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Do you love words?

If you're a voracious reader, the answer to that question is probably a resounding "yes"!
You're not alone. I, too, love words.
But, sometimes words just don't love me back.
Sometimes, I just cannot think of another word for the word that I want to use.
Sometimes, I would like to know what words rhyme with the word that I am thinking about.
Other times, I would just really like to know if I'm saying the word, that I have only just read, the right way.
Well, Word Hippo can help! I recently ran across the Word Hippo site, and am delighted to have done so.

If you want to be able to find another word for the word you're thinking of, find the opposite of a word, find the meaning of a word, find sentences with a particular word, hear words, translate words, find words or find words that rhyme - give Word Hippo a whirl.
If you're a word lover, you'll be glad you did!

bookBUZZ: Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander Donley

Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander Donley

Artist Alison Schuyler spends her time working in her family’s renowned art gallery, determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan from the Netherlands to America and back again. She’s certain that true love will only lead to tragedy—that is, until a chance meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin into her life. Drawn to the bold and compassionate British Army captain, Alison begins to question her fear of love as World War II breaks out, separating the two and drawing each into their own battles. While Ian fights for freedom on the battlefield, Alison works with the Dutch Underground to find a safe haven for Jewish children and priceless pieces of art alike. But safety is a luxury war does not allow. As time, war, and human will struggle to keep them apart, will Alison and Ian have the faith to fight for their love, or is it their fate to be separated forever?

bookBUZZ: Lighten Up by Angela Ruth Strong

Lighten Up by Angela Ruth Strong

Bethany Light is the daughter of a minister who can't forgive her father for running off with the church secretary. She goes to her own pastor for counsel, never expecting to fall in love with him. To make matters worse, she's personal training his fiancé in preparation for the big day and somehow ends up in their wedding.

Refusing to make the same mistake her dad made, Bethany tries to focus on fixing her family rather than face her own issues. How could a household that used to have it all together have fallen so far from grace? And how can she keep from following in her father's footsteps when it feels so right?

bookBUZZ: Winds of Wyoming by Rebecca Carey Lyles

Winds of Wyoming by Rebecca Carey Lyles

Fresh out of a Pennsylvania penitentiary armed with a marketing degree, Kate Neilson heads to Wyoming anticipating an anonymous new beginning as a guest-ranch employee. A typical twenty-five-year-old woman might be looking to lasso a cowboy, but her only desire is to get on with life on the outside—despite her growing interest in the ranch owner. When she discovers a violent ex-lover followed her west, she fears the past she hoped to hide will trail as close as a shadow and her once again.

Trending Now: Free Books

Free books anyone? There seem to be oodles of sites listing free books lately. Most of them come from the Amazon Kindle store, but there are others that do not.

Three places to get free (or very, very cheap) books:

Books Should Be Free:

Daily Cheap Reads:

Kindle Bestsellers (contains both paid and free bestsellers)

Trending Now: Ebook Lending

What could be better than a vast library of ebooks to read? How about a vast library of FREE ebooks to read? The site LendInk says: "LendInk is the easiest way to lend and borrow eBooks from friends. LendInk allows you to search and borrow books for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook."

I signed up for a free account, and in minutes had submitted 2 books to lend and requested another. The lender has 48 hours to tell you if you get the book or not, so I'm still waiting to see what happens there. So far, the site seems to be just what every ebook enthusiast would want: easy to use, with a good selection of books to choose from, and best of all, FREE.

Trending Now: iPad gadgets and geegaws

I'm sure you've noticed, but iPad is definitely trending right now! There are iPad Wallpapers, iPad video tutorials, unique bamboo iPad cases and covers, iPad frames (yes, you read that right! A frame for your iPad!), iPad apps to "hide" your iPad from others, etc. Today while browsing to find cool, trending news, I even saw an iPad for Idiots book which promises to be quicker than reading the actual iPad manual!

I think the iPad, and tablets like them, are the wave of the future. I can't wait to report on other trends in the iPad world. There are sure to be quite a few coming up that will fascinate me. Of course, I'm easily fascinated by technology gadgets, apps and gizmos.

bookBUZZ - The Skin Map

Kit Livingston is in for a huge surprise when he gets caught in a storm and runs into this long-lost grandfather. Unbelievably, his grandfather insists that he has discovered that ley lines throughout Britian are actually pathways that cross time and space, and that these same ley lines are responsible for his disappearance long ago.

Kit, in trying to prove the truth to his unbelieving girlfriend, accidentally becomes caught up in his grandfather's mission: to find the Skin Map. The Skin Map is the only known recorded map of the ley lines, and both hero and villain alike seek the map with every resource available. The one who holds the map will have an unbeatable advantage when navigating the ley lines, and in that advantage would lie untold power.

Author Stephen Lawhead has crafted a grand adventure in The Skin Map. The writing is fresh and unique, and the story-line is incredibly original. The novel does suffer a few dry periods in which the plot seems to become bogged down in the details, but for the most part, it was quite an enjoyable read. The one true flaw in the story is the ending - virtually none of the details get wrapped up in the end, leaving readers hanging, waiting for the next book in the series. Perhaps others may love an ending which is not really an ending at all, however, for me, it is one of my greatest pet peeves. I absolutely detest an ending which leaves readers hanging.

bookBUZZ -Story Engineering

I don't usually read writing books, but I thought I'd give STORY ENGINEERING a try. And I'm glad I did.

Author Larry Brooks has packed this book with interesting and pertinent information that every writer will benefit from knowing. Story Engineering is, as the title suggests, a blueprint for writing. The book predominately covers the fiction "blueprint", but the author suggests that the tools described can help writers with some forms of non-fiction as well.

Being a "seat of the pants" writer as described in Brooks's book, I found it quite interesting to read about the "six core competencies of successful writing" and how they apply to my "organic" writing style. These core competencies, Brooks insists, are mandatory if a writer is trying to get published, and he provides a good argument for each.

Brooks has crafted an amazingly informative book in Story Engineering that I think every writer - other than the A-listers of course - will benefit from reading. I know that I certainly found several nuggets of information that I'll be using in future novels!

bookBUZZ - Beyond Talent

Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results by John Maxwell is an inspiring self help book meant to coach those with talent into becoming a "talent plus" person. Maxwell guides readers on a road to implementing the steps to take their talent and maximize it.

Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results contains plenty of great examples of people who have used initiative, belief, preparation, practice, character and focus to turn their talent into something big, something great, something that fulfills them and helps them to achieve their purpose in life.

Maxwell's writing style is positive and encouraging and Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results is filled with great advice on how to get moving, make your talent work for you, and score in the game of life.

If you're looking for a good book to coach you on how to achieve more with the talent you have, you'll want to read John Maxwell's Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results .

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