Saturday, June 26, 2010

Versatile Blog Award

I just recieved this award from http://www.estherisblogging.blogspot.com/ real nice lady there I believe the rules
are that have to say 7 things about myself and pass this along to 15 other blogs ( No problem I guess it can be more than book related.)
here goes


1. I am an incurable romantic

2.  I have two kids with a mild form of autism

3.   I think any problem that comes up is not so bad with chocolate!

4.I am a music fanatic

5.  I dont like horror films but I do like  books on thrillers ,mysteries,etc...

6.My best friends and my kids make me want to be a better person

7.  I believe that God can   help with anything

Here are 3 of the 15 blogs I will be giving this award to:
busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com
http://www.goodbooksandacupoftea.blogspot.com/
andhttp://www.coffeypartyof3.blogspot.com/
www.oneyearartjournal.blogspot.com
www.adventuresofabettycrocker.blogspot.com
www.inspirationeverywhere.blogspot.com
www.sharyncarlson.typepad.com

I will continue to add to this list  so check back by to see  some of my top favorites

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Synopsis of What did You do before Dying? and Why Did You die in the Park

What Did You Do Before Dying? (Marge Chirstensen Mysteries)  Marge christensen finds her husband , Gene slumped over the steering wheel of his car
                              Can she convince the local police that it wasn't suicide In spite of the medical reports that
                               say he had a terminal illness?

Why Did You Die In the Park? (Marge Christensen Mysteries)Marge Christensen, the artist turned dective finds a dead body in the Park in Seattle.
she thinks that she doesn't have to get involved until she discover that her Best Friend's Husband is involved
with the victim and ther friend Lori did help her with Husbands case in the  previous book.  What are friends for?  I would like to take the time to thank Denise from Progressive for allowing me the opportunity to do this
synopsis and thank the Author for the guest post below

Guest Post by Patricia Batta

Where did Marge Christensen get her talent?


Marge Christensen is a water color pencil artist. Why? I know next to nothing about water color pencil art.

When I first started the Marge Christensen Mystery Series, I was looking for something a little bit different. Cats and crafts and catering were well represented in the cozy mystery genre, and anyway, I wasn’t proficient enough in any of them to make it the “hook” for my series. As it turned out, having Marge be an artist was just right for the way the series developed. I have a feeling it was one of those areas where the characters told me what was true for them rather than the other way around.

In What Did You Do Before Dying?, Marge’s art started as a symbol of what she had given up when she married and had children. After the death of her husband, she began to reclaim her talent and to hope it might be a way to a new beginning. In the end, it was a unique aspect of her talent that helped bring some bad guys to justice. In Why Did You Die In the Park?, that talent led her to questions that would never otherwise have arisen. And by the time Who More Than Wanted You Dead? came about, she was beginning to depend on it to help discover who did the deed. Because, even if she couldn’t otherwise recall something she had seen, her fingers never forgot.

I only knew about water color pencil art as a serious art form because a sister-in-law, Phyllis, who unfortunately died young as a result of an auto accident, practiced it. She painted a picture as an anniversary gift for my husband and me which made me a believer in the medium at first glance. When I adopted that as Marge’s chosen art form (or she chose it for me) I figured it would be a sideline to the plot, a way to honor Phyllis. I wouldn’t have to know anything more about the art. When it became a central element in the series, I knew I was doomed to educate myself.

I purchased a kit for learning water color pencil art. Fine, as long as I was using its templates and following its instructions to the letter. Otherwise, my attempts looked more like something a first grader might do. Then I discovered some artists combined water color pencils with water color paints. That helped, but it wouldn’t make an artist out of me. I took a drawing class (all the painting classes were at bad times for me) from my local community college. The instructor convinced me that my college art teacher who, many years ago, had left me with the impression I couldn’t draw was all wet. But it didn’t make an artist out of me.

So I struggle along, trusting that Marge or Phyllis or whoever put this idea in my head will lead me when I have to deal with it. At a recent book presentation, someone asked if a person’s fingers could really draw something the person couldn’t otherwise remember. I had to tell the truth. I have no idea. But it seems to work for Marge.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

In Free Fall By Julie Zeh

Two former college students , who are now physicists meet for there monthly
diatribe at Sebastian's house, Maike tolerates these visits although she intiated them.
Someone will get murdered in this book but that's not as interesting as who kidnapped
Liam,Sebastian only child.  Usually a murder will start with  the investgators point of view.    So early on you will know who killed who and why but the kidnapping is the
jreall msytery here.  Another  thing I thought was radically different was the imagery
was extremely well  done . Normally authors only focus on plot .   But this isn't an either or the author can do both.  Detective Schilf 's Character was the most intriguing and that's kida funny since you dont see him until much later in the story.  His illness
seems to be driving his need to know the truth and may have altered his way of doing things.  Overall I was definitely into this .  The author is from Germany  so this also counts for my Orbus Terrarum Challenge and I have 6 more books to
go ) so what should my next author or country be?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Versatile Blog Award

