With Apologies to the Month of February

Have you ever had one of those days when you shouldn't be allowed out of the house? This pretty much sums up my February. I think it's the weather. It has me allajumble. Yes, that's all one word. Like out of nowhere we get some light snow chances this morning. But did I wake up to school-closing snow? No, I did not. I barely woke up at all.

But it did snow for about 20  minutes a few hours after getting to work. Big, beautiful flakes. But I had to break school rules and RUN down the halls to see it because my classroom doesn't have windows. Which is great if we get a tornado (hey, let's all hang out in here!), but other than that, should be totally illegal. I mean what if my file cabinet catches on fire and we can't get out the door? Where do we go? Out the windows? Nope! I would have to throw kids against the concrete block wall until one finally broke through to the  other side. (Some days that option doesn't bother me so much…)   Anyway, snow chances again Monday night, which is also totally yanking my chain. Because they are saying it could be anything from a wintery  mix to seriously accumulating. Their uncertainty is keeping me up at night. Literally. Today I went into my classroom and had to explain to my students why an addiction to the Weather Channel was making their teacher turn into the bride of Darth Maul.

Some good news is that Just Between You and Me has been selected as the SheReads February selection. (It's about time February made it up to me.)  You totally want to tune into that because they are about to unveil a KICK BUTT giveaway. As in I want this prize. My awesome publisher is providing it, so I can brag on it all I want. I didn't make it myself. Which is lucky for everyone else. If it had been up to me, the prize probably would've been a stack of People magazines and a case of Fruity Pebbles.

So Ellen starts her gig on American Idol next week. ‘Bout time. So sorry to see Posh go. Really. . . pains me. And unlike Katy Perry, I don't think Ellen is going to get into it with Kara and threaten to toss a Big Gulp in her face.

So what have you been reading lately? I ordered over 70 new books for my classroom and I'm pathetically counting the seconds 'til they arrive. In the meantime I've read a few things.

I read Jennifer AlLee's The Pastor's Wife.
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It's a sweet book about a woman who returns to her husband after a six year absence. Her husband was a devoted pastor–maybe a little too devoted–and made it easy to walk away. But the couple never divorced. Which is good. Because things are definitely not resolved between them. I enjoyed the accurate portrayal of a small town church–how everyone has an opinion on the pastor and his wife–and the interesting look at how wearing the job of preacher can be.

I got a sneak peek into Kristin Billerbeck's first YA Perfectly Dateless.
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Don't you love that title? I know a ton of teens are gonna relate to that. This book doesn't come out until this summer, but it will be worth the wait, girls. It's good! This is the story of Daisy, a girl with uber conservative parents who don't let her do ANYTHING. And Daisy's got to go to her prom, right? Very funny stuff. Have you ever seen the Culps on SNL? Daisy's hilarious parents reminded me of one of my favorite SNL sketches. Which is not available on YouTube (because it's February?), but here's the general idea:

I just started Same Kind of Different as Me.
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I know, I ‘m way behind. It's been on my shelf for at least six months, but I had yet to crack it open. But when women AND men tell you to read it, you know  Same Kind of Different as Me has to be good. And it's going to be a movie. Starring Samuel L. Jackson Lawrence Fishburn. (who can tell them apart? I don't even try.)

Finally, I just got this one in from Amazon.
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I've been hearing for YEARS I needed to read Nick Hornby, but hadn't. Seen a few of the movies based on his books, but hadn't read the guy. So on the recommendation of Editor Jamie, I'm finally seeing what all the Hornby fuss is all about.

I also read Something to Talk About by Christian fiction author Lisa Wingate. You can more about this book after my signoff. The girl on the cover of the book totally reminds me of Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory.

Okay, that's what I've been reading. What about you?

Have a great weekend!

JEN

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Never Say Never

Bethany House (February 1, 2010)

by

Lisa Wingate
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lisa lives in central Texas were she is a popular inspriational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books. Her novel, Tending Roses, received dozens of five-star reviews, sold out thirteen printings for New York publisher, Penguin Putnam, and went on to become a national bestselling book. Tending Roses was a selection of the Readers Club of America, and is currently in its fourteenth printing.

The Tending Roses series continued with Good Hope Road, the Language of Sycamores, Drenched in Light, and A Thousand Voices. In 2003, Lisa's Texas Hill Country series began with Texas Cooking, and continued with Lone Star Cafe', which was awarded a gold metal by RT Bookclub magazine and was hailed by Publisher's Weekly as “A charmingly nostalgic treat.” The series concluded with Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner.

