Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrtous Words Wednesday

My words today are:

Proffer-  hold out (something) to someone for acceptance, offer.

Purneyer- a person or group that spreads or promotes an idea, or view.


Monday, December 26, 2016

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one new book in my mailbox last week, called The Other Widow by Susan Crawford.

  As the faces of three women become tightly entwined, layers of lies and deception begin to peel away, pushing them dangerously to the edge....closer ot each other....to a terrifying truth.
What goodies did you get?


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today:

Mariposa- is the Spanish word for butterfly.

Papillon- is a small, dainty elegant dog of fine-boned structure. 


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser come from the book: I See You. by Molly McAdams

pg 38

That night had stayed etched into my soul, hidden from everyone else ever since I met Declan.


Monday, December 19, 2016

MAILBOX MONDAY

MAILBOX MONDAY

AN EMPTY MAILBOX THIS PAST WEEK.

READING:  I SEE YOU BY MOLLY MCADAMS

AURORA WILDE'S LIFE FEELS LIKE A SERIES OF WHAT IF'S, FORKS IN THE ROAD, AND DOORS UNOPENED. WHAT IF SHE HADN'T GONE TO THE PARTY THAT NIGHT?

WHAT APPEARED IN YOUR MAILBOX?


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here is a word I came across while reading.

Mead- is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book, Under The Influence by Joyce. Maynard

pg. 153

With less argument than I'd anticipated he agreed to a two week visit, by far the longest am't of time I'd gotten to spend with my son since losing custody.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Mailbox Monday


Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week.

Reading:   Under The Influence by Joyce Maynard

What goodies did you receive?


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Nancy McCabe - Following Disasters - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

On her twenty-first birthday, Maggie Owen receives an unusual birthday gift: a house. That same day, the house’s owner, her aunt, dies. For three years, Maggie has been fleeing her childhood demons: the deaths of her parents, estrangement from her terminally-ill aunt, and a betrayal by her best friend. But now her career on the road, following natural disasters in temporary insurance claims offices, ends abruptly as Maggie returns home to face her past. But why does the house hold a mysterious spell over her? Why does she have the persistent feeling that her aunt is haunting her? Why did her aunt lie to her about the circumstances of her parents’ deaths? Who is the ghost child that may be hanging around the house? And what’s with the guy next door who seems so hostile toward her? FOLLOWING DISASTERS is tightly woven ghost story that raises questions about legacies and their influence on our choices.




My Review

Maggie comes of age thanks to a painful set of circumstances which culminates in the reading of her late aunt's journal which just so happens to contain some surprising entries about her mother's past. Family secrets, illness, betrayal and loss, shift the story in and out of the present time, as Maggie moves into the house that she inherited from her aunt. All in all it's a complex look at female relationships - sisters, mothers, daughters, friends. It's a book filled with believable characters, who befriend and also betray.

***

Following Disasters can be purchased at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Prices/Formats: $9.99 ebook, $16.00 paperback
Genre: Gothic, Horror, Ghosts
Pages: 234
Release: October 1, 2016
Publisher: Outpost19
ISBN: 9781944853037
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***

About the Author

Following Disasters is Nancy McCabe's first novel. She has also published four books of creative nonfiction, including Meeting Sophie: A Memoir or Adoption; Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter's Birthplace in China; and From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood. She is a regular blogger for Ploughshares and has published work in Newsweek, Writers' Digest, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Fourth Genre, and other magazines and anthologies. Her work has received a Pushcart and six times made notable lists in Houghton Mifflin Best American anthologies.

Links to connect with Nancy:
Web Site
Facebook
YouTube
Goodreads
Blog


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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Winter weather gear.

Balaclava- A warm hat that covers the head, neck and most of the face.

Anorak- A waterproof jacket with a hood of a kind, originally used in polar regions.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book:  I See You by Molly McAdam

pg. 5

My face fell. Not knowing his name hadn't bothered me until this afternoon, when I'd decided that I needed to see him again.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I had a very nice mailbox last week, after it was empty for a few weeks.

1. Under The Influence by Joyce Maynard

2. I See You by Molly Mc Adams

Courtesy of  Wm. Morrow

3. A Million Little Things. by Susan Mallery

Courtesy of  Tandem Literary

What goodies did you rerceive?


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday



Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are from interesting food words.

Deglazed- is a cooking technique for removing and dissolving food residue from a pan to flavor sauces, soups and gravies.

Etoufee- is a spicy cajun stew made with vegetables and seafood.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book called: Chasing Shadows, which I'm still reading.

pg. 110

Claire got up, steadied herself and headed for the bathroom to work a miracle on how she must look.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday


Wondrous Words Wednesday

Some holiday words today.

Creche- A model or tableau representing the scene of Jesus Christ's birth displayed in homes at Christmas.

Krampus- A horned beast, from ancient European forklore , who punishes naughty children at christmastime.



