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
Click to add to your Goodreads list.

***

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:
Amazon
Lulu

Prices/Formats: $3.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 254
Release: November 1, 2016
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9781365287077
Click to add to your Goodreads list.

***

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.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My Teaser comes from the book, The Women In The Castle by Jessica Shattuck.

Teaser pg. 280

Obviously they had discussed the job already. Benita was their mutual problem to solve.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Received one new book last week, called The Women In The Castle by Jessica Shattuck.I stared reading it And can't put it down.

"Set mainly in Germany before,during, and after WW11, this sweeping novel focuses on the lives of three women and their children."


Bonnie M. Hennessy - Twisted - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

An old tale tells the story of how a little man named Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold and tricked a desperate girl into trading away her baby. But that’s not exactly how it happened. The real story began with a drunken father who kept throwing money away on alcohol and women, while his daughter, Aoife, ran the family farm on her own. When he gambled away everything they owned to the Duke, it was up to her to spin straw into gold to win it all back. With her wits and the help of a magical guardian, she outsmarted the Duke and saved the day. Well almost… Her guardian suddenly turned on Aoife and sent her on a quest to find his name, the clues to which were hidden deep in the woods, a moldy dungeon, and a dead woman’s chamber. This is not the tale of a damsel in distress, but a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out. Not until Aoife came along.




My Review

This is a story of a crooked little man named Rumpelstiltskin, who transforms a young girl's life into a series of twists and turns, throwing obstacle after obstacle in her path, on her way to finding true love.

Holding steadfast to her beliefs, she strives to fight for what is the main focus of her life—her family. But I don't think they really appreciated all she did for them, and the many, many sacrifices she makes in order to keep them safe.

The plot is intricate and deep, bringing a brand new dimension to this oft-told tale. I know it left me wanting more. I certainly wouldn't mind reading the sequel. I know the author has a fertile enough imagination to keep it going. Spin some more straw into gold for us, Ms. Hennessy.

***

Twisted can be purchased at:
Amazon

Prices/Formats: $2.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
Genre: Fantasy, Mythological, Fairy Tale
Pages: 306
Release: November 11, 2016
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9781539753421
Click to add to your Goodreads list.

***

About the Author

Bonnie grew up a shy, quiet girl who the teachers always seated next to the noisy boys because they knew she was too afraid to talk to anyone. She always had a lot she wanted to say but was too afraid to share it for fear she might die of embarrassment if people actually noticed her. Somewhere along the line, perhaps after she surprised her eighth grade class by standing up to a teacher who was belittling a fellow student, she realized that she had a voice and she didn’t burst into flames when her classmates stared at her in surprise.

Not long after that, she began spinning tales, some of which got her into trouble with her mom. Whether persuading her father to take her to the candy store as a little girl or convincing her parents to let her move from Los Angeles to Manhattan to pursue a career at eighteen as a ballet dancer with only $200 in her pocket, Bonnie has proven that she knows how to tell a compelling story.

Now she spends her time reading and making up stories for her two children at night. By day she is an English teacher who never puts the quiet girls next to the noisy boys and works hard to persuade her students that stories, whether they are the ones she teaches in class or the ones she tells to keep them from daydreaming, are better escapes than computers, phones, and social media.

Links to connect with Bonnie:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Goodreads


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word today is Narthex,an enclosed passage between the main entrance and the nave of a church.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book;  The Women In The Castle by Jessica Shattuck

pg 41

The train stopped at some point in the night. The tracks went no farther.


Monday, January 30, 2017

mailbox monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, but plenty to read.

How about you?
 


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

While reading I came across this word.

Cachinnation- means to laugh loudly and immoderately.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book, The Oxford Inheritance by Ann A. Mc Donald

pg. 11

Cassie finished her food and reluctantly began to mingle. Cassie turned to find the master of the college himself beside her.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Mailbox Monday




Mailbox Monday

One new book in my mailbox last week.

This Is Not Over by Holly Brown, courtesy of  Wm. Morrow

What did you receive?


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wondrous. Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today.

1. Palaver-  is prolonged and idle discussion.To talk unnecessarily at length.

2. Torpor- is a state of physical or mental inactivity, lethargy.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Mty teaser today is from the book:   The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

pg. 119

I'd looked at Derek, the ring box a tattling lump in the pocket of his illfitting suit coat.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, but plenty to keep me busy. How about you?

Reading:  Almost Sisters by Joshiln Jackson


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today.

1. Peroration- The concluding part of a speech, typically intended to inspire enthusiasm in the audience.

2. Apocrypha- writings or reports not considered genuine.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book called: The Almost Sisters. by Joshilyn Jackson

pg. 44

It begins with Violence.
No cause, no reason, no explanation. She just is: The Bad I am.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Two new titles were in my mailbox last week, thanks! to Wm Morrow.

The Oxford Inheritance by Ann A. McDonald

Marlene by C.W. Gortner

What goodies did you receive?