The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night. When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee’s husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs’ Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body? 

Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, The Sleepwalker is a masterful novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.” 


Annalee is a wife and a mother. She suffers from parasomnia or sleepwalking.  One evening she just disappears.   She was sleepwalking and never returned home. Her family’s life has been turned upside down. Lianna refuses to go back to college. Paige is constantly searching for her mother.  And Warren has turned into a lush. What happened to Annalee? Was she murdered? Did she run away with another man? 

There are so many things to say about this novel. It is unique, intriguing and beyond interesting. The author creates an intricate web within this story. Annalee’s disappearance, Annalee’s miscarriages, Lianna’s relationship with the detective, the parasomnia traits in the family, just to name a few. 

I was so wrapped up in the story and the characters I never saw the twist coming. And Mr. Bohjalian always has a twist. This novel does not move as fast as some reads. The intricacies of the story and the characters are pretty complex. It is not a book you can skim.  You WILL miss something.

Kudos to the author for originality.  The sleepwalking premise is enthralling. Basically because I knew so little about it and I learned a lot as I was reading. Lots of research went into this story and it is so well thought out and displayed. Impressive, very impressive. 


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Altered Altoid Tin 

This is my first experience doing this. And why I decided to do it I will never know.  There was an empty altoid tin in my car….and there you have it. 

I used this video on you tube 

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Write to Influence by Carla D. Bass – BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

Early Praise for Write to Influence!Rated 5 of 5 Stars – “This book is fantastic! It is spot-on for persuasive writing. This should be the textbook for a class required of all incoming college freshman, and a high school class, a class for all military officers, and a refresher at most companies …I don’t know of anyone who would not benefit from this book!” —Net Galley Consumer Reviewer

“Write to Influence! is a gem — much more than the typical “how-to” book on writing. It’s more specific in its approach, teaching writing skills to purposefully craft words to present a powerful message intended to influence readers … This book is specialized and important — translating to a host of business and professional pursuits.

Write to Influence! is a powerful tool for individuals wanting to get ahead, as well. Why? Selections for jobs, scholarships, fellowships, and more are often made based on the strength of the written application or resume. This book teaches writing skills to put forth the strongest possible case needed to edge out the competition.

Anyone interested in not just adequate but powerful, super-charged writing will appreciate this clear discussion of how to produce effective, attention-grabbing pieces in all kinds of business and real-world scenarios where standout writing means the difference between success and failure.

Write to Influence is unique in its genre. In short, it is a winner!” —D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“Write to Influence! is an essential guide for anyone seeking to improve their writing skills and inform or influence others with the written word. I write every day, and I constantly seek ways to improve my writing skills. Write to Influence will be on my desk to help me on that journey.” —Mark Amtower, Managing Partner, Amtower & Company

“Write to Influence! will rejuvenate the lost art of clear, concise, professional writing. Moreover, corporate CEOs will rejoice at no longer being encumbered by reports difficult to read and frustrating to unravel!” —Judith A. Sprieser, Non-Executive Director Allstate Corporation, InterContinental Exchange Inc., and Reckitt Benckiser plc.

“Carla brilliantly captured in one entertaining, easily read document nuances of writing that infuse products with clarity, focus, and direction. If effective writing is your goal, put this book in your tool kit!”

—Dr. Lani Kass, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategic Advisor, CACI

“Write to Influence! should be in every professional’s library. I heartily recommend Write to Influence! As a lawyer for whom effective communication is essential, clear, convincing writing is key to making a compelling, successful argument. This book sets out a road-map for achieving that goal. Beyond being informative and very useful, it’s fun to read! ” —Baba Zipkin, Former Senior Counsel, IBM

“Write to Influence! will be my go-to-guide for many years to come. Read this book if you want to improve your communication skills. It is now a must-read reference for all of my employees.” —Rick Mix, President & CEO, Cleared Solutions Inc.

“Where has this book been? Write to Influence! has it all—brilliant tools to teach writing fundamentals and strategies to compose products with that competitive edge.” —Robert J. Butler, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Cyber Strategies, LLC

Genesis for this book: As a lieutenant colonel, Carla commanded 480 troops, many of whom were being passed over for awards and other recognition critical for successful careers. Why? Their bosses couldn’t write winning nomination packages! To resolve this, she developed writing techniques, composed a small handbook, and taught her unit to write. They catapulted from the most losing in the state to the one to beat! So successful was this handbook and her class, she taught thousands of people for the next 15 years.

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Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens 


Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship.Her ex-husband was sent to jail and she started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her ex-husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she’s cut all ties. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought? 

