Review: The Channel

The Channel—Stories from L.A. by Susan Alcott Jardine
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4/5

the channel

The Channel is a collection of short fictional stories, some with a touch of paranormal. Some will make you cry, some will make you think, and some will make you smile. Susan is a wonderful storyteller with a talent for leaving her readers with questions and possibilities in their minds but ending the stories with a satisfying close.

Content: Clean

Recommendation: Ages 14-Adult


Review: Cheating Death

Cheating Death by Sanjay Gupta   cheating death
Genre: Medical, Non-fiction
Rating: 5/5

Summary (from goodreads):

An unborn baby with a fatal heart defect . . . a skier submerged for an hour in a frozen Norwegian lake . . . a comatose brain surgery patient whom doctors have declared a "vegetable."

Twenty years ago all of them would have been given up for dead, with no realistic hope for survival. But today, thanks to incredible new medical advances, each of these individuals is alive and well . . .Cheating Death.

In this riveting book, Dr. Sanjay Gupta-neurosurgeon, chief medical correspondent for CNN, and bestselling author-chronicles the almost unbelievable science that has made these seemingly miraculous recoveries possible. A bold new breed of doctors has achieved amazing rescues by refusing to accept that any life is irretrievably lost. Extended cardiac arrest, "brain death," not breathing for over an hour-all these conditions used to be considered inevitably fatal, but they no longer are. Today, revolutionary advances are blurring the traditional line between life and death in fascinating ways.

Drawing on real-life stories and using his unprecedented access to the latest medical research, Dr. Gupta dramatically presents exciting accounts of how pioneering physicians and researchers are altering our understanding of how the human body functions when it comes to survival-and why more and more patients who once would have died are now alive. From experiments with therapeutic hypothermia to save comatose stroke or heart attack victims to lifesaving operations in utero to the study of animal hibernation to help wounded soldiers on far-off battlefields, these remarkable case histories transform and enrich all our assumptions about the true nature of death and life.

My Review:

Dr. Gupta takes his readers on a wild ride through modern medical science. I learned so much from this book! It was interesting, fast-paced, informative, but also held a certain amount of adventure and suspense as Gupta tells stories and relates interviews with people who have had amazing experiences with life and death—and in-between. Prepare to have your mind boggled with modern day science written in easy-to-understand and easy-to-follow prose.

Audio review: The audio-book was read by the author, and he is one of the best readers I’ve listened to. Gupta takes pride in his own work, and it shows through his voice. It’s not too fast or slow, is read with energy, and is enjoyable and engaging.

Recommendation: Ages 16+ to anyone who likes non-fiction, medical thrillers, or thrillers of any kind.



About the Author: Sanjay Gupta is an American physician and a contributing CNN chief health correspondent based in Atlanta, Georgia. An assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, he is also a frequent guest on the news program Anderson Cooper 360°. "Charity Hospital" won a 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast. From 1997 to 1998, he served as one of fifteen White House Fellows, primarily as an advisor to Hillary Clinton. Gupta currently publishes a column in TIME magazine. He is also host of House Call with Dr Sanjay Gupta. His book Chasing Life was a New York Times and National bestseller. As of January 2009, he has been offered the position of Surgeon General of the United States in the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama; the final vetting is currently under way.


New Winner!

Why is this happening to me? sigh. oh well. new winner of



Lisa B.

I love to photograph my children and flowers, and would love to learn how to take more professional looking photos. Thanks for the chance!!

congrats! E-mail me at before February 2nd with your mailing address and I’ll send it out!



a little out of the ordinary

Geta’s Quilting Studio is having a giveaway for quilted pockets!



aren't they beautiful? wouldn't you like to win one? But the contest ends tonight at midnight! (Jan 30th) Hurry and go enter!


And speaking of Kindles…

If you read Teresa Jackson’s earlier post about the Kindle, you’ll know what I mean ;) Over at Warning:The following blog contains bitter, friendly, sarcastic, and helpful moments here is a giveaway for a Kindle!

Go enter here.


25-hour books

over at 25 hour books is an awesome giveaway where you could win a copy of Soulless, a box of tea, $10 gift card, a beautiful mug, and second place will be two Sookie Stackhouse books. Head on over and enter!


60 things to do at McDonalds

I didn’t write this! But I’m borrowing it. Because my friends are so awesome and post really funny posts that I “borrow.” (Love you, Brooke!)

