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Monday, May 30, 2011

Have a Wonderful Memorial Day!

I know everyone (in the US) views Memorial Day the beginning of Summer... but let's also not forget why the day is important... Thank you to all those you have served, whether in peace or in times of upheaval. Thank you.

I found these wonderful vintage postcards, so nice, and I decided to post them today for everyone to enjoy. It was originally called Decoration Day. This one is thanking those who fought in the civil war era... these are amazing!

The next is from around 1910... I think... the detail on the cards really astounded me, this is before the time of mass market copying.

This was the first one I could find that said Memorial Day.... I'm sure there are others, probably the second decade of the 1900's.

All three were all actual postcards from the early 1900's, they were beautifully made, probably by hand.

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 42

Good Morning Blogosphere Buds!

I can't believe it's been 42 weeks of flash fiction.... I know I haven't been flashing anyone lately... but, I hope that all changes now that prom and graduation are behind us!  It's been an incredibly busy month at the Taylor household... and now with the arrival of summer...(and two kids in college!).... I hope things start settling down.  I'm going to post some prom and grad pics here, maybe tomorrow... I can't believe I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn and rush someone out the door!!  (Well, hubs still has to work, but not today... Memorial Day Holiday!!)

So... it time for our flash fiction challenge!

I've found this wonderful, different, slightly odd image, and I have to post it.... It's like nothing we've had before.... well, you'll see what I mean!!  It's another by my favorite fantasy artist, Luis Royo.

Hypnotic... isn't it?  LOL  When I saw this one, I thought, what a wonderful image to write a flash for... so, here it is!  Hope you enjoy it... it's almost frightening!!

The rules remain the same, 350 words (or there about) and come back Friday to post a response.  But, most importantly.... have a blast, let your creative juice flow!

Have a great first week of summer!!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Angel Burn by L. A. Weatherly

Publisher:  Candlewick Press
Pages:  464

(Release Date:  May 24, 2011)

From the Cover:

Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars.

Willow has a gift.

She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil.

In the first book in an action-packed romantic trilogy, L. A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill ride of a road trip  —  and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

Willow's life is .... complicated. Her mother has lost touch with reality, more and more everyday until there's almost no reality left. On a good day, she might look at Willow, on a bad day.... well, at least she appears happy. Since her mother's deteriorating mental state, Willow and her mother now live with her aunt, and she reminds Willow everyday that she allows them to live with her out of the goodness of her heart. She reminds Willow that she could help out more, contribute more, make her life easier. School isn't the best, she's just not an average girl.

But Willow has a gift, as well as a nack for fixing cars. With a simple touch, Willow can tell your hopes and dreams, your fears and desires, your future. While her best friend only wants her car fixed, and who even believes in the mumbo-jumbo of future telling, Willow senses something wrong. When one of the most popular girls in the school, Beth, seeks Willow out, she knows something isn't right. Beth claims to have seen an angel, and the angel wants her to join him at the Church of the Angels. Willow sees into Beth's future, it shows two paths, one with happiness and one with a slow death, and it all depends on if Beth follows her heart or her head. When Beth takes off, Willow knows she has chosen the wrong path.

Alex knows all about the angels, he's lost his father and his brother to the breed. He used to be part of a militia that worked to control the angel infection, but since the CIA took over, he seems to kill only those angels not interfering with the human population. He never knows when he'll be called into service. But, when he get an assignment that leads him to Willow, he knows something is going on, he only kills angels, and Willow seems to be human, with one tiny exception... an angel sleeps over her head. Alex secrets Willow away, and together they begin to figure out what's going on.

Angel Burn by L. A. Weatherly is an exciting fast paced read, I had trouble putting it down. Willow is a likable character, with a bossy best friend. She isn't your ordinary teen girl, she's better with cars than boys.
To earn extra money to help support herself and her mother, she gives an occasional reading. Beth's reading couldn't go worse, because she only wants to hear that angels are good, when in reality the angel that she's seen is anything but. These angels aren't angels, and only their prey can see them. Except for Willow, and the hunters. Alex is a hunter, but he's lonely, he has only himself, no friends, no family. And now, he starts to realize that the 'hits' he has been sent out aren't what they seem. When he encounters Willow, he doesn't understand her, doesn't know what to make of this girl who knows things she shouldn't, with extraordinary powers. Willow feels the same about Alex, but as they spent more time on the run, they become closer, falling in love. But, will they get to stay together or will the angels find away to claim them for their own use?

