Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mid event survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?  I am a little tired but just ate a snack.

2) What have you finished reading?  I have not finished but I am close to finishing  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.   I have about 30 pages left.

3) What is your favorite read so far?  Catching Fire

4) What about your favorite snacks?  Does leftover Birthday Cake count?

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!  Not yet.

The Dewey Readathon Begins

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?   I am reading in Atlanta Georgia.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?   My stacks start with Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins,  Momnesia by Lori, and more....

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  I don't know...

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  My name is Jencey Gortney and yesterday was my birthday.  I write the blog Writer's Corner.   I work for Dekalb County Library at their Clarkston branch.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?  I don't know that I would do anything different this time around.   I enjoy spending the day with you all.  I want offer prizes for the future.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Karen Takes Us On a Journey!

Thank you to WOW Women on Writing and Karen Wojcik Berner for the opportunity to share Until My Soul Gets it Right.

Until My Soul Gets It Right (The Bibliophiles: Book Two)
Have you ever yearned for life to be different?  What would you do to accomplish this goal?  Where would you go to ensure this goal was accomplished?  What would you change?  Karen Wojcik Berner answers these questions in her latest novel Until My Soul Gets It Right.


Catherine has never felt at home whether it be in Wisconsin in Burkesville or Portland Maine.   Her family does not do much to help her to consider staying at the family home in Wisconsin.    Catherine’s dream is becoming an actress. She leaves for Portland Maine after seeing a travel program advertising the city.   Katherine finds work and a home away from her home in Wisconsin but will it be permanent?   Catherine immediately finds a job and an adoptive family but will it be enough?  Will her travels help her find what she is looking for?

My Thoughts:

The Bibliophiles series focuses on the members of the group.  In the first book we met Annie and Sarah.  This book we meet Catherine.    She is a great character!  I loved reading this book.  The author has succeeded in creating another great character.     I was drawn into the story through Catherine’s experiences.  This character reminded me of Jane Eyre and her dilemmas.     

I felt that this story was much better than the previous book.   The plot was great!  The story leaves you wanting more.   I liked this book and read it in two days.   I look forward to the next book.

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A Bibliophile’s Guide to Portland, Maine By Karen Wojcik Berner

Thank you so much for having me here today, Jencey.

View photo in messageHave you ever wanted to escape your daily existence and live somewhere completely different?

In my latest novel, “Until My Soul Gets It Right (The Bibliophiles: Book Two),” Catherine Elbert cannot stand living one more day on her family’s farm in Burkesville, Wisconsin. Watching a PBS travelogue, she becomes intrigued with Maine, with its lighthouses and rugged coastline, so different from the Midwest. She eventually settles on Peaks Island, off the coast of Portland.

Portland is such a great city, steeped in history and funky enough to have a vibrant arts community. Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the wonderful “Olive Kitteridge” was born here, not to mention publishing juggernaut Stephen King. Besides, who doesn’t love reasonably priced lobster?

Being a bibliophile myself, I always visit any literary landmarks or novel points of interest. Here are a few in and around Portland.

The Wadsworth-Longfellow House. Smack in the middle of downtown Portland at 489 Congress Street, is the childhood home of the legendary nineteenth-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which is still filled with original furnishings and family memorabilia. Longfellow is one of the most famous American poets, having written such pieces as “Paul Revere’s Ride,” “Christmas Bells,” and “The Children’s Hour.” As a matter of fact, his poem is why the holiday shop Catherine works at in Portland is called Christmas Bells.

The rock near Portland Head Light. I know it sounds strange, but if you visit the most famous lighthouse in Maine and the iconic image of the area, Portland Head Light, there is a large, flat rock with a plaque behind it. Longfellow was friends with the lighthouse keepers and was said to visit often. This is your chance to sit and view what Longfellow may have when he was conceptualizing his famous poem, “The Lighthouse.”

