Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Book Review: Fighting Love by Abby Niles

Fighting Love (Love to the Extreme, #2)Fighting Love by Abby Niles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ebook ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

This is the second book in Abby Niles' Love to the Extreme series.  You can find my review of the first book here. I have really enjoyed both books in the series and I'm looking forward to the next book due out in 2014.

One of the things I like about this story is that Julie is the one in the friend zone, or as Tommy sees it, the sister zone. Tommy and Julie have been best friends forever. Julie has been in love with Tommy since she was a child.  She's been pretty okay with this but things are changing between the two friends.  Their lives are so different, Tommy has been focused on his fighting and the lifestyle that surrounds the sports. Julie is fine with the quite life at home and doesn't much care for the lifestyle.

Julie's quite life is about to get a change when Tommy moves in with her.  Things have been rough for him, he lose his belt, then he lost his job, and at the start of the novel he looses his house. Tommy's in a weird place right now in his life, he's not sure what he's supposed to do or where he's supposed to go, the only solid thing is his friendship with Julie.  Things start to change when Julie starts seeing another fighter.  Tommy becomes jealous. I'm talking green eyed monster jealous. It was nice to see things from this tough guy's point of view.

Abby Niles does a really good job of breaking down the male point of view and showing the reader that these tough guys do have soft sides. Tommy shows his soft side a number of times in this novel (sometimes a little too quickly).  I really liked the relationship between Julie and Tommy, both as friends and lovers. When Tommy is given the chance to get back into fighting things get strained between the two of them on both fronts.  This is when I feel Tommy's mood swings were a little extreme.  Julie too was quick to jump to conclusions, but I almost understood her reactions more than Tommy's.  Julie has been on the sidelines before, she knows how Tommy changes and doesn't want to go through that again.

I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the characters from the first novel. We get Dante and Caitlyn's wedding, but I would have liked a little bit more interaction with them.  Abby has set up future novels and I can't wait to see how these will play out!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

55 Flash Fiction Friday - Holiday Recovery

This meme is hosted by Mr. Knowitall.

From my Instagram

Christmas morning passed in a blur. All too soon the gifts had been opened, oohs and aahs had been expressed, and breakfast had been consumed.  Now it was hours before anyone had anywhere to be and the humans were sitting at the table playing cards.  We didn’t have to supervise anymore so we napped.

Friday, December 20, 2013

55 Flash Fiction Friday - Christmas Eve Discovery

This meme is hosted by Mr. Knowitall.



Today's story is true. When we were younger my brother and I used to cuddle up in one bed in anticipation of Christmas Morning. We were always very excited and could hardly sleep.  Then one year as we lay there we heard my mom watching her soaps, which wasn't unusual. What was unusual was the sounds of gifts being wrapped. 

Christmas Eve Discovery

Cuddled in bed, too excited to sleep, a brother and sister lay awake talking about what they expect to find Christmas morning. Then they hear the TV come on with Mom’s favorite soap opera, and the sounds of gifts being wrapped. But all the gifts from Mom and Dad are already under the tree!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

2013 TBR Pile Challenge - Wrap-Up


Adam over at RoofBeamReader is hosting the 2013 TBR Pile Challenge.

The Goal is to read 12 books from your "to be read" pile before the end of 2013.

Here is my list: (Completed 7 of  12)


  1. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantle
  2. Geektastic edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci - Completed 6/23/13
  3. How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo - DNF
  4. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
  5. The Smart One and The Pretty One by  Claire LaZebnik - Completed 2/11/13
  6. Jack's Widow by Eve Pollard - Completed 2/2/13
  7. The Dead Beat by Mailyn Johnson
  8. Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik - Completed 2/17/2013
  9. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie JamesCompleted 3/8/13
  10. Casting About by Terri Dulong
  11. Needles and Pearls by Gil McNeil - Completed 5/27/13
  12. The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil - Completed 5/7/13
Alternates
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel  - DNF
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sneak Peek: Christmas Wishes by Mary Manners

A Featured Sneak Peek:
Christmas Wishes by Mary Manners


Love comes full circle when a child's Christmas wish arrives special delivery.

When attorney Riley Harper comes home to Maple Ridge following the death of his grandfather, the last thing he expects to find is Kaylee McKenna living in his grandparents' guesthouse. Though he and Kaylee were once best friends, Riley cannot find it in his heart to forgive her for the death of his mother. His heart, full of bitterness and resentment, has room for little else.

Kaylee has no time to dwell on events of the past, especially where Riley's concerned; she's too busy raising her six-year-old niece, Rosie, and working as an ER nurse. With Christmas quickly approaching, her days are spent helping with charity events and filling the wishes on Rosie's Christmas list.

But when Rosie's father makes an unexpected visit, Kaylee must call on Riley's legal expertise to ensure Rosie of a safe and secure future. Will Rosie's special Christmas wish heal Riley's damaged heart and bind the trio together as a forever-family?

I think this sounds like an adorable holiday read.  I enjoyed the sneak peak and can't wait to read the whole story!

Check out the Sneak Peak in the current issue of BTS Book Reviews

If you enjoyed the preview you can find the ebook at Amazon and B&N

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Book Club – Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Beautiful RuinsBeautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was one of those books that the patrons of the library raved about, which meant that I pushed it to the bottom of my To Be Read list. I guess I’m a bit of a book snob, but the greater the reviews the longer it takes me to read a book (for the most part). I might not have read the book, if not for it being picked for the first book of the Winter Book Club.

I enjoyed the story and the characters immensely. The differing plot lines that all intertwined gave the novel a sort of soap opera feel, but it also added to the charm of the story. Seeing some of these characters at different points in their lives drives you forward to the point where the past and the present meet up. These characters are all flawed, but not one of them is flawed to the point of no redemption.

