Monday, November 30, 2015

Mailbox Monday

I only received one new book this past weekend:  The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel
What goodies did. You receive?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from the book: Hush Hush by Laura Lippman

1. Velociraptor- is one of the most bird-like dinosaurs ever discovered. Small and fast and about the size of a turkey.

2. Filicide- is the deliberate act of a parent killing their own child.
This word is having to do with the story in the book.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book called: Hush Hush by  Laura Lipman

Well she had never been serious. Who could be serious about being married at seventeen?
 pg. 91


Monday, November 23, 2015

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Only one new book in my mailbox, courtesy of Wm. Morrow.

Everything She Forgot  by  Lisa Ballantyne

They're calling it the worst pileup in London history. Margaret Holloway is driving home, but her mind is elsewhere-on a troubled student, her daughter's acting class, the next day's meeting-when she
is
rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Greenwood by Alexandra M. Griesinger

Greenwood  by  Alexandra M. Griesinger

  This is a story of Lexi Connors And how she struggles to find her destiny. People are dying in her town because of her secret and a secret she must find out about.
   This is a different and fascinating read that keeps you wondering what will happen next. It was a type of story that I don't normally read, but found it to be very interesting. Those of you who like to be intrigued , this is one for you.





The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick

The Sparrow Sisters  by  Ellen Herrick

  The Sparrow Sisters have lived in the tiny seaside town of Granite Point all their lives. They used the healing powers of their plants and flowers to ease the aches and pains of the people in their town. Their history goes back to their great-great grandmother and probably beyond. When a young boy in the town suddenly dies, who was treated recently by Patience Sparrow, things turn ugly. She is blamed by the people in the town as they turn against her.
  I found this to be an interesting read as I learned a lot about the healing powers of certain plants and flowers. The endurance of Patience Flowers and how she had to get the trust of the people back. It lacked some suspense for me, but I enjoyed reading it.


Michael J. Bowler - Warrior Kids - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

The future looks bleak unless eighteen year-old Lance and his New Camelot Earth Warriors can save the planet from catastrophic climate change. 
Spurred by twelve year-olds Billy, Enya, Itzamna, and his ten-year-old brother, Chris, Lance creates a branch of Earth Warriors, a youth-led movement designed to save the earth from its greatest enemy – greed. His involvement leads to Earth Warrior crews springing up all across America. Millions of kids leap into action, paralyzing the country and alarming the rich and powerful. Having adopted his father’s philosophy of doing what’s right, rather than what’s easy, Lance makes serious enemies when he calls out New Camelot donors who represent fossil fuel or other polluting industries, and then barely escapes a series of "accidents” designed to kill him. When he challenges the United States Congress to step up and act immediately on the climate crisis, the attacks on him escalate. With the majority of America's kids on his side, Lance and his young Earth Warriors prepare for the United Nations Conference of the Parties in Paris, where they will call upon world leaders to stop talking about sustainability and start acting on it. But whoever wants him dead isn't giving up. Will Lance and his crew live long enough to even get to Paris? Warrior Kids is a standalone tale set within the Children of the Knight universe.



My Review

Lance and his group of teenage social activists are on a mission to save the earth from devastating climate change.

It isn't easy for Lance, since someone wants him dead. Yet despite the risk he still gets millions of kids from all over the world to leap into action. When he goes up against the corporate interests of the oil and big energy industries, he puts his life on the line to speak truth to power. It's a dangerous struggle for these kids to try and make it to Paris where the United Nations is holding a global conference on the issue. Lance is scheduled to make an address there, but will he make it there alive?

This is another action-packed story from Michael J. Bowler and great for young readers to teach them about what's going on with our planet right now. I found it to be very informative as well as very entertaining, the best of both worlds when it comes to encouraging school-age children to read for fun.

***

Warrior Kids can be purchased at:
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Formats: ebook, paperback
Genre: Middle Grade
Pages: 211
Release: October 6, 2015
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9780990871149
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Special message from the author:

THE eBOOK OF WARRIOR KIDS IS FREE FOR EDUCATORS. It is available in the following formats: PDF, Kindle (mobi), and ePub (Nook and iBooks). In addition, teachers can purchase the paperbacks at the per unit cost of $3.08 (plus shipping and applicable tax.) Educators can contact the author via the Warrior Kids Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1505241449796357/) or directly by email – stuntshark2.0@gmail.com. For paperback orders, the author will generate an invoice from Createspace (the physical publisher of the book) and payment can be made through PayPal. There is no profit motive and he will earn nothing off the paperbacks sold to teachers. Per unit cost and shipping rates are exactly as Createspace charges him – no markup. As an educator, he has always sought supplemental reading material that would engage his students on important issues. Having found very little, he decided to write one and make it readily available.