I don’t ever go to McDonalds (to make a long story short—mom got sick and had to go to the hospital after eating there once. It cured our whole family of our McDonalds love.) but I might now, just for the sake of doing some of these…

1. Say "Amen" after you say your order.
2. Order a large cheese pizza.
3. Terminate the order by saying, "Remember, we never had this conversation." and then drive off.
4. Tell the order taker a rival fast food place is down the street and you're going with the lowest bidder.
5. When they say "may i take your order?" say "surprise me!"
6. Answer their questions with questions.
7. Use these bonus words in the conversation: ROBUST, FREE-SPIRITED, COST-EFFICIENT, UKRAINIAN PUCE.
8. Sing your order.
9. Spell out your order.
10. Talk about your social life.
11. Rattle off your order with a determined air. If they ask if you would like drinks with that, panic and become disoriented.
12. Tell the order taker you're depressed. Get him/her to cheer you up.
13. Change your accent every three seconds.
14. After ordering say "and once your done throw it out and do it again cuz you won't get it right the first time!"
15. Act like you know the order taker from somewhere. Say "Bed-Wetters' Camp, right?"
16. Start your order with "I'd like. . . ". A little later, slap yourself and say "No, I don't."
17. Ask to rent a burger.
18. Ask if there is a warrantee on your meal.
19. Order with the radio turned up at full blast.
20. Ask if you get to keep the bag. When they say "yes" start crying with happiness and call your whole family to tell them the big news.
21. Tell them to double-check to make sure your buger is, in fact, dead.
22. Imitate the order taker's voice.
23. Eliminate verbs from your speech.
24. When they say "What would you like?" say, "Huh? Oh, you mean now."
25. Amuse the order taker with little-known facts about country music.
26. Ask if they have any idea what is at stake with this meal.
27. Order just one fry.
28. Doze off in the middle of the order, catch yourself, and say "Where was I? Who are you?"
29. Order two different meals and then say, "No, they'll start fighting."
30. Ask for the guy who took your order last time.
31. Take a picture of the person at the window.
32. Hand the person at the window a box of pizza and say, "that will be $7.95"
33. If he/she suggests anything, adamantly declare, "I shall not be swayed by your sweet words."
34. Wonder aloud if you should trim those nose hairs.
35. Start the conversation with "My order at McDonalds, Take 1, and ... action!"
36. Ask if the burger is organically grown.
37. When they repeat your order, say "Again, with a little more OOMPH this time."
38. State your order and say, "that's as far as this relationship is going to get".
39. Ask if they're familiar with the term "spanking a burger." Make up a description to go with the term. Ask that this be done to your burger.
40. Tell them to take the first bite.
41. Teach the order taker a secret code. Take your order using that code.
42. When the order is repeated, change it slightly. When it is repeated again, change it again. On the third time, say "You just don't get it, do you?"
43. When you'ge given the price, say "Ooooooo, that sounds complicated. I hate math."
44. Bargain with the price.
45. When they say "Will that be all?", snicker and say "We'll find out, won't we?"
46. Ask how many dolphins were killed to make that burger.
47. Wear a detective suit and pass the person at the window a breifcase and then drive off.
48. Ask if the burger has had it's shots.
49. Don't say a word. Just stare.
50. Speak in a different language.
51. Add "Mc" to the beginning of everything you say.
52. Once you've gotten through the drive through tell them that your conversation was compromised and that they should destroy the burgers then speed off.
53. Tell them you are a vegetarian trying to break the habit and then order a burger.
54. Ask for chicken nuggets without the chicken.
55. Go to the drive thru with a couple of ppl.......when he asks for ur order....scream like a girl and start itching urself. - Bader Al-shawaf
56. When the order taker for the drive through asks you how you are today say, "On the verge of committing suicide you?"
57. Start playing peek-a-boo with the employee then refer to then as mommy or daddy and say that its storytime and you don't wanna go to bed.
58. Talk like a robot and recruit the guy at the window to take over the world.
59. When you get to the food window make sure you are facing directly forwards, say nothing, have a creepy grin on your face, and then slowly rotate your head to face the server. Take the food calmly, slowly rotate your head back, still grinning, then drive off.
60. When you get to the window, hit the order taker with a water balloon and just sit and stare at them.

bold ones are my favorite…… and I love the idea of giving them my “vampire” look. (the one that makes my sister scream and run away… lol)

got any you’d like to add? what was your favorite?


Real Books Vs E-Book Readers - What’s Your Cup of Tea?

