Sunday, May 31, 2009
Kristi Bentz, daughter to New Orleans Detective Rick Bentz is heading back to college. She has enrolled as a student at All Saints College. A college that has been made famous not for the teachers or classes but because four women have all gone missing in a eighteen month span. The police believe the women are runaways.
Kristi wants to write a true crime novel. When she hears about the missing women, she decides to do some investigate work. Kristi learns that all of the women attended the same class with Dr. Dominic Grotto. Dr. Grotto teaches a class on vampyrism. One of Kristi's old classmates, Lucretia Stevens tells Kristi about how she suspects one of the girls...a Rylee was in a cult. Now Kristi is really intrigued. What is Dr. Grotto's connection to the missing women and could he be a vampire?
The only person Kristi can get to believe her that the women did not go missing on their own is her ex-boyfriend, Jay McKnight. As Kristi gets closer to uncovering the truth, it brings her just one more step closer to evil himself.
It was great to see Kristi and Rick Bentz back again. Detective Bentz is one of the most famous and one of my favorite detectives around. He may come off hard as nails but that is only because he really cares about the ones around him and would do everything he could to keep them protected. Lost Souls still featured Rick but this time he stepped out of the picture to let Kristi shine. Kristi definetly takes after her father. I liked this more supernatural approach that Mrs. Jackson took with Lost Souls but with still keeping in her usual fashion of producing a good thriller. All I have to say is when Rick Bentz is involved, no one inculding vampires stand a chance. Lost Souls leaves the reader with a cliff hanger that leading right into Malice the next book from Lisa.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Attorney Izzy McNeil is about to get married. Izzy and her fiancé, Sam Hollings are finalizing all of their wedding plans, when Sam vanishes without a trace. Izzy can't figure out why Sam would up and leave without saying anything to her.
Forester Pickett is owner and CEO of Pickett Enterprises, a huge corporation. Recently Forester has been investing in real estate property in Panama. Izzy receives a phone call from Mr. Pickett's son, Shane. His father has passed away of a heart attack. Izzy can't believe it. Just two weeks ago, Izzy and Forester were talking about how healthy he was. He had recently had a bunch of tests done and the results were negative. Though Forester told Izzy that he had been recently receiving threatening messages. He told Izzy that if someone were to happen to him that she should suspect foul play.
Now Forester is dead and thirty million dollars worth of real estate shares have gone missing from Pickett Enterprises. Surprisedly, Sam was in charge of safe keeping the shares and we know what happened there. Obviously Sam killed Forester and took off with the shares. At first Izzy doesn't want to believe Sam could murder anyone but the deeper she digs, she realizes that she may not know Sam as well as she thought she did.
Izzy McNeil is one tough cookie. She doesn't give up till the job is done. No matter how high the stakes are stacked aganist her. Red Hot Lies has a interesting plot that will keep you on your toes till the very last page. When I first saw that ony of my favorite authors Laura Caldwell was releasing this new trilogy, I get knew I had to check it out. I am happy to report that this book did not disppoint. Ms. Caldwell has such an amazing range of talent. Everything she writes is a winner in my book...from chick lit stories to international suspense thrillers. I can't wait to visit with Izzy again.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Twelve months ago, Anna Reiley and her friend, Frankie Perino were having the time of their lives together. Anna has developed a crush on Frankie's brother, Matt. Matt is seventeen and about to go off to college. Anna has secretly been wishing that Matt would kiss her. That wish comes true on Anna's fifteenth birthday. The kiss is the most wonderful thing that could ever happen to Anna.
Matt and Anna made a promise to each other that they would not tell Frankie about their relationship. That is only because Matt plans to tell Frankie during their family vacation as that is the best time. Frankie is fragile. Unfortunately Matt never gets a chance to tell Frankie. Matt, Frankie, and Anna had all went out for custard and on their way back, they got into a car accident. Frankie and Anna were the only ones to survive. Everyone around them says that they are very lucky but it doesn't feel like it.
