About Me

That's me on the left.
I am one of three daughters born to German immigrants, and was honored to be the first American born in our family. My parents ping-ponged back and forth across the ocean before permanently settling in fabulous Las Vegas when I was in the first grade. Growing up in Vegas was probably no different than any other place (except that we know how to pronounce Nevada correctlyNev-atta [like attaboy], not British-style Nev-aw-da.) Our schools taught the same subjects as anywhere else: English, Math, Science.  We did NOT have showgirl or cocktail waitress training, and no magic or dealer courses were on the school curriculum. It was hotter than a firecracker there, but it was that dry heat so it wasn’t really noticeable…kind of like being in a dryer. As a kid I always dreamed of snow, that mystical kind of wonder that actually came down once.  

Las Vegas will always hold a special place in my heart, but
I'm on the far left.
I’m now happy to be where it’s green, the green that’s found in trees and plants, not on the blackjack table.  My home is in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This is a beautiful area and I love living here for the past twenty years.  

In Idaho, we have no shortage of snow. If truth be told, winter is not my favorite time of the year. The heavenly summers in Coeur d'Alene make up for it, though.  We live close to downtown, which means we walk or ride our bikes to coffee shops, restaurants, parks, and Lake Coeur d’Alene (where I once dared to take the Polar Plunge). 

Despite my big honeymoon blunder, I’ve been married over 25 years now and have two wonderful, grown kids and two adorable granddaughters

Reading

I have several passions, reading being right up there on the list. My love of reading stems from my mother and father. I enjoy reading all types of books including fiction (Pomegranate Soup, A Guide to the Birds of East Africa), memoirs (The Glass Castle, Falling Leaves), classics (Frankenstein, Jane Eyre), modern classics (Rebecca, Murder on the Orient Express) and humor (Me Talk Pretty One Day, My Uncle Oswald).  It’s rare that I will truly dislike a book, but it happens on occasion (Moby-Dick).

For the past nine years, I’ve enjoyed being part of a book club where I read books I might never have chosen on my own. It expands my reading horizon, and of course, I love just getting together with the girls. Our latest gathering spot is The Well-Read Moose, a wonderful bookstore that has a great selection of books as well as a coffee and wine bar!  Right up my alley! Be sure and visit it if you ever find your way to Coeur d’Alene. Try the Johnny Appleseed hot apple cider—yum!

Over the years, my reading habits have evolved.  While I
used to diligently complete one book before purchasing another one, I have seen the error of my ways and now have stacks and stacks of books in every nook and cranny.  I love the feel of a real book, and have not yet been converted to an e-reader, although there may be a time in the future when I’ll need one to crank up the font size.  When I’m not watching Amazing Race or Modern Family, I’m usually diving into another book adventure. 

Traveling
At Carhenge in NE with Darth Vader
I love to travel.  In the times of B.C. (before children), my husband and I worked for the airlines and were able to travel to many places including Hawaii, New Zealand, Bahamas, Tahiti, and more.  But if I had to choose, I’d say my favorite vacation so far was our RV trip—(1 RV,  5 people, 8 states (WY, SD, NE, CO, UT, MT, AZ, NM),14 days, 3,600 Miles,1 trip of a lifetime.) We hope to travel more in the future:  in the meantime, I’ll just escape with books like A Year in Provence, The Reluctant Tuscan, and my latest find, Quirky Sleeps.

Gardening
My beautiful grandmother
Gardening is in my blood.  The hunger to get out there and get my hands in the dirt was passed down from my grandmother, to my mother, to me. I consider myself a seasoned, not expert, gardener.  For ten years I gardened like a champion under harsh conditions on six hilly, rocky acres.  We built our house on a mountainside, which was blasted to give us a level site.  What was left was a Mount Everest of loose rocks and a level, but soil-free area surrounding our house—and as you can imagine, it’s quite difficult to garden without dirt.  We had to haul in yards and yards of it. Top that with the problem of a well that sputtered out little streams of orangish, iron-filled water and then add some hungry deer in the mix, and my garden quickly became a battleground. Luckily, I now live in town and no longer have to worry about those things.  The only teensy drawback is that I have limited space; I’ve expanded as much as I can including the alley. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I love my garden; it energizes me, renews my spirit. I get as proud and excited about what I’ve created, kind of like Tom Hanks when he made fire in Castaway

Art

At the Art Institute of Chicago ( with a Cezanne)
I also have a great interest in art and was lucky enough to visit the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014.  What an awesome place!!  We spent eight hours there (just two hours less than my record-breaking Ikea shopping trip with my sisters.) Chicago is an all-around wonderful city.  There’s so much to see and do there.  I love you, Chicago! 

Family
Out of all these things, my family has been my greatest joy.  Sure, there were the terrible twos and threes, and during the
teenage years I just wanted to run away. But now I feel we’ve hit the “friendship years” and I couldn’t be happier.  I love being a grandma.  It’s a precious gift to be able to experience it all over again—the laughter, the hugs and kisses.  Only this time, I can hand her right back to her mama during the teenage years!  Having kids and grandchildren makes me appreciate my mother more, too.

Well, now you know more about me than you probably ever needed to know…except the fact that I love reading…which is why you’re at this site.  So, grab a book and enjoy!

Happy reading!

Annette

2 comments:

  1. I finally did my nominations for the Leibster Award. You can see my nominees and answers to your questions here http://drchazan.blogspot.co.il/2016/04/my-liebster-award-nominations.html
    Thanks again for nominating me!

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  2. SILENT FEAR – Review request for new release thriller


    Hi Annette

    We seek advance reviews for our new release crime-thriller Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes). It’s the latest novel by New Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan, authors of seven other published novels including The Ninth Orphan, White Spirit and Into the Americas.

    Happy to provide ARCs of novel for your followers also if that's of interest.


    The premise for Silent Fear is:

    When you can't hear...death comes silently.

    Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther is assigned to investigate the murder of a student at a university for the Deaf in London, England. The murder investigation coincides with a deadly flu virus outbreak, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world. When more Deaf students are murdered, it becomes clear there is a serial killer operating within the sealed-off university. A chilling cat-and-mouse game evolves as the unknown killer targets Valerie and the virus claims more lives.




    Dedicated to the many millions of deaf people around the world, this novel was inspired by the murders of deaf students at Gallaudet University, one of the world’s most prestigious learning institutions for the deaf, between 1980 and the early 2000’s.

    Do let me know if you would like to receive an advance review copy of Silent Fear, and I will email a pdf of the novel immediately. Alternatively, just say if you’re prefer a Kindle-gifted copy and I’ll be only too happy to oblige after October 31st when this Amazon Pre-order eBook will be available to customers via https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/

    The Amazon paperback link is: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0473408120

    The Goodreads link is: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35626239-silent-fear

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards

    Lance Morcan
    SterlingGateBooks@gmail.com

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