Brown Library. Housing a collection that dates from the sixteenth through twenty-first centuries, Brown Library is known for its comprehensive documents of Maine and New England history. Located behind the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, it has an extensive collection of nineteenth-century newspapers, as well as the John S.H. Fogg Autograph Collection, which includes signatures from Revolutionary War generals, kings and queens, and literary figures.

Longfellow Books. Describing itself as “fiercely independent,” this bookstore, located at One Monument Way, holds author events featuring everyone from New York Times best-sellers to local Maine authors. It even has a Classics Book Club, just like the one my characters belong to in my series, the Bibliophiles.

Have you ever been to Maine? What is your favorite literary hangout?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Karen Wojcik Berner Has Character

Karen sent me the first book in the Bibliophiles series.  Whisper to a Scream is the first book about two women who share a similar frustration.
A Whisper to a Scream (The Bibliophiles: Book One) 

Annie and Sarah both have something the other wants.  Sarah is a mother of two looking for time for herself and help with the house and the children.  Annie would give anything to have a child.  Both women see a flyer that promotes a new book club commencing at the Community Center.  They will be reading the classics.  Will each woman capture the desire of her heart?  How will they respond to disappointment?

My Thoughts:

This book evoked emotion and one could feel the frustration that each woman felt.  I want to support and be the friend of both Sarah and Annie.  The theme of this book is jealousy and comparisons we make.  Sometimes it is very easy to judge someone else and not see how the grass is always greener on the other side.  The writer did well to communicate the frustration and plotted well the story and length. 

Who hasn’t made comparisons in one’s life?  To write a very emotional story says something about the author.    Who would you root for here Sarah or Annie?   Who can identify with the types of struggles they went through?


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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

World Castle Giveaway

Haunted DestinyWorld Castle Publishing company is having a giveaway.   The givaways will be weekly.  You can enter below in the rafflecopter below.   I will include  a link to the book.  The book for this giveaway is ebook Haunted Destiny by Kelly Abell.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

The Language of Roses with Leila Meacham

Product DetailsThis is Leila Meacham’s debut Roses.  I heard about this book on  I found an opportunity to review this book.


The Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts have known each since the founding of the town Howbutker.   A town in east Texas.  The Warwicks are known for their lumber empire.  The DuMonts for their fabulous department stores, and The Tolivers for their cotton production.   The novels begins with the funeral for Vernon Toliver, and the reading of his will.  This document states that Mary Toliver the youngest child would inherit the plantation of Somerset.  This stipulation causes conflict in the family.  Percy Warwick who has always loved on Mary feels he can sway her to let Somerset go.  Will he be successful?   Will the Toliver curse affect Mary?  How will the decisions made by Percy and Mary affect future generations?

My Thoughts:

The history of the Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts extends to the War of the Roses in England.  The Tolivers and Warwicks are direct descendants of the Lancaster and York families.   The DuMonts are the peace makers always making peace between the Warwicks and Tolivers.   The family’s used Roses to communicate between them their intentions.  A white and red roses represented healing and forgiveness. 

Roses is a great novel!  This novel looks big when you look at with 607 pages, but it is worth reading.   I thought it was slow in some parts.  The story is told from three different perspectives and they are:  Mary Toliver DuMont, Percy Warwick, and Rachel Toliver.   Rachel is Mary’s great niece and heir to Somerset.  Legacy is one important quality in this book.  The question asked by the author is what type of legacy will one leave?



Please visit Leila Meacham on Facebook or her website at publisher. Also check out her newest book Tumbleweeds.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

In My Mail Box week of October 7 th

Sugar Rush (Cupcake Club)
Sugar Rush by Donna Kauffman

Almost a Family (a feel-good romance) 
Almost a Family by Stephanie Bond

Momnesia by Lori Verni-Fogarsi which I received from the author.  This book is part of a big giveaway in November so stay tuned.

Currently Reading:

MomnesiaDestined to Fail  
Also who will join me for the Dewey Readathon this weekend?