Well, except for Richard Burton, he was my favorite character. Dee Moray, has landed a small role in the movie Cleopatra, unfortunately things do not go well for her and she ends up in a little fishing village. There she meets Pasquale, the owner of the only hotel in the town. During her stay she reads a section of a book written by a World War II veteran. Dee ended up in the village because she believes she’s dying of stomach cancer. The man who sent her there is trying to hind the truth from her while he makes some plans. These events of 1962 are just pieces to a puzzle that does not get put together until decades later when Pasquale decides he needs to find Dee and solve the mystery of all those years ago.

There were some things I could have done without in this novel, like the vulgarities used by the Italian men in the fishing village. It took something away from the story (at least for me). I also felt that some of the intertwined stories could have been cut or downsized; I don’t think my understanding of the story would have changed with these sections missing. These few dislikes didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the story.

I would highly suggest this book if you haven’t read it, I’ve picked it up as a Christmas gift for someone who I think would love it!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Review: Public Relations For Authors... by Babs Hightower

Public Relations For Authors Take Hold of Your Own PromotionsPublic Relations For Authors Take Hold of Your Own Promotions by Babs Hightower
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author of an honest review.

Earlier this year I took a class on Contemporary Writers and Publishing.  Nearly everything we covered in that class appears in this book, albeit on a smaller scale.  It's important for authors to have an understanding of how to promote their book.  There is only so much a publishing house will do for you.  If you are a self-published author, this book is even more important for you to pick up.

This book briefly covers some of the most important aspects of promoting your book and yourself as an author.  Bab's writes a step-by-step of what a publicist should do for you, but I feel that as an author you need to be able to do the same thing for yourself.  It's all about putting yourself and your book out for people to notice.

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Tea & A Book: Ford County by John Grisham

Ford CountyFord County by John Grisham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With the buys holiday season, I thought it would be easier for my book club members to read a collection of short stories.  I'm not a big John Grisham fan, I've seen the movies based off his books, but have never read one of his books.  That being said, when this book first came out, I was interested but just never got around to reading it.

Because of the bad weather on Tuesday, only one person showed up, but we still had a great conversation.  Both of us were surprised at how much we enjoyed the book (like me he wasn't a fan of Grisham).  Of the seven short stories we both enjoyed:

Casino
In this story we meet Bobby Carl Leach, who is one of those slimy business men. He'll do anything to make a buck, including claiming to be of Native American decent so he can open a casino.  The star of this story is Sidney, who's wife leaves him (she ends up with Bobby Carl) because he's boring.  Sidney finds a way to break the casino and kinda get his wife back.

Blood Drive
When a local boy gets hurt and needs blood three other local guys head up to the big city to donate blood.  Only there are some problems...one's a drunk who makes them stop continuously to get beer, they don't know which hospital they are heading too, and to top it all off it turns into something along the lines of Three Stooges meets The Hangover but with bumbling country boys.

Fetching Raymond
A mother who is in denial about the fate of her son, Raymond, is on a trip up to prison to see him along with her two other sons.  Raymond is on death row and claims he's got a solid case to get off...or so he tells his mother.

Funny Boy
While the other three stories are more humorous, this last one is way more serious. This tells the story of a local boy who comes home to die.  He has AIDs and it's 1989 in the South. It was a very moving story and I think worth picking up the whole collection.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Guest Post - The Power of the Written Word

While I am recovering from the stress of writing a final paper, new author, Gerald Freeman, has written a guest post.  His new book "Kill Daddy" is available as a ebook on Amazon.

THE POWER OF THE WRITTEN WORD
VERSUS THE POWER OF THE UNSPOKEN WORD

The main objective for anyone involved in the arts is to get their message across, and everything revolves around the efficacy. Artists want to communicate with people, share ideas, passions and experiences. For many of us, the inspiration is life.

I have spent the last 20 years focusing on sculpture and writing, both mediums through which I hope to inspire and share my ideas about us and our role on this planet. I spent 10 years working on my technique in both areas, and a few years ago, I felt ready to put my work out there. I began with sculpture and have been very lucky. I have held some great exhibitions and my work has found a home in many parts of the world. Like writing, it is a gradual process and will take the time it takes, and building a platform is where it all begins.

Until recently, I believed my sculpture was the ultimate way to communicate my ideas to people, there are no words, everything is visual and the onlooker internalises the idea and contemplates on its significance and message: it is extremely personal. However, there is a superficiality connected with the art world, which really destroys the whole essence of art: the aristocrats love to be seen at exhibitions, and more often than not, the cameras and film crews take more footage of the rich and famous than they do of the work which is on display. Being nice to these people will get you a nice, but completely fake exhibition.

So, I began to doubt if my work would reach the real people, and I turned again to my books, which tell the same stories as my sculpture, paradoxically though, words being the only tool. In the last 2 months of promoting my first book, I have been bowled over by the effect my written word has had on people and the connections I have made with my readers. To a point, I almost got scared. People have contacted me and told me things about their lives, their ideals and their most personal thoughts, and I have been humbled: I did not realise the power of the written word, until now.

Also, I have found such a great support network, other authors willing to share and participate and give instead of just take, even the promoters in the literary world have made me feel like an individual and not just a client. Reviews have been favourable so far, but I do not expect everyone will like my work. The reviewers and bloggers have been supportive, helpful and inspiring, too. The writing world is not as lonely as the art world, where everyone is keeping their ideas a closely guarded secret for fear someone will copy them.

Until last night, I had lost faith in my art and the power of the unspoken word. However, I took a look at one of my recent pieces entitled ‘The Long Term Effects Of Abuse’, and I have to say that in this case, words are not necessary, and in fact the absence of them speaks volumes. Every person’s experience will be different, and words might only limit the idea to people who can identify with my version of events. Therefore, reaching a much smaller audience.

In conclusion, I would have to say that I believe the written word to be the most effective tool for getting a specific idea across. However, one piece of art is capable of sending a thousand silent messages.

