Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word today comes from the book: The Way To London by Alix Rickloff

Amah- is a girl or woman employed by a family to clean, look after children and perform other tasks.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book, The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper.

Pg 18

"So, your sister's book's success is a good thing, is it not?'


Monday, August 14, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I had a full mailbox last week, courtesy of Wm.Morrow.

The Daughters Of Ireland by Santa Montefiore
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes by David Handler
The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper
The Beauty Of Us by Kristen Proby
The Way To London by Alix Rickloff

Hope yours was good also.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Rich Zahradnik - Lights Out Summer - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

In March 1977, ballistics link murders going back six months to the same Charter Arms Bulldog .44. A serial killer, Son of Sam, is on the loose. But Coleridge Taylor can't compete with the armies of reporters fighting New York's tabloid war--only rewrite what they get. Constantly on the lookout for victims who need their stories told, he uncovers other killings being ignored because of the media circus. He goes after one, the story of a young Black woman gunned down in her apartment building the same night Son of Sam struck elsewhere in Queens. The story entangles Taylor with a wealthy Park Avenue family at war with itself. Just as he's closing in on the killer and his scoop, the July 13-14 blackout sends New York into a 24-hour orgy of looting and destruction. Taylor and his PI girlfriend Samantha Callahan head out into the darkness, where a steamy night of mob violence awaits them. In the midst of the chaos, a suspect in Taylor's story goes missing. Desperate, he races to a confrontation that will either break the story--or Taylor. Book 4 in the Coleridge Taylor Mystery series.




My Review

A young black maid is gunned down outside her apartment and journalist Coleridge Taylor gets entangled in the web of lies and deceit spun by the wealthy Manhattan family who hired her.

Consequently, the story takes place in the summer of 1977 and the Son of Sam murders are in full swing, throwing New York City into a state of panic.

Taylor tries to compete with the other papers to get recognition for the murder he is investigating, but sadly no one seems to care.

His fight for justice creates a gripping murder mystery chock full of action and brimming with social consciousness. 

***

Lights Out Summer can be pre-ordered at:
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IndieBound

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $15.95 paperback, $29.95 audio
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 288
Release: October 1, 2017
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603812139
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***

About the Author

Rich Zahradnik is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coleridge Taylor Mystery series (Lights Out Summer, A Black Sail, Drop Dead Punk, Last Words).



The first three books have been shortlisted or won awards in the three major competitions for novels from independent presses. A Black Sail was named winner in the mystery category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Drop Dead Punk collected the gold medal for mystery ebook in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Last Words won the bronze medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2015 IPPYs and honorable mention for mystery in the 2015 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards.

"Taylor, who lives for the big story, makes an appealingly single-minded hero," Publishers Weekly wrote of Drop Dead Punk.

 A Black Sail received a starred review from Library Journal, which said, “Fans of the late Barbara D’Amato and Bruce DeSilva will relish this gritty and powerful crime novel.”

Zahradnik was a journalist for 25-plus years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media, including online, newspaper, broadcast, magazine and wire services. He held editorial positions at CNN, Bloomberg News, Fox Business Network, AOL and The Hollywood Reporter.



Zahradnik was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1960 and received his B.A. in journalism and political science from George Washington University. He lives with his wife Sheri and son Patrick in Pelham, New York, where he writes fiction and teaches kids around the New York area how to write news stories and publish newspapers.



Links to connect with Rich:
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Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word comes from the book: The Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes

Ironwort- is a woody,comely perennial native to the mountains surrounding the Mediterranean sea.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book, The Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes.

Pg.7
He kept his head shaved,like all other men in in their tribe, with one lock of hair hidden beneath a white cap.
                                                                                                             

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

One new book last week in my mailbox.

Sons And Soldiers by Bruce Henderson

What did you receive?


