Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publication(can't-wait-to-read) selection is:

All You Could Ask For   by Mike Greenberg    Rel. Date 9-3-13     Wm. Morrow pub.

Three women are about to find their lives intertwined in ways none of them could ever have imagined......
Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for 15 years.
Samantha's newlywed bliss is steamrolled when she finds shocking evidence of infidelity on her husband's computer after only being married for two days.
Katherine works 18hrs. a day for the man who irreparably shattered her heart 15 yrs ago.

A Week In Winter by Maeve Binchy Review-Post

A Week In Winter   by Maeve Binchy      Review-Post

  Once again a Maeve Binchy book has embraced us with her marvelous accounts of unlikely people coming together in a small town on the west coast of Ireland. They are their at the opening week of Stone House, an old mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, to spend a restful holiday.
   I found this to be a very charming and interesting read as you discover what's going on in each of the visitor's lives. I always found her books to take you to a place where you enjoy every minute of it.
If you like stories set in Ireland you'll enjoy this one.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from the book A Week In Winter.

Nyckelharpa- The traditional swedish keyed fiddle.

Uilleanon- The Irish word for elbow.

Bodhrian- An Irish drum.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from a book that I am finishing reading: A Week In Winter
                                                                                                           By Maeve Binchy

Pg. 275
"You were only a child," Carmel said soothingly.
"No, I knew. I knew what she was doing was wrong and that she had to be punished.
I wasn't going to be part of any secrets.

John A. Karr - Ghostly Summons - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Lars Kelsen doesn’t believe in psychic phenomenon. To him, visions of murder victims are a form of mental illness. Once they begin, options are limited; he can try to ignore them or deal with them by exposing a killer. Only the latter provides any semblance of peace. Temporarily, anyway. Five years into his new life as a programmer, Kelsen—ex-crime beat reporter with a penance he can never fully satisfy—sees a victim.

In person. Upright. Staring.

Typical of such past "Visits" as he calls them, he doesn’t welcome this one. The nude form of a beautiful millionairess in his cubicle means murder has come to the vacation haven known as North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It means he’ll have to go places he'd rather avoid. See things he'll wish he hadn’t. Do things that don't come naturally, like in-your-face confrontation and bending the law. Actually, breaking the law ... but with good intent. It also means dealing with one very attractive county coroner, who pushes his buttons in a not entirely unwelcome way.

So begins Kelsen's return to investigative reporting—complete with attempts on his life, fights, deception, and all the technological tricks, such as GPS and computer hacking, at his disposal. And maybe even finding a new love interest.

My Review

Lars Kelsen is getting visions of a murdered woman in the Outer Banks. It seems like she is trying to lead him to her killer. As he leaves his new profession as a computer programmer and is asked by a newspaper editor to help the police in solving the crime, it gets him deep into the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death.

The quest is a riveting journey that nearly ends his life a few times, as Lars tries to uncover the real culprit. As the number of suspects mounts, it makes his earnest pursuit more intriguing. Lars makes it his mission to find Jeanette Broughton's murderer after she continues to appear to him in a series of visions.

Since I visited the Outer Banks twice, the names of the different places mentioned were familiar and made the story even better. Karr's mystery is a thrilling adventure with a surprising finish.


Ghostly Summons can be purchased at:
Kindle, Nook, Kobo

Prices/Formats: $3.99 ebook, paperback
Pages: 312
Publisher: Dark Continents Publishing
Release: March 14, 2013
Click to add to your Goodreads list.

About the Author

John A. Karr believes fiction writing each day helps keep the demons at bay. Ghostly Summons is his first full-length novel for Dark Continents Publishing. DCP has also published his Weird West novella, Ujahwek. He is the author of a handful of other novels: Death Clause, Hippocrates Shattered (scheduled for reprint by World Castle Publications as Shattered), Rhone, and Van Gogh, Encore. His short stories have appeared on webzines Allegory, The Absent Willow Review, and Danse Macabre. More works are in progress and in the marketing queue.

Karr is an ardent believer in the quote by Carl Van Doren (1885-1950), U.S. man of letters: Yes, it's hard to write, but it's harder not to.

Links to connect with John:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

One book in my mailbox this week, courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

One By One    By Robert Hunter

Finishing reading:  A Week In Winter   by Maeve Binchy

Friday, July 26, 2013

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q: What do you do with your books after you are done reading them?