Biography

I have spent my life following my heart and living the life I dream of. It has taken me to all kinds of far and distant places both physically and mentally. I want to relay my experiences to others, identify with other people and share experiences and emotions. Most of all I want my readers to enjoy the time spent reading my stories.

My concept is to write about life and identify with people all over the planet.

I also express myself through art, principally sculpture. Check out my website and my blog

Friday, December 6, 2013

55 Flash Fiction Friday - Day Off

This meme is hosted by Mr. Knowitall.

This is a 55 Fiction I wrote back in college as part of my creative writing class.

Dallas Swat’s Day Off

“What’s wrong?” She asked groggily waking from a sound sleep.
“It’s work I have to go in. Sorry.” He climbs out of bed looking at his pager.
“You know I understand. I feel bad for you it was your day off.” She sits up watching him get dressed. He kisses her. “Be safe.”

Thursday, December 5, 2013

2014 Mount TBR Challenge - Sign Up

This challenge is being hosted at My Reader's Block.  

I have a slight problem with books (as my following list shows). I can't help it when I see a free book, or a deal to get a book at a really low price.  Being a librarian I also can't help grabbing books from the book donation piles. 

My goal is to at least clear about half my pile so I'm aiming for Mt. Vancouver which is reading 36 books from my TBR Piles. 

Wish me luck!

Here is my pile of books:

In my book basket:
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • The Dead Beat by Mailyn Johnson
  • American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay
  • Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer
  • The Wizard, the Witch & Two Girls From Jersey by Lisa Papademetriou
  • Knit One Pearl One by Gil McNeil
  • Casting About by Terri Dulong
  • Mr. Knightley's Diary by Amanda Grange
  • Cassandra & Jane by Jill Pitkeathley
  • Home by Julie Andrews
  • My Name is Will by Jess Winfield
  • The Accidental Bride by Denise  Hunter
  • Midnight's Lover by Donna Grant
  • Matchless by Gregory Maguire
  • The List Lover's Guide to Jane Austen by Joan Strasbaugh
  • I Am Not Esther by Fleur Beale
  • Samurai Game by Christine Feenhan
  • Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • The Seductive Imposter by Janet Chapman
  • The Dangerous Protector by Janet Chapman
  • Hummingbird Lane by Emily March
  • Blood Trinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
  • Shadow Ops: Control  Point by Myke Cole
  • A Hunger so Wild by Sylvia Day
  • Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
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  • Truth about Mr. Darcy by Susan Adriani
  • No Place for a Lady by Jade Lee
  • SAR: Powerhounds by Heather Kellerhals-Stewart
  • Friends with Benefits SUCKS (At Least for Women) by Lynn Gilliard
  • Picture Me by Lori Weber
  • TT: Full Throttle by Nicole Winters
  • The Movement of Crowns by Nadine Keels
  • The Physician's Irish Lady by Susan Macatee
  • To Tuscany with Love by Gail Mencini
  • Uptight & Off Center by Sharon Heller
  • Elanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Knowing the Score by Kat Latham
  • Sleeves by Chanse Lowell
  • Shadows by Jennifer L Armentrout
  • Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
  • More Than One Night by Marie Tuhart
  • Winning a Bride by Jade Lee
  • Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare by Scott Southard
Books from my Nook:
  • Never a Bride by Amelia Grey
  • Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson
  • Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
  • The Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris
  • Texas Hold Him by Lisa Cooke
  • Liberation of Alice by Abby McDonald
  • No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper
  • Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare
  • Pillow Talk by Freya North
  • Cowboy Dad by Cathy McDavid
  • Married by Mistake by Abby Gains
  • Just one of the Guys by Kristan Higgins
  • The Clayborne Brides by Julie Garwood
  • Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe
  • Blessed Isle by Alex Beecroft
  • By Honor Betrayed by Alex Beecroft
  • Captain's Surender by Alex Beecroft
  • Angel's Ink by Jocelynn Drake
  • Courted by a Cowboy by Lacy Williams
  • Fire at Midnight by Lisa Marie Wilkinson
  • Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean
  • Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrowes
  • A Certain Want of Reason by Kate Dolan
  • Say You Love Me by Patricia Hagan
  • Lovers Never Lie by Gael Morrison
  • Beauty and the Wolf by Marina Myles
  • Darcy Christmas by Various
  • Highland Bride's Choice by Amanda Forester
  • Her Favorite Temptation by Sarah Mayberry
  • Ever After High: Raven Queen's Story by Shannon Hale
  • Ever After High: Apple White's Story by Shannon Hale

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I've posted this last year, but this year I'm going to share a little bit more about why I chose this quote to share.

I enjoy the holiday, but being interested in history I do have to admit, it's not an all together bright spot in our countries history.  This was the book that really got me to do some serious research into the holiday past what we were taught in school.

Coffee And Kung Fu
"Happy kill an Indian and steal his land
because God told you to day."

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I Love Library Books Reading Challenge 2014 - Sign-up Post


hosted by Book Dragon's Lair

Description of Challenge from sign-up post:
Our love of reading can be expensive! Not only are we purchasing books but some of us also need space to keep them. I had so much fun with this challenge last year. Let's do it again!

There are a number of levels, for those who don't have a library card yet to those that live there. Enjoy!

Requirements:
Choose a level - you may move up as needed, just not down.
Check books out of the library books may overlap with other challenges any format allowed (print, ebook, audio).
Reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is. 
Levels:
board book - 3
picture book - 6
early reader - 9
chapter book - 12
middle grades - 18
Young adult - 24
adult - 36
just insert IV - 50

I'm aiming for 'just insert IV'.  I'm always bringing books home from work and the last time I did a challenge like this, back in 2011, I checked out and read 86 books. I wasn't in school at the time and had some more free time on my hands, so I'm looking forward to see if I can really check out and read 50 books in 2014.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Review: Matzoh and Mistletoe by Jodie Griffin

Matzoh and MistletoeMatzoh and Mistletoe by Jodie Griffin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an eBook copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

I have not always been a fan of BDSM stories, I feel that sometimes they are just too focused on sex, and I do enjoy a good story along with my hot and steamy. That wasn't a case with this novella. There was a great story and it balanced nicely with the hot and steamy. Also, I liked that the BDSM aspect wasn't so intense that I got turned off by the hot and steamy.