I have the privilege of welcoming Teresa Jackson to my blog today with a wonderful and relevant article: Real Books vs. E-books, the topic we’ve all been discussing and worrying over…

Real Books Vs E-Book Readers - What’s Your Cup of Tea?

The only real passion that has stayed with me from my childhood and through all these years is my love for books. All my friends and family members know that I’m happy with a good book and that I really don’t need anything else to be content. But of late, my affinity for books is being questioned, not because I’ve lost my love of reading, but because I’m torn between the e-version and the real thing. My new Kindle is kindling up new feelings in me, but I feel like I’m betraying my one true love and being tempted by a sleeker model because it is more convenient and trendy. And even though I don’t want to accept it, I must admit that the Kindle does have its finer points.

Among its advantages are:

  • You can carry around much more than one book and not add to your burden by a single ounce. kindle
  • You can buy eBooks which are now much cheaper than the paperback version. 
  • You can download any book (that’s available in the eBook format) instantly
    without having to go to a bookstore and buy it off the shelves.
  • You can search for and skip to any part of the book in a jiffy using the tools that are available.
  • Your e-books are all saved in your Kindle account, so you don’t lose access to them even if you misplace your Kindle tool. Of course, you do now have to spend some money to buy a new gadget.
  • If you’re worried about your eyes, the Kindle uses an eco-friendly format called e-ink which is easy to read, even for a prolonged period of time. So try it before you skip it outright.

booksBut then, the merits of good old-fashioned reading still stand:

  • There’s nothing to beat the feel and smell of paper when reading a flesh-and-blood (I use this term because it seems most apt) book.
  • The Kindle and other e-Book readers could set you back by as much as $300. Besides, you also have to pay for the books you download.
  • You cannot build a library, that impressive collection of books, using your Kindle and its listing of eBooks.
  • You are limited to buying only the books that are available in the electronic format with a Kindle. 
  • Although a Kindle can hold a multitude of books, when it runs out of charge, you don’t have access to a single one of them until you recharge the device.
  • There is no strain on your eyes from staring at an electronic screen for the time it takes you to read a book.
  • The Kindle is a little flimsy and delicate, so you risk breaking it if you’re clumsy and not careful with your gadgets.
  • The Kindle can hold only 1500 books, and although this is a large number, it does not allow for memory expansion.

So you can see why I’m torn between something that’s convenient and something that has been around for ages and comforted me through thick and thin. I finally decided to buy a Kindle and put my favorite books on it. But I still make a detour to the airport’s bookstore every time I take a flight – that’s the one concession I’m still going to make for my one true love.


This guest article is written by Teresa Jackson, she writes on the subject of Nurse Practitioner Programs . Email her at



What do you guys think? Do you prefer e-books and Kindles (or any other e-reader) or real books?

Personally, I prefer real books and hope that there are enough people out there like me to keep them from going out of print. Think about Fahrenheit 451. Do we really want that? Because that’s where it’s leading… Big Brother is watching you… ;)







One day I’m going to have an office with floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall bookshelves and every book I love will be proudly displayed… and they will be my friends :) Because that’s what books are, right? They’re our friends.






Leave a comment and tell me which you prefer and why.


Review: Bleeding Violet

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Genre: YA, Romance, Paranormal
Rating: 4/5  bleeding violet

My Summary: Hanna is a freak. Diagnosed with Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Hyperactivity, Insanity, and nearly shut away as a maniac-depressive, she runs away from home in search of the mother she never knew. On arriving in her mother’s strange town called Portero, she makes a deal with her mom—if she can fit in with the people in this town within two weeks, she can stay. Her mother scoffs at the idea of Hanna being able to fit into the town—but Hanna soon learns that this has nothing to do with her, and everything to do with the town. Portero is like nothing she’s ever seen or heard of or imagined before. Strange creatures, invisible doors, a police-like force with a strange sense of right and wrong, a boy who she’s not sure if she likes or hates (but knows for sure that he’s hot), and a mayor who thinks she’s a god, Hanna starts her two-week challenge trying to fit in—and ends it trying to save the lives of everyone she loves.


Bleeding Violet was freakishly amazing, morbidly exciting, and realistically romantic.

I love it when the romance between the characters is real—not two perfect people who never fight who get along perfect. No, the romance between Hanna and Wyatt was not perfect, but it was there and it was special, and it was funny.

