Saturday Snapshot(s)

My youngest daughter, Kelly, and her BFF have the kind of effortless friendship that I always wished I would find as a kid, but never quite did.  They’ve known each other since they were babies and their time together is filled with laughter, inside jokes, imaginative ideas, and non stop conversation.  They make their own fun and don’t need to be entertained.  I love listening to them talk and laugh- they are hilarious. Last Saturday, as they played on the beach, I read Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister in between watching my daughter’s joy at being with her friend.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.

Bookbabie Breaking Through

We have an author in our midst (well, on my blogroll, anyway)!  Lilli Jolgren Day, aka bookbabie, has a really cool blog.  She is a photographer, but her photographs look more like paintings.  She is truly an artist.  Trust me, you just have to go look.  Click HERE to visit her gallery on her website.  Gorgeous, right?  She is also an author who is currently writing her 3rd novel, and she is my kind of author, meaning she writes the way I imagine she talks; unpretentious, honest, real. Reading her blog is like sitting with a friend.  I just really like her style.

One of her novels, entitled The Wonder of Ordinary Magic, was chosen from among 5000 entries to be a semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.   Can you imagine.. amazondotfreakingcom???  This could be IT for her!  The. Big. Break. I’m guessing can do for an author what American Idol can do for a singer.. pluck them from obscurity and hurl them into the limelight. Bookbabie, get ready to be hurled!

If you’ve got a few minutes, click on the link above and check out her book.  You download an excerpt for free, and if you like it, write a review and rate it (that is your vote). Voting is open until March 2nd, and the winner will be announced April 7th.  I hope I’ve inspired you to support a fellow blogger and aspiring author, and give bookbabie some love!