Rebeccah has been volunteering for years on Christmas and Easter so those who celebrate the holidays can be at home with their families. For the last five years, she's been partnered up with a police officer named Jeremy. They have both felt attracted towards the other, but because Rebeccah was married neither one acted on the feelings. This Christmas, however, Rebeccah is single.

Rebeccah left her husband because he was abusive, both mentally and physically. This sets up some interesting scenes in the novella since Jeremy is a sexual dominant. It's a story about trust, and following your heart. Rebeccah wants a relationship with Jeremy and is willing to try, but between his unwillingness to push and her unresolved feelings, it's not an easy journey.

It's not a long journey, I would have really loved to have seen this story stretched out into a full novel. Even saying that, I didn't think the story felt rushed at all, which I really liked.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tea & A Book: Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant ChefBlood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I enjoy reading biographies of chefs.  I like to see their journey's to becoming chef and the different things in their lives that lead to that career.  In the past I've read them about the celebrity chefs that I watch on TV so reading one by a chef that I had never heard about was a little strange for me.  So add Gabrielle's strange journey and it was a wholly unique experience.  One where I enjoyed reading about her journey, but by the end of the book, I didn't much care for her.

We didn't have a real group meeting this month. I was out sick on both our originally meeting date and our followup date.  Luckily, our evening book discussion group has also read this book and someone was able to cover for me to lead the discussion.  I'm told it wasn't a well liked book.  Knowing my members, I think they probably felt like I did that Gabrielle wasn't a likable person.

With the holidays fast approaching we decided to do books of short stories for December and January. For December we are reading Ford County by John Grisham

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Review: Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story , by Diane Setterfield

Bellman & Black: A Ghost StoryBellman & Black: A Ghost Story by Diane Setterfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an ebook ARC from Netgalley.

This is not my typical book, but I loved it!

Book Description from Goodreads:

As a boy, William Bellman commits one small, cruel act: killing a bird with his slingshot. Little does he know the unforeseen and terrible consequences of the deed, which is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to be a man blessed by fortune—until tragedy strikes and the stranger in black comes. Then he starts to wonder if all his happiness is about to be eclipsed. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, William enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre business. And Bellman & Black is born!

Review:
Like I said above, I loved this novel!

It took me a few chapters to get into this book.  The writing style was different than what I am typically read but once I got used to the style I couldn't put the book down.  I'm not big on ghost stories, but this one seemed more Gothic than ghost. I enjoyed the mysterious aspects of the story, it's what saved this book from being one I didn't finish.

William seemed to have made the best of the life fate had handed to him. He was a workaholic but still managed to be a man adored by his family. When events lead to him almost losing everything, William struck a deal that he doesn't even fully remember making, this is when I fell in love with the book.  Things were already slightly mysterious, but the way his life changes after he strikes a deal with Mr. Black was intriguing. Williams brilliant mind and extreme work ethic are his best tools and he uses them to build an empire of death in London.  He builds his empire on helping people bury and honor their dead, think your local funeral home on crack. The way his life slowly spirals out of control reminds me of an Edgar Allen Poe story; psychological, suspenseful, mysterious.

I highly recommend this novel for those who love mysteries and suspense novels and those fans of Poe who are looking for something new to read.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mini Reviews - A Book Review Catch Up

I've been reading...but I haven't been reviewing. I'm going to be honest, between school work and a new relationship I just haven't had time to sit down and review. I've read some really good things the last few weeks so I've been itching for a chance to sit down and write about them.

I Stopped TimeI Stopped Time by Jane Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I reviewed this book for Central New Jersey - JASNA.  You can read my full review there, but I just wanted to share a few thoughts.  I really enjoyed the split perspectives of the story and the fact that they were from two different eras.  I loved the idea behind the title and the way it was used in the novel.


What the Bride Didn't KnowWhat the Bride Didn't Know by Kelly Hunter
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I received an ebook ARC from Netgalley.

I enjoyed the story, but felt there was too much going on for such a short novel. There was the back story of their childhood and how they grew up friends and all went into the same job field with her brother.  Then there's the story of how she got hurt.  Then the story of why they were in Istanbul to find her brother.  Then there's the love story. I've said this before about books, but less is better when it comes to multiple story lines.

Besides all that, I really enjoyed the story.  I think Lena and Trig are really great together and I think the story line about their romance could have taken place anywhere and still have been extremely sweet.  Trig won't let Lena go alone and after an accident tells the hospital they are married so he could help take care of her. When she wakes up she thinks they are married.  I like this plot line because it gives the characters a chance to come to terms with their feelings for each other.


Heirs & SparesHeirs & Spares by J.L. Spohr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ebook ARC from Netgalley.

I don't remember requesting this book, but I found it on my Kindle and figured sure, I'll read it...then I couldn't put it down!

What's a girl to do when the King chooses you to be his bride?  That is the question that Annalore has to answer in this novel.  She always assumed she'd marry her childhood friend, until she is chosen to be queen.  I thought this was addressed beautifully, and shows the conflict shes feels.  I think the relationship between Annalore and William is wonderful, neither of them is looking forward to married life, but they both willing to make the best of the situation.

There are a number of plot lines and I really can't wait to get my hands on the next book (I really hate waiting). I'm looking forward to seeing how Annalore and William's relationship will evolve and what's going on with Robert and his sister.


Ezra and Other StoriesEzra and Other Stories by Barbara a Whittington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was sent a copy of the book to review from the author.

