Sandi Shilhanek | Werewolves, Vampires, Shapeshifters Oh My!

With Halloween right around the corner I thought it would be time to discuss some authors who write paranormal romance. I know that there are ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | Book Club and More

So yesterday Sara talked about the birthday party she attended. I was lucky enough to attend the same party, and while we didn't talk books we ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Reflections of the Summer of 2010

Now that Labor Day has passed, and for the majority of us summer has come to an official close it’s time to perhaps reflect back and see what ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Catching up on my reading

All over the net I’m sure you’ve been reading what a great time was had by all at RWA. As I said last week I had a great time too, but ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Reliving RWA In My Dreams

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Becky Pena | A week on my own with a successful Kindle in my hands

[caption id="attachment_2153" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Our first Intern"][/caption] It’s that time of year again. Stress ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | Meet Tess Gerritsen and Lisa Gardner

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Sandi Shilhanek | A Perfect Day

What a week it’s been! Tuesday I got together with a small group of people from the DFW Tea Readers group, and had a wonderful dinner of ...

Becky Pena | Meeting Alyson Noel … Tales from the Intern

I had an amazing adventure with the Fresh Fiction staff this past Thursday! I accompanied Gwen to my first ever author interview, with Alyson ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Musings including Father’s Day, Daddy and … Moms

I really wanted to write about my mom and the fact that she came to see me, and we were able to discuss books and our joint love of them in ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Fabulous Fabulous….Boas And Tiaras Tea

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Sandi Shilhanek | My Oh My…May Is Bye-Bye!

I had a really successful May. I read and loved BLOWN AWAY by Sharon Sala. I have to be honest here, and say that I’ve been stockpiling Sala, ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | 1–2–3–Read A Trilogy!

There are many things I like about reviewing, but the thing I think I like the best is being able to get books ahead of the publication date. ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Let me Introduce you to …Tara Taylor Quinn

I hope that you have noticed the logo on the home page of Fresh Fiction advertising the Reader’s ‘n’ Ritas conference in November 2010, ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Who Is Your Best Friend? Real or Imaginary?

Remember when you were little and you had an imaginary friend? Do you remember how old you were when your imaginary friend moved away never to ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Aloha April

It’s time again for another reading wrap up. In April I was able to read 10 books. I know a lot of people who read more than that, and just as ...

SAND SHILHANEK| HOW TO SPEND THE PRECIOUS BOOK BUDGET DOLLARS

This last week I read Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs. I picked this book because the DFW TeaReaders is having Ms. Childs as a ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | Relaxation Techniques…What Works Other Than Reading

Last week I asked the question when is enough enough? It took me from the days before I asked that question until this past Thursday to finish ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | When Is Enough Enough?

This past week I made a bit of a discovery about myself. I found that I’m really being drawn to my collection of ebooks, and even when I’m ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | Stepping Out Of March

This is the first weekend of April, so that means it’s time to tell you some of what I read in March. I can’t believe it but I managed to ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | SURPRISE SURPRISE

It’s time to reveal another secret about me. I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice or any of the other works of Jane Austen. I feel ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Guilty Reading?

Can you remember the first “adult” novel you read? I don’t fully recall, but believe that the first “adult” novel I read was The ...

Sandi Shilhanek | FAREWELL FEBRUARY

As promised in January it’s my monthly update about what I read this month. I managed ten (10) print books, and five (5) audio books. I read ...

Sandi Shilhanek | How Far Is Too Far?

When I originally thought about this week’s blog I thought I would write about how far a reader would travel to “meet” a favorite author. ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Look Both Ways….Reviewing 2009 And Plotting 2010

Before we begin I want to wish everyone a happy healthy new year. Now, that the niceties are out of the way it’s time to review 2009, and ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A BOOK A HISTORICAL?

This week I have been reading Rainwater by Sandra Brown. By Wikipedia’s definition historical romance is anything set before World War II. ...