Monday, November 21, 2016

Mailbox Monday


   Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox, waiting for some to come in. How was yours?

Reading:   Chasing Shadows by Karen Harper 



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wondrous words Wednesday

Wondrouys Words Wednesday

I found this word in the book I am currently reading.

Cataplexy- is a sudden and transient episode of muscle weakness accompanied by full conscious awareness typically triggered by emotions such as laughing, crying, or terror.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book:  Chasing Shadows by Karen Harper

Every case that Claire Britten cracks is a win, not only professionally but personally. The forensic psychologist has spent a lifetime fighting a neurological disorder, and her ability to conquer it is a testament to her razor-sharp intuition.

pg. 65
I won't say this again or try to push you on it , but I'm telling you, Jasmine's not a murderer.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Started reading, Chasing Shadows. by Karen Harper.
I was gone for 12 days on a cruise and now back in the real world.My mailbox was empty.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mailbox Monday



 Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, how about you?

Reading:  A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alkice Monroe 


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here is a word I came across while reading.

Gorse- is a yellow-flowered shrub of the pea family, the leaves of which are modified to form spines, native to Western Europe and north Africa.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

One new book in my mailbox last week courtesy of Tandem Literary called, A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe.

  A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds.

How was your mailbox?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

These are a few new words that I found while reading.

Tula- is a wooden flute.

Bulanee- is a stuffed flatbread.

Anathema- is something or someone that one vehemently dislikes.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox last week, trying to finish reading The Girl In The Castle by Santa
Montefiore. How was your mailbox?


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tricia Dower - Stony River - Release Day Review & Giveaway



About the Book

It wasn’t all poodle skirts and rock ‘n’ roll. From its deceptively innocent beginning—two young teens exploring the riverbank and spying on “Crazy Haggerty’s” dilapidated house—through the intertwining story lines of paganism, murder and sexual violence, Stony River shows how perilous life was for some girls in the 1950s. Absent mothers, controlling fathers, biblical injunctions, teenage longing and small-town pretense abound. The threat of violence is all around: angry fathers at home, dirty boys in the neighborhood, strange men in strange cars, a dead girl and another gone missing.

The central mystery, inspired by the crimes of Robert Zarinsky as documented by Robin Gaby Fisher and Judith Lucas in Deadly Secrets (Newark Star–Ledger 2008), keeps the reader guessing until almost the very end, when the frightening truth is revealed. In this coming-of-age mystery, three girls learn who they are and what they’re capable of surviving—and forgiving.




My Review

Coming of age in the 1950s really wasn't such an innocent time to grow up. For three girls from small town Stony River, the darkness of domestic abuse, mental illness and incest completely enveloped their young lives.

Miranda was raised by her father in complete isolation, until he died, leaving her with their son to care for. Tereza runs away from an abusive household and at fifteen ends up marrying a mentally unstable boy. While Linda, living with two unhappy parents, really doesn't know the meaning of love.

It's an intriguing story filled with dysfunction—which in all fairness is a part of the human condition in every time period. For me, I thought it mirrored real life because the ending doesn't tie up all the loose ends. Overall, I found STONY RIVER to be an intense and worthwhile read.

***

Stony River can be purchased at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
iTunes

Prices/Formats: $10.99 ebook, $15.95 paperback
Genre: Crime, Historical, Coming of Age
Pages: 320
Release: October 6, 2016
Publisher: Leapfrog Press
ISBN: 9781935248866
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***

About the Author

Tricia Dower confesses to smoking a river punk or two in Rahway, New Jersey, where she was born and raised by perfectly fine parents who did not keep her hidden in a spooky house. 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 first published in Canada (Penguin, 2012). Her novel, Becoming Lin (Caitlin Press), was released in Canada in 2016. A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Dower lives and writes in Brentwood Bay, BC.

Links to connect with Tricia:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book: The Girl In The Castle. by. Santa Montefiore

pg.64
She tried not to compare her life with Kitty's but recently Bridie had grown more aware of their differences.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Mailbox Monday



Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last  week, how about yours?

Reading: The Girl In The Castle by Santa Montefiore

The first book in a series that follows three Irish women through the decades of the twentieth century.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word today is nettle.

Nettle- is a herbaceous plant that has jagged leaves covered with stinging hairs.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Teaser Tuesday



Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book:  A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi.

pg. 201

I have no friends to take me in. I have two boys and a story no one wants to hear or believe.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one new book in my mailbox, courtesy of  Wm Morrow called The Girl In The Castle by Santa Montefiore.

Reading:  A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

What goodies did you receive?


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

A word I cme across while reading, A House Without Windows.

Tasbeh- is a string of amber prayer beads.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi.

