The More You Read . . .


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“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~ Dr. Seuss –  “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut”

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Books Read in 2012


12-29-12

The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King – A Nonfiction Thriller (A) ~ James Patterson and Martin Dugard

12-25-12

The Art of Non-Conformity (A++) ~ Chris Guillebeau

12-17-12

Gone Girl: A Novel (A++) ~ Gillian Flynn

12-6-12

If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home (A) ~ Lucy Worsley

12-3-12

Water’s Edge (A) ~ Robert Whitlow

11-29-12

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future (A+++) ~ Chris Guillebeau

11-26-12

Blood of the Prodigal: An Amish-Country Mystery (B) ~ P. L. Gaus

11-22-12

The Breach (A) ~ Patrick Lee

11-21-12

E-learning 101 (A) ~ Dr. Liz Hardy

11-16-12

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake (A) ~ Anna Quindlen

11-12-12

13 Steps Down (C) ~ Ruth Rendell

11-5-12

Paris in Love: A Memoir (A) ~ Eloisa James

10-30-12

Black Friday (B) ~ James Patterson (Note: The Kindle version has an extreme number of typos and a severe lack of punctuation)

10-29-12

Calico Joe (A) ~ John Grisham

10-25-12

Private (A) ~ James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

10-22-12

Haunting Rachel (A) ~ Kay Hooper

10-18-12

I Still Dream About You: A Novel (A) ~ Fannie Flagg

10-15-12

Miracle on the 17th Green (B) ~ James Patterson & Peter de Jonge

10-13-12

The Fire – Witch and Wizard Book 3 (A) ~ James Patterson

10-11-12

The Gift – Witch and Wizard Book 2 (A) ~ James Patterson

10-9-12

Witch and Wizard Book 1 (A) ~ James Patterson

10-5-12

Sarah Smiles (B) ~ Seanpaul Thomas

9-25-12

The Broke Ass Brigade (B+) ~ Don Romonov

9-21-12

Powder Burn ~ Carl Hiassen and Bill Montalbano

9-18-12

Dead Ringer ~ Allen Wyler

9-12-12

Cloak ~ James Gough

9-8-12

77 Shadow Street ~ Dean Koontz

9-6-12

The Accident: A Thriller ~ Linwood Barclay

9-2-12

The Coppersmith ~ Michael J. Scott

8-28-12

Dark of the Eye ~ Douglas Clegg

8-23-12

Chomp ~ Carl Hiassen

8-20-12

Contrails ~ Robert Anderson

8-13-12

The True Detective ~ Theodore Weesner

8-9-12

The Power of Happiness ~ Timothy McKinney

8-7-12

My Name is Joe ~ Stefan Bourque

8-4-12

The Hour of Predators ~ Lane Stark

8-1-12

The Blooding ~ Joseph Wambaugh

7-18-12

Handling Sin ~ Michael Malone

7-16-12

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid ~ Bill Bryson

7-10-12

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

7-4-12

The Litigators ~ John Grisham

7-2-12

Bittersweet ~ Nevada Barr

6-27-12

If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name ~ Heather Lende

6-20-12

The Shop ~J. Carson Black

6-18-12

Sandman ~ Morgan Hannah MacDonald

6-14-12

The Sex Lives of Cannibals ~ J. Maarten Troost

6-12-12

Scat ~ Carl Hiassen

6-10-12

Love Works ~ Joel Manby

6-2-12

Under the Tuscan Sun ~ Frances Mayes

5-30-12

13 1/2 ~ Nevada Barr

5-25-12

Basket Case ~ Carl Hiassen

5-18-12

The Puppet Master ~ Jan Coffey

5-15-12

In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving ~ Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins

5-8-12

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back ~ Todd, Sonja and Colton Burpo

5-7-12

Riversong ~ Tess Hardwick

4-30-12

Betrayals ~ Carla Neggers

4-21-12

The Constant Gardener ~ John Le Carre

4-12-12

Skin Tight ~ Carl Hiassen

4-8-12

Cold Fire ~ Dean Koontz

4-2-12

While I’m Still Myself ~ Jeremy Mark Lane

3-28-12

Roadwork ~ Stephen King

3-23-12

The Wicked Wives ~ Gus Pelagatti

3-18-12

The Night Circus ~ Erin Morgenstern

3-14-12

The Earthquake Machine ~ Mary Pauline Lowry

2-29-12

At Home – A Short History of Private Life ~ Bill Bryson

2-25-12

Drift ~ Andrew Hudson

2-21-12

Reel Life Crime ~ Cary Pepper

2-20-12

re-reading Thinner ~ Stephen King

2-7-12

In a Sunburned Country ~ Bill Bryson

2-2-12

Five Weeks in a Balloon ~ Jules Verne

1-30-12

StreetCreds ~ Zach Fortier

1-27-12

The Lovely Bones ~ Alice Sebold

1-27-12

Roderick Blackwood and the Demon Stone ~ Ralph Rathbone

1-23-12

Hostile Witness ~ Rebecca Forster

1-17-12

Frankenstein ~ Mary Shelley

1-16-12

Explosive Eighteen ~ Janet Evanovich

1-11-12

The One You Love ~ Paul Pilkington

1-9-12

CurbChek ~ Zach Fortier

1-8-12

Smokin’ Seventeen ~ Janet Evanovich

1-4-12

Dracula ~ Bram Stoker

1-3-12

The Truth About Us ~ Dalene Flannigan

Book Review: Thinner by Richard Bachman aka Stephen King


Thinner (novel)

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It is no secret that I’m a “number one fan” of Stephen King’s (Richard Bachman‘s) books. I have read and re-read quite a few of the books over the years. What a wonderful escape from reality!