      I usually give them away to people I know who read a lot or I donate them to the Library.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publication (can't-wait-to-read) selection is:

Swimming In The Moon      By Pamela Shoeneuwaldt        Pub. Wm. Morrow    Rel Date: 9-3-13

   Italy, 1905.Fourteen -year- old Lucia and her young mother Teresa, are servants in a magnificent villa on the bay of Naples, where Teresa soothes their unhappy mistress with song. But vola
tile tempers force them to flee, exchanging their warm, gilded cage for the cold winds off Lake Erie and Cleveland's restless immigrant quarters.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Taken from Difficult Words:

1. Maar- is a broad, low-relief volcanic crater that is caused by ground water coming into contact with hot lava.

2. Aardwolf- is a striped, hyena-like mammal of South Africa.

3. Wallah- is a person who is associated with a particular work or who performs a specific duty or service.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book: A Week In Winter By  Maeve Binchy

Pg. 49

" Yes, I know, but could you tell her I've changed?" he begged. "I have told her."
"And why doesn"t she write back to me, then?"
"Because she thinks it's all her fault.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No physical books in my mailbox this week.

Reading:  The Widows Of Braxton County  by Jess McConkey

What did you receive?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book The Widows of Braxton County   by Jess Mc Conkey.

pg. 42

"Now see what you did, ma?" He shook his head. "You've upset Kate." He released his mother's hand and placed it on Kate's shoulder, gently guiding her back to her chair.

Lighthouse Island By Paulette Jiles Review-Post

Lighthouse Island   By Paulette Jiles        Review-Post

     This is an intriguing story of a futuristic world that is in drought and animals are long gone. Nadia Stephan is an orphan girl, left on her own , who desperately wants to get to a place called Lighthouse Island in the Pacific Northwest. Maps and borders are a thing of the past, which makes her journey very difficult as she abandons everything to get there.
      I found this book to be a page turner. It's a dystopian adventure that didn't disappoint even though it wasn't one of my favorite genres but found the story to be very interesting trying to live in a world that lost everything and was completely different.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received two arc copies from Harper Collins Publishing.

The Widows Of Braxton County  by Jess McConkey

The Butterfly Sister   by  Gail Hansen

Finished Reading: Lighthouse Island   by Paulette Jiles

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

How do you feel about books about dogs or pets? Fluffy stories of fluffy family members? Solid books on training them or taking care of them? Touching reminiscences of trouble and the way a person's dog or pet has helped get them through?

A very Happy Birthday to your dog and many more.
We have our third dog and we loved them all very much, I haven't read too many books on dogs, but enjoyed the one's I have read. They are a blessing to have around when you are going through difficult times, I agree.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My can't-wait-to-read selection is:     Seed No Evil    by Kate Collins   Release Date: 8-6-13  Amazon

  Abby Knight's wedding is less than two weeks and everything is going wrong. The cooler in her flower shop is leaking, her neck is swollen to unnatural proportions, her groom is acting distant, and she still doesn't know where she's actually getting married. But things go from bad to worse when the director of her favorite charity is murdered and Abby's mother becomes the main suspect.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from the book:   Lighthouse Island  by Paulette Jiles

1. Parquetry- A geometric mosaic of wood pieces used for decorative effect.

2. Koozie- A neoprene bottle holder, a foam can holder.

3. Stanchions- An upright pole, post, or support.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from : Lighthouse Island   by  Paulette Jiles

pg. 11

Nadia sat in a room that smelled of antiseptics. Brightness enveloped her but all was silent and so she sat very still. For a long time she sat, listening to people running up and down the halls, the sound of gurneys on wheels and people crying out, I need some help here!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

This week I received three arc copies from Harper Collins Publishing.

Lighthouse Island  By Paulette Jiles  The Tilted World  by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly and Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Friday, July 5, 2013

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow


Today's is the US's Independence Day. Share your favorite book with a war in it., or an overthrow of the government.

My choice would be Dr. Zhivago. One of my favorite movies also.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publication (can't-wait-to-read) selection is:

The Glass Ocean   by Lori Baker          Release Date:  8-1-13         Penquin Group

      The Glass Ocean is a debut novel that takes place in Victorian England. This is a story of love and art, narrated by a woman about her parents.

City Of Hope by Kate Kerrigan Review-post

City Of Hope      by Kate Kerrigan       Review-post

     This is a story of a girl named Ellie from Ireland who goes to New York to try and get her life together after the untimely death of her beloved husband, John. She needs direction and purpose in her future life, so she tries finding her answer in helping the homeless a place to live after the depression.
      It makes you want to keep reading until you find out where she is heading and if she is going to find true happiness in her life.The many friendships and acquaintences that she makes along the way, strengthens her resolve.
      I found it to be an intriguing read that yo would want to go back and read again at sometime.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Taken from: Very Hard Scrabble Words

1. Aphtha- small blister in the mouth.

2. Azoic- no organic trace.

3. Bice- blue pigment.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from City Of Hope   by  Kate Kerrigan

pg. 257

Matt added, "Lavinia? She's some woman all right." I smarted. Sheila was setting me up, and as usual, it was working.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received City Of Hope  By Kate Kerrigan  from Wm. Morrow publishers.
What did you get this week?