A year has passed since the accident but Anna still misses Matt. The worse part is that Frankie still doesn't know about her and Matt. Anna has thought about telling Frankie many times but no time ever seemed like the right time. Frankie and Anna are trying to put the past behind them and what better way to do so then to spend twenty fun filled days in sunny California. Frankie comes up with a contest. While out in California, Frankie and Anna will have a friendly competition to see who can get the most boys interested in them. Anna agrees. Will this be the summer that Anna finds love again?
Twenty Boy Summer is a perfect summer read. Though this book may be catorgized as young adult, it can still be enjoyed by older readers as well. I felt for Anna and Frankie and what they lost and gained. It was interesting to see how the car crash changed both Anna and Frankie in different ways. The contest that Frankie and Anna had is age approriate and fun. Sarah Ockler has made a name for herself with this book. I cant wait to see what Sarah comes up with next.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Bonnie Neurath lives on Terra Minor, where she runs a farm. Bonnie never pictures herself managing a farm. Everything would have been just fine if the man Bonnie was with hadn't run off and left her pregnant and alone. That is ok because Bonnie is through with men for good. As much as Bonnie don't want to admit it though she could really use an extra pair of hands with all the chores.
Lynx had it all planned out that when he arrived on Terra Minor that he would get a job working at the mines but plans change. When Lynx arrives, he is informed that there are currently no openings at the mines but there is an opening as a farm hand. It is either that or be shipped back to where he came from. Will Bonnie and Lynx be able to help each other mend their broken hearts?
Outcast is the fourth book in The Cat Star Chronicles. I have to tell you that with each book, this series as well as Ms. Brooks just keep getting better and better. I got to warn you that if you are allergic to hot men and lots of steamy sex then you could stray away but if you love this type of combination then have got to run out to the nearest bookstore and pick yourself up a copy of Outcast today! Cheryl Brooks will have you meowing for more. I hope this series never ends.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Shortly after, Alex gets his answer as to why Richard Hilzoy didn't show up for their meeting with Kleiner Perkins. A detective Gamez with the San Jose Police Department informs Alex that Mr. Hilzoy's body was discovered outside his home. It looks like a drug deal gone wrong. Alex suspects something is up, especially when his good friend Hank Shiffman dies. Supposedly Mr. Shiffman died of a heart attack but Alex knows that can't be right as Hank was the healthiest man he ever knew. It just so happens that Hank was helping Alex and Richard with the Obsidian project. Alex is the only one left alive who has any knowledge of what Richard was working on. Alex arrives home to find someone is in his house. Alex scares the intruder away. It seems someone or somones would do anything to get their hands on Obsidian...even kill for it!
Alex is fearful that his last hour is rapidly approaching. He turns to the one person he can count on to help him...his brother. Ben Treven works for the military as a skilled killer for the Joint Special Operation Command. He takes out the bad guys. Ben hasn't seen or talked to his family in a very long time. So you can imagine his surprise when he receives an email from Alex asking for his help. Ben knows he can't ignore Alex no matter how much he wants to as Alex is his little brother. Ben doesn't know what kind of trouble Alex has gotten himself into this time but whatever it is it must be big.
While I have never read anything by Mr. Eisler before I did enjoy this book. I just wish I could have gotten into it more as it had good potential. There was lots of action and adventure. What I feel the issue was for me is that the characters didn't draw me in and make me want to stay. So I guess you could say I did find a little fault with Fault Line but not enough to make me not want to give Mr. Eisler a second chance. I do have to say that I can see why his books are being made into movies.
After graduating from Cornell Law School, Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA's Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center. Eisler's thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller of the Year, have been included in numerous "Best Of" lists, and have been translated into nearly twenty languages. The first book in Eisler's assassin John Rain series, Rain Fall, has been made into a movie starring Gary Oldman that was released by Sony Pictures in April 2009.