Barbara has collected a number of very cute short stories.  The thing I liked the most about all of them, was they appeared to be a collection of supporting characters from those classic television comedies. They are quirky and funny and just enjoyable to read. "Ezra" was one of my favorites, it really shows that you're never to old to find love.


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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Went to the 2013 NJLA Adult Services Forum...left with a book list.

Yesterday I attended the NJLA Adult Services Forum (don't worry you don't need to know what it is for this post) and while there attended one panel and spoke on another and walked away with a list of some new books to read.  Since I'm really behind in writing reviews I decided to just share these new books so I at least had a post for today!

The Marked Men series by Jay Crownover

Rule (Marked Men, #1)Jet (Marked Men, #2)Rome (Marked Men, #3)

Real series by Katy Evans

Real (Real, #1)Mine (Real, #2)Remy (Real, #3)

Vintage by Susan Gloss

Vintage

I Love This Bar by Carolyn Brown

I Love This Bar (Honky Tonk, #1)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday (Kinda): Comic Genius by Matt Hoyle

Matt Hoyle's new book, Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People, is a collection of portraits of some of the funniest people around.  Included in this collection are some of my favorites like Mel Brooks, Billy Crystal, Carol Burnett, Jon Stewart, Joan Rivers, and the two in the video below.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I'm still writing...

kind of.

With school work and work work I feel as if I don't have the time to write.  When I'm not at work, and not working on school stuffs, I really have no desire to be in front of the computer.

With National Novel Writing Month approaching I'm considering if I'll be attempting the challenge this year.  I'm leaning strongly towards 'no' for those reasons stated above. I am however determined to write in November.  While I won't officially be participating, I am planning on focusing on some writing.

I started working on turning one of my failed NaNo novels into  short story.  I think I write better as a short story author.  I started my editing of the original text and weeding out the sub plot lines that just won't work in the shorter version.

Besides not writing I haven't been going to writer's group meetings.  I'm going to start to go back, at least to help the other members with their writing projects. I'm also going to do the writing exercises they started doing.  Even if I'm just hacking out 2 pages every 2 weeks, at least I'm writing.

Here are the prompts for the upcoming meetings:

Writers' prompts for October 28th -The asteroid was hurtling straight for...
Writers' prompts for November 9th -The garden was overgrown now.
Writers' prompt for November 18th - Fads never really go out of style.

Reading Challenges Update

A friend posted on Facebook yesterday that we have just entered the last quarter of the year. (It's a little depressing.)

Anyway I thought it would be a good idea to see where I stand with my Reading Challenges for 2013.

Nora Roberts Reading Challenge
I don't really set any goals with this one. I try to stay current on her new releases while putting  dent in her back list.  I've pretty much current (just need to read the novella and wait for the new series to start). I've read about 30 of her back list titles.  I read the MacGregors series. It also helps that they have been re-releasing her back list.  Of course it's two titles to a book so my overall book title count is lower (if I'm reading them in one book, it counts as one book).

The 2013 TBR Challenge
I started off strong with this one, and then hit a wall. I just couldn't get into the one book I picked up, and then everything just seemed to bump those books down the list. It looks like at least 4 of my picks (plus my 2 alternates) will be on my TBR list another year.

GoodReads 2013 Reading Challenge
For 2013 I set a goal to track 200 books.  As of this posting I'm at 130 tracked books, with 2 currently being read/listened to.  According to the tracker I'm currently 30 books behind where I should be. I don't think I'm going to make 200, I'll be happy if I hit 150; which is what I should have set as my goal for this year. I had a goal of 100 books last year and passed that, and I guess I thought I would have more free time to read this year.  I'm both happy and sad that I didn't have as much time as I assumed I'd have.

Check back in January to see how I finish the year!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What I'm reading this semester in grad school...

This semester I am taking Graduate Seminar in British Literature: Written Revolutions.

We are in week 4 and I can say already this is an interesting topic.

Here's some of what we've read already:

  • Section from Milton's Paradise Lost
  • A number of 18th Century poems
  • The Rover by Aphra Behn
  • The Beggar's Opera by John Gay
What we're reading this week:
  • A section from A Vindication of the Rights of Men by Mary Wollstonecraft
  • A section from Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
  • A section from The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
  • and other selected works by all Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and Richard Price
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Some of what we will be reading:
  • Poems of the Romantic Poets
  • Readings about the abolition of slavery
  • Gender issues in Victorian Society
  • Writings on the Industrial Revolution
  • Works of Moderism from James Joyce, Virginia Wolfe and T.S. Elliot
Unlike last semester I don't have access to our full reading list a head of time, just selected readings. It makes it kind of hard to be on top of things, so I'm already dragging behind in other nonwork related readings. Kind of upsetting but this looks like an interesting topic and I'm looking forward to the Romantic Poets!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Blog Tour - Sometimes in Dreams - Mini Review

Sometimes in DreamsSometimes in Dreams by G. L. Helm
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For the first part of this stop of the blog tour, G.L. Helm wrote a guest post which you can find here

It's very rare for me to like a book while disliking the main characters of a book.  It's rare for me to even finish a book if this is the case, yet I found myself compelled to finish this book.

Synopsis:
Daniel Pentland is a broken man; torn between the two women in his life. He is tormented by guilt over his love affair with a beautiful English girl he met while living in Italy, and the loyal devotion of his wife, Amanda.

Two years after the tragic death of his lover Kit, he is continually haunted by her memory. Across the sands of the Mojave Desert, her voice calls out to him, pulling at his heart and his memories.

Each night as Daniel wakes screaming and fighting against the phantom of Kit’s killer, his wife does her best to soothe his pain and help him overcome his grief.


Sometimes in Dreams is a story of redemption through a love that simply refuses to die.

Review:

There were a lot of things I didn't like about this book. I didn't like Daniel, I didn't like Amanda, and I didn't like Kit. I didn't like the instant, all consuming love of Daniel and Kit. I didn't like that Amanda sticks with Daniel.  

