Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word today comes from the book, Will's Red Coat by Tom Ryan.

Kintsukuroi- A Japanese word, which means "to repair with gold."


Monday, May 22, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, but good catch-up time. How was yours?

Still reading: The Alice Network.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

This word is from the book, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.

Vivisection- ruthlessly sharp and detailed criticism or analysis.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Teaser Tuesday




Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book called, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.

Pg. 121

His eyes looked black and bottomless in the dim light.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox, but plenty to keep me busy. How was your mailbox?

Reading: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jerome Charyn - Jerzy - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Jerzy Kosinski was a great enigma of post-World War II literature. When he exploded onto the American literary scene in 1965 with his best-selling novel The Painted Bird, he was revered as a Holocaust survivor and refugee from the world hidden behind the Soviet Iron Curtain. He won major literary awards, befriended actor Peter Sellers (who appeared in the screen adaptation of his novel Being There), and was a guest on talk shows and at the Oscars. But soon the facade began to crack, and behind the public persona emerged a ruthless social climber, sexual libertine, and pathological liar who may have plagiarized his greatest works.

Jerome Charyn lends his unmistakable style to this most American story of personal disintegration, told through the voices of multiple narrators—a homicidal actor, a dominatrix, and Joseph Stalin’s daughter—who each provide insights into the shifting facets of Kosinski’s personality. The story unfolds like a Russian nesting doll, eventually revealing the lost child beneath layers of trauma, while touching on the nature of authenticity, the atrocities of WWII, the allure of sadomasochism, and the fickleness of celebrity.




My Review

This is a sideways glance into Jerry Kosinski's life, and the man's personal struggle with his many demons. It touches on his lack of authenticity in his greatest work and therefore jeopardizing its ultimate renown and thereby destroying his professional career.

A pathological liar, he seemed to me a very troubled, mixed-up sort of soul due to the tension-filled conflict he battled within himself all his life. His inability to define his true identity harmed him in so many ways, mostly because he was never able to figure out who he really was as a human being, on the page or in life.

***

Jerzy can be purchased at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
IndieBound
Bellevue Literary Press

Prices/Formats: $16.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback
Genre: Historical, Jewish
Pages: 240
Release: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
ISBN: 9781942658146
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***

Excerpt

CLICK HERE to read an excerpt from Jerzy.



About the Author

Jerome Charyn is the author of more than fifty works of fiction and nonfiction, including A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century, Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Stories, I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War, and The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel. Among other honors, he has been longlisted for the PEN Award for Biography, honored as a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, named a Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York.

Links to connect with Jerome:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are from the book, Goodnight From London by Jennifer Robson.

Dryad- is a tree nymph or tree spirit, in Greek mythology.

Jingoistic- extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from, Goodnight From London by Jennifer Robson.

pg. 208

There were five of them, and they were killed last summer.Hugh was the oldest, and he was only 21.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

A great week for my mailbox,I received four new books.

Goodnight From London by Jennifer Robson

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Beach House Coming Home  by Georgia Bockoven

Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank

All courtesy of  Wm Morrow

How was yours?


Thursday, May 4, 2017

David E. Grogan - Sapphire Pavilion - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Steve Stilwell’s former Navy JAG Corps buddy Ric Stokes has been jailed for possession of heroin in Vietnam. He was found in the same room with his traveling companion Ryan Eversall, dead of an overdose and in the company of a prostitute. Steve knows his friend is a straight arrow. Was he set up? If so, for what reason? Steve travels to Ho Chi Minh City in search of the truth. In no time Steve is targeted by the people who framed his friend. A beautiful young American businesswoman insinuates her way into the case. Can she really help, or is she just a dangerous distraction? Ric and Ryan came to Vietnam in search of an Air Force transport plane that disappeared in 1968. The pilot was Ryan’s father. Before the heroin bust, they had located the wreckage. Ryan’s notebook, which Steve manages to obtain, spells out the exact location. Ryan’s widow has given Steve’s associate Casey another piece of valuable evidence, a file labeled “Sapphire Pavilion.” Someone is willing to go to any lengths to steal both the notebook and the file. From Virginia and Texas to DC and Vietnam, powerful, all-seeing forces with unlimited resources are determined to bury the truth about Sapphire Pavilion. But they have grossly underestimated Steve Stilwell and his associate Casey, a former Army pilot who lost her leg in a helo accident. And the ability to inspire loyalty wherever you go can come in handy when danger lurks behind every corner.