This whole book was funny. Though parts of it were strange and morbid, a lot of it was moderately confusing in an understandable way (Does that make any sense? probably not. Remember that Hanna is insane. She hallucinates… and makes some pretty interesting things happen near the end. It is confusing because it’s impossible, but understandable because she’s crazy.). I laughed almost the whole way through. It’s light and heavy, witty and serious, all mixed with the color purple.

The characters were my favorite. All the characters were very distinct and different. Sometimes when reading a story, some of the minor characters kind of blend together and seem similar, not defined enough, because they don’t really matter. But in Bleeding Violet, all the characters are distinct. I’m not sure if telling everyone that I identify with Hanna would be a wise idea because it might scare you… but to a certain extent, I did (and do) relate to her. Not just because of my own insanity (mwa-ha-ha!) but because her character was written in a very clear personal way. The story is told from first person inside Hanna’s head, so I knew exactly what Hanna was thinking all the time. Wyatt wasn’t perfect either. He had his flaws and that made him a real person. The change in Rosalie (the mother) was… both interesting and wonderful to see (Trying to keep this spoiler-free… but those of you who’ve read it already know what I mean by “change”).

The plot was engaging and fast paced, but not rushed. The details enhanced the story, rather than slowing it down just for the sake of telling you what something looked or felt like.

Bleeding Violet has a good mix of reality and paranormal. It’s mixed well enough that you can relate to it and it feels like our present day, age, and atmosphere, but the paranormal aspects are still strong and don’t feel out of place.

The low points of the book were the writing, and the ending. The writing was nothing special, but for the most part it was acceptable. The ending wasn’t a let down, but it could have been better. It was cute and sweet, but it didn’t fix all the problems, didn’t answer all the questions, and didn’t have quite enough closure for me. 

Content: There was some sex, but no explicit details. There were some sexual references, moderate language, and some morbid details. Not for the easily offended or the weak of stomach.

Recommendation: Ages 16+ to anyone who doesn’t mind being a little freaked out or surprised by crazy people.

Will I buy this book and read it again? Yes, probably. (I read the e-book copy for review.) It will (hopefully soon) have a permanent spot on my bookshelf.



Mini-review and Tour: Alice I Have Been

*Because of my school schedule, I’m going to post a mini-review of Alice I Have Been and the full review some time later in the week, probably this weekend.

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjaminalice i have been



Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?

Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.

That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war.

For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.

A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.


Alice I Have Been is a fictional memoir-esque adventure exploring the story of the real Alice from Lewis Carroll's classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Alice is so much more than what we perceive in Carroll’s original story—as a child, she’s a deep thinker, yet brilliantly simple minded with logic that makes no sense but makes more sense than anything else at the same time.

The hero of our story, Mr. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), isn’t the average knight on a white horse—he’s twenty years older than Miss Alice, has a terrible stammer, but somehow manages to delight and enchant the Liddell girls—and his readers—anyway.


For more information, go to Melanie’s website, or click here.



Melanie Benjamin lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons, where she is working on her next historical novel. Visit her website at


**Thank you to Pump Up Your Book for supplying my ARC!**


Full review will come some time later in the week.


What if I don’t want to enter a post title? hu? bah!

k so I tried to get through stats class w/out a book because the program we use has the textbook online but I didn't realize that the teacher expects us to read the whole freaking chapter before class... so he like jumps in and starts talkin' 'bout all these random things and I’m like "wha?" so anyway yeah.

*gasps for breath* that was a horrible sentence but I really don't give a rat's poo.

And so my daddy gave me his credit card (mwa-ha-ha) to buy the textbook today so I could read it instead of having to kill my eyes and read it online and the card was rejected which is strange because he put money on it yesterday... *another gasp*  w/e. I'll buy it later. I have until Feb.5 to finish the hw...

I kinda hate school. I mean I wish I could study what I'm interested in... all I’m studying right now is yucky boring stuff like stats and english and government.... but astronomy turned out more interesting than I expected.

Maybe when I go away to school it will be more interesting. The people, the classes, the teachers… everything.

Idk. we’ll see.

so there's my daily rant.



This week at The Life and Lies

This week (January 25th-31th)

not much has happened over the past week… However I do have something to say about the whole Waldenbooks is throwing away books thing:

So there’s a Waldenbooks going out of business in my mall. There is a sign on the shelves: “Hardbacks and Paperbacks will not go below 65% off. Any books not sold will be returned to the publisher.”