For more information about the author or his work, please visit http://www.barryeisler.com/
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Erica Peck vowed she would never set foot in the ocean again. Especially not after "The incident" that happened to her when she was a little girl. That was also the last time she was in the water. Now years later Erica finds herself facing her dears head on but not be her choice. Erica's ex-boyfriend Joseph Domenic Camparo has lost some diamonds at the bottom of the ocean. Diamonds that he needs to get back otherwise some very bad men will be after his hide. Being the big macho man that he is, Joey forces Erica at gunpoint to dive down and retrieve them or become shark food. When things go from bad to worse very quickly, Reel comes to Erica's aid but by doing so he puts all of the mer-people at risk.
Come take a splash with Reel and Erica in In Over Her Head. Judi Fennell's debut novel. I loved this book. You know when you are looking for something cool and refreshing that hits you in all the right places? Well that is exactly what Mrs. Fennell did for me. Reel and Erica are the updated version of one of the most famous couples...Eric and Ariel from The Little Mermaid. So if you loved The Little Mermaid then you will really enjoy this book. Plus it doesn't hurt that Reel is very good looking or that he and Erica have really good chemistry together.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Chole Malone has just received the biggest shock of her life. She is pregnant. She and her husband never planned on having children but sometimes surprises can be a good thing...right? When Chloe shares the good news with her husband, Greg, he is anything but thrilled. In fact he is so irate that he packs up and ditches Chloe. But he does leave her the clock his grandmother gave them as he isn't a bastard that way.
While attending one of her friend's charity parties, Miranda meets the most handsomest man there. Instantly they experience a connection. HIs name is Greg. Will Greg end up being Miranda's biggest mistake yet?
Miranda is such a sweetheart. You won't meet anyone with a bigger heart then her. I can't get enough of her and all of her friends. Miranda may not see herself as star quality material but she is wrong. What a fun, flirty, fabulous summer read. Miranda's Big Mistake I can assure you will not be a mistake to read. The only mistake you will be making is if you don't read this book. This is the first time I have read anything by Jill Mansell and it won't be the last.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Have you ever wanted to feel what it is like in someone else's shoes? Well you can in Holly's Inbox. Holly Denham has decided to open her inbox to readers. So come take a wild and crazy ride into Holly's world. Holly Denham has just gotten herself a new job working as a receptionist for Huerst and Wright. A huge financial institution. As if the first day of a new job wasn't hard enough, having your friends and family emailing you every second of every day can be really stressful.
You can bet through that there is never a dull moment when you have friends like Aisha and Jason to keep you company or a brother who wants to name you as owner of his sex nightclub. Alisha asks Holly for help getting a job. Holly finds Alisha the perfect job working at a hotel with her friend Jason. Now if only Alisha would only stop playing housekeeper with the hotel guests. Alisha and men equals trouble with a capital "T". But you have got to love Aisha even if she is a major drama queen. Then there is Jason who on the other hand is the type of friend ever woman needs. He makes sure you are kept up to date on the latest celebrity gossip and he always has some piece of advice to share. Some of it is pretty good. Now if only Holly would listen to it. Jason is the ultimate perfect gay best friend. My favorite person of all has got to be Holly's granny. I have one questions...What do you get when your granny gets introduced to the wonderful world known as the world wide web? The answer is...a hilarious good time.
I want to thank Holly for letting me into her world and specifically her email inbox. What a hoot. I started this book on a Sunday morning and b evening I had finished it. I couldn't put it down. With Holly's Inbox this is the first time that I have read a whole book, where it was composed up of just emails. Holly has some of the greatest friends. Her family makes me glad mine is normal compared to her's. I can't wait to read more of Holly's adventures. I mean come one who hasn't waited to read someone else's emails. Now you can without getting in trouble. So the next time you are looking for a good laugh then you have to read Holly's Inbox.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
The year is 1974.
Some days it feels like Susannah and her boyfriend Jason are talking complete circles around each other. A big reason for that might have to do with the fact that Jason is ten years older than Susannah. Also Jason is an antiques dealer, whereas Susannah is a college student at Sussex University. But there is one advantage to dating an older man and that is Susannah does not have to live on campus.