Friday, August 4, 2017

Sharon St. George - Spine Damage - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Paulo Ferrara, a young Portuguese man, lies comatose in the Intensive Care Unit of Timbergate Medical Center, shot in the spine. The neurosurgeon who would normally be in charge of his care has left town to attend to an injured daughter, and the only other neurosurgeon, the rude and egotistical Dr. Godfrey Carver, is about to be suspended for not completing his continuing education requirements. The unpleasant duty of ensuring that the staff obey the rules lies with Aimee Machado, the medical center's forensic librarian and Continuing Education Coordinator. Aimee and her pilot boyfriend Nick live together on her grandparents’ llama farm. While dealing with Dr. Carver, Aimee learns the circumstances of Paulo’s injury and enlists Nick’s help. Aimee is half Asian and half Portuguese, and her parents live on Faial, one of the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal. Faial is the closest neighbor to Pico, home of Paulo and his family. Paulo came to rural Northern California in search of his fifteen-year-old sister Liliana, who vanished two weeks ago. Nick’s wealthy employer Buck Sawyer takes an interest in the girl’s plight as well, especially when they learn that she left the Azores on a superyacht. Not only is Buck a yacht owner, but he is also on a crusade against drug trafficking, and Paulo and Liliana have clearly stumbled onto a criminal operation of some kind. The trail leads Aimee and Nick from Timbergate, to the Azores, to San Francisco. Paulo’s condition is deteriorating, and he might never be able to explain what got him shot. Can Aimee, her brother Harry, and Nick unravel the mystery in time to save Liliana? Book 4 in the Aimee Machado Mystery series, which began with Due for Discard.




My Review

This mystery is a well-written story with two main characters, Aimee and Nick, who are driven to solve the case of an injured young man and his kidnapped sister. However, they are a crime-busting couple at a crossroads. They are out to seek justice while at the same time, trying to decide where there relationship is going. Due to the amount of danger they always seem to find themselves in, they can't help but wonder: Should we get married? Should we have a baby? They're hard questions to answer, especially when you're packing heat on a regular basis.

This time around, I thought stepping into Aimee's Portuguese heritage really added to the story line, and the supporting characters in her family are well-defined and help move the plot forward at a nice pace. I know I was kept in suspense until the very end, which I really enjoy in this type of novel.

If you like intriguing stories in the cozy mystery genre, then you are in for a real treat.

***

Spine Damage can be purchased at:
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Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $16.78 paperback
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 328
Release: May 15, 2017
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603815819
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***

About the Author

Sharon St. George’s writing credits include three plays, several years writing advertising copy, a book on NASA’s space food project, and feature stories too numerous to count. She holds dual degrees in English and Theatre Arts, and occasionally acts in, or directs, one of her local community theater productions. Sharon is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and she serves as program director for Writers Forum, a nonprofit organization for writers in northern California.

Links to connect with Sharon:
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from the book Salt Creek.

Euphorbias-are easy to grow perennial plants that are tough and have a few problems.

Bollard- is a short post designed to guide traffic.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from Salt Creek.

Pg.202
We went into the house. Papa fetched Mama's workbasket and left the house again.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Mailbox Monday




Mailbox Monday

No new books last week, how about you?

Reading:
Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word is taken from the book, Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar.

Stanchion- a frame that holds the head of a cow in place, especially to facilitate milking.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesdaye

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book: Salt Creek By Lucy Treloar.

Pg. 80
They did not discourage his contact with us even if they did not wish for contact themselves.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Playing catch-up this week, no new books last week.


How about you?

Reading:
Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday



Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word for today is from The Essex Serpent.

Distraite- distracted or absentminded, distant.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from The Essex Serpent.

Pg.235
He handed her a packet wrapped in white, rather carelessly as if it hardly mattered whether it pleased her.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox, how about yours?

Reading: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are from The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.

Indefatigable- incapable of being fatigued; untiring, an indefatigable worker.

Harridan- A strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book: The Essez Serpent by Sarah Perry.

Pg. 111
The cough which had kept her awake at night had receded as the weather grew warmer.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Received one new book last week, courtesy of Meryl Zegarek Public Relations.

Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar

The comfortable life Hester Finch now leads in Chichester, England, could not be further from the hardship her family endured on leaving Adelaide for Salt Creek in 1855.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Triptych- is an ancient Roman writing tablet with 3 waxed leaves, joined together.

Espaliered- trees that are pruned and trained to a desired shape.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book; Secrets Of The Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery.

Pg. 32
The man was gorgeous.  He looked A little like the actor Jason Bateman, with shaggy hair and big brown eyes.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

One new book in my mailbox.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry courtesy of Custom House.

Reasding:  The Forbidden Garden

How about you?


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today,I found while reading the Forbidden Garden.

Hegira- is an exodus or migration.

Quotidian- of or occuring every day, daily.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from The Forbidden Garden by Helen Herrick.

Pg. 120

He eyed the glass of wine and the small pile of chips Poppy had left him.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, how about you?

