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September 16th, 2010

I Want to Blow the Roof Off Chew & Dig in the Upcoming Year!

by Gwen

 

Explosion

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So, BBAW is pretty much leaving me as pumped up as ArmChairBEA did. I am filled with motivation and ready to make some changes. I don’t know about you , but I cruised so many blogs, made new friends, and got loads of ideas for how I want to kick it up a notch around here.

Me thinks it be time for a Bloggiesta of sorts in a couple of weeks. Anyone with me?

Here are some goals that I want to work on:

  • Make my reviews easily searchable by author
  • Maybe add some cover art to my books read list
  • Actively work on selling ad space to book related items (this is to cover host costs)
  • Toying with the idea of splitting off into two blogs, one for nonfiction, one for fiction
  • Working on a few new series ideas and have lined up some great author interviews
  • More giveaways, I am drowning in ARCs and the library is starting to give me the evil eye!
  • Put on my new snazzy robe to judge the Indie Lit Awards with a great group of panelists.

My question for you is this, What is Chew & Digest missing? Are there ways you would like to search that you can’t? What plug-ins, buttons, or whathaveyou  do you really use on other sites that you would like to see here?

My other question for you ………..how did the whole BBAW experience make you feel? What are you really excited about? Are there any changes that you want to make? Anything I can help with?

I love these events because they get me all pumped up! Move over Arnold, cuz I am the one that “will be back”!

Viva BBAW!

 

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September 16th, 2010

My Lost Daughter by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg ~Review

by Gwen

My Lost Daughter

My Lost Daughter by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

Three intriguing stories collide like rivers racing into the sea with an exciting ending. What? That isn’t enough for you to read it? Where is the love?

Lily, a Ventura County Court Judge, is hearing a case of a Paris Hilton-ish woman on trial for the murder of her toddler. The defense attorney just happens to be the man that broke up her marriage years ago which doesn’t bother her, but does lead her mind to wander back in time.

Shauna, Lily’s daughter, hasn’t called or answered her phone in days. Lily runs up to Stanford, where her daughter in law school, to find her, for lack of a better term, out of control. Shauna hasn’t slept in days, her apartment is a mess and her boyfriend has dumped her. Lily knows that she needs professional help but being the weekend, the only option she finds is treatment facility that promptly determines that she is addicted to drugs and locks her up.

While this is all going on, Special Agent Mary Stevens is transferring from the Behavioral Science Unit to the Ventura field office. The only problem is that she is hot on the trail of case that not everyone agrees is actually a case. Four suicides in Dallas and San Francisco are very similar and Mary thinks that they are actually part of a suicide club and are homicides.

Are you still with me here? Lily is on the case of the toddler killer, while worrying about Shauna, who is in drug rehab and Mary is moving to Ventura and busy trying to turn suicides into homicides.

My Lost Daughter has a fast pace and even though you can see where the stories are going to merge, it still keeps you glued to the page. I enjoyed the strong female characters and Nancy Taylor Rosenberg never fails to hit a home run.

My Lost Daughter by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0765319039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765319036