Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book:   A Head Full of Ghosts  by Paul Tremblay

pg. 96
Mom and dad were having a talk in the kitchen.
Having a talk was another buzzword phrase in our house, one that meant something was wrong.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Secrets by Jane Green Post

Summer Secrets   by Jane Green

Cat Coombs, a twenty something journalist, finds herself drowning in her London lifestyle with drinking and miserable hangovers too often. After making a horrific mistake while visiting her new found family in America, she was determined to do something about it. Years later she wants to right the wrong she did by making amends to the family she hurt. She is still afraid she might have lost them forever.
This story depicts forgiveness, betrayals in relationships and coping with the things we cannot change. It's a story worth reading.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

These are two words that I came across recently:

1. Cormorants- are large diving birds with a long neck, long hooded bill,short legs and dark plumage. It breeds on coastal cliffs.
 2. Mangroves- is a tree or shrub that grows in chiefly tropical coastal swamps that are flooded at high tide.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from Summer Secrets  by Jane Green

Pg. 151

I can't watch you destroy your life, and ours. I'm leaving and I'm taking Annie with me.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

A slow week for me, but catching up on my other books.How about you?

Reading:  Summer Secrets by Jane Green
 When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Michael J. Bowler - Spinner - Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Fifteen-year-old Alex is a “spinner.” His friends are “dummies.” Two clandestine groups of humans want his power. And an ancient evil is stalking him. If people weren’t being murdered, Alex might laugh at how his life turned into a horror movie overnight. In a wheelchair since birth, his freakish ability has gotten him kicked out of ten foster homes since the age of four. Now saddled with a sadistic housemother who uses his spinning to heal the kids she physically abuses, Alex and his misfit group of learning disabled classmates are the only ones who can solve the mystery of his birth before more people meet a gruesome end. They need to find out who murdered their beloved teacher, and why the hot young substitute acts like she’s flirting with them. Then there’s the mysterious medallion that seems to have unleashed something malevolent, and an ancient prophecy suggesting Alex has the power to destroy humanity. The boys break into homes, dig up graves, elude kidnappers, fight for their lives against feral cats, and ultimately confront an evil as old as humankind. Friendships are tested, secrets uncovered, love spoken, and destiny revealed. The kid who’s always been a loner will finally learn the value of friends, family, and loyalty. If he survives…

My Review

Alex is a fifteen year old who has been in a wheelchair since birth. Not only that, but he's been in numerous foster homes after his parents died in a car crash. But what really sets Alex apart is his ability to 'spin' people, i.e. healing the sick and being able to manage other's emotions.

The story takes you into the many dangerous trials that Alex has to endure. After being on his own for much of his life, he finally has some people he can depend on. His friends in his Special Ed class at school have his back as well as several adults ranging from his elderly next-door neighbor to a priest to his friend, Roy's, family.

It's a scary read for a horror novel since Alex has to battle two groups of predators—an ancient evil reborn and the influential people who who want his powers for their own benefit.

You'll be excited to follow Alex as he learns the many secrets that were hidden from him.


Spinner can be pre-purchased at:

Format/Price: $6.99 ebook
Genre: Horror, Young Adult
Pages: 463
Release: August 5, 2015
Publisher: YoungDudes Publishing
ISBN: 9780994667519
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About the Author

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of eight novels—A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), and The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place (Bronze Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, Once Upon A Time In America, and Spinner.

His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook. He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed him and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He is currently outlining a sequel to Spinner.

His goal as a YA author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his diverse characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world.

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word, which I found interesting comes from the book, Summer Secrets by Jane Green.

Doodlebug- The flying bomb , also known as the buzz bomb,or doodlebug during WW2. It was a German secret vengeance terror weapon.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from Summer Secrets  by Jane Green.

"Hey!" He put down the canvas he was holding and walked over to her. They both paused , Audrey feeling the unexpected urge to hug him, but how could she, she barely knew him.

Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews Post

Beach Town  by  Mary Kay Andrews      Post

   Greer Hennessy, a movie location scout was headed to the Florida coast to find a perfect spot for her much needed movie. The job wasn't going to be easy as she faces roadblocks and an attraction to the man who was causing them.
    It is a perfect summer read, not just filled with romance, but with personal problems and a lot of small town secrets. It's a good read to take on a beach vacation and enjoy.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

One new book appeared in my mailbox last week:

Summer Secrets  by  Jane Green , courtesy of Tandem Literary.

