Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word for today is :

Dirge- A lament for the dead, especially one forming part of a funeral rite.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A. Keith Carreiro - The Penitent: Part II - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Hidden in the bottom of a roadside ditch as a baby, Evangel is only steps away from her viciously murdered parents. An old hermit finds her there a day later and takes her to his home in the heart of a sylvan wilderness. She is raised in a hermitage built by Matthew where he learns she is touched by a rare spiritual power. 17 years later a series of miracles occur that rock the very nature of her reality. Befriended by outlaws and a king’s champion, she is also betrayed by a woman of the cloth during a bard of the realm’s performance. That night, in a dream, Evangel envisions her future soul mate, Pall Warren, on a battlefield of death, and casts a prayer of protection around him. Thus begins a remarkable journey to save herself and those who believe in her. A hauntingly beautiful and startling tale of wonder.




My Review

Evangel was left in a ditch after her parents were murdered. They only wanted to save her life. Luckily, she is found and raised by an old hermit named Matthew, who loves her very much.

Touched by a rare spiritual power, the girl is special. The miracles she performs and the struggles against her enemies ultimately come together in a battle of good versus evil.

The story brings the reader into a beautiful tale of wonder. You truly are mesmerized by this girl and what she has to face. It's a very good read.

***

The Penitent: Part II can be purchased at:
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Prices/Formats: $4.99 ebook, $15.99 paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 274
Release: May 15, 2017
Publisher: Copper Beech Press
ISBN: 9780997382716
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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. He has six children and 13 grandchildren. He belongs 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. Keith:
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Blog


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

These are taken from Hard Words.

Arcane- requiring secret or mysteriou knowledge.

Anachromistic- chronologically misplaced.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Mailbox Monday




Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week. How was yours?

Reading Sons And Daughters by Bruce Henderson.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

R. Franklin James - The Bell Tolls - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Hollis Morgan has survived imprisonment, received a pardon and persevered to finally become a probate attorney. Tough as she is, her newest case will further test her mettle. She discovers her client, Matthias Bell, is a deceased blackmailer whose last wish was to return the damaging documents he collected, letting his victims off the hook. It falls to Hollis to give them the good news. But it’s revealed that Bell was murdered, and the victims of “Bell’s tolls” are now suspects.

Hollis’ white-collar criminal past has left her with keen survival instincts. A gifted liar she knows a liar when she meets one. A lot of people in this case are lying and one is a killer.

On top of that, she’s also representing a dying stripper, a wealthy widow whose estranged daughter spurns her attempts at reconciliation, but whose husband sees the potential inheritance as mending all wounds particularly financial ones.

Clients aside, Hollis is defensive and wary. Her mother, who hasn’t spoken to her for years, needs a kidney, and Hollis is a match, but neither are ready to put away the past. With Hollis’ fiancĂ© and emotional support off on an undercover mission for Homeland Security, she must count on her own survival instincts. She is swept along on an emotional roller coaster as her absent love and her family’s coldness take their own toll.

Work is her salvation. The specter of a killer keeps her focused. Hollis has always had to rely on her wits, but now she finds that others who don’t have her well-being in mind are relying on them as well.



My Review

Hollis Morgan has survived imprisonment and has gone on to become a successful probate attorney.

But that's not the half of it.

Hollis is the type of woman who always has a lot on her plate. And right now, she's smack dab in the middle of delivering some pretty damaging documents for her deceased blackmailer of a client, while feeling the familial pressure of becoming a kidney donor for her estranged mother.

Her work is her only salvation at the moment since so many people are depending on her. But luckily she's honed her survival instincts while in prison and based on her past experiences she knows she can get through anything.

Mystery fans, I think you should give this one a try. I have a feeling you'll like it.

***

The Bell Tolls can be purchased at:
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Overdrive

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $15.95 paperback
Genre: Women's Sleuth, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 239
Release: June 1, 2017
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603812177
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***

About the Author

R. Franklin James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. From there she cultivated a different type of writing—legislation and public policy. After serving as Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, under millionaire Richard Riordan, she went back to her first love—writing, and in 2013 her debut novel, The Fallen Angels Book Club was published by Camel Press. Her second book in The Hollis Morgan Mystery Series, Sticks & Stones, was followed by The Return of the Fallen Angels Book Club, and The Trade List. The Bell Tolls, book five was released in June 2017.

