24/8 Book Club

Today we write about music
October 30, 2007, 10:48 am
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With the end of October just around the corner we make another impassioned attempt to remind you about breast cancer and the need to stay ahead of it and to have mammograms and do self exams.  Early detection is the best protection.

There are always so many wonderful promotions related to breast cancer during the month of October and this one would be a great Christmas idea as well. After all you can’t be reading all of the time, especially when you are driving.  Okay you can listen to books on tape which by the way we highly recommend, it makes a great gift too.  But I digress.  Why not give the gift of music?

Garth Brooks is back for a short time only according to the recording star. He has just released a three disc album that $10.00 of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen and that is a great gift idea indeed.

Go to, http://ww5.komen.org/garth/ to learn more about Garth’s Ultimate Hits CD and DVD album.  You have to purchase the “Pink Edition” which is available on the Susan G. Komen site for pre-order and will ship next week. 

Thanks Garth!


Its Beginning to Look alot Like
October 29, 2007, 2:41 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings

the holidays, dare I say it, yes I do.  For some early shopping is essential and there are others of us that like to procrastinate.  I am in the later group. 

I came across this marvelous book idea and had to mention it to everyone.  The site is Books with Bows and you can arrange for a book a month gift for your favorite friend or loved one. 

There are several options and you can go to their site to learn more, http://www.bookswithbows.com/CS_AboutUs.asp.  24/8 loves to promote the book reading and giving all year long.


Feel like you are being Vampire challenged?
October 28, 2007, 10:31 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Book Notes, Posts at Other Sites

The Halloween Holiday is almost here, and if you are still wondering if you should give out garlic or chocolate, take a look at the following: Sundays with Vlad  by Paul Bibeau which really looks at the vampire myth  http://www.amazon.com/Sundays-Vlad-Pennsylvania-Transylvania-Undead/dp/0307352781 or just  go for the DVD collection of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Either way have a screaming good time.  

What is next for Oil & Vinegar
October 27, 2007, 10:09 pm
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For those of you following along with the 24/8 Book Club featured reads we are going to be featuring Jane Green’s Swapping Lives.  It is also our first book to be reviewed not only by JoAnne and myself but also our first guest book club. 

Our luck our first book club takes the summer off so JoAnne and I have been anxiously awaiting for this to happen. We hope it is the start of another chapter in the 24/8 world. 

Just goes to show you that book clubs come in all shapes and sizes and this group decided not to worry about the difficulties in pleasing everyone over the summer months they just take the summer off. We love this concept but glad they are back at the drawing board. 

We hope you will join the fun and send us a note if your book club would be interested or you are just a solo reader and would like to do a review.  It is fun you should try it sometime.

The friends who can surprise you are the angels in life.
October 21, 2007, 4:14 pm
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“Life is a series of surprises, and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson.  If you have any doubt, just double check these young adult books.

Surprise Party by R.L. Stine  www.scholastic.com/surpriseparty/books/stine  It’s Cindy’s birthday, and her friends are throwing her a surprise party on Fire Island.  It;s the best book in the fear series.

ORSurprise Party  by William Wegman www.williamwegman.comWegman’s Weimaraner famous dog is at it again.   

Triple Header
October 14, 2007, 11:56 pm
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If you are a baseball fan, you are looking forward to the upcoming world series. If you are a Stephen King fan, his thriller, The Girl Who loved Tom Gordon, is now is an amazing pop up book  www.horrorking.com/tomgordon.html. If you love the Halloween season, this is a triple header. The only thing that could possibly make this a better combination is having a piece of Eli’s Cheesecake, while watching the series, or reading the book.  www.elicheesecake.com These treats are not tricks.


Congratulations to Amy Cohen
October 14, 2007, 8:53 pm
Filed under: Author Talk, News

Amy Cohen is a bright, funny, wonderful new author with her book The Late Bloomer’s Revolution. This memoir is a very special read and while it deals with many tough challenges Amy seems to make the journey one of inspiration and you will most definitely laugh out loud more then once during this read and need some kleenex too.

Today we celebrate the wonderful news that Amy’s book will be coming to HBO soon, http://wwwvariety.com/article/VR1117973886.html?c=14, so if you are one of those folks that will not read and like to wait for the movie is this is going to be terrific. While I don’t know Amy personally I have had the pleasure of getting to know her through email correspondence. From that and the book I have pictured Amy as Sarah Jessica’s Carrie in Sex and the City and low and behold if you go to this link you will see that it is going to happen in just that way.

If you are curious about Amy and the book check out her website, http://www.byamycohen.com. You can also find Amy in Vogue this month. Yes everything is coming up roses for Amy and we celebrate her success.

Here’s hoping Amy will join 24/8 in the near future for dishing.


24/8 Event Recap
October 13, 2007, 11:13 am
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Author Talk

24/8 had the privilege of holding its last roving event at Eli’s Cafe and Bakery. To say it was less then amazing would be an understatment. Eli’s was a most amazing partner and when it comes to throwing a tasty affair they are tops.

Author Kim Strickland kept everyone engrossed and entertained and was so willing to talk about her experiences as an author, mother and pilot that the evening exceeded all expectations. We hope everyone picks up WISH CLUB, http://www.kimstrickland.com, her first novel, because it is definitely a good read and one you will pass on to a friend when you are done.

The Cafe and Bakery are open to the public and we suggest you check it out. The food was spectacular and I am sure the daily fare never disappoints. The cheesecakes that were presented were divine and there were so many varieties. What can be said about Eli’s cheesecake except perhaps the word perfection would have a slice of Eli’s cheesecake next to it in the dictionary or on Wikipedia. Once the cheesecake was served we could not regain our guests attention they were too buy sampling and then running to the bakery freezer or the counter to make their purchases.

We are planning the next 24/8 event and hope that you will visit the website and check under events for the next update. In the meantime, we are always reading something new and post reviews and visits with these authors under The Dish and Author’s Spotlight features on the site.

Till next time,

Falise and JoAnne

Eli’s blogs about 24/8 Book Club and author Kim Strickland
October 10, 2007, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Events

October 11th is almost here and time for our next 24/8 Book Club roving event. Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe and Bakery is our partner and they are going to be 24/8 friends for life. We are so excited about bringing the club to Eli’s which is a great space.

Author Kim Strickland will join us tomorrow night and we are thrilled. Her first book, WISH CLUB is perfect for an October Halloween celebration. This book seems light but it actually has some turns which you might not be expecting.

Check out this posting at Eli’s,  http://www.elicheesecake.com/blog.aspx  and if you find you want to join us please come by because there is always room to squeeze in one or two more.

This book series is right on Target
October 8, 2007, 9:58 pm
Filed under: 24/8 Musings, Book Notes

Target always puts its best design face forward with each holiday. This Halloween is no exception.  Look for Edgar and Ellen in their displays, and then go read their books.

 According to Simon and Schuster, Lemony Snicket fans have a new series to love.  Twins, Edgar and Ellen, live alone in a grim tower on the edge of the squeaky clean town, Nod’s Limbs. They spend their time dodging each other’s pranks, avoiding Heimertz (the mysterious accordion-playing groundskeeper), pestering Pet (their hairy, one-eyed creature), and wreaking havoc on the hapless citizens of Nod’s Limbs.  

This is real creative mischief. As alwys Target is right on the bullseye.