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CAUTION: Hungry Book Addict!

I am excited to announce a new segment on my blog starting next Thursday. My daughter, Savannah, and I have reached an agreement. I will continue to feed and clothe her…uh, I mean I will continue to buy her books to feed her insatiable appetite for reading and she has agreed to write a review once a week.  Fair warning, she doesn’t always read mainstream fiction and rarely spends more than 2.99 on a kindle book. (Though I have a feeling the price may have gone up with this agreement.) Don’t get me wrong, she doesn’t like to read “junk” but once she begins a book, she is committed to finish. So, fair warning #2, we will get a little bit of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

With that being said, I think this would be a good time to tell you a few things about her. Savannah is 15 years old and will be starting her junior year of high school in the fall. She is in no hurry to drive but she loves classic muscle cars like Mustangs and GTO’s. She spends a lot of time trying to convince Mom and Dad that she would look really good in a Hundai Veloster but has resided herself to the fact that the 1997 Rav 4 her brother has been driving will be her first car. She is Team Edward but thinks Jacob is hot. And though she still likes the Twilight Saga, the posters in her bedroom have been replaced by Justin Bieber.

She loves chocolate covered strawberries, dark chocolate, and her new fave is chocolate covered raisins. (Chocolate being the key ingredient.) Soccer has been her chosen sport and she has been playing since the age of 5 but never had the desire to join a competitive team. Savannah is an incredible sketch artist and a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to drawing eyes. Her new-found hobby is creating life-like baby dolls that when done by a professional, sells for $350 or more. She likes hanging out with her friends, listening to music, watching movies, and reading books.

So, how does this make Savannah a good book reviewer? I write YA fiction, she reads YA fiction, and she is well…a young adult.  She has more than 200 books on her kindle and yes, she has read every one of them. She discovered Twilight, Hunger Games, and Vampire Diaries (just to name a few) before they were BIG and she is not afraid to take a chance on a new author. Her usual genre is Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Dystopian, Paranormal, and Romance novels and the longer, the better. She doesn’t like to read books with excessive cursing, teen sex (though some romance or love interest is a must), or clique books. Happy endings are okay but the protagonist (main character) needs to be in peril for more than a page or two.

If these are the kinds of books you or your teen likes to read, please join us on Thursday’s for CAUTION: Hungry Book Addict!

Happy Reading!

Fun Photo shoot pictures!

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Life is an adventure!

Beliebers might just be a way to describe a mass of frenzied Justin Bieber fans but in my house this morning, I witnessed a true condition known as Bieber Fever: Panicked teenage girls controlling every computer and cell phone available to purchase pre-sale concert tickets.

It started with the mandatory membership to the Justin Bieber Fan Club.  Twenty-six dollars earned a three month membership, a JB cap, and the right to purchase pre-sale tickets.  I was having flashbacks to the Hannah Montana fiasco that got us center stage and about 20 stories up!  Nonetheless, I stood in the background, monitoring the situation and offering my credit card assistance when it was warranted.

I have been down this road before.  As a parent, it has been my pleasure to help make my kids dreams a reality, within reason.  What is reasonable?  Good question and very debatable if you ask my husband.  Camping, hiking, Warp Tours, and scouting for the best rollercoaster experience was best left to the boys in the house.  Those requests usually fell on Dad, and that wasn’t such a bad thing. Or was it?

Not that I am keeping score, but I have driven a car full of nine-year-old girls dressed in princess fashion and singing Hollaback Girl at the top of their lungs to a bowling alley for a birthday party.  I have coached U8 and U10 girls’ soccer teams and experienced firsthand the frustration of cartwheels, singing, and ballet moves on the field.  I have been to a Hannah Montana concert, survived all the High School Musical movies complete with a house full of screaming girls (Zac Effron-need I say more?), and I have been to every midnight showing of the Twilight Saga, which was 12 hours minimum each time.  Now, with JB concert tickets in hand, I will be spending a January weekend in Nashville with a group of screaming girls and I can’t wait!!

Breaking Dawn Midnight Release

I wouldn’t trade one minute of it and I would never take it for granted.  These are the days I cherish the most.  So, when my son came to us with the dream of going to Japan for a year, our response was NO WAY.  That was four years ago. I never thought I’d be saying this, especially after losing our eldest son so unexpectedly, but Benjamin will be departing for Japan on August 22nd for eleven months as a Foreign Exchange Student. The hardest thing to do in life isn’t holding on—it’s letting go.

There is a family in China that is doing the same, and it is my hope that we can give their daughter a fun, loving, and rewarding experience as a new member of our family. In August, just before the start of the school year, Shunshun (Linda) will move into Benjamin’s empty bedroom.  What was once looking like a long, quiet winter in our home, will now be filled with new experiences for her and for us.  My husband, not wanting to be outnumbered by the females, was reluctant.  But when we received our first e-mail from Shunshun, our hearts were suddenly full of love for this girl.  Here is what she wrote:

Dear Michael and Karen

First, thanks for your reception. When I received the message, it was one of the happiest moments throughout my life that suddenly light my heart. I am so amazing to realize that I will enjoy a wonderful year with you, my dear mum and dad.

Actually, I am the only children in my family. As a result, I am really looking forward to having a brother or sister.  So, I get you, Benjamin and Savannah. I am sure we will have a good time.

My parents and I appreciate you again.

Yours Linda

May 17, 2012

P.S.    Can you send me your family photo?

And here is the photo she sent.


It should be an interesting year and I hope to share every funny, heartwarming story with you.  Who knows, maybe there’s a Shunshun in my writing future.  Life is an adventure, as my dear friend Nancy says, so I say– go out and live it!

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