September Bookworm

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore by Robin Slone
A story that joins 21st century tech wunderkids with a 15th century secret society to try a de-code the granddaddy of all code books. One that might hold the secret to eternal life! Clay is an unemployed web designer struggling to get a job in his field. He takes a job at Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore, and quickly realizes that there’s more going on than just selling books a 1 am.

“The shelves were packed close together, and it felt like I was standing at the border of a forest… There were ladders that clung to the shelves and rolled side to side. Usually those seem charming, but here, stretching up into the gloom, they were ominous.”


That Old Black Magic by Mary Jane Clark
Piper Donovan is thrilled to be assisting a famous baker in New Orleans. Less so when people start being murdered by “The Hoodoo Killer.” It becomes clear each victim has been killed in a bizarre ritual dedicated to a Voodoo saint. No matter where Piper goes trouble always seems to find her.

The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson
Those who follow Maureen’s “The Shades of London” series know the character Stephen Dene, and the incident that triggered his supernatural power. We didn’t know the whole story however. This short prequel is a great look into the life of this beloved character, and here’s the best part guys, it’s free! Yes, free! Click the link, sign up for Wattpad (it’s free!) and start reading!

University Survival Guide

Yes this is coming in at the 11 hour. Sorry! I’ve been moving my own university student into his first teeny tiny apartment. I didn’t cry (much) this time, promise! Below is a wealth of great advice for incoming university students. These vids and links helped us get an idea of the reality of student life and what living away from home was like. I will say, the advice givers are very honest about student life and do not sugar coat.

Freshman year dorm move in day was crazy! Less stuff next time!

University by The Londoner

What to Bring to College by Sage-Brush Mama

Getting Ready for Dorm Life (a Pinterest Board) by Jessie Higgs

Finally this from me: It’s not lethal if they don’t have every single thing on the list. Rosie was right when she said save some things for them to go get on their own. They’ll have the satisfaction of figuring it out and fetching it on their own, gaining a big boost of confidence.
Also, don’t be heart broken if they aren’t homesick. He/She has been anticipating this their whole teenage life! Good luck Freshman and good job parents!
Hey parents? I’m no expert, but I did learn a lot this past year about parenting a college age teen. Any questions?
Ask me anything!

Broiled Fish with Butter & Lemon

Broiled Trout

How to get the fish cooked nicely without the skin (the best part) going all flobby?
This way please….

Broiled Fish

2-4 Fish Fillets (Trout or Salmon)
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
For Serving:
Fresh Lemon Juice
Fresh Herbs

Place the oven rack about 3-4 inches away from the heating surface. Pre-heat oven Broiler for about 5-10 minutes.

Coat the fish, flesh and skin sides, with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange skin side up on a foil lined baking sheet.
Place the fish into the broiler for about 5-8 minutes depending on the number of fillets and thickness of the fish.
Set the timer, don’t wander off, or you’ll have really crispy skin in the form of blacked charcoal.

When the skin is crisp and golden take from the oven and tear over the fresh herbs, add a dab of butter onto each fillet and serve with a final squeeze of lemon.

Sunday Surfing


These vids by passengers flying with the worlds most swankiest commercial airlines made my jaw drop!

And on the other side of the coin, World of Wanderlust names and shames the worst airlines.

You’ve no doubt been playing the “10 Books That Have Stayed With You” on Facebook. Here are the books that stayed with 7 famous writers.

He asked his wife what kind of birthday party she wanted, she said, “Just a generic party.” Well, he delivered!

Planning to be in NYC? Here are the 10 Best Rooftop Bars.

Instagram pet @frenchiebutt will make you smile!

This up-do has been my “can’t be bothered” weekend hair style for years!

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