R. Franklin James lives in Northern California with her husband.

Links to connect with R. Franklin James:
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Ebullient- cheerful and full of energy.

Propitious- giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable.

Taken from two of the books I've read.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday




Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are from the book: The Daughters Of Ireland By Santa Montefiore.

Secateurs- are a type of scissors for use on plants.

Insouciant- showing a casual lack of concern; indifferent.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mail box last week, trying to keep up with what I have.

How was yours?


Monday, August 21, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox last week, but plenty to read.
How about you?


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word today comes from the book: The Way To London by Alix Rickloff

Amah- is a girl or woman employed by a family to clean, look after children and perform other tasks.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book, The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper.

Pg 18

"So, your sister's book's success is a good thing, is it not?'


Monday, August 14, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I had a full mailbox last week, courtesy of Wm.Morrow.

The Daughters Of Ireland by Santa Montefiore
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes by David Handler
The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper
The Beauty Of Us by Kristen Proby
The Way To London by Alix Rickloff

Hope yours was good also.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Rich Zahradnik - Lights Out Summer - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

In March 1977, ballistics link murders going back six months to the same Charter Arms Bulldog .44. A serial killer, Son of Sam, is on the loose. But Coleridge Taylor can't compete with the armies of reporters fighting New York's tabloid war--only rewrite what they get. Constantly on the lookout for victims who need their stories told, he uncovers other killings being ignored because of the media circus. He goes after one, the story of a young Black woman gunned down in her apartment building the same night Son of Sam struck elsewhere in Queens. The story entangles Taylor with a wealthy Park Avenue family at war with itself. Just as he's closing in on the killer and his scoop, the July 13-14 blackout sends New York into a 24-hour orgy of looting and destruction. Taylor and his PI girlfriend Samantha Callahan head out into the darkness, where a steamy night of mob violence awaits them. In the midst of the chaos, a suspect in Taylor's story goes missing. Desperate, he races to a confrontation that will either break the story--or Taylor. Book 4 in the Coleridge Taylor Mystery series.




My Review

A young black maid is gunned down outside her apartment and journalist Coleridge Taylor gets entangled in the web of lies and deceit spun by the wealthy Manhattan family who hired her.

Consequently, the story takes place in the summer of 1977 and the Son of Sam murders are in full swing, throwing New York City into a state of panic.

Taylor tries to compete with the other papers to get recognition for the murder he is investigating, but sadly no one seems to care.

His fight for justice creates a gripping murder mystery chock full of action and brimming with social consciousness. 

***

Lights Out Summer can be pre-ordered at:
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IndieBound

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $15.95 paperback, $29.95 audio
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 288
Release: October 1, 2017
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603812139
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***

About the Author

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



The first three books have been shortlisted or won awards in the three major competitions for novels from independent presses. A Black Sail was named winner in the mystery category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Drop Dead Punk collected the gold medal for mystery ebook in the 2016 Independent Publisher 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 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.

 A Black Sail received a starred review from Library Journal, which said, “Fans of the late Barbara D’Amato and Bruce DeSilva will relish this gritty and powerful crime novel.”

Zahradnik was a journalist for 25-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.



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 he writes fiction and teaches kids around the New York area how to write news stories and publish newspapers.



Links to connect with Rich:
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Facebook
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Goodreads
Blog


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word comes from the book: The Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes

Ironwort- is a woody,comely perennial native to the mountains surrounding the Mediterranean sea.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book, The Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes.

Pg.7
He kept his head shaved,like all other men in in their tribe, with one lock of hair hidden beneath a white cap.
                                                                                                             

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

One new book last week in my mailbox.

Sons And Soldiers by Bruce Henderson

What did you receive?