A vivid, spellbinding story of murder, survival, sisterhood, and a mother's love that illuminates the plight. of women in a traditional culture.

 pg.12

Two semesters passed, and Yusuf realized it had been weeks since he last woke in a cold sweat.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Mailbox Mondayt

Mailbox Monday

I received one new book in my mailbox last week.  Chasing Shadows by Karen Harper.

What goodies did you get?


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Came across this word while reading The Shattered Tree.

Dyspeptic- of or having indigestion or consequent irritability or depression.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Teaser Tuesday



Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd.

pg. 117

I could feel a mantle of sadness settling across my shoulders. And I wasn't quite sure why.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Mailbox Monday



Mailbox Monday

I received a very full mailbox last week, here's what was in it.

1. Girl In The woods by Aspen Matis
2. Kill File by Christopher Farnsworth
3. The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd
4. The House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
5. Monticello by Sally Cabot Gunning

Hope that you also had a good one.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are a few interesting words.

Mullein tea- is a tradional treatment for respiratory problems such as a chest cold, bronchitis and asthma.

Grimoire- is a textbook of magic, typically in instructions on how to create magical objects like talismans.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser Today is from:  The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd

pg. 21

Someone was bending over me. " Sister? Are you all right?" he asked anxiously.
It was an officer, possibly the one I 'd just heard shouting.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:  Dressing A Tiger ( A Memoir ) by Maggie San Miguel.

Pg. 50

The tornado came a year after their ship slid up alongside the American shore and deposited them onto the land of promise and hope.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews, which I am currently reading.

pg. 93

Now Wendell's face, always mobile,agitated or excited, was flaccid, like old rubber. She felt burning bile in her throat and had to swallow, hard, to keep from gagging.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Mailbox Monbday



Mailbox Monday

No new arrivals last week, started reading, The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews.

What did you receive?



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are two interesting words.

Limoncello-is an Italian lemon liquer mainly produced in Southern Italy.

Goombas- known in Japan as Kuribo, a species of sentient mushrooms.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from The Weekenders. by Mary Kay Andrews

pg. 17.

She'd been intrigued enough to say yes when he'd called the next night to ask her out for the coming weekend.
 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mailbox Monday



Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, but continuing to catch-up. How about you?



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are two words I came across the other day.

Alewives-  is an anadromous species of herring found in North America. It is one of the "typical" North American shads.

Cormorants- is a large diving bird with a long neck, long hooked bill,short legs, and mainly dark plumage, it typically breeds on coastal cliffs and is noted for its voratious appetite.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from The Secrets She Kept, that I am still reading.The summer gets busy sometimes..

pg. 101

Keith liked Maisey's husband. Rafe' was a man's man- and yet he knew how to love Maisey and keep her happy.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, but plenty to read, How about you?

Reading:  The Secret She Kept.  by Brenda Novak

The rich and powerful Josephine Lazarow, matriarch of Fairham Island, is dead. The police say it is suicide, but Keith, her estranged son, doesn't believe it.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Rich Zahradnik - A Black Sail - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

On the eve of the U.S. Bicentennial, newsman Coleridge Taylor is covering Operation Sail. New York Harbor is teeming with tall ships from all over the world. While enjoying the spectacle, Taylor is still a police reporter. He wants to cover real stories, not fluff, and gritty New York City still has plenty of those in July of 1976. One surfaces right in front of him when a housewife is fished out of the harbor wearing bricks of heroin, inferior stuff users have been rejecting for China White, peddled by the Chinatown gangs.

Convinced he’s stumbled upon a drug war between the Italian Mafia and a Chinese tong, Taylor is on fire once more. But as he blazes forward, flanked by his new girlfriend, ex-cop Samantha Callahan, his precious story grows ever more twisted and deadly. In his reckless search for the truth, he rattles New York’s major drug cartels. If he solves the mystery, he may end up like his victim—in a watery grave.




My Review

This mystery takes place during the U.S. Bicentennial—even though in 1976, the heroin trade is running rampant through New York City. Taylor, a reporter, is assigned to report on the event, when an even bigger story lands in his lap when a woman's body is discovered in the river.

Almost immediately, he's told that the story has to be squashed. The bicentennial has to get good press. But he doesn't take no for an answer as he tries to discover who murdered this woman. He knows it could be a big story for him concerning the drug trade, and he's not about to just let it go.

He's going to get to the bottom of this crime, even if New York's biggest event—ever—is about to take place in NY harbor.

***

A Black Sail can be pre-ordered at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $15.95 paperback
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 264
Release: October 1, 2016
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603812115
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***

About the Author

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



The second installment, Drop Dead Punk, won the gold medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs). It was also named a finalist in the mystery category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie 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 IndieFab 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.



Zahradnik was a journalist for 30-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.



In January 2012, he was one of 20 writers selected for the inaugural class of the Crime Fiction Academy, a first-of-its-kind program run by New York's Center for Fiction.



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 writes fiction and teaches kids how to publish newspapers.

Links to connect with Rich:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog


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