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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sticking My Neck Out

Wow, February's just about over. I can't believe it. So much has been going on that I've barely had time to breathe. I did somehow find time to read 7 books, so I guess I haven't been that busy. Since I may be MIA for the next week or so due to family stuff and my thyroidectomy, I thought I should catch up on a few (actually, a lot of things) here on BBB. Let the randomness begin ...


First off, I have some winners to announce:

Jessy won a copy of Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison

Kelly and Jennii both won copies of Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison

Jenna and Sarah won signed bookmarks

Congratulations, ladies! If you will email me (blogginboutbooksATgmailDOTcom), I'll get your books out as soon as I can. Thanks to everyone for entering the giveaway.


I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to attend BEA this year. I really want to go, but with all the money it's going to cost and all the time away from my family, I just don't know ... Neither my husband nor I have ever visited NYC, so I'm going to be dragging him along. Every time I ask him, "Sooo, you really want to go to New York?" he answers, "How many times do I have to say yes?" So, yeah, I think I'll be there. Who else is going? Anyone want to give a newbie some advice?



I'm already registered for LDS Storymakers in April. I'm excited about attending. There's still time to join me - you can get more information and sign up here. If you are attending, you might want to check this out. I'd love to meet all you Utah bloggers and writers - shoot me an email if you want to get together.


I've received a couple of blog awards in the last month or so that I haven't acknowledged yet. Sorry about that. Thanks to Jody and Rae over at With A Good Book for the Blog Monster Award and for the other person who gave me one (I'm so, so sorry, but I can't remember who it was). I appreciate the awards and kind words.


The talented Jeri Huish has been busy desiging buttons for me, so I can debut some new features. I've already talked about Baby Steps to Understanding. The other buttons will identify:

Arizona Authors (writers who currently live in my state):

LDS Authors (writers who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whether their books are geared toward LDS readers or general audiences):

Stories for A Sunday (books that are not necessarily religious in nature, but that are gentle, inspirational, faith-promoting or otherwise appropriate for Sabbath Day reading):

Clicking on the buttons will take you to databases on my supplemental book blog, More Bloggin' 'bout Books, where you can see all my reviews in the categories listed above. I'm still in the process of creating them, so be patient with my works-in-progress.

Be sure to stop by Jeri's website. She's a talented photographer and graphic designer. She's responsible for the design on my blog as well as all the buttons. Her prices are very reasonable - check her out!


I don't usually review non-bookish items on this blog, but when Sarah from LuShae Jewelry offered to send me a piece of jewelry to review, I couldn't pass up the offer. Usually the only accessory I utilize while reading is a soft blanket, but why not some bling, too?

Sarah offered me my choice of pieces. This pendant caught my eye because of its simple beauty and because I wear lots of brown. It's a white gold rhodium drop pendant featuring a multi-faceted brown topaz briolette in silvertone. Pretty, no? Although the company is based in Australia, jewelry is shipped from its warehouse in Brea, California. I literally had my pendant within three days of ordering. It's a lovely piece - eye-catching, but not overwhelming. It goes with everything and I absolutely love it.

Be sure to check out all the loveliness at LuShae Jewelry. The company offers pendants, rings and earrings. Also, find out how you can win jewelry, here.


Speaking of my neck, I check into the hospital on Tuesday for my thyroid procedure. Hopefully, it will go smoothly and I'll be back before you even realize I'm gone. I will be checking my email, but may not be able to get back to you right away. Thanks for your patience.


Have a great week. Happy reading!


  1. I love the idea of Stories for a Sunday! I am often in the middle of a book that just doesn't seem like it would set the right tone for Sunday reading, and I need something else to read.

    Good luck this week!

  2. Congrats to the winners!

    Susan, I pray your surgery goes well. Take care of yourself!! We'll all still be around when you have the time to get back here.

  3. Lots of prayers being sent up for a safe, quick surgery and a very fast recovery!

    We'll miss you while you're gone!

  4. I don't know you, but have discovered your blog and I love it! You and I have many similar tastes in literature. Also, my name is Susan and I will be at the LDSStorymakers conference. But I'm not from Utah, I'm from VA. Hope to meet you anyway. Good luck with your procedure.

  5. Hey, you are so busy! Love all the fun stuff you are doing. I looked at all the pics on Laurels site, from the Double Blessings Day! They were adorable.

    If Eric doesn't want to go to NYC, I will gladly take his place!

    Praying your surgery goes well! Love ya!

  6. I hope your procedure goes well! I will miss you on here this week. You will be in my prayers!


  7. 7 books?! That's a lot of reading in the shortest month of the year. Good for you. Good luck with your surgery.

  8. Susan,
    Hope your procedure went well and that you are recovering and getting in lots of good reading time! :)
    I love all the new features on your blog...
    I have read 0 books this year so far, but you are inspiring me to find time to squeeze in some reading! I have a list of books I want to read that is a mile long! :)


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