My Review

Attorney Steve Stilwell decides to say yes to the case of a lifetime. His straight-as-an-arrow friend, Ric, is being held in a squalid Vietnamese prison cell after being falsely accused of drug trafficking charges after a bogus raid at his hotel.

It's a whirlwind journey as Steve and his new assistant, Casey, try to piece together the dangerous information about the downed 1968 U.S. plane Ric was investigating in Vietnam, code named: Sapphire Pavilion.

Let me tell you, this is novel is so chock full of suspense that you won't want to put down, as you follow their dangerous pursuits through the openly corrupt Vietnamese system and back again to the covertly crooked one, existing in America.

If you like political thrillers with jaw-dropping plot twists at the end, then this one's for you.

***

Sapphire Pavilion can be purchased at:
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Barnes and Noble

Prices/Formats: ebook, $15.95 paperback
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 280
Release: May 1, 2017
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603816038
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***

About the Author

David E. Grogan was born in Rome, New York, and was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from the College of William & Mary in Virginia with a B.B.A. in Accounting, he began working for the accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co., in Houston, Texas, as a Certified Public Accountant. He left Arthur Andersen in 1984 to attend the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia, graduating in 1987. He earned his Masters in International Law from The George Washington University Law School and is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Grogan served on active duty in the United States Navy for over 26 years as a Navy Judge Advocate. He is now retired, but during the course of his Navy career, he prosecuted and defended court-martial cases, traveled to capitals around the world, lived abroad in Japan, Cuba and Bahrain, and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf onboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. His experiences abroad and during the course of his career influence every aspect of his writing. Sapphire Pavilion is his second novel. His first was The Siegel Dispositions.

Grogan’s current home is in Savoy, Illinois, where he lives with his wife of 33 years and their dog, Marley. He has three children.

Links to connect with David:
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Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today.

1. Dulcet- pleasant to the ear, melodious, sweet and soothing.

2. Inchoate-  just begun
and not so fully formed or developed.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Here is my teaser for today,it's from the book Cocoa Beach.

pg. 266

"For God's sake, Sammuel, I was attacked on the beach!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Mailbox Monday


Mailbox Monday

A empty mailbox,awaiting some new arrivals. But have plenty to catch up with, how about you?


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are some words that I found last week.

Evocative- bringing strong images, memories or feelings to mind.

Chimera- a thing that's wished for but in fact is illusory, impossible to achieve.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

pg. 194

The raw edges of my nerves have all smoothed and rounded away. A smile forms on my lips.

Taken from the book; Cocoa Beach


Monday, April 24, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

A slow week for my mailbox last week. How about you?

Still reading Cocoa Beach.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are from the book, Cocoa Beach.

Dissonance- is the lack of harmony or agreement.

Denouement- is the climax of a chain of events, usually when something is decided or made clear.



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams.

pg. 102

I remember another occasion I encountered that sensation of being watched. I was in Paris with Hazel.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

A quiet week with no new books in my mailbox. How about you?

Reading:  Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today:

Bumfuzzle- to confuse; make unclear or blurred.

Widdershins- means counterclockwise, in a direction contrary to the sun's course.  


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book, A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery.

pg,. 131

Not here, she told herself. She couldn't have a panic attack. 


Monday, April 10, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received two books in my mailbox last week.

   Secret Of The Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery, courtesy of HQN books.

   Cocoa. Beach by Beatriz Williams, courtesay of Wm Morrow.

How about you?


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word for today is from Oxford Inheritance.

Anteroom- is a room that admits to another room.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book, Oxford Inheritance by Ann A. McDonald.

pg. 243

He was right there. He could tell us everything.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

One new book in my mailbox last week, called The Forbidden Garden by Ellen Herrick.

What goodies were in your mailbox?


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book- Oxford Inheritance by Ann A. McDonald.

pg. 117
She left him there in the hallway, but as she made her way back through the lounge she was stopped by a hand, heavy on her arm.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

A great mailbox last week, all courtesy of Wm Morrow.