Chevy Stevens targets her readership with a novel that hits all the notes they come to expect from her—and ratchets up the stakes even more in a novel that explores the dark.


Lindsey thought she had escaped. Just knew it! Then her ex-husband was released from prison. She is being watched..she feels it. 

Chevy Stevens is a master at the bob and weave.  She always leads you expertly through highs and lows. Lindsey is a character much to be admired. She and her daughter escape an abusive relationship in the middle of the night.  She starts her own business and creates a whole new life for herself and her child. She has a boyfriend and a great support group. Then her ex husband turns all of it upside down.

 Chevy always adds a twist in her books. I always try to figure them out before it happens. I was oh so close on this one, just didn’t quite make out the connection.  There were places in this read I had to stop and catch my breath!  This story will almost traumatize you! It takes all your emotions and twists them into knots!  This tale moves like a lightening bolt through your brain!

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.  

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Legacy of Luck by Christy Nicholas BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

Legacy of Luck
By Christy Nicholas
Genre: Historical fiction
Irish Traveler Éamonn loves gambling, women, and drinking, not necessarily in that order. But he’s entangled in a true mess when he falls for fiery redhead, Katie. When she’s married to a Scottish Traveler, Éamonn travels to Scotland to find her, with the help of Katie’s sister and cousin, and the magical brooch gifted by his father. Their quest takes them across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Skye, encountering war, betrayal, death. In the end, Éamonn must make his own luck.
Author Bio

My name is Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon. I do many things, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing and photography. In real life I’m a CPA, but having grown up with art and around me (my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected me, as it were. I love to draw and to create things. It’s more of an obsession than a hobby. I like looking up into the sky and seeing a beautiful sunset, or a fragrant blossom, a dramatic seaside. I then wish to take a picture or create a piece of jewelry to share this serenity, this joy, this beauty with others. Sometimes this sharing requires explanation – and thus I write. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. I do local art and craft shows, as well as sending my art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad.


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A Flash of Red by Sarah K. Stephens – BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

A Flash of Red

By Sarah K. Stephens

Genre: Psychological Thriller


Focusing on three main characters, A Flash of Red details the chaos that ensues when mental illness invades our most intimate relationships. Professor Anna Klein and her husband, Sean, are a young couple each struggling with their own misperceptions of reality. While Anna’s daily anxieties turn on the axis of her mother’s path into psychosis, Sean escapes to the alternate reality of love and sex offered online. When Bard, a student of Anna’s, develops his own obsession with the couple, their already unsteady world collapses with irrevocable consequences. As focused on providing a driving plot as it is in presenting multi-faceted characters, A Flash of Red ultimately asks the question: What happens when we can no longer tell the difference between what we want and what is real?        


About the Author

Sarah K. Stephens earned her doctorate in Developmental Psychology and teaches a variety of human development courses as a lecturer at Penn State University. Although Fall and Spring find her in the classroom, she remains a writer year-round. Her short stories have appeared in Five on the Fifth, The Voices Project, The Indianola Review, and the Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction Podcast. Her debut novel, A Flash of Red, will be released in December 2016 by Pandamoon Publishing.

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The Taste of Air by Gail Cleare


A simple phone call disrupts Nell Williams’s well-ordered life. Her mother, Mary, is in a hospital in Vermont. But her mother is supposed to be safely tucked away in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts, so Nell can’t fathom why she would be so far from home.

After notifying her sister, Bridget, Nell hops on a plane and rushes to her mother’s side. There, she discovers that her mother has been living a second life. Mary has another home and a set of complex relationships with people her daughters have never met.

When Nell and Bridget delve deeper into their mother’s lakeside hideaway, they uncover a vault of family secrets and the gateway to change for all three women. 


Nell’s mother, Mary, has fallen ill. This throws her whole family into turmoil. Mary is supposed to be in an assisted living facility in Massachusetts, instead she is in Vermont. 

When I started reading this tale it was a firm 3 star read.  But as the story developed and I continued delving into the lives of Nell, Bridget and Mary, I quickly moved it into the 4 star category.  The secrets and the twists and turns wrapped up in this family saga really threw me into a tizzy. I could not stop till I found out all of the mysteries hidden inside this novel. 

Nell and Bridget could not be more different. This added so much to their complex relationship and each had a different relationship with their mother. Add the neighbors at the cabin in Vermont and you really have some complications. 

Some places are overly dramatic and did not sit well with me. But, the story really keeps you reading. The mystery surrounding a Vermont neighbor’s death  and Mary’s secret hideaway keep you in your reading chair! I enjoyed the setting of a lake in Vermont I could just picture the sunsets and the beautiful area. 

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