I just recieved this award from http://www.estherisblogging.blogspot.com/ real nice lady there I believe the rules
are that have to say 7 things about myself and pass this along to 15 other blogs ( No problem I guess it can be more than book related.)
here goes


1. I am an incurable romantic

2.  I have two kids with a mild form of autism

3.   I think any problem that comes up is not so bad with chocolate!

4.I am a music fanatic

5.  I dont like horror films but I do like  books on thrillers ,mysteries,etc...

6.My best friends and my kids make me want to be a better person

7.  I believe that God can   help with anything

Here are 3 of the 15 blogs I will be giving this award to:
busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com
http://www.goodbooksandacupoftea.blogspot.com/
andhttp://www.coffeypartyof3.blogspot.com/
www.oneyearartjournal.blogspot.com
www.adventuresofabettycrocker.blogspot.com
www.inspirationeverywhere.blogspot.com
www.sharyncarlson.typepad.com

I will continue to add to this list  so check back by to see  some of my top favorites

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Synopsis of What did You do before Dying? and Why Did You die in the Park

What Did You Do Before Dying? (Marge Chirstensen Mysteries)  Marge christensen finds her husband , Gene slumped over the steering wheel of his car
                              Can she convince the local police that it wasn't suicide In spite of the medical reports that
                               say he had a terminal illness?

Why Did You Die In the Park? (Marge Christensen Mysteries)Marge Christensen, the artist turned dective finds a dead body in the Park in Seattle.
she thinks that she doesn't have to get involved until she discover that her Best Friend's Husband is involved
with the victim and ther friend Lori did help her with Husbands case in the  previous book.  What are friends for?  I would like to take the time to thank Denise from Progressive for allowing me the opportunity to do this
synopsis and thank the Author for the guest post below

Guest Post by Patricia Batta

Where did Marge Christensen get her talent?


Marge Christensen is a water color pencil artist. Why? I know next to nothing about water color pencil art.

When I first started the Marge Christensen Mystery Series, I was looking for something a little bit different. Cats and crafts and catering were well represented in the cozy mystery genre, and anyway, I wasn’t proficient enough in any of them to make it the “hook” for my series. As it turned out, having Marge be an artist was just right for the way the series developed. I have a feeling it was one of those areas where the characters told me what was true for them rather than the other way around.

In What Did You Do Before Dying?, Marge’s art started as a symbol of what she had given up when she married and had children. After the death of her husband, she began to reclaim her talent and to hope it might be a way to a new beginning. In the end, it was a unique aspect of her talent that helped bring some bad guys to justice. In Why Did You Die In the Park?, that talent led her to questions that would never otherwise have arisen. And by the time Who More Than Wanted You Dead? came about, she was beginning to depend on it to help discover who did the deed. Because, even if she couldn’t otherwise recall something she had seen, her fingers never forgot.

I only knew about water color pencil art as a serious art form because a sister-in-law, Phyllis, who unfortunately died young as a result of an auto accident, practiced it. She painted a picture as an anniversary gift for my husband and me which made me a believer in the medium at first glance. When I adopted that as Marge’s chosen art form (or she chose it for me) I figured it would be a sideline to the plot, a way to honor Phyllis. I wouldn’t have to know anything more about the art. When it became a central element in the series, I knew I was doomed to educate myself.

I purchased a kit for learning water color pencil art. Fine, as long as I was using its templates and following its instructions to the letter. Otherwise, my attempts looked more like something a first grader might do. Then I discovered some artists combined water color pencils with water color paints. That helped, but it wouldn’t make an artist out of me. I took a drawing class (all the painting classes were at bad times for me) from my local community college. The instructor convinced me that my college art teacher who, many years ago, had left me with the impression I couldn’t draw was all wet. But it didn’t make an artist out of me.

So I struggle along, trusting that Marge or Phyllis or whoever put this idea in my head will lead me when I have to deal with it. At a recent book presentation, someone asked if a person’s fingers could really draw something the person couldn’t otherwise remember. I had to tell the truth. I have no idea. But it seems to work for Marge.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

In Free Fall By Julie Zeh

Two former college students , who are now physicists meet for there monthly
diatribe at Sebastian's house, Maike tolerates these visits although she intiated them.
Someone will get murdered in this book but that's not as interesting as who kidnapped
Liam,Sebastian only child.  Usually a murder will start with  the investgators point of view.    So early on you will know who killed who and why but the kidnapping is the
jreall msytery here.  Another  thing I thought was radically different was the imagery
was extremely well  done . Normally authors only focus on plot .   But this isn't an either or the author can do both.  Detective Schilf 's Character was the most intriguing and that's kida funny since you dont see him until much later in the story.  His illness
seems to be driving his need to know the truth and may have altered his way of doing things.  Overall I was definitely into this .  The author is from Germany  so this also counts for my Orbus Terrarum Challenge and I have 6 more books to
go ) so what should my next author or country be?

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