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

Death At Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Will's Red Coat by Tom Ryan

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday


I found this interesting word while reading A Piece Of The World.

Carapace- is the hard upper shell of a turtle, crustacean, or anachrid.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mailbox Monday

 Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox for me, how was yours?

Reading: A Piece Of The World by Christina Baker Kline

"With remarkable precision and compassion, a Piece Of The World transports us to a midcentury farmhouse on the coast of Maine."


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from the book:  The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

pg.
94
AS HE WADDLED BACK INTO TOWN HALL, EMMA BIT THE INSIDE OF HER CHEEK TO SUPPRESS A SMIRK.   



Monday, March 13, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received two new books last week, courtesy of Wm Morrow.

A Piece Of The World. by Christina Baker Kline

The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

What goodies did you get?


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday



Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are from a book I am currently reading.

Mendacious- Not telling the truth; lying.

daguerreotype- An early photograph produced on a silver or silver covered copper plate.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from ; The Dressmaker's Dowry by Meredith Jaeger

pg.
160

Hanna held her breath, stunned by the warmth of Luca's large hand keeping hers safe.

Kate Bloom - The Legend of the Dwarf - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Ever Trollkiller is a young dwarf, twenty-three years old, who had lived her entire life in an isolated cave far away from the dwarven kingdom. She lives with twelve other dwarves who have raised her in complete isolation, keeping the surviving dwarves a secret from the rest of the word. They hide form Terrisino, the Great and Evil Sorcerer, who demolished their kingdom a quarter century ago. But when Ever accidentally meets an elf, she decides that she is no longer satisfied with the stories she hears from her clan. She decides to seek out the mysterious elf so that he might show her the world. But it isn’t long before she realizes that the freedom of the world and the future of the races of elves, men, and dragons will soon end like the dwarven race. Orcs run rampant in the land, killing innocents and plundering the villages. Strange creatures are given rise as they bring death to those who dare harbor the dwarf that they seek. Evil men lie in wait till they might strike. And each of them is allied under Terrisino himself. The stories of hope reach Ever. The stories of legends that all center around one strange dwarf who is destined to defeat Terrisino and ensure the freedom to the world. Convinced that she is the dwarf of legend, she unites with the unlikely company of men, sorcerers, elves, and dragons to save the races and discover who she is.




My Review

Ever Trollkiller is a very brave young woman, who sets out one day to take on the baddest bad guy in the land. While unexpectedly going on a journey of self-discovery...

Accompanied by a band of supernatural folk, she sets off to avenge her dwarven people. She knows she's different than other dwarves, and she comes to realize along the way that she's going to have to define her identity for herself. No one can do it for her.

But when a hidden birthmark emerges on her face, she finds out that she also belongs to a clan of dragons. Her blood is, in fact, a mix of the two races, making her the greatest of all dwarves … and also a huge threat to her number one nemesis, the evil sorcerer in power.

All I can say is: I can't wait to read the next book and see this little dragon/dwarf kick his butt!

***

The Legend of the Dwarf can be purchased at:
Amazon

Prices/Formats: $15.00 ebook, $15.00 paperback
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Pages: 260
Release: December 18, 2016
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9781540574176
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***

About the Author

Kate Bloom is a tenacious and edgy millennial with a BS in English and history, giving her a knack for story-telling. As a fantasy writer, her mind is constantly running wild in fictional worlds, such as that of her first project, Alice in Dreamland (kindle2016). Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1994, and where she has lived her entire life, Kate found the dry dessert scenery to grow tiresome to look at. She found her escape in the fantastical worlds that played out in her head. She has fallen in love with the idea of putting those worlds in print so that everyone else might see those worlds as well.

Links to connect with Kate:
Web Site
Facebook
Blog
Blog Tour Site


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Monday, March 6, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No arrivals in my mailbox as of yet, How about yours?

Reading
The Dressmaker's Dowry by Meredith Jaeger

An exquisite ring, passed down through generations, connects two women who learn that love is a choice and forgiveness is the key to freedom.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word for today is - Cormorant.

