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:
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

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today.

Paulownia wood- is a very light fine grained, soft, and warp-resistant and is used for chests, boxes,and clogs.

Netsuke- is a carved buttonlike ornament, esp. of ivory or wood, formerly worn in Japan to suspend articles from the sash of a kimono.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received two new books in my mailbox.

The Velvet Hours
by Alyson Richman.  Courtesy of Tandem Literary

Dressing A Tiger
By Maggie San Muguel. Courtesy of Meryl Zegarek

What goodies did you get?