About the Author

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of nine 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; Spinner (Winner Hollywood Book Festival; Honorable Mention San Francisco Book Festival; Bronze Medal from Reader’s Favorite; Literary Classics Seal of Approval), and Warrior Kids.

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.

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:
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

These are words I thought would be interesting from the book, The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick.

Eiderdown- A quilt filled with down (originally from the female eider duck) or some other soft material.

Foxtails- are grasses and seed awns that are extremely dangerous to dogs, the awns are barbed razor sharp needles designed to burrow into the ground with the seed.

Awns- are stiff bristles, especially one of those growing from the ear or flower of barley, rye, and many grasses.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

 Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from a book called Greenwood by Alexandra M. Griesinger

pg. 29
My eyes lit up when he talked about the wall climb and my lips curled into a devilish smile.

 We all have a destiny. We aren't born with our destiny, but it is found when our fate comes knocking on the door. My fate came to me as my curiosity found the darkest and deadliest secret in my own town called "Greenwood".

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

These are the books I received in my mailbox in the last few weeks.

Greenwood by Alexandra M. Griesinger
Memphis Hoodoo Murders  by Kathryn Rogers
The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick
Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
Hush Hush by Laura Lippman
Welcome To Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson

They should keep me busy. What did you receive?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from the book:  The Sparrow Sisters  by Ellen Herrick

pg. 125

"Is she a homeopath or a nutritionist or what?"
"You know, she's just Patience Sparrow.




Thursday, November 5, 2015

Leta Serafim - When the Devil's Idle - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

In the Book of Revelation, written by St. John on the Greek island of Patmos, it was said a pale horse would appear whose rider was death, others would cry out for vengeance, and the stars of heaven would fall to the earth. Death does indeed come to Patmos when a German tourist is found murdered in the garden of one of the island’s fabled estates. Yiannis Patronas, Chief Officer of the Chios police, is called in to investigate. He summons his top detective, Giorgos Tembelos, and his friend and amateur sleuth, Papa Michalis, to assist him. What the policemen discover will disturb them long after the conclusion of the case. Only six people were at the house at the time of the murder—the gardener and housekeeper, the victim’s son and his wife and their two children, a boy of seven and a teenage girl of sixteen. All appear to be innocent. But access to the isolated estate is severely restricted. Surrounded by high walls, it has only one entrance: a metal gate that was bolted at the time of the crime. Patronas can only conclude that one of the six is a killer. He continues to probe, uncovering the family’s many secrets. Some are very old, others more recent. All are horrifying. But which of these secrets led to murder? 
Book 2 of the Greek Islands Mystery series, which began with The Devil Takes Half.



My Review

On the Greek island of Patmos, the mutilated body of an elderly German man is discovered by the gardener. What makes it highly unusual is the fact that the victim's family was home at the time of the murder.

Chief Officer Yannis Patronas is called in to investigate the crime. As he delves into the terrible secrets of the family, clues begin to add up.

I enjoyed following the journey of the investigation and how it led Yannis to the horrible truth. I always relish a good mystery and this one certainly delivered on all counts.

***

When the Devil's Idle can be purchased at:
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Formats: $6.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Genre: Mystery Suspense Thriller
Pages: 192
Release: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Coffeetown Press
ISBN: 9781603819985
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Excerpt

The police cruiser arrived later that day and Giorgos Tembelos and Papa Michalis disembarked, the priest inching down the ramp like a tortoise.

“I think the identity of the old man is the key,” Papa Michalis announced when they’d all gathered in a taverna to review the case. “I analyzed it and that is my conclusion. It simply cannot be anything else. It has elements of an Agatha Christie story, one of her locked-room mysteries like And Then There Was None. Nobody else had access; ergo, one of the people inside the estate, a family member or a servant, must be the guilty party.”