Cormorant- is a bird that lives near the ocean and dives for fish. You can recognize it by their long nose and dark color.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from , The Runaway MidWife  by Patricia Harman.

pg.                                                                                                    
276

      The porch light streams out across the newly cut grass and pale purple asters and goldenrod, just inside the picket fence, circle the clearing.                                                                                                                   

  

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week. How about yours?

Reading, The Runaway Mid Wife by Patricia Harman

"Have you ever wanted to leave your life behind?
 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

I found these words while reading.

Glyph- is a hieroglyph, an Indian symbol used in picture writing.

Tlacuilo- is a painter scribe.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book, Marlene by G. W. Gortner.

pg. 388
Germany is a phoenix. She will rise from the ashes.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

A catch-up week for me, an empty mailbox but plenty to read.

Reading: Marlene by G.W. Gortner

How about you? 


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word today is- lugubrious- looking or sounding sad and dismal.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book- Marlene by C. W. Gortner

pg. 128
I froze. Not wanting to believe what I'd just heard.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

One new book in my mailbox last week.

The Dressmaker's Dowry by Meredith Dowry, courtesy of Wm Morrow.

An exquisite ring, passed down through generations, connects two women who learn that love is a choice and forgiveness is the key to freedom.

What goodies did you receive?


Thursday, February 9, 2017

A. Keith Carreiro - The Penitent - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

A baby is born and placed in his dead mother's arms. When the funeral shroud is cast over her, his father decides to name his son Pall. It will soon become a name that strikes a shiver into the hearts of those who hear it in combat. A lone survivor on a battlefield many years later, Pall dazedly recovers from the wounds of war. Despite the dead cast about him, everything he looks upon is unfamiliar to him. Wandering away from this scene of carnage, he encounters John Savage, a giant of a man who puts Pall within the sight of Savage's seven–foot, nocked longbow. What ensues from this deadly encounter is an elusive journey for truth. Yet, it is haunted not just by a ravening demon that is out to destroy Pall and John, but by the vision of a startling beautiful young woman protecting Pall from afar.




My Review

This is an Armageddon-like story of a young man named Pall. He's a doomsday knight of sorts, who's striving to do good in a world full of evil. No matter how difficult it gets, he continues to fight the forces of perdition, not to mention the bloodthirsty men he meets along the way.

To protect the good from the wicked, he's seen and done things he never thought he would. Being a young warrior, sometimes he's able to put his conscience on the back burner, and sometimes he can't. He's dealing with a form of PTSD he just can't shake. There's more to his story than is revealed. What exactly did he do? And why is he so conflicted about it?

Our boy Pall's on an interior journey, just as much as he's on an exterior one. But where exactly is he going? It's a different dimension that you just have to experience for yourself. Consider it good vs. evil - part one.

***

The Penitent can be purchased at:
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Lulu

Prices/Formats: $3.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 254
Release: November 1, 2016
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9781365287077
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***

About the Author

A. Keith Carreiro earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with the sequential help and guidance of three advisors, Dr. Vernon A. Howard, Dr. Donald Oliver and Professor Emeritus, Dr. Israel Scheffler. Keith’s academic focus, including his ongoing research agenda, centers upon philosophically examining how creativity and critical thinking are acquired, learned, utilized and practiced in the performing arts. He has taken his findings and applied them to the professional development of educational practitioners.

Earlier in his teaching career he was a professor of educational foundations, teaching graduate students of education at universities in Vermont, Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor of English at Bridgewater State University, as well as teaching English, philosophy, humanities and public speaking courses at Bristol Community College.

He lives in Swansea, Massachusetts with his wife Carolyn. They have six children and 13 grandchildren. They belong to an eighty–five–pound golden retriever, an eight–pound Maltese, and an impish Calico cat.

Due to his love of family, he has seen his fervor for history, as well as his passion for wondering about the future, deepen dramatically.

Starting on May 23rd until October 9th of 2014, he sat down at his computer on a daily basis and began writing the first book of a science fiction/fantasy thriller in a beginning series about the quest for human immortality.

Links to connect with A. Ketih:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word today - Falchion Sword- is a one handed single edged sword of European origin whose design is reminiscent of the modern machete.