One of Susannah’s study partners for Modern European Mind has a mental breakdown and leaves school. This leaves Susannah and Rob her other study partner to end up spending lots of time together, getting to know each other. Rob and Susannah start up an affair. Just as Susannah is thinking about breaking things off with Rob; Susannah learns that she is pregnant…oops. Now what is a girl to do?
A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy is author Charlotte Greig’s first novel. While I did find the struggles Susannah went through somewhat interesting, I kept wondering throughout the book just how Modern European Philosophy really played a part in this story? Yes, Susannah attended a Modern European class but whenever it seemed like she would comment on one of the European writers’ teachings, they weren’t much help in Susannah’s life or situation.
I found all of the characters too self-absorbed in their own lives. Susannah got on my nerves. She was weak and let the other guys around her make decisions for her, which was a bad thing as they couldn’t take care of themselves. Overall, I don’t know if this book was above and beyond my head and I missed the concept but I am sad to say I didn’t really care for this book.
Friday, May 22, 2009
On the writerly side, he won the 2006 Clarity of Night Short Fiction Contest, was First Runner-Up in the 2006 Midnight Road Reader's Choice Awards and was a Top-25 finalist in Glimmer Train's Fall 2006 Short Story Award For New Writers. He's been published in The Picolata Review, and his fiction is online at Flashing in the Gutters and Fictional Musings. He's also an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a survivor of Orson Scott Card's Literary Bootcamp.
Jamie's debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet will be released by Ballantine--January 27, 2009.
On the personal side, he's the proud father of two boys and two girls. Yep, it's chaos, but the good kind of chaos.
For more information about the author or his work, please visit http://www.jamieford.com/
Monday, May 18, 2009
Josh agrees to go to New York to meet with the man in charge...Mr. Stephen Trent. Mr. Trent tells Josh that his organization has had an eye on him. He wants to offer Josh a job working for NewAfrica. What Josh would be doing is helping run an agricultural farm, where NewAfrica's hope is to bring refugees so that they may start their lives over again. Josh isn't sure he is the right man for the job but when Trent tells him that NewAfrica will pay for his sister's education as well as pay off all his loans, Josh knows this is one offer he can't refuse.
Josh's guide while he is in Africa is a tall, intimidating man named Gideon. The longer Josh spending in Africa, the more he starts to become suspicious that Trent could care less about the people of Africa. When Josh's sister Laura is kidnapped, Josh discovers that he is really just a front for something bigger. Now Josh finds himself running for his life but will he leave Africa in a body bag?
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Kevin J. Anderson brings readers a fun and exciting read with Enemies and Allies. This book takes and incorporates two of the best superheroes and pits them together to fight a mutual enemy...Lex Luther.
Lex Luther is constructing a nuclear reactor that could destroy the world. It seems that while building this reactor that he has discovered Superman's weakness to Kryptonite. The funny thing is that Lex doesn't know he possess in his hands the very thing that could bring down Superman. Lex Luther's plans though do not go un-noticed. In fact his plan to make LuthorCor the number one company has raised red flags with LuthorCor's rival competitor...Wayne Industries. Multi-millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne does not like with Lex is up to and decides to take matters into his own hands as Batman. Batman gets a helping hand when he and Superman team up to take on the bad guys in Enemies and Allies.
I have to admit that I love all the great superheroes of the past. I grew up during a time when as a children you lived for Saturday mornings for the cartoons. So for me I was very excited to pick up a copy of this book to read. While I did enjoy reading Enemies and Allies, I was surprised to discover that the story took place at the beginning. A time when Clark Kent was just learning about his powers and who he really is and where he came from. So because of this aspect, I felt that Batman was more superior then Superman. Of course I still won't want to be Lex as he takes both of these heroes on. Talk about a major handicap match. Though so of the events that took place in the story were not accurate, Mr. Anderson stayed pretty true to the men behind the capes. So after all the dust has settled and the good guys end up on top, all I have to say is give me more.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
While out on a diving expedition, Michael unearths something so horrific that it leaves him speechless. There located in the Antarctic Ocean is a man and a woman. They are frozen in a block of ice but that isn't the usual thing. It just so happens that the couple has been bound together by chains. It is like the ice has preserved them for all ages. Michael knows that he has discovered a gold mine. His only goal now is to figure out what happened, so many centuries ago. The answer to this mystery will blow you away as Michael possess what could be one of the best kept secrets of all times.