Friday, August 4, 2017

Sharon St. George - Spine Damage - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Paulo Ferrara, a young Portuguese man, lies comatose in the Intensive Care Unit of Timbergate Medical Center, shot in the spine. The neurosurgeon who would normally be in charge of his care has left town to attend to an injured daughter, and the only other neurosurgeon, the rude and egotistical Dr. Godfrey Carver, is about to be suspended for not completing his continuing education requirements. The unpleasant duty of ensuring that the staff obey the rules lies with Aimee Machado, the medical center's forensic librarian and Continuing Education Coordinator. Aimee and her pilot boyfriend Nick live together on her grandparents’ llama farm. While dealing with Dr. Carver, Aimee learns the circumstances of Paulo’s injury and enlists Nick’s help. Aimee is half Asian and half Portuguese, and her parents live on Faial, one of the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal. Faial is the closest neighbor to Pico, home of Paulo and his family. Paulo came to rural Northern California in search of his fifteen-year-old sister Liliana, who vanished two weeks ago. Nick’s wealthy employer Buck Sawyer takes an interest in the girl’s plight as well, especially when they learn that she left the Azores on a superyacht. Not only is Buck a yacht owner, but he is also on a crusade against drug trafficking, and Paulo and Liliana have clearly stumbled onto a criminal operation of some kind. The trail leads Aimee and Nick from Timbergate, to the Azores, to San Francisco. Paulo’s condition is deteriorating, and he might never be able to explain what got him shot. Can Aimee, her brother Harry, and Nick unravel the mystery in time to save Liliana? Book 4 in the Aimee Machado Mystery series, which began with Due for Discard.




My Review

This mystery is a well-written story with two main characters, Aimee and Nick, who are driven to solve the case of an injured young man and his kidnapped sister. However, they are a crime-busting couple at a crossroads. They are out to seek justice while at the same time, trying to decide where there relationship is going. Due to the amount of danger they always seem to find themselves in, they can't help but wonder: Should we get married? Should we have a baby? They're hard questions to answer, especially when you're packing heat on a regular basis.

This time around, I thought stepping into Aimee's Portuguese heritage really added to the story line, and the supporting characters in her family are well-defined and help move the plot forward at a nice pace. I know I was kept in suspense until the very end, which I really enjoy in this type of novel.

If you like intriguing stories in the cozy mystery genre, then you are in for a real treat.

***

Spine Damage can be purchased at:
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Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $16.78 paperback
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 328
Release: May 15, 2017
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603815819
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***

About the Author

Sharon St. George’s writing credits include three plays, several years writing advertising copy, a book on NASA’s space food project, and feature stories too numerous to count. She holds dual degrees in English and Theatre Arts, and occasionally acts in, or directs, one of her local community theater productions. Sharon is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and she serves as program director for Writers Forum, a nonprofit organization for writers in northern California.

Links to connect with Sharon:
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from the book Salt Creek.

Euphorbias-are easy to grow perennial plants that are tough and have a few problems.

Bollard- is a short post designed to guide traffic.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from Salt Creek.

Pg.202
We went into the house. Papa fetched Mama's workbasket and left the house again.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Mailbox Monday




Mailbox Monday

No new books last week, how about you?

Reading:
Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word is taken from the book, Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar.

Stanchion- a frame that holds the head of a cow in place, especially to facilitate milking.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesdaye

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book: Salt Creek By Lucy Treloar.

Pg. 80
They did not discourage his contact with us even if they did not wish for contact themselves.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Playing catch-up this week, no new books last week.


How about you?

Reading:
Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday



Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word for today is from The Essex Serpent.

Distraite- distracted or absentminded, distant.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from The Essex Serpent.

Pg.235
He handed her a packet wrapped in white, rather carelessly as if it hardly mattered whether it pleased her.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox, how about yours?

Reading: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are from The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.

Indefatigable- incapable of being fatigued; untiring, an indefatigable worker.

Harridan- A strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book: The Essez Serpent by Sarah Perry.

Pg. 111
The cough which had kept her awake at night had receded as the weather grew warmer.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Received one new book last week, courtesy of Meryl Zegarek Public Relations.

Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar

The comfortable life Hester Finch now leads in Chichester, England, could not be further from the hardship her family endured on leaving Adelaide for Salt Creek in 1855.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Triptych- is an ancient Roman writing tablet with 3 waxed leaves, joined together.

Espaliered- trees that are pruned and trained to a desired shape.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book; Secrets Of The Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery.

Pg. 32
The man was gorgeous.  He looked A little like the actor Jason Bateman, with shaggy hair and big brown eyes.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

One new book in my mailbox.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry courtesy of Custom House.

Reasding:  The Forbidden Garden

How about you?


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today,I found while reading the Forbidden Garden.

Hegira- is an exodus or migration.

Quotidian- of or occuring every day, daily.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from The Forbidden Garden by Helen Herrick.

Pg. 120

He eyed the glass of wine and the small pile of chips Poppy had left him.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, how about you?

Reading:
The Forbidden Garden by Ellen Herrick.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Found this word while reading Wilde Lake.

Ersatz- not real or genuine.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tricia Dower - Becoming Lin - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

It’s 1965. Twenty-two-year-old Linda Wise despairs of escaping her overprotective parents and the town of Stony River where far too many know she was sexually assaulted as a teenager. Deliverance arrives in the form of marriage to the charismatic, twenty-six-year-old Ronald Brunson, a newly ordained Methodist minister who ignites in her a dormant passion for social justice. He tells her war and racial discrimination are symptoms of the “moral rot” destroying the country, conjuring up something dark and rancid in her mind, thrilling in its wickedness. He sweeps her away from New Jersey to serve with him at a church in a speck-on-the-map prairie town in Minnesota. What lies ahead for her over the next seven years is the subject of Tricia Dower’s penetrating study of a marriage and a woman’s evolving sense of self as she confronts the fear that keeps her from an unfettered future. Becoming Lin conjures the turbulent era of Freedom Riders for civil rights, Vietnam war resistance, the US government’s war against the resisters, the push for equal rights for women and the unraveling of the traditional marriage contract—an era that resonates today in tenacious racism and sexism, perpetual war and wide-reaching government surveillance.




My Review

The time period from the 1960s into the 1970s captures the coming of age story of Lin, as she transitions from a naive young girl into a mature woman. You follow her growth during these pivotal decades in American history since the book covers a wide range of topics from sexual assault to the Vietnam War to marriage and women's rights.

These were turbulent times for Lin as she's adjusting to being a minister's wife and becoming a first time mother. I went through this tumultuous era myself as a young woman and I could relate to certain circumstances that Lin went through from my own life experiences. I guess that's why it felt real to me.

Overall, I found the book picked up speed as it went along and made for an interesting read.

***

Becoming Lin can be purchased at:
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BooksaMillion
Midpoint Trade
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Prices/Formats: $12.99 ebook, $22.95 paperback
Genre: Women's Fiction, Historical, Coming of Age
Pages: 240
Release: March 20, 2017
Publisher: Caitlin Press
ISBN: 9781987915075
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***

About the Author

Tricia Dower hails from Rahway, New Jersey. You can find her on the “Rahway’s Own” website with other individuals the town has recognized for innovation and creativity. 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 published in both Canada (Penguin 2012) and the US (Leapfrog 2016). She gave a character from Stony River her own novel in Becoming Lin (Caitlin Press 2016), now available in the US.

The Vancouver Sun says, “Some of the most powerful and eloquent novelists of the 20th and 21st centuries…including Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence and Ethel Wilson...open up what had been cloaked in silence, the oppression of women and their self-discoveries in resistance. We can now add to this important liberation canon the name of Tricia Dower.”

A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Dower lives and writes in Brentwood Bay, BC.

Links to connect with Tricia:
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Facebook
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Blog


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox this week, but good catch-up time.

How was yours?

Reading:
Beach House For Rent by Mary Alice Monroe.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

I came across this word while reading Wide Lake.

Ebullient- means cheerful and full of energy.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman.

Pg. 182

The courthouse is theoretically within walking distance from te office- but not in January and never in four-inch heels.