Friday, November 28, 2014

VACANT Blog Tour and Scavenger Hunt @AHughesWriter #BookReview

To start with, here's the brief teaser for the book:
Nothing ruins a romantic evening like a brawl with lowlifes—especially when one of them later turns up dead and my date, Detective Isabella Cherabino, is the #1 suspect. My history with the Atlanta PD on both sides of the law makes me an unreliable witness, so while Cherabino is suspended, I’m paying my bills by taking an FBI gig.

I’ve been hired to play telepathic bodyguard for Tommy, the ten-year-old son of a superior court judge in Savannah presiding over the murder trial of a mob-connected mogul. After an attempt on the kid’s life, the Feds believe he’s been targeted by the businessman’s “associates.”

Turns out, Tommy’s a nascent telepath, so I’m trying to help him get a handle on his Ability. But it doesn’t take a mind reader to see that there’s something going on with this kid’s parents that’s stressing him out more than a death threat…

I've read the series and I'm back for more. If you'd like to review what I found in the first of the series, you can check out my blog post here.  I started reading these thanks to the Decatur Book Festival two years ago when I was able to actually  meet the author.  When she asked me to take a part in the tour for the new book, I jumped at the chance.  I was given a copy of the book to review, all opinions are still my own.

I love to read, but not all books are good for a mostly single sitting read session.  I have to say I was easily kept in the book to finish it in two days.  Given that I was cleaning and preparing for Thanksgiving dinner at the time, that's not too shabby.  I could easily have taken a day and finished it then.   This go around is an interesting turn of events.  It pulls highly from the last book, so I recommend reading them in series first.  I don't want to give away spoilers, so I can't expound too much.  I will say it's a series of events that Cherabino faces on her own in Atlanta with Adam elsewhere in Savannah.  Adam learns more of his own strength and determination and faces down his addiction in a big way.  It will be interesting to find out what the consequences become in the next book in the series.


Don't forget to go back to the Tour and Scavenger Hunt tomorrow for your next clue.

About the Author:
Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily all at the same time! For all the latest news and free short stories, join Alex’s email list at

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

May you enjoy your holiday and spend time with family and friends. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My response to #Ferguson #WW

I'm not one to join a group of protestors.  I'm not one to post a lot of random words about an issue.  But I'm also not one to remain totally silent.  I don't agree with (or really even understand) the violence that broke out in Ferguson, though I do understand the protests.  My son's best friend is a young black male.  My daughter's best friend is his sister.  I consider those kids part of my family and would do whatever I felt necessary to help them and their parents out.  So, on that note..

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Preparing for the holidays - attempting to clean house

So it's my turn to host Thanksgiving at my house.  I don't have a big house (it's deceptive to look at) so it's always a challenge to prepare for any large group.  The big thing is to simply get things clean.  With all of the sorting and eliminating I did over the summer, I don't have a lot of the clutter I used to.  Of course, to get things clean I have to get family motivated to help. 

I'm sure as a mom that others have felt the same way.  My family doesn't seem to notice when I do clean, they only notice when something isn't clean that they need/want.  Given that my kids are teens, they don't always notice that something isn't clean (or that it is) unless it's VERY obvious.  I can only assume that that's a teen characteristic that's developed since I was one. I don't remember being that bad (though my parents may disagree).

So, unless I stand over my family and force them to clean, cleaning doesn't happen.  Hubs will even have good intentions to get something of his clean.  Rarely does it actually happen, though.  (I'm not allowed to clean his part of the office, I'll get rid of something he wanted to keep or hide it from him in the process.)  If I want it clean, I have to do it.  Normally, I don't mind so much. Sometimes, though, I'm more than ready to just throw up my hands and not even try.

Will my house be clean for family? Yes.  By sheer force of will.  Let the beatings begin!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Atlanta History Center - Holidays in History Homeschool Day 12-5 @atlhistcenter

The Atlanta History Center’s next Homeschool Day is Friday, December 5th, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  This month’s theme is Holidays in HistoryEnjoy our annual holiday program and experience how Christmas was celebrated in years past, from the 1860s Smith Family Farm, to the 1930s Swan House.

At the Smith Family Farm, experience an 1860s Christmas through character encounters, demonstrations, and hands-on activities including blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, candle-dipping, and making holiday decorations.  Meet members of the Smith family and the enslaved workers on the farm, and learn how they celebrated Christmas.

The 1930s Swan House is elegantly decorated for the holiday season.  Kitty Cates, the Governess of the Inman grandchildren, shows you how to make a holiday decoration and demonstrates proper holiday party manners.  Meet other members of the Swan House staff including the maid, Binah Lockett, the chauffeur, Grant Carter, and decorator, Ruby Ross Wood.  Grab a cup of cocoa from Binah and relax as you enjoy a reading of the beloved holiday poem A Visit from St. Nicholas.

Admission to Homeschool Days is $8.50 for nonmembers; $6.50 for children of members; and free for adult members. Discounted rates are available for groups with 10 or more children. For information or to make group reservations call 404-814-4018 or email:

While the special programming is only from 1:00 — 4:00 PM, you are welcome to spend the entire day at the History Center for this reduced rate. Many people come early (we open at 10:00 AM) and spend the first part of the day exploring our exhibitions, gardens, and historic houses, have lunch at our small Chick-fil-A (open from Noon—2:00 PM), and then participate in the Homeschool Day program in the afternoon.

Please note that we are currently undergoing renovations to our main entrance. The Atlanta History Center main entrance will be temporarily located at 3299 Andrews Drive, admissions and ticketing will be temporarily housed in the atrium of our Archives building, McElreath Hall, and free and accessible parking will remain available on-site. All exhibitions will remain open, but guests will enter the museum through the back of the building. Signs are posted to guide you.

To learn about our other Homeschool Days this year, visit this website:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Excuse me..

I've taken some time out today to go to the movies.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Happy 16th to my "little" boy!

Not so little any more!