They’re not going to throw them away. Who would do that? It’s stupid. They’d donate them to goodwill or put them in a box outside for free or take them home or sell them on e-bay before they just threw them away. C’mon, use common sense, peoples.


Last week I reviewed:
The Heights
Magic Under Glass

This week I will review:
Alice I Have Been
Lone Star Legend
Dug Down Deep
The Channel
Cheating Death


For Review: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Bought: Going Bovine, Immortal, Sea Glass


Boring week this week, I know. Anyway.

New winner!

Old winner didn’t answer… so the new winner of THE BASIC BOOK OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY is…



“My favorite thing to photograph is family members. It's nice to be able to look back at the memories when the person is no longer with you.”

Congrats, Rick! E-mail me at with your mailing info before January 26th and I’ll send the book your way!

Review: The Heights

The Heights—a contemporary imagining of Wuthering Heights
by Brian Jamesthe heights
Genre: YA Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4, DNF


Ah. Again. A high rated book that I did not finish. “Haley what is wrong with you?” Haley stop talking to yourself.

Let me start with the positive: This book is all about the characters. James has taken characters that were only mildly relatable in Wuthering Heights and made them so realistic that you feel everything they feel. This is a mark of a good writer… but also a very painful book. The viewpoint alternates between Henry and Cathy, but it’s not distracting. It’s so easy to get inside their heads and live their lives. Almost too easy.

The negative: It was too painful to finish. I know what’s going to happen because I know the story of Wuthering Heights… and I don’t think I want to live through that. Because I know if I read it, it will feel 110% real. And I don’t think I could handle that.

This book has taken me two days to read… and each time I could only get a little bit farther before I had to stop because I was so angry at the characters for being stupid and prideful and selfish and mean and hateful, that I threw the book across the room. Twice.

I guess this sad love story is just not my kind of love story. Let’s hope I’m not jinxing myself (Haley you know you don’t believe in such things). If you love sad romance stories or love Wuthering Heights, you’ll love this—because this one hurt. I’ll save it for a rainy day when I need to force myself to break down and cry…

Content: Henry has a dirty mouth, but it’s not overdone. No sexual content, and all romance is appropriate

Recommendation: Anyone who wants a good cry… ages 13+

Cover: I know I usually don’t say anything about the cover… but really they could have done better. Henry (Heathcliff) is supposed to be dark skinned with dark hair. The guy on the cover looks nothing like him.
*angry and sad Haley now goes to the corner and pouts and finds a lighter romance to cheer herself up*



Review: Magic Under Glass

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

Genre: YA, Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 5

magic under glass 

Nimira is nothing more than a show girl in a cheap theatre, being paid pennies and fed food not worth eating to sing and dance for men who have nothing better to do at night. One night a mysterious man named Mr. Parry comes to Nimira and hires her to sing, accompanying an automaton—a  life size mechanical doll—who plays the piano. Every other girl who he has hired has run away screaming, saying that the doll was haunted. Nimira doesn’t believe such things… or does she? She realizes once she starts practicing with him that he is definitely more than a doll. She begins to communicate with him… and soon realizes that she loves him. But how can she set him free from his prison?

Nimira starts trying to uncover the secrets that are surrounding her in this strange house—a wife who is supposed to be dead, a sorcerer who has more control than he should, and a missing fairy prince who may just be trapped inside of a piano playing doll.

Magic Under Glass was an amazing and breathtaking adventure, a parallel universe with a story that I’d love to live in and experience again and again. I really cannot think of the words to describe how much I fell in love with this book and it’s characters!

Jaclyn has found the perfect way create a story that is both plot driven and character driven. The plot was fast, but not too fast. It was steady enough to keep up with, but fast enough to keep you reading. And the characters… goodness they were so special. Every single one of them, even the ones I hated (with a passion). The characters were instantly real people to me, and they became hugely important. The love between Nimira and her automaton is painful but sweet, and utterly romantic.

I would have read this book in one sitting if I had not been interrupted. It instantly draws you in at the first page, and holds you captive until the last.

The writing was detailed and descriptive and made all the words feel beautiful and sensual, like you’re drinking chocolate or breathing perfume while you read.

Ultimately this was a beautiful escape from reality, and I am desperate for the sequel.

Content: no sexual content, and appropriate language (not overdone or overused, I think there was one foul word used only once or twice).

Recommendation: Ages 14+ to anyone who wants a fast enchanting romance worth dying for.





 magic under glass paperback

(Paperback cover. I’m not sure which of the two I like better… So I put them both here. Which do you like?)