“Anyone could have gained access,” Patronas pointed out. “The Bechtels were careless. They didn’t keep the door locked and there were keys lying around everywhere.”

“No matter. It’s got to be one of them. We can interview other people forever, but it will eventually come back to them. Them and them alone.”

“I think Father is right,” Tembelos said. “The identity of the victim is the important thing here. There was nothing about him in any of the European databases I checked. I called our counterparts in Germany and asked them to run him through their system, but I doubt they’ll find anything. It’s like he never existed. We need to establish who he was. Could be he changed his name.”

“Why would he change his name?” Patronas wondered.

“I don’t know.“

The four of them were sitting outside by the water, it being too hot to venture inside. A haze hung over the sea, and the air was very still. Suddenly, a soft breeze rose up and stirred the tamarisk trees that lined the shore, setting their feathery branches in motion. Patronas liked the rustling sound the trees made, the relief the wind brought. It was almost as if he could hear the earth breathe.

I’ll go swimming tonight, he told himself, looking out at the harbor. Float on my back and look up at the stars. Frolic like a dolphin.

Maybe he’d ask Antigone Balis to join him. He pictured her dripping wet, that long hair of hers hanging down over one shoulder like Botticelli’s Venus. Adrift in his vision, he subsequently lost track of the conversation.

“Hey, boss, you with us?” Tembelos nudged him with his elbow.

Patronas made a show of straightening his back, stretching. “Sorry, it’s the heat. Always makes me sleepy.”

“You were grinning.”

“So what if I was? A man’s allowed to grin.”

“I don’t know, Yiannis,” the priest said. “I think when one is discussing a homicide, it might be better if one dispensed with grinning. At such a time, such behavior is unseemly. It makes one appear insensitive at the very least.”

“Thank you for that, Father. In the future, I will dispense with grinning.” He tapped his pencil on his notebook. “So, to sum up, we have nothing concrete in the case, no witnesses or physical evidence, nothing that will lead us to the killer.”

“Gardener’s clean,” Tembelos reported. “I ran his fingerprints and there was nothing. There was a match on the shoes, too, exactly like he told us.”

“What about the housekeeper, Maria Georgiou?”

“Same thing. The case is heating up. If we don’t catch the killer, it could get ugly. Ministry’s already clamoring for action.”

“We need to turn the housekeeper, Maria Georgiou, inside out, also the members of the family,” Patronas said. “Check their history. Something’s going on here, but as of yet, I haven’t established what it is.”

“You can’t rule out a random act of violence,” the priest said, “directed at them because of their nationality.”

“Worse would be if it were a case of mistaken identity,” Patronas said, “the killer targeting the owners—the Bauers—and killing one of their guests by mistake.”

He was thinking of Charlie Manson, who along with his disciples had wiped out six people without blinking an eye, not realizing his intended victim was a subletter. “Personally, I think someone targeted the family for reasons we don’t know. The cat, the old man. It stands to reason.”

“I’d start with the housekeeper,” Tembelos said. “What she said doesn’t add up. That bit about coming to Patmos on holiday and staying on as a maid.”

“Unlikely, Giorgos. She’s in her seventies.”

Papa Michalis continued to promote the locked room concept. Citing a case in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, he described how the killer had released a cobra through a fake vent and activated its poisonous energy by whistling. “ ‘Oh, my God, it was the band,’ the victim shouted, ‘the speckled band.’”

“Fiction, Father, fiction,” Patronas said impatiently. “Remember? We discussed it.”

“My point is if you are determined to kill someone, a lock is no deterrent. Sometimes murderers are ingenious. Using a cobra as a murder weapon is brilliant when you think about it. Absolutely brilliant. No fingerprints involved, no way to trace it back to you. The snake does all the work.”

“I repeat, Father, there is no snake involved here. A stone maybe, but no snake.”

“A stone? What makes you think that?”

And around they went again, weighing the possibilities. The victim had been hit on the head, but with what? A hammer or a rock? A shovel or pickax? Rock, scissors, paper.

Forget swimming, Patronas told himself. I might as well drown myself.



About the Author

Leta Serafim is the author of the Greek Islands Mystery series, published by the Coffeetown Press, as well as the historical novel, To Look on Death No More. She has visited over twenty-five islands in Greece and continues to divide her time between Boston and Greece.

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