When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty
 something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral.

Finished reading: Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today:

1. Coterie- A small group of people with shared interests or tastes, especially one that is exclusive of other people .

2. Parlance- A particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

teaser tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:

Imaginary Things  by  Andrea Lochen

pg. 33
"What is all this stuff?" I asked, struggling to make my way through the clutter to the bathroom.

   An enchanting tale about family, love, and the courage it takes to face your demons and start over again.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Jerome Charyn - Bitter Bronx - Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Brooklyn is dead. Long live the Bronx! In Bitter Bronx, Jerome Charyn returns to his roots and leads the literary renaissance of an oft-overlooked borough in this surprising new collection.

In Bitter Bronx, one of our most gifted and original novelists depicts a world before and after modern urban renewal destroyed the gritty sanctity of a land made famous by Ruth, Gehrig, and Joltin' Joe.

Bitter Bronx is suffused with the texture and nostalgia of a lost time and place, combining a keen eye for detail with Jerome Charyn's lived experience. These stories are informed by a childhood growing up near that middle-class mecca, the Grand Concourse; falling in love with three voluptuous librarians at a public library in the Lower Depths of the South Bronx; and eating at Mafia-owned restaurants along Arthur Avenue's restaurant row, amid a "land of deprivation…where fathers trundled home…with a monumental sadness on their shoulders."

In "Lorelei," a lonely hearts grifter returns home and finds his childhood sweetheart still living in the same apartment house on the Concourse; in "Archy and Mehitabel" a high school romance blossoms around a newspaper comic strip; in "Major Leaguer" a former New York Yankee confronts both a gang of drug dealers and the wreckage that Robert Moses wrought in his old neighborhood; and in three interconnected stories—"Silk & Silk," "Little Sister," and "Marla"—Marla Silk, a successful Manhattan attorney, discovers her father's past in the Bronx and a mysterious younger sister who was hidden from her, kept in a fancy rest home near the Botanical Garden. In these stories and others, the past and present tumble together in Charyn's singular and distinctly "New York prose, street-smart, sly, and full of lurches" (John Leonard, New York Times).

Throughout it all looms the "master builder" Robert Moses, a man who believed he could "save" the Bronx by building a highway through it, dynamiting whole neighborhoods in the process. Bitter Bronx stands as both a fictional eulogy for the people and places paved over by Moses' expressway and an affirmation of Charyn's "brilliant imagination" (Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune).

My Review

I couldn't stop reading these stories and I wish there were more than thirteen!

Each and every one is filled with mystery, intrigue, romance—and they're all extremely well written thanks to the natural talent of a brilliant author like Jerome Charyn, a Bronx native himself.

People who live, have lived, or have never lived in the Bronx will feel the environment he describes so well with their senses, their minds, and especially their hearts.

Each character is on a different journey, but Charyn emphasizes the hardships they all have in common, uniting them as a joined force against the struggles of race, class and poverty that are out to tear them down.

BITTER BRONX is an entertaining reading experience outside the norm, a mix of historical fiction and social commentary. It's a true gem that I can't recommend highly enough.


Bitter Bronx can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Prices/Formats: $9.99-$12.49 ebook, $24.95 hardcover
Genre: Short Stories
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780871404893
Publisher: Liveright
Release: June 1, 2015
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About the Author

Jerome Charyn's stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, Epoch, Narrative, Ellery Queen, and other magazines. His most recent novel is I Am Abraham. He lived for many years in Paris and currently resides in Manhattan.

Links to connect with Jerome:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here is a word I came across this past week.

Acromegaly- is a hormonal disorder that develops when your pituitary gland produces too much hormone during adulthood. When this happens your bones increase in size.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from Beach Town.

Pg. 170
"Stop trying to change the subject. Tell me about what happened. When they split up."

Monday, June 1, 2015

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Still waiting for a few books to arrive. What arrived in your mailbox?

Reading:   Beach Town   by Mary Kay Andrews

Greer Hennessy, a struggling movie scout, has just found the perfect undiscovered patch of Florida coast for her last chance movie. All is looking good until mayor and environmentalist, Eben Thibabeaux, puts a halt to her plans.