Normally, this would make me put a book down and give it up for a loss. As a reader, I want to connect with at least one character, otherwise I don't feel a connection to the story and I don't care enough to keep reading to see what happens to the characters.  

That didn't happen with this novel, even though I didn't like these three characters, I needed to know how this story would play out.  I wanted to know how Kit died. I wanted an answer for why Amanda stuck with Daniel. I wanted to know what was going on with Daniel in the present, not that I really cared.

I got my answer about Kit.  I know why Amanda stuck with Daniel.  I know how Daniel fares.  I'm happy I finished reading.  I liked the back and forth nature of the story.  It felt as if the reader was on the journey with Daniel, through his struggles with dealing with Kit's death. 

I say if the synopsis intrigues you as it did me, to give the story a chance. Sometimes the journey is worth taking. 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blog Tour - Sometimes in Dreams by G.L. Helm

I'm happy to be participating in the Blog Tour for G.L. Helm's novel Sometimes in Dreams. Today he has written a post about his novel.  On Thursday I'll have my mini-review of the novel. 


Sometimes in Dreams: Fact or Fiction

There is always a question when an author writes a book. “How much is fact and how much is fiction?” In Sometimes in Dreams that is a very hard thing say for sure. All the places and settings in the story are completely real. Some of the settings have been bent around to fit a particular need, but not bent much. Everything in Venice is completely real with the exception of Campo Redemptor, which doesn’t really exist, but Bar Redemptor does exist in a different part of the city. It is much more of a working man’s bar than a restaurant bar I created. The barkeep in my Bar Redemptor is like a hundred real ones all of whom had their own coffee and drink ballet performed behind their bars, and the bar itself was patterned after a bar-restaurant where I really did hang out. It wasn’t in Venice, it was in Aviano and was called Mario’s.

But of course the real question is how much of the love story is real. In that I would have to say none of it. None of the affair between Kit and Daniel is at all real, though I must tell you that Kit was based on a real lady with whom I was quite smitten. The description of her is pretty accurate also. The love story between Daniel and Amanda is very much true as well as many of the happenings therein, including the dangerous assignments and the months of separation. There were obviously no years of despair because there was no affair with Kit. But there have been other times of despair and frustration where the woman after whom Amanda was patterned cared for me in much the same way Amanda cared for Daniel in Sometimes in Dreams.

I have said in other places that most of my work is really just wish fulfillment and that absolutely includes Sometimes in Dreams. That is what is great about being a writer. I can take any situation in which I find myself and pretend it is real, at least for the length of time it takes to write the story. I am always the hero in all my stories, but then again I am also the villain and the heroine and the barkeep and the beggar on the corner. They say, who ever “they” are, that we should always be the hero in our own lives and I try hard to live up to that.

Author Bio:

G. L. Helm is a 'ne'er-do-well scribbler'—novelist, short story writer and poet—who has tramped around the world for the last forty years thanks to his long suffering military wife. He has lived in Germany, Spain, and Italy. His epitaph will read, “He married well.”



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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Review - The Mine by John A. Heldt

The Mine (Northwest Passage #1)The Mine by John A. Heldt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Would you walk into an abandoned mine? If so, what would you expect to find? Would to expect to find a weird glowing blue light, find yourself walking out of the mine into the past, find yourself becoming friends with your grandmother, or how about finding the love of your life?

Joel Smith is the kind of person to walk into an abandoned mine.  He didn't expect any thing out of the ordinary, but yet it all happened.  He found himself back in 1941, and in a circle of young friends that included the woman who would become his grandmother.  Joel is fortunate enough to know quite a bit about the history, it helps him adjust to his new surroundings. Besides finding a place for himself, Joel finds the woman who could very well be the love of his life.

Things aren't so easy for Joel.  Faced with the knowledge of the future does Joel risk changing that future by sharing information.  When he finds an opportunity to return to his own time, does he risk it?  What if it doesn't work? Can he leave behind the love of his life?

If these questions intrigued you, then you have to read this novel.  It was a fun read and I really enjoyed the characters and the story.  I started a similar story years ago, similar in that there is a person, a mine, and a trip to the past. Seeing how John handled his character's journey and transition to the time period was what interested me to this story.  I really like how he handled both and how he wrote an accurate description of how Joel adjusted.  Well accurate in how I feel someone who found them selves almost 60 years in the past would adjust to that situation.

This was the first book in John's Northwest Passage series.  I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books:
The Journey
The Show
The Fire

Review requested by author. Review is my own views.


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday - 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging

Not the typical book I post book trailers for, but I found myself drawn into the videos for this one.

Let me start at the beginning...I had nothing else to post so I went on the hunt for a book trailer. I ended up on YouTube and on the page for Simon & Schuster.  As I clicked and watching book trailers, and authors talking, I saw a video that said "5 Ways to Slow Aging in Your 50s" but paid it no attention.  Then after a few more videos I saw "5 Way to Slow Again in Your 20s" and watched the video.





#1 - Don't do it nearly enough - trying to really get into a better routine
#2 - Don't do it nearly enough - trying.
#3 - Nope, but I'm going to look into it, helps with anxiety.
#4 - This one I have done! Whoo-hoo (just got to remember to floss everyday).
#5 - Nope - I exercise more than I wear sunscreen.

I failed the no aging in my 20s. But no fear, there was a video on the side panel that read "5 Ways to Slow your Again in your 30s"

I clicked on the video and hoped Dr. Mike could help since I averaged about 2 of those 5 things in my 20s (no more than 3 at the same time).




He gives a lot of good tips and it looks like has made a number of videos for Simon & Schuester. As I reach the end to my 20s I have been thinking about aging and changes I'll need to make as I move into my 30s.

I'll be checking out this book.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Austen in August Wrap-Up

I know this is a bit late, but August turned out to be a lot more than I could deal with, and I never got the chance to finish reviewing and wrapping up the reading event.

