About My Reading Habits

I saw this at It All Starts With a Book and I thought that it looked pretty interesting, 

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack:

I really had to think about this one.  What a way to start.  I guess if I snack on anything while I read it is chocolate.  I love good chocolate.
What is your favorite drink while reading?
I would say water or tea.  There is an occasional diet coke in there or glass of wine but most likely water.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
No I do not write in books.  I don’t have anything against it, I just don’t do it.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
Some of all of this.  I usually dog-ear pages unless I happen to be able to find one of the I am sure hundreds of bookmarks I have.  Never can find them when I want one.  Occasionally, I find the kids trading cards in my book or a receipt.  If I have to go do something quickly, like answer the phone, I will leave it open flat.
Fiction, non-fiction, or both?
I read pretty much anything and everything.
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I would rather stop at the end of a chapter but with kids that doesn’t happen all the time or I have a bad habit of reading in bed.  I have fallen asleep in the middle of a chapter or had to reread because I can’t remember.
Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
I don’t think I have even thrown a book.  I am more likely to get upset that I am waiting for the next book to come out
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
Most of the time no.  The only time that I would is if I really could not figure something out by context and that is very rare.  I usually can make a good guess and that is good enough for me.
What are you currently reading?
I am reading The Secret Life of Dresses, Rot and Ruin, and something on my Nook that I just cannot remember right now sorry.

What is the last book you bought?
The last book I bought was Matched but the last book bought in the house was Arms Commander for my husband.

Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I always have more than one book going.  I really cannot remember the last time I just had one. 
I listen to audio books too.
Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
Anywhere! Anytime!
Do you prefer series books or stand alones?
As long as the story does not go south, I enjoy series, I like to follow up with my old favorite friends as long as the story does not become repetitive.  That being said I like stand alones too.
Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
Diana Gabaldon and JD Robb
How do you organize your books?
 I don’t, I know that is very bad but I just do not have the shelves for them.  My husband has beautifully organized shelves and my books go where there is a place to set them.
Hope you have found this interesting.  What are your answers?

Early Review: Creed In Stone Creek

A Creed in Stone Creek (Hqn)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 384pp
  • Sales Rank: 371
  • ISBN-13: 9780373775552
  • ISBN: 0373775555

Synopsis

When single attorney Steven Creed becomes guardian of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his big-city law firm for a ranch near his McKettrick kin in the close-knit community of Stone Creek, Arizona. Taking care of little Matt and fixing up his run-down ranch house with its old barn loosens something tightly wound inside him. But when Steven takes on the pro bono defense of a local teen, he meets his match in the opposing counsel—beautiful, by-the-book county prosecutor Melissa O’Ballivan. It’ll take one grieving little boy, a sweet adopted dog and a woman who never expected to win any man’s heart to make this Creed in Stone Creek know he’s truly found home.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book mostly because it was a nice romance book with a happy ending and some twists along the way.  I have been reading a lot of books that are outside of my normal “type” of book so it was nice to read one that I could just enjoy. 

Steven and Matt’s story was just sad in the beginning.  Matt’s parents, Steven, best friends have died and left Matt in Steven’s care.  What a big adjustment for both boy and man.  Steven leaves his home in Colorado and moves his new “son” to Stone Creek where his recently discovered distant family is in the hopes of giving Matt a new start.  Steven buys an old farm that is in really bad shape.  Upon they arrival, the cousin who found Steven arrives and instead of camping until the house is repaired, they are provided with her husband’s tour bus.  With all of this, Steven has promised Matt a new dog and they make an adoption.

Melissa is the county prosecutor and has had relationship issues of her own.  She was engaged to a widower in town and just could not commit.  Now he is getting married and Melissa is all alone and trying to convince herself that is okay.  That is until she meets Steven and Matt in the County Building where she is getting conned into running the parade for the upcoming Rodeo.  How can she ruin this little boy’s dreams by not helping with the parade? 

Very quickly there are sparks between Melissa and Steven and Matt is looking for Melissa to fill the Mom role in his life.  Steven trying to keep Matt from getting attached to Melissa.  But he is hooked as well.  All is good until Steven takes on the case of a young man from town probono because he believes that the boy is innocent of the charges against him despite his past.  Melissa is very upset and things go cold between them even though they are both still interested.  Can they get beyond their differences?

I enjoy the story telling that Linda Leal Miller does during these stories.  There are always story lines outside of the main line that keeps the story interesting and builds a lot of background and depth to the characters.  I feel like I could be walking down the street and meet Melissa or Matt and I would know just who they were.  A very enjoyable read.

