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:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
iTunes
IndieBound
BooksaMillion
Midpoint Trade
Kobo

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:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
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.


Michael J. McCann - Burn Country - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

The latest in a series of barn fires in Leeds County turns ugly when a body is discovered inside the burned-out husk of an old hay barn near the village of Elgin. When the victim turns out to be Independent Senator Darius Lane, a renowned artist and social activist recently appointed to the upper chamber by the prime minister, Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police finds herself coping with an RCMP national security team which must first assess whether the senator’s involvement in sensitive government business led to his brutal murder by forces hostile to Canada. While Detective Constable Kevin Walker works the case files of the previous barn fires looking for a serial arsonist within Leeds County who may have killed for the first time, Ellie discovers that the intervention of RCMP Assistant Commissioner Danny Merrick, unexpectedly polite and charming, will place her directly in the cross-hairs of a homicide investigation with national repercussions! This is the second book in the March and Walker Crime Novel series and the sequel to Sorrow Lake, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hammett Award for best North American crime novel.


My Review

A Canadian setting, a rash of arsons, and the murder of a Senator—all add up to a complex and intriguing mystery novel, the second in a continuing series by award-winning author, Michael J. McCann.

Kevin and Ellie are assigned to the investigation and are split up this time in order to have more of an impact on the team. You follow an entire investigative squad through the ins and outs of a murder case from beginning to end, and I really learned a lot about the inner workings of a police force.

The only thing I didn't like was that (for me) there were too many characters in the beginning to keep track of. Otherwise, overall I thought this latest detective yarn by McCann was a good solid mystery, one that I would recommend to any one.


***

Burn Country can be purchased at:
Amazon
Kobo

Prices/Formats: $5.99 ebook, $24.99 paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781927884096
Publisher: Plaid Raccoon Press
Release: March 17, 2017
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About the Author

Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned degrees in English from Trent University and Queen's University in Kingston, ON.

He is the author of Sorrow Lake, the first March and Walker Crime Novel, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hammett Award for best crime novel in North America.

He is also the author of the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series, including Blood Passage, Marcie's Murder, and The Fregoli Delusion. The Rainy Day Killer, the most recent in the series, was longlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel in Canada.

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog (mystery)
Blog (paranormal)
Pinterest
YouTube
Blog Tour Site


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received two new books in my mailbox last week:

Beach House For Rent by Mary Alice Monroe courtesy of Gallery Books.

The Threat Level Remains Severe by Rowena MacDonald courtesy of Aardvark Bureau.

Currently reading:  Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

How was your's?


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today.

Anthropomorphism-is the attribution of human motivations to animals.

Abattoirs- are slaughter houses where animals are killed.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Teaser Tuesdayr

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book, Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman.

Pg.6
The speaker began by informing the students that no one would remember who spoke at this graduation and I think he got that right.


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:
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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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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:
Web Site
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.