I finished two books:

Pirates and PrejudicePirates and Prejudice by Kara Louise
My rating: 4 of 5 stars






Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen FandomAmong the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom by Deborah Yaffe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars






I only got to review the one book, but I'll be reviewing Among the Janeites soon (hopefully).

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mini Reviews: Dead Sexy Dragon and In His Command

I received ebook copies of both books from Netgalley.

I felt that both of these books had the potential to be great books to kick off their perspective series. Both authors have created an interesting world that as a reader I would love to explore through their books.  However, the books were a let down.


 Dead Sexy Dragon (Dragon Heat, #1)Dead Sexy Dragon by Lolita Lopez
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This world of dragons is intriguing. I haven't come across a dragon shifter outside of a novel in the Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter series.  The author has this great world to play with and she just hits at it's existence. I would have loved to have some more background into the life of the dragons.

The pace moved too quickly.  Things that felt as if the characters should have more resistance or adjustment period too, where easily accepted. I think if the pace had been slowed the story could have been flushed out a little bit more.

Another thing that I would have liked to seen, is a lead into the next novel. At least introduce the next hero or heroine, and more than just a brief appearance.  Give me a reason to want to pick up the next novel.


 In His Command (Don't Tell, #1)In His Command by Rie Warren
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Whereas, Dead Sexy Dragon felt too rush, this novel felt too long.  If half the sex scenes were cut, this book would have moved quicker.  There was a lot of world building, but it was done in a way that left me lost and confused at some points.  It was interwoven with back story that sometimes felt as if it bogged down the forward progression of the characters.

There were also a few points where actions during a scene were confused and didn't seem to fit together properly.  Parts of this book just seemed disjointed and it made it frustrating to read. I kept wanting to put the book down, but I wanted to see where the plot was heading.


I probably will not be reading the next books in these series.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book Recommendation: The American Craft Beer Cookbook by John Holl

Description

The pleasure of going to the local pub or craft brewery for a pint and a delicious meal can now be recreated at home with John Holl's collection of 175 recipes that all taste amazingly great with beer. From pub grub and barbecue to regional specialties and even breakfast fare, many of these dishes use beer as an ingredient, and all of them can be paired with your favorite brews. The recipes were contributed by brew pubs, craft brewers, and other beer lovers across the United States, and you'll love the new twists on traditional favorites, such asSlow-Cooked Dopple Bock BBQ Meatballs and American Wheat Beer Steamed Clams, as well as unexpected recipes like Crawfish Bordelaise, Chopped Reuben Salad, Beermosas, Beer Ice Cream Floats, and Chocolate Jefferson Stout Cupcakes.



Why I'm recommending it:

I recieved an e-book copy from Netgalley.

I've find it weird to be reviewing a cookbook, but this one drew my attention. I have a friend who is crazy about craft beers.  When we go out she scours the craft menu, requests tastes of different ones before picking her drink for the night.  This friend also enjoys cooking and I thought this book would be a nice addition to her kitchen.

I bookmarked a number of recipies, in the hope of trying one or two over the summer.  I never got the chance to try a mimosa or an ice cream float made with beer.

The book was filled with information about the beers and the recipies and the pubs/breweries that serve them.  I'd like to go to some of these places to try the food and beer.

I'm planning on buying myself and my friend a copy of the book, so hopefully when I get the chance to try a recipie or two I'll be able to update on how they turned out!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Book Review: Of Dice and Men by David M. Ewalt


Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It
by David M. Ewalt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ebook copy from Netgalley.

Description

HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS.

Ancient red dragons with 527 hit points, +44 to attack, and a 20d10 breath weapon, to be specific. In the world of fantasy role-playing, those numbers describe a winged serpent with immense strength and the ability to spit fire. There are few beasts more powerful—just like there are few games more important than Dungeons & Dragons.

Even if you’ve never played Dungeons & Dragons, you probably know someone who has: the game has had a profound influence on our culture. Released in 1974—decades before the Internet and social media—Dungeons & Dragons inspired one of the original nerd subcultures, and is still revered by millions of fans around the world. Now the authoritative history and magic of the game are revealed by an award-winning journalist and lifelong D&D player.

In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s roots on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. As he chronicles the surprising history of the game’s origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D&D’s profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences. An enticing blend of history, journalism, narrative, and memoir, Of Dice and Men sheds light on America’s most popular (and widely misunderstood) form of collaborative entertainment.

Review

What first drew me to this book was the title. Then I read the description of the book and I knew it was a book that I should read.  I consider myself a mini-geek.  I enjoy playing D&D but I'm by no means a hardcore player. I get lost easily with the rules and I know I don't play well crafted characters.  I love the storytelling aspect of the game, but I'm a horrible Dungeon Master. All this being said, I know very little about the history of the game. Of Dice and Men, is the kind of history book I like to read.  It approaches an interesting topic in an entertaining way.  David Ewalt's background in journalism helps gives this book an easy nature that made it enjoyable to read.  

David includes stories about his own game play and experiences in playing role playing games.  As someone who plays the game, I found the stories enjoyable and on some level relatable. For someone who hasn't played the game, I think the stories add to the description of the game development and play.  As discussed in the book, the game hasn't always been shown in the best light.  Many people don't understand and make stereotypical judgments about the game and the players.  Let's be honest, the players are heavily male and even though I am a female player I know I'm a minority in the make up of those who play. I think David's personal stories also show that players come from all different backgrounds and live all sorts of different lives.  David writes for Forbes, I'm a librarian, my friends work in retail, computer programming and a range of different professions. 

The history of the creation of the game was enlightening. I knew Gary Gygax is listed as the creator, the game came out in the 1970s, and it has gone through a few editions.  The history is so much more than that with a number of lawsuits, internal management issues, bad publicity and a number of other situations.  As TSR (the company that produced the game) grew so did their problems and eventually they sold the game to Wizards of the Coast.  As someone who only started playing since WotC ownership I was interested in knowing how the game progressed from it's humble start to the powerhouse game it is today.