Sandi Shilhanek | The Survey Says Part One

This week I’ve decided that I want to know something about your reading preferences. I feel as though since I’ve been contributing to this ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Hurry Up And Wait…How To Stay Occupied?

This weekend I pretended to be the good wife, and took my husand’s car to have the oil changed. While I sat in the waiting room I not only ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Is It Just About The Decorations?

Wednesday night the DFWTea Readers met at my house for our annual Halloween dinner. I know that I’ve blogged about the group and the fun ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Wish Upon The Bookstore

This week I had trouble coming up with a topic for discussion. Then I finally thought of something, and realized I couldn’t’ post it ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | WHERE DID THE TIME GO?

This last week my seventeen year old high school senior finished the first six weeks of school. I can remember quite clearly when I found out I ...

Sandi Shilhanek | How Do YOU Balance Kids And Reading?

In many parts of the country school has been back in session for almost six weeks. To me it’s amazing to think that the first six weeks of ...

Sandi Shilhanek | TAKING A RIDE ON THE READING ROLLERCOASTER

I’m sure we’ve all had weeks full of ups and downs, because after all isn’t that part of life? This week has been full of them for me, ...

Sandi Shilhanek | I Wonder Whatever Happened to…

The other day I found myself thinking about people I’ve known in my life and haven’t seen for awhile. I got to wondering what they were ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Wow…Everyone Was SO Right! This book is terrific!

Last week we talked about books that we had heard a lot of hype about and that disappointed us, so I thought this week we'd discuss the books ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Sorry, But It Wasn’t That Exciting…

Last week while I was in Chicago I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I’ll admit that I bought this book because of the ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Vacation Packing…what’s in your bag?

I have decided that since the mountain won’t come to Mohammed then Mohammed must go to the mountain. Roughly translated this means that since ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Book Signings

This week I again went to a book signing. This time the author was MaryJanice Davidson. I don’t personally read this author, but have many ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Reading the Classics

With the schools in my area having graduated this weekend it got me reminiscing about my own high school years. There’s not a lot I remember ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Anthology – Book Counts

As I contemplated this week’s blog I was really struggling for a good topic, and decided to read instead of worrying over the blog…either an ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Are you Impulsive?

For the last two weeks or so I’ve been listening to the radio station I listen to at work advertise Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol. I’ve ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Timing Says Something About You…What?

Sandi has a sweet spotOriginally uploaded by freshfictionThis last week found me once again attending a book signing with the wonderful ladies ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Thank you Mother

When I sat down to write this blog I really wanted to write something that would honor the connections between books and mothers. My first ...

Sandi Shilhanek | READ ME RIGHT NOW!

Recently I attended a book signing for Kate Jacobs the author of several books including The Friday Night Knitting Club, Comfort Food, and Knit ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Retail Therapy

On Tuesday I let my emotions get the best of me and stormed out of my job in the direct vision of my boss, and quite possibly other employees. ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Personal History of Reading…or Why I’m a Reader

Yesterday Sara discussed what bugged readers and made them turn away from an author. I want to know why readers read. What is your favorite ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Readers are Discerning, or Buying a Book By Its Cover

Saturday the DFW Tea Readers were invited into the home of local author Dakota Cassidy for a truly delicious barbecue instead of our usual ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Favorite Reading Place

This week my friend Yvonne is visiting. We’ve of course done some tourist like things and we’ve hit the bookstores looking for some of the ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Dining With Authors

In my little corner or the world this past week was quite exciting. I had the chance to not only meet but to have dinner with the entertaining ...

Sandi Shilhanek | When Do You Read?

Are your real life friends like some of mine and amazed at how much you’re able to read? Do they look at you differently because you’re a ...

Sandi Shilhanek | To Finish or Not Finish?

Last year I did something I haven’t done in about 20 years. I set aside a book unfinished. This week I have been attempting to read another ...