Reading:
The Forbidden Garden by Ellen Herrick.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Found this word while reading Wilde Lake.

Ersatz- not real or genuine.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tricia Dower - Becoming Lin - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

It’s 1965. Twenty-two-year-old Linda Wise despairs of escaping her overprotective parents and the town of Stony River where far too many know she was sexually assaulted as a teenager. Deliverance arrives in the form of marriage to the charismatic, twenty-six-year-old Ronald Brunson, a newly ordained Methodist minister who ignites in her a dormant passion for social justice. He tells her war and racial discrimination are symptoms of the “moral rot” destroying the country, conjuring up something dark and rancid in her mind, thrilling in its wickedness. He sweeps her away from New Jersey to serve with him at a church in a speck-on-the-map prairie town in Minnesota. What lies ahead for her over the next seven years is the subject of Tricia Dower’s penetrating study of a marriage and a woman’s evolving sense of self as she confronts the fear that keeps her from an unfettered future. Becoming Lin conjures the turbulent era of Freedom Riders for civil rights, Vietnam war resistance, the US government’s war against the resisters, the push for equal rights for women and the unraveling of the traditional marriage contract—an era that resonates today in tenacious racism and sexism, perpetual war and wide-reaching government surveillance.




My Review

The time period from the 1960s into the 1970s captures the coming of age story of Lin, as she transitions from a naive young girl into a mature woman. You follow her growth during these pivotal decades in American history since the book covers a wide range of topics from sexual assault to the Vietnam War to marriage and women's rights.

These were turbulent times for Lin as she's adjusting to being a minister's wife and becoming a first time mother. I went through this tumultuous era myself as a young woman and I could relate to certain circumstances that Lin went through from my own life experiences. I guess that's why it felt real to me.

Overall, I found the book picked up speed as it went along and made for an interesting read.

***

Becoming Lin can be purchased at:
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iTunes
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BooksaMillion
Midpoint Trade
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Prices/Formats: $12.99 ebook, $22.95 paperback
Genre: Women's Fiction, Historical, Coming of Age
Pages: 240
Release: March 20, 2017
Publisher: Caitlin Press
ISBN: 9781987915075
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***

About the Author

Tricia Dower hails from Rahway, New Jersey. You can find her on the “Rahway’s Own” website with other individuals the town has recognized for innovation and creativity. A graduate of Gettysburg College and a Phi Mu, she built a career in business before reinventing herself as a writer in 2002. Her literary work has crossed borders and won awards. She expanded a story from her Shakespeare-inspired collection, Silent Girl (Inanna 2008) into Stony River, which was published in both Canada (Penguin 2012) and the US (Leapfrog 2016). She gave a character from Stony River her own novel in Becoming Lin (Caitlin Press 2016), now available in the US.

The Vancouver Sun says, “Some of the most powerful and eloquent novelists of the 20th and 21st centuries…including Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence and Ethel Wilson...open up what had been cloaked in silence, the oppression of women and their self-discoveries in resistance. We can now add to this important liberation canon the name of Tricia Dower.”

A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Dower lives and writes in Brentwood Bay, BC.

Links to connect with Tricia:
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Facebook
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Blog


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox this week, but good catch-up time.

How was yours?

Reading:
Beach House For Rent by Mary Alice Monroe.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

I came across this word while reading Wide Lake.

Ebullient- means cheerful and full of energy.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman.

Pg. 182

The courthouse is theoretically within walking distance from te office- but not in January and never in four-inch heels.


Michael J. McCann - Burn Country - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

The latest in a series of barn fires in Leeds County turns ugly when a body is discovered inside the burned-out husk of an old hay barn near the village of Elgin. When the victim turns out to be Independent Senator Darius Lane, a renowned artist and social activist recently appointed to the upper chamber by the prime minister, Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police finds herself coping with an RCMP national security team which must first assess whether the senator’s involvement in sensitive government business led to his brutal murder by forces hostile to Canada. While Detective Constable Kevin Walker works the case files of the previous barn fires looking for a serial arsonist within Leeds County who may have killed for the first time, Ellie discovers that the intervention of RCMP Assistant Commissioner Danny Merrick, unexpectedly polite and charming, will place her directly in the cross-hairs of a homicide investigation with national repercussions! This is the second book in the March and Walker Crime Novel series and the sequel to Sorrow Lake, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hammett Award for best North American crime novel.