**edit: I found out from Katy @ A Few More Pages that the book is being re-printed with a different cover because Nimira doesn’t look like the girl in the top cover. Again, I like both. Although I did keep looking at the cover and thinking “that doesn’t look like her.” The author, however, did send me a character sketch. DSCN0130

So there’s Nimira (with her hair tied back ;D)

This would be greatly appreciated

I’d really like it if you guys would fill out this survey. I know you’re thinking “ugh. hate these.” But… I am curious…

Please realize that I’ll only get proper statistics if everyone fills it out… So please!!

You have until February 15th to fill it out.


Thanks, guys!!!

I’ll announce the stats on the 15th of February. Hopefully it will be enlightening.


Define random

I read a very encouraging post the other day from my bestest friend’s blog about beauty. click to read, it’s very good.


Want free books every month? Henry Holt In Group is for teens who want to read and review books for free. Click here to find out more. If you sign up, please mention that Haley suggested you!


Endurant. Enduring what? listen to the music and find out. Help my brother’s band get some more traffic on Facebook! go become a fan! (and yes I designed the artwork for them :D)



Winner of The Basic Book of Digital Photography!

The winner is…

Jen Unsell

Jen said,

“My favorite thing to photograph would be my children. I have 6 children and it can be a challenge at times to capture them when they are moving in all directions but I love trying.”

Congrats, Jen! e-mail me at before January 23 with your mailing address.

Don’t feel bad if you didn’t win, you can still enter the contest for Hearing from God each morning by Joyce Meyer. see the sticky post up top for the link.


Teaser—Bleeding Violet

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

bleeding violet

Love can be a dangerous thing....

Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.

But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.


“Whose blood is that?”
tell her, Poppa encouraged. I guarantee she won’t care.
”It’s Aunt Ulla’s blood.” I said. “I hit her on the head with a rolling pin.”
I risked another glance into her face. Nothing.
told you.
”And?” Rosalee prompted.
did she want details?
”Aunt Ulla’s blood spurted everywhere, onto my dress, into my eyes.” I blinked hard in remembrance. “It burned.” I fingered the smidges at my waist. “I thought I’d cleaned myself up, but apparently—“
”Hanna.” Dispite her apathy, Rosalee addressed me with an undue amount of care, as though I were a rabid dog she didn’t want to spook. “Did you kill your aunt?”
I ate the last bit of grilled cheese. I liked the grease from my fingers. “Probably.”



This is my stitch voice

Experiment 626! Yes I can actually make myself sound like Stitch. Everyone thinks it’s funny… and I can even laugh like him.


so today at school the girl who normally sits next to me sat somewhere else and this really cute guy sat next to me instead. :D

sorry. random………….

*shakes head and attempts to focus*

on the way home from school I stopped by my favorite store in the whole word: Goodwill! I got these:

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aren’t they cute!!! They were all of five bucks :D Love goodwill.


I meant to share this picture earlier… but I forgot because I’m silly.

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our dishwasher broke. Daddy fixed it :D


This is my current project (because this is what the winner picked)


But I’m going to do something slightly different with the colors of the polka-dots because the place I buy my yarn doesn’t have red or dark purple… anyway. They’re gonna be purty. and soft! Because I found this amazing yarn by Bernat and it’s baby yarn, but it’s SOOOOO SOFT! *exited!* :D

I also found this pattern whilst (love that word) searching Ravelry and they are freaking A-MA-ZING. Emphasis on the ZING.


I’m thinking I’ll make them for my little sister for Christmas. I want to put beads and sequins all down the front panel… what do you think?

Another pattern I want to do:

bellas mittens

Bella’s Mittens!!! I have to say that the only part about the twilight movie that I liked were the mittens. But I want to make them in forest green. Because that’s my favorite color. EVER. Makes my eyes look extra super greener than they are.

Only I want to use a different cable. Don’t have a photo but it’s a pretty one. It’s like heart cables :D

These I want to make for me:


Found the pattern via interlibrary loan!!! yusssss…. $16.95 saved. Love libraries.


I love cakewrecks… so here’s a cakewreck moment. No I didn’t make these but I think I might try some time…



So I’m putting together a survey and I’m trying to figure out something for a prize… but I don’t know what to use…… sigh. Maybe a surprise prize pack? or would you rather want to know what you’re getting?


Anyway. Time to get offline. I have to read three chapters of this


and do some homework from this.





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