Sandi Shilhanek | A Good Yarn

I am fortunate enough to be a reviewer, and have the opportunity to read some of my favorite author’s work early. This weekend I’m indulging ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Typical Reading Choices

This week I somewhat succumbed to peer pressure. I have decided to request two books from the library that are outside my typical reading ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Great Technological Advances for This Reader

This week I conquered one of the technological challenges that has had me frustrated for months. I couldn’t be more proud of myself, and ...

Sandi Shilhanek |The Great Debate: Read the Book or Watch the Movie?

If you follow my contributions to this blog you know that I often get my inspiration from one of my many yahoo groups. Thanks to one of those ...

Sandi Shilhanek | January Reading

It’s extremely hard to believe that we are at the beginning of the second month of 2009. That leads to the question of how did your ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Contests

I feel fairly confident in saying that everyone’s attention is on the economy these days. I know that it is the focal point at our house. This ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Biography

Friday night I went to dinner and a book signing with several members of the DFWTea Readers group. While at the bookstore what kind of reader ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Discovering a New Author

In several of my yahoo groups the conversation tends to run to discovering a new to you author. As you can imagine being dedicated readers ...

Sandi Shilhanek | My Reading Resolutions for 2009

I want to start by wishing everyone happy healthy new year! I hope that 2009 is a great year for all.Every year there’s discussion in my ...

Sandi Shilhanek | 2008 Reading

As the year begins to wind down I thought it would be interesting to reflect back and share with one another how our reading year was.Let’s ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Is Christmas really Thursday?

Christmas is Thursday. Can you believe that? Are you ready? Is the tree decorated to perfection? The presents bought and wrapped in such a way ...

Sandi Shilhanek | The Book Search

This week my friend Yvonne has been visiting from England. One of the things that we try to accomplish when she visits is to see how many ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Insomnia

Last week I talked about reading while you’re sick, and this week I want to talk about what happens if insomnia hits. I really don’t want to ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Reading while Sick

I hope that everyone who is in the United States enjoyed their Thanksgiving, and had plenty leftovers so that there was plenty of time to curl ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Trying a New Author

This last Wednesday our book dinner group got together. As always is there any better way to forget the horrors of the day job than by getting ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Holiday Wish List Reading

Sandi and Candy Havens Reading on Sandi's KindleOriginally uploaded by freshfictionJust because I told you I feel like I’m in a reading slump ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Reading Slump

Over the course of the last few weeks we’ve discussed many different things, and hopefully they’ve been as entertaining for you as they have ...

Sandi Shilhanek | E-Reader?

I think that sometime in the last week or so Oprah Winfrey was peeking at my list of topics I had written for this blog. One of my ideas was ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Robyn Carr & Breaking Rules

This week I broke one of my cardinal book rules. I bought a book that I’ve already read, and I plan on keeping it. In case you don’t know I ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Readers’n’Ritas

Have you ever attended an event that while you were looking forward to the event you were a bit nervous about what would happen while you were ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Reviewing

This past weekend I did something I can only remember doing one other time. I started a book and did not finish it. Worse yet, was the fact it ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Yahoo Groups

In the last few weeks some authors are being discussed quite a bit in a few of my yahoo groups. Naturally, I expect to hear about authors and ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Series

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been reading the Bakery Sisters Trilogy by Susan Mallery. People who know me best know that I love connected ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Carpooling

Recently my husband and I had to begin carpooling. Our youngest son achieved one of his life’s goals…he got a driver’s license. That meant ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Editing

When my TBR blog was posted last week I went back and read it. I was so embarrassed to have my name attached to it because of the mistakes I ...

Sandi Shilhanek | TBR

I have to say I love the Internet! I learn such interesting things, and things I never knew I was truly interested in until someone either in ...

Sandi Shilhanek | DFW Tea Group

Recently I celebrated a birthday. How I wondered would this year be celebrated? The answer to that was really very simple. Go to the DFW Tea ...