Lisa is now working on a new set of small-town Texas novels for Bethany House Publishers. The series debuted with Talk of the Town and continued with Word Gets Around and Never Say Never. A new series is also underway for Peguin Group NAL, beginning with A Month of Summer (July 2008), and continuing with The Summer Kitchen (July 2009) and Beyond Summer (July 2010). Lisa's works have been featured by the National Reader's Club of America, AOL Book Pics, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, American Profiles and have been chosen for the LORIES best Published Fiction Award. In 2009, A Month of Summer was nomiated for the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award.
ABOUT THE BOOK

Kai Miller floats through life like driftwood tossed by waves. She's never put down roots in any one place–and she doesn't plan to. But when a chaotic hurricane evacuation lands her in Daily, Texas, she begins to think twice about her wayfaring existence.

And when she meets hometown-boy Kemp Eldridge, she can almost picture settling down in Daily–until she discovers he may be promised to someone else. Daily has always been a place of refuge for those the winds blows in, but for Kai, it looks like it will be just another place to leave behind. Then again, Daily always has a few surprises in store–especially when Aunt Donetta has cooked up a scheme.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Never Say Never, go HERE

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Paula - February 5, 2010

I have 14 unread books on my Kindle 🙂 Never Say Never and Talk of the Town are right there waiting for me…I just haven’t started them. I also snagged 2 books by Julie Klassen, The Apothecary’s Daughter and Lady of Milkwood Manor, and a book called Peculiar Treasures by Robin Jones Gunn along with a couple of Brandilyn Collin’s books.

What I have read recently, and highly recommend, include Jason Elam’s Monday Night Jihad, Someday by Karen Kingsbury (she is a super author) and Terri Blackstock’s Cape Refuge series. I have also tapped back into some Grace Livingston Hill books. I used to read her YEARS ago! Anyway, recently I found The Girl from Montana and City of Fire. Superior books!

I now have 90 (yes, that is ninety! Yippee!!) new books in my classroom waiting to be read. I think I am so overwhelmed I don’t know where to begin (kind of like cleaning the house). But I definitely don’t lack for choices!!!

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Cassidy - February 5, 2010

Oh my gosh. You made my mom and I crack up about the whole “throwing kids up against the concrete wall” thing. That was so hilarious. LoL
Let’s see.. I read a book called “Sweet Caroline”.
It’s really good. And funny. It’s about a girl that’s had like a troubled past and she’s not real sure if God exists, but then life-changing things happen. And you’re just gonna have to read it for yourself = )
Those books sound really interesting. I’m gonna have to look for them = )

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Allie - February 6, 2010

I have always hated the month February. It’s when I get a bad case of the “blahs” and start going to bed at 8:30, which is ridiculously strange since my normal bedtime is midnight. Anyway, Daltrey feels the same way, so this year we decided to make a calendar with something fun for every day. Yesterday was Yoga Day, and today was eat Nutella Day. Tomorrow is Listen to Frank Sinatra Day and Watch Anastasia Day. I recommend the strategy highly.

I’m currently rereading the Chronicles of Narnia series. It’s great stuff. I’m also reading One Hundred Years of Solitude. I’m not too far into it, but I like it so far.

Here’s to a better month!

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Bethany Ellis - February 8, 2010

I feel your pain about windows. I had an office that had no windows for about a year. Hated it 🙁 It was hard.

I’m ALWAYS reading, of course. Haha. Lately: Jane Eyre *sigh* (lovely book); Listen, by Rene Gutteridge (very powerful book on gossip, etc. Finished it last night.); Northanger Abbey (I’ve been into classics lately); and for school: The Christian Counselor’s Manual by Jay Adams. Lol. 🙂

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Jenny B. Jones - February 8, 2010

Paula, I’m gonna steal that Kindle when you’re not looking…

Cassidy, Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck? She’s a great writer. : )

Allie, you and Daltrey are cooler than cool. What do you do on these days? You gotta let me know.

Bethany, great job on the classics. Have you been watching Emma on PBS?

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Bethany Ellis - February 11, 2010

No! I only heard about it a day or two ago, and I didn’t know when it’s on or anything.. is it good? I heard it was. 🙂

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