I usually go for funny and light-hearted posts on my blog, but September 11th is such a reverent and solemn day in our nation’s history, I wanted to do something different.
I can’t believe it’s been twelve years since the attack. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was driving to work and heard that someone had crashed a plane into one of the twin towers. I remember thinking to myself, “What idiot would have crashed a plane in the middle of New York City?” I mean, things like that just don’t happen. When you hear about plane crashes, they’re very rarely in the middle of a town, mere miles from an airport. Pilots take great care in trying to set a crashing plane down in an unpopulated area that would suffer the least amount of damage.
People were discussing the crash when I got to work, but no one was using the word “terrorism”. It all just seemed like a crazy accident until the second plane hit the second tower. Then everything changed. Irreparably. This wasn’t an accident—this was a deliberate attack, and the worst part was that we didn’t know who the attacker was or why our nation was being targeted. One of my co-workers went home to get a TV so that we could watch the story unfold. We all sat riveted to the TV (no work was going to get done that day) with sinking hearts and teary eyes as we watched our fellow Americans literally run for their lives.
I can’t even imagine what it was like to have been a first responder. So many of them gave their lives trying to save others. Others were scarred physically and emotionally. But they did more than just save lives. They gave the rest of us something to believe in—that not all Americans were superficial, self-centered, and lazy like the rest of the world thought. They became our new heroes, and as such they inspired the rest of us to get out there and make a difference in any way we could.
I’ve never seen such American pride in my lifetime as we experienced after 9/11. We all banded together, and for once everyone was on the same side and supported the government. It was a scary time, but we were strong because we felt like we had each other. But as with anything, that patriotic feeling waned, and unfortunately we’ve fallen back into bickering with our fellow Americans, completely forgetting how we leaned on each other only a decade ago. In honor of this day, it is my wish that we put our differences aside and just be Americans, standing side by side to remember those who lost their lives and gave their lives on September 11, 2011.
IT'S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH is getting some serious love from bloggers lately!
1 Book Lover's Opinion is hosting a giveaway and spotlight for me. Hop on over here and get your name in the Rafflecopter drawing for a free ecopy!
The Masquerade Crew is also hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway, and this one includes a bunch of awesome Romance authors!
Rose & Beps Blog also gave me a book spotlight this week. See it here.
Thanks so much to all three of these great blogs for everything that they do to promote indie authors!
SWIMMING UPSTREAM by Ruth Mancini is a lovely read!
Get it here!
SWIMMING UPSTREAM by Ruth Mancini is a poignant story about one woman’s journey to finding out what she really needs in life. The novel is well-written and descriptive, instantly pulling you in and making you care about each of the characters.
Lizzie Taylor tells most of her life story throughout this novel, starting in young adulthood, but flashing back to her childhood and college days enough that the reader really gets a sense of who she is and how her personality was molded by the events of her life. Lizzie is definitely a survivor, as well as a good friend, and I loved how she allowed her friends to lean on her strength when they needed it.
The characters were so vivid and so real, and I could imagine having a conversation with any one of them. The author made me care about what happened to them and worry about them as if they were my own friends. The dialogue is very realistic, as is the plot.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Women’s Fiction, especially by British authors. SWIMMING UPSTREAM is a moving tale that will keep you thinking about it for weeks after reading it.
About the Author
Ruth Mancini was born in South London and educated in London and Cambridge where she gained a Bachelors degree in languages and a post-graduate diploma in law. For several years she worked in the publishing industry before becoming a practising lawyer, author and freelance writer.
She now lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children. She blogs at www.ruthmancini.com and can be found on Twitter @RuthMancini1 and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ruth.mancini.author.
Yep, that’s right, folks. August 30th is National Toasted Marshmallow Day!
(Not to be confused with S’mores Day, which is August 10th.)
I love doing these blog posts about “National (whatever) Days”—if nothing else, it gives me a reason to eat something fun. I suppose I could have gone with an article about August being National Goat Cheese Month (read about it here), but it would have been a short article, because the only thing I have to say about that is: YUCK.
Whether you’re someone who likes to gently cook your marshmallows to a perfect golden brown, or (like me) just lights the dang thing on fire and enjoys it “blackened”, today is your day.