I recommend this book for anyone interested in Dungeons & Dragons whether they are a player, a non-player, and especially those who have someone who plays and they want to know more about where their loved one disappears to on game night. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Book Review - Once Upon a Wallflower by Wendy Lyn Watson

Once Upon A Wallflower by Wendy Lyn Watson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received an ebook copy for review from Netgalley.

Mira Fitzhenry is the poor relation.  She lives with her uncle and his family and is made to feel sub par in every way.  She doesn't fit in with society's standards and has grown to accept how everyone views her.  She has the misfortune of sharing a name with her cousin and therefore becomes a pawn in her uncle's plan to get out of debt and save his own daughter.  Her uncle has promised that Miss Mirabelle Fitzhenry will marry the Viscount Ashfield in exchange for his gambling debts to be cleared by the Viscount's father the Earl of Blackwell.  The Earl is a scoundrel and the Viscount is rumored to be a murderer, to dabble in the black arts and a number of other unsavory things.

Nicholas, the Viscount Ashfield, reminded me of a romantic version of Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights.  They are both dark, brooding men who spend their time roaming the moors.  He despises having been called to London by his father and plan on using his unsavory reputation and skilled dark looks to scare away the unlucky women.  That was his plan until he met Mira.  The fact that Mira is everything that society is not, attracts him to her almost instantly.  It helps that she feels almost the same attraction. Their plans to end the engagement falter as they get to know and like each other.

When the story moves from London to Blackwell Hall, is when I started to have some issues with the story. Mira's desire to solve the mystery of the deaths of two local girls and Nicholas' first fiancee, turned this story from a more Gothic mystery into a historical cozy mystery. I would have preferred if the solving of the mystery to have been more subtle than her outright investigation.  I would have also liked a bit more of the scenes with Mira and Nicholas alone to have focused on who they are than on solving the mystery. Their romantic story lacked a little something for me, and I really liked them together.

I think this book is perfect for those who read cozy mysteries and would like to venture into romance, especially historical romance.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Book Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ebook copy from Netgalley.

This book is so many things and all of them add a different element that makes it hard to put down.

This story is a glimpse into the life of a troubled teen who has figured out how to slip through the cracks and play the system.  He is alone in the world, dealing with some major issues and feeling as if no one cares.  He uses the fact that his birthday has arrived and no one seems to know or remember as an excuse for what he feels must be done.  He must end his life and the life of his former best friend.

We are on the journey with him as he goes through his day saying goodbye to the four people who he has connected with in the past few years.

There's Walt, his elderly next-door neighbor, who has introduced Leonard to Humphrey Bogart movies. The two will spend full days watching the movies and quoting lines back and forth. Walt is the first to notice that something is wrong with Leonard but he lacks the means to do more that voice mild concern.

There is Baback a fellow loner student.  The two have an odd sort of friendship.  Leonard spends his lunch period (and his lunch money) listening to Baback play the violin.

There's Lauren, a devout Christian who tries to bring the light of Christ into Leonard's life. His recounting of how he met Lauren is in a way absurd but completely fitting with Leonard's character.

Herr Silverman, Leonard's Holocaust class teacher, is probably the most important person in Leonard's life.  He's the kind of teacher we read about in books and wish we had in school.  Like Walt he notices that something is not really right with Leonard on this day and he tries, as best he can, to reach out and offer help.

Leonard is that smart ass kid who thinks he's smarter than his classmates.  He's got a sense of humor that I love seeing in characters, but it's shadowed by this darkness. You see this in the letters written to Leonard from the future (that's all I'm going to say about them because I don't want to give too much away).   As the story progresses we learn about the cause of his darkness.  It was at this revelation that and the following events in the book that really made me feel as though this was the best novel I've read so far this year.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Book Review: Pirates and Prejudice by Kara Louise (#AustenInAugustRBR)

Pirates and PrejudicePirates and Prejudice by Kara Louise
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I fist saw this book I got excited.  The first thought that crossed through my head was "OMG please, please, please let it be a cross between Pride and Prejudice and The Princess Bride."

 If that wasn't your first thought take a moment and think about.

Okay done thinking? Good!

If you have a similar imagination to mine, then this book pretty much lived up to your imagination.  Instead of being captured by pirates, Darcy is mistaken for a pirate. He can prove he's not the dread pirate but the officials need his help to capture his pirate double.  Now you might be asking how distinguished Mr. Darcy was mistaken for  pirate. Darcy really let himself go after Elizabeth turned him down.

It is while he is disguised that he is reunited with Elizabeth, who has been on the Isles of Scilly with her father visiting his sick sister.  On their return trip to England a bad storm hits, their boat is blown off course and hit some rocks causing it to become stranded.  There is an island near by and women are taken over to the island.

And that's when the pirate adventure begins!

With out spoiling the adventure here are some of my favorite things in this novel as they relate to The Princess Bride
-As with Wesley and Buttercup it is a common phrase spoken my Mr. Darcy that alerts Elizabeth to his true identity.
-Just as Wesley bluffs his way out of a sword fight (since he is still paralyzed from being mostly dead) there is a great bluff during a sword fight.
-Just as Inigo and Fezzik go from kidnappers to good guys there are a few very likable "pirates" that turn into good guys.

While not related to The Princess Bride the new situation with Lidya and Wickham was wonderfully re-imagined to fit in with the new story line.

I will be reading this one again, and I suggest you pick it up to read too!


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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book Crafts in the Library

Last night I did an adult craft of origami flowers. I had fun and they seems to enjoy playing with glue (they kind of overdid the glue part of the craft).

First I cut up an old book that was falling apart:

Once I had the book pages cut it was just time to wait for the day of the program.

Last night was craft night:
 I was all set for my crafters!

Here's how to make the Kusudama Flowers:








For full written instructions you can visit