Angel Burn is a fun YA read, it's unique, wonderfully told, and honestly, I couldn't have been happier with the read. It was fantastic! I have no trouble saying I highly recommend it. It's the first book of a trilogy, so I'll have two more opportunities to enjoy this author's storytelling. I would probably recommend for the over 13 year old crowd, due to the romance between Willow and Alex. It contains an action/adventure, an alternate reality, and sexual tension. The angels in this story are not heavenly, more demonic than angelic, and looking to make meals of the human race. Even though this book was almost 500 pages long, it felt like a quick read, and when I arrived at the end, I was hoping for more. Willow and Alex were meant to be together, and I can't wait for Book 2 to see where the story leads. I recommend this books for lovers of YA fantasy, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy (YA and adults alike). Angel Burn is one story not to miss.

I received by copy for review from NetGalley and Candlewick Press. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 41

Good Monday Afternoon!

I've been so busy... (on a sekrit projeck) and with graduation... My baby is going to graduate high school in just a few days... and it's making me feel so old.... decrepitude is settling into my bones... But, I'll have pictures to share, she looks so pretty in her graduation dress (though her cap and gown was made for someone much larger than her, one size does not fit all... no matter what they

Since this is the first time today (between calling colleges, set up interviews, purchasing a laptop as her graduation gift...) I've had time to sit with my own laptop, it's time for today's flash fiction post.  And I have a fantastic image... I freaking love it, hope I have time to write for it!!

The image I've found is another Luis Royo image, he's become my new favorite!

Okay, the King shown reminds me ever so slight of Tom Seleck if Tom Seleck ever played a king.

The rules remain the same.... and everyone, have fun!!!

See everyone soon!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 40

So sorry everyone, forgot it was Monday!  I'm still exhausted from the flu I had all last week, but other than a sinus infection remaining, and sleeping at the drop of a hat, I'm much better and I hope to be back to my regular blogging schedule.  Anything is better than the way I felt last week....

So it's time for.... (late, sorry!)

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge

And, here's this week flash fiction image...

It's another Luis Royo image, I hope it excites your imagination....

Have a great week! (I hope to start catching up and posting!!)


Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 39

Good Monday Morning

I know no one is going to believe this.... but I have the flu... again... on of the kids brought it home from school.  Between doctor visits and traveling up and down the highways... I have done little else.  Now, I'm down with the bug and I'm hoping that I start feeling better soon, I haven't blogged in over a week other than last week's flash fiction post.  But, I can't miss this week, someone may written something wonderful. (it won't be me...I'll be laying on the couch, coughing my head off....)

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge

I hope everyone enjoys this image, it's unique.... or at least it is for me.

The rules remain the same, 350 words or there abouts, and come back Friday to post your flash.

Have a great week!


Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 38

Good Monday Morning!

Well, it's been a long week here, and a longer weekend.  It was Prom this weekend and cheerleading tryouts at the college Kirsten is thinking about attending.  Needless to say, starting on Wednesday, we started running around, trying to make sure we had everything we needed for Prom.  Both Kirsten and Patrick were going this year, and to say it was crazy was an understatement.  I'll have a  Prom post up later, but I'm glad it's Monday!!

The flash for this week in something total different than we've had in a while.  I hope everyone enjoys it, I love it!  I hope to have my flash for last week posted soon and I'll be by to read what everyone else has posted sometime today (I hope!).

We've mostly have had images of fantasy person(s) lately, so I thought we'd try to change it up, focus on an object or the people influenced by the object, something a little different.  And I loved the feel of this spooky old house with the one glowing window.  I wondered, what's going on in there?  Is this only sign of life?  Why?  What happened?

I hope everyone enjoys it and the flash it produces!

The rules remain the same, somewhere around 350 words and come back Friday to post your response.  Let your creative juices flow and have fun!!

Have a great week!


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