I know, I know, I'm totally cheating here, but it’s entirely too hot and humid today in Indiana to toast any marshmallows outside around a roaring fire. But all you really need is a flame, right? In that case, I suppose you could do it with a lighter as well…
In a blind taste-test, the cooktop marshmallow beat out the lighter marshmallow. The one I cooked with the lighter wasn’t gooey in the middle like the cooktop one, mostly because I didn’t want to waste my lighter fluid on a stupid marshmallow—I went straight for setting it on fire instead of actually taking the time to warm it up first…before setting it on fire. Plus, the lighter marshmallow ended up with a big, gross black wart on it.
National Toasted Marshmallow Day is a super-easy holiday to celebrate—just grab a bag of marshmallows, a stick, find some fire, and you’re set. So get out there (or stay inside) and celebrate this sweet day!
I think in all of the excitement of getting ready for my blog tour and my book promo, I forgot to post a link to my very cool interview with
Read "A Conversation with Mystery Author Caroline Fardig" here: www.omnimysterynews.com
Thanks, Omnimystery News!
If you're in college, loved college, or even remember college, this is the book for you. My new author friend
has written a fantastic chick-lit novel about the ups and downs of college life.
I truly enjoyed every moment of this book. THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE ROOM is a well-written tale of several college students and their academic and romantic trials on the road to graduation. The characters and their dilemmas definitely took me back to my college years!
Emily has a less than nurturing family life, so she puts everything she has into graduating early in order to become self-sufficient. Unfortunately, her go-it-alone pride also begins spilling into her personal life, creating conflict between Emily and her friends and boyfriends.
I loved the supporting characters in this book—Emily’s flaky best friend, the nerdy guys in the Solar Car Club, and especially Mitch, the flawed but lovable guy who you REALLY hope Emily ends up with. I even liked the “bad guys”—they were so perfectly nasty! THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE ROOM is the first in the NEW PIONEERS series, and I can’t wait to read more about these characters!
And luckily, we don't have to wait too long, because THE FAMILY YOU CHOOSE is going to be released September 27th! Come back to the blog near that date and learn even more about Deb and her new book!
About the Author
Deborah Nam-Krane was born in New York, raised in Cambridge and educated in Boston. You're forgiven for assuming she's prejudiced toward anything city or urban. She's been writing in one way or another since she was eight years old (and telling stories well before that).
She first met some of the characters in The New Pioneers series when she was thirteen years old, but it took two decades- and a couple of other characters- to get the story just right.
It’s National Dog Day!
Here are my two "little" girls, Lucy and Goldie, a 90-pound Boxer and a 110-pound Golden Retriever. I like big dogs...and I cannot lie.
Get out there and celebrate National Dog Day with your best friend. It’s hot outside, so for the love of dog, PLEASE make sure to provide proper shelter and lots of water for your four-legged fur-babies.
Read more about National Dog Day at http://www.nationaldogday.com/about.htm.
I would like to say a huge
to my publicist, and friend, Sarka-Jonae of SJ Publicity.
Sarka has worked tirelessly to get my book out in front of the public, and as a result, IT’S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH became a bestselling book this past week. She has used her connections to get me featured on prominent book blogs, newspapers, and book enthusiast websites. She has also called up her army of Twitter and Facebook followers to create even more buzz for me. None of this would have been possible without her! She even stayed up late with me (chatting over Facebook), waiting for my Amazon rank to update! Now that's dedication!
My fellow Chick Lit Goddess member, Louise Wise is having a $0.99 sale on her book. Check it out!
As of NOW until the end of September "A Proper Charlie" by Louise Wise is on offer for under a dollar.
All Charlie Wallis wants is to be loved. Brought up in a children’s home she yearns for love and to be loved back but she seems to attract bad men. The first was someone who dumped her after she slept with him, the second is a womanising cheat and the third appears to be a murderer. Can’t have everything your own way, I guess.
"A Proper Charlie" less than half price on ALL eReaders!
Charlie Wallis has everything a girl could wish for. A loving boyfriend, a nice flat and a fantastic job as a journalist for London Core. Trouble is, Charlie's boyfriend isn’t at all ‘loving’, her job title really reads 'office assistant' and her flat, at the top of a high-rise, isn't that nice either.
Her new boss, Ben, is a huge bear of a man. A gentle giant, with chocolate brown eyes that hold a secret.
While London Core investigates the disappearances of local prostitutes, Charlie wants in on the action, deciding that dressing as a hooker and walking the streets is good research.
Bumping into Ben was the last thing she expected.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B003FW6RKM