My Review

A Canadian setting, a rash of arsons, and the murder of a Senator—all add up to a complex and intriguing mystery novel, the second in a continuing series by award-winning author, Michael J. McCann.

Kevin and Ellie are assigned to the investigation and are split up this time in order to have more of an impact on the team. You follow an entire investigative squad through the ins and outs of a murder case from beginning to end, and I really learned a lot about the inner workings of a police force.

The only thing I didn't like was that (for me) there were too many characters in the beginning to keep track of. Otherwise, overall I thought this latest detective yarn by McCann was a good solid mystery, one that I would recommend to any one.


***

Burn Country can be purchased at:
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Prices/Formats: $5.99 ebook, $24.99 paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781927884096
Publisher: Plaid Raccoon Press
Release: March 17, 2017
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About the Author

Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned degrees in English from Trent University and Queen's University in Kingston, ON.

He is the author of Sorrow Lake, the first March and Walker Crime Novel, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hammett Award for best crime novel in North America.

He is also the author of the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series, including Blood Passage, Marcie's Murder, and The Fregoli Delusion. The Rainy Day Killer, the most recent in the series, was longlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel in Canada.

Links to connect with Michael:
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Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog (mystery)
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Pinterest
YouTube
Blog Tour Site


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received two new books in my mailbox last week:

Beach House For Rent by Mary Alice Monroe courtesy of Gallery Books.

The Threat Level Remains Severe by Rowena MacDonald courtesy of Aardvark Bureau.

Currently reading:  Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

How was your's?


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today.

Anthropomorphism-is the attribution of human motivations to animals.

Abattoirs- are slaughter houses where animals are killed.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Teaser Tuesdayr

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book, Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman.

Pg.6
The speaker began by informing the students that no one would remember who spoke at this graduation and I think he got that right.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word today comes from the book, Will's Red Coat by Tom Ryan.

Kintsukuroi- A Japanese word, which means "to repair with gold."


Monday, May 22, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, but good catch-up time. How was yours?

Still reading: The Alice Network.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

This word is from the book, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.

Vivisection- ruthlessly sharp and detailed criticism or analysis.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Teaser Tuesday




Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book called, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.

Pg. 121

His eyes looked black and bottomless in the dim light.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox, but plenty to keep me busy. How was your mailbox?

Reading: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jerome Charyn - Jerzy - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Jerzy Kosinski was a great enigma of post-World War II literature. When he exploded onto the American literary scene in 1965 with his best-selling novel The Painted Bird, he was revered as a Holocaust survivor and refugee from the world hidden behind the Soviet Iron Curtain. He won major literary awards, befriended actor Peter Sellers (who appeared in the screen adaptation of his novel Being There), and was a guest on talk shows and at the Oscars. But soon the facade began to crack, and behind the public persona emerged a ruthless social climber, sexual libertine, and pathological liar who may have plagiarized his greatest works.

Jerome Charyn lends his unmistakable style to this most American story of personal disintegration, told through the voices of multiple narrators—a homicidal actor, a dominatrix, and Joseph Stalin’s daughter—who each provide insights into the shifting facets of Kosinski’s personality. The story unfolds like a Russian nesting doll, eventually revealing the lost child beneath layers of trauma, while touching on the nature of authenticity, the atrocities of WWII, the allure of sadomasochism, and the fickleness of celebrity.




My Review

This is a sideways glance into Jerry Kosinski's life, and the man's personal struggle with his many demons. It touches on his lack of authenticity in his greatest work and therefore jeopardizing its ultimate renown and thereby destroying his professional career.

A pathological liar, he seemed to me a very troubled, mixed-up sort of soul due to the tension-filled conflict he battled within himself all his life. His inability to define his true identity harmed him in so many ways, mostly because he was never able to figure out who he really was as a human being, on the page or in life.

***

Jerzy can be purchased at:
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Bellevue Literary Press

Prices/Formats: $16.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback
Genre: Historical, Jewish
Pages: 240
Release: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
ISBN: 9781942658146
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***

Excerpt

CLICK HERE to read an excerpt from Jerzy.



About the Author

Jerome Charyn is the author of more than fifty works of fiction and nonfiction, including A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century, Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Stories, I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War, and The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel. Among other honors, he has been longlisted for the PEN Award for Biography, honored as a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, named a Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York.

Links to connect with Jerome:
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