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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 And though she still likes the Twilight Saga, the posters in her bedroom have been replaced by Justin Bieber.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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No ordinary day.

As I sprawled out on the couch sat down with my laptop this morning, I couldn’t think about writing books, shameless self promotion, or all the great topics floating around on the blogs I follow.  There’s just no getting around it; today is no ordinary day, this is no ordinary post, and Adam Wise was no ordinary person.

There are special people in our lives that have a profound effect on how we view the world; we call them friends.  Friends come in many forms, and they all bring their own unique influences, but the friends I am talking about are the best friends.  Yes, you can have more than one.  In fact, I have several and each one has something else to offer when it comes to advice, a girls’ night out, or a cut throat friendly game of cards.  How plain would life be if we all dressed the same, had the same beliefs, listened to the same music, watched the same movies, and liked the same politicians?

I know it’s cliché to say, birds of a feather flock together, but diversity is the spice of life, and no one was spicier than Adam Wise.  A few things you should know about my son, Justin, to fully understand the special relationship he shared with Adam.  Justin always had a silly side to him, but as he matured into a young adult, that silliness was somewhat suppressed by his more thoughtful, serious side.  I understood that.  He was after all, a musician with a 4.0 GPA.

Then, along came Adam.  He was vibrant, energetic, and funny, with a ferocious appetite for blueberry muffins.  He also had a sense of style.   I have never met anyone that could wear a pair of red skinny jeans with suspenders or argyle pants with Chuck Taylors, and look good in them.  I’m sure I never will.  And like Justin, he too was a musician with a good GPA.  They were best friends; they complimented each other in the best way.  And even when they agreed to disagree, they supported each other.

Today, they are celebrating Adam’s second birth-day in heaven, together.  As for the rest of us, we celebrate the day his precious life began, nineteen years ago.  Happy birthday, Adam!

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