hope you'll join us for the 17th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference in New York City, February 12-14, 2016.


Full-day intensives for both writers and illustrators,
The juried portfolio showcase with Grand Prize,
The opportunity to network with top editors, agents and publishers
and much more!

Craft. Business. Inspiration. Opportunity. Community.
We're your SCBWI.

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25. Terry Pratchett’s Final Book Gets Deluxe Edition

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