I have read Thinner a number of times and lately have been wanting to do so again. Unfortunately, my library does not carry it. Fortunately for me, though, I was able to check it out on my Kindle. Yeah!

It took me less than a day to re-read this book and not just because I’ve read it before. The suspense and fast pace carried me quickly along.

Thinner is about an overweight lawyer named Bill Halleck. One day as he is driving with his wife, she decides that this is the perfect first time to jerk him off in the car. Understandably distracted, Bill hits and kills an ancient Gypsy jaywalker. Somehow, the policeman involved and the judge in the case dismiss it.

The Gypsy’s father, Taduz Lemke, however, does not dismiss it. He touches Bill’s face and whispers “thinner.”  And so, Bill begins to get thinner – and thinner – and downright gaunt – with no other explanation than the Gypsy’s curse.

Reluctant to believe that anyone could be cursed, Bill seeks out the judge and police officer to see if anything has happened to them. It has. Bill begins his search for the Gypsy caravan up the New England coast. What happens when Bill finds him has to be read to be believed (if even then).

Reading Diversity


I was thinking the other day how interesting and varied my reading choices have been lately. While I have always been open (mostly) to reading all sorts of things, lately I’ve been branching out. It’s because of my Kindle. The lure of free books has gotten to me. I find myself scanning Amazon.com daily for free books that look appealing. The ease of downloading them is an added treat.

While I was thrilled that my local library offers Kindle books for lending, I was disappointed that the waiting lists for all the books I want are sometimes dozens of people long. I combated this with downloading a couple paid and a couple free Kindle books while I wait.

I’m enjoying classics I had never read before!

Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents is Here!


Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents is designed to allow teachers and parents of two to six-year-old children to explore the world around them in a fun and exciting way by using the alphabet. Children at this young age need experiences that involve all the senses. Art, health, safety, science, geography, social studies, history, language arts, mathematics, music and literature are integrated throughout the activities in this book. Directions for projects are easy to read and follow and the materials are basic and inexpensive.

Founded in 2008, Smashwords operates the world’s leading ebook publishing and distribution platform serving authors, publishers, readers and retailers. Smashwords makes it free and easy for the world’s authors and publishers to instantly publish and distribute their books as multi-format ebooks. Smashwords puts authors and publishers in full control over the pricing, sampling and distribution of their works. Authors and publishers receive up to 85 percent of the net proceeds from the sales of their works. Smashwords has distribution relationships with leading online retailers such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Diesel eBooks, and leading mobile e-reading apps including Aldiko, Stanza, Kobo, FBReader and Word-Player, spanning all major mobile platforms including Android, Blackberry and iPhone. Privately held Smashwords is based in Los Gatos,California, and can be reached on the web at http://www.smashwords.com/. Visit the official Smashwords blog at http://blog.smashwords.com/.

Cindy A. Johnson has lived in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee since 2006. She loves to read and write, work in her flower and vegetable gardens, feed and watch the birds in the yard, sit on the front porch looking at the mountains and go camping with her husband and teenage son. She also enjoys watching wildlife and playing with her three cats and Australian Shepherd.

Cindy has been writing off and on for more than twenty years. She has had numerous articles published in print magazines and online. Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents is her first book and was inspired by many years of teaching elementary school students.  

Purchase Alphamania at – http://smashwords.com/books/view/122048

Blog – http://alphabetletters.wordpress.com

Book Review – Not!


eBook Readers Galore

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Sigh. I have joined the ranks (somewhat happily and somewhat sadly) of the e-book readers. My wonderful husband got me a Kindle Touch for Christmas. I’m still trying to navigate it. Heaven forbid that I accidentally touch the screen. I go back a chapter or forward a chapter and lose my place. I wish there were page numbers.

On the other hand, it is so easy to stick the Kindle in my purse and not have to lug around a big book (and I read some heavy ones). It’s also nice to hold the e-reader with one hand and turn the pages by touching the screen (only one at a time, though).

I also discovered the wonder and awe at downloading a book instantaneously. As I am currently reading the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, it was a moment of joy when I finished that book and immediately downloaded the last book in the series, Mockingjay.

I think it’s growing on me. I discovered that my library lends e-books. Oh, joy! We’ll see how that goes.

I WILL publish a book!


A Picture of a eBook

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In my quest to learn all I can about e-publishing, during the past week I have devoured the following tomes of wisdom on the subject:

How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks All for Free – Jason Matthews

Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual Vol. 2: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book

ePublish – Steve Weber

There is a great deal of information packed into the slim volumes. Each book has its own slant on pbooks (printed books) or DTB (dead tree books) but they all agree that e-publishing is the “wave of the future.”  I have already begun using their tips for my own e-publishing venture.

Of the three, I feel the detailed tips and explanations in Matthews’ book will be the most valuable for my use.  I checked out his website, posted a question and a few comments and almost immediately received a very kind response. My highlighter is close by.  I’m on my second reading.