My Rating

4 of 5 Stars – This is a good story and is something that I would recommend if you are looking for a good romance.

***Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this ecopy.  All opinions are my own honest assessment.

Guest Post: Laura Kreitzer

Today I would like to welcome Laura Kreitzer to Lisa’s World of Books.

Hello Literary-Folk!

My name is Laura Kreitzer, and I’m the author of the Timeless Series and the Summer Chronicles. This week I would like to alert everyone on a colossal crisis that’s gone unnoticed in the world: human trafficking. That’s why I’ve asked hundreds of blogs to be involved with spreading the word on this issue that’s become close to my heart.

As an author, and someone whose life is put in the spotlight, I keep most people at a distance. Only a handful of my friends know the whole me and the events from my past. But this week I’d like to share with you a part of myself that the outside world doesn’t see (and a part of me I don’t like to share). I was emotionally abused for five years by someone I thought loved me, my mind beaten into submission. Though the turmoil I went through doesn’t penetrate as deep as someone forced into slavery on the worldwide market for human trafficking, I can sadly relate in some ways: imprisoned, my life dictated down to what I wore, ate, where I went, whom I spoke to, where I worked, when I slept, bending to his every whim. He did not sway, even when I cried through some of the more traumatic things he had me do. I was a slave in my own home. In my desperation for freedom, I held out a gun and asked him to just end my suffering. I was desperate.

I can’t even imagine how many women (and men) in the world are in a similar situation. What’s even worse, I had it mild compared to the children that are sold for labor or sex. Surprisingly, the good ol’ U.S.A. is reported to be the host to two million slaves. Did you know this? Because I certainly did not; not until I was preparing to write my newest novel: Phantom Universe. The main character, Summer Waverly, was stolen as a child and sold as a slave to the captain of a modern-day pirate ship. From a loved child who only knew “time-out” as punishment, to being whipped into silence was something I knew nothing about. So I researched deeply into human trafficking and the psychological effects of torture of various types that one would endure in these circumstances. I felt shaken at my findings and knew I had to tell Summer’s story. (Read a sneak peek here.)

A storm began to brew in my mind; transforming, morphing, twisting, and expanding into this massive, black cloud. I had to bring this tragic atrocity to the forefront. My own emotional experiences, mixed with the research I did on human trafficking, made me feel an intense connection with Summer, and to all women who’ve been through this kind of brutality. The cloud ruptured and rained all over my computer one day. It took one month to write Phantom Universe, the first in the Summer Chronicles. I was so consumed by the story that I wrote nearly nonstop, only breaking for necessary tasks like eating, showering, and occasionally—very occasionally—sleeping.

Though the book I’ve written would be classified as Science Fiction, or as I’d like to call it, Dystopian, the emotions and psychological aspects are not Science Fiction—they’re real. Reviewers have said many amazing things about Summer, this character who is so real in my mind and who I cried along with as the words poured from my soul onto my screen.

“I admired Summer’s strength and ability to adapt,” says CiCi’s Theories. “I felt tied to her emotions,” Jennifer Murgia, author or Angel Star admits. And Tahlia Newland, author of Lethal Inheritance, remarks, “Summer is strong and smart in mind [. . .]”

Through her overwhelmingly horrendous past, Summer goes on more than just a physical journey in Phantom Universe, she goes on a psychological one as well; growing beyond her mute state to persevere and survive in a new world beyond the whip she’s so frightened of.

Now that the release date is here, I’m excited and terrified to share this story with everyone. I’m emotionally tied in every way to the words I’ve written, because they’re more than words. More than just a story on a page. Beyond the fictional aspects, there’s a real issue that needs to be addressed: human trafficking must be stopped. We shouldn’t sit idly by while this continues to plague us. Our world’s children—our nation’s children—are being affected. It’s time we take action!

Earlier this month Phantom Universe hit Barnes and Noble’s top 100 Best Selling list. I’ve decided to donate 10% of my sales from Phantom Universe, until the end of February, to the DNA Foundation.

“DNA hopes to help abolish modern day slavery, deter perpetrators, and free the many innocent and exploited victims. We are committed to forcing sex slavery out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

Freedom is a basic human right and slavery is one of the greatest threats to that freedom. No one has the right to enslave another person.”

—From DNA Foundation’s Website

I ask that you spread the word to everyone you know. Look around on the DNA Foundation website and find a way to get involved in ending human trafficking. Take action today. Everyone has a voice—you have a voice. Will you have the courage to use it?

Thank you, Laura for coming my today and helping us to understand this horrible thing that is still happening in our society.  You can read my review of Phantom Universe here