Let me first start off by saying Wow! I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. At almost five hundred pages this is a good thing. Though as much as I liked Blood and Ice, there was only one little problem that I had and that was when the storyline would switch from the past to the present. I had a little trouble following at first and would have to check to see if I was going back in time before I would start reading. Other then this issue which I would call minor, I had a pleasure reading this book. Towards the middle of the story, it started to get dark. I don't want to give away the ending but let me tell you that it is good. I plan to check out Mr. Masello's other work.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Painters Mill, Ohio is a quiet Amish town. People come for the peace and quiet. That is exactly how Chief of Police Kate Burkholder likes it. Unfortunately the quietness is about to be shattered. Deputy T.J. Banks was out trying to corral one of the local farmer's cows when he sees a bloody trail leading him to the naked body of a woman. Her throat has been slashed and she has some Roman numerals craved into her. The last time Kate saw a Roman numeral was sixteen years ago. At that time she had come face to face with one of the worse monsters' imaginable. She thought that nightmare was over but she was wrong. As the body count rises, Kate starts to feel the pressure to stop the killer once and for all. Agent John Tomasetti with the BCI has joined Kate to help solve the case. The only person not realyl thrilled with Agent Tomasetti's assistance is Kate. The only question that remains is...What is Kate hiding and why is she sworn to silence?
Sworn to Silence is the first book I have read by this author. This is a good read. Who knew that lurking in the quiet Amish town of Painters Mill lurked a sinister killer and the cop who is knows his idenity but refuses to speak, even if it means Kate could lose her job. I couldn't put this book down. Hopefully you will be just as suprised as I was by who the killer is. I recommend anyon who is looking for a new author to try our that you look no further than Linda Castillo.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
ElsBeth Amelia Thistle attends school in Cape Cod Massachusetts. She also happens to be the youngest witch in the state. Which is funny as her grandmother, Hannah Prudence Goodspell is the oldest resident witch in the state.
ElsBeth is very excited because her class is going on a field trip to Boston. Hannah is not thrilled with the prospect of ElsBeth heading to Boston. This is because she tells ElsBeth that many witches have gone mad as soon as they set foot in Boston. No witch has ever lasted more then a day in Boston. There are too many unsettled spirits there. ElsBeth appreciates her grandmother's warning but still plans to go to Boston.
While touring the Commons, some men appear and abduct one of the students. ElsBeth and her friends take off after the men. To their great surprise, ElsBeth and her friends met a pirate. He agrees to help them on their rescue mission. Now follow ElsBeth and her friends as they set off for a grand adventure in The Cape Cod Witch and The Legend of the Pirate.
The Cape Cod Witch and The Legend of the Pirate is the next book in the Cape Cod series featuring ElsBeth. What a fun, quick read. J Bean Palmer brings excitement, lovable characters, a good storyline and even incorporates math into the picture with this book. For anyone who has kids that want something to read then you have to pick up all of the books in the Cape Cod series. Don't feel embarrassment if you end up falling in love with Elsbeth like I did. I am going to recommend these books to all of my reader friends.
Author: J Bean Palmer; Illustrator: Melanie Therrien
Publisher: Holly Hill Press,
Distribution: Baker & Taylor and direct from publisher
Price: $9.95 suggested retail
Page Count: 176, with ten color and five B&W original illustrations; 38,000 words
Publication Date: March 2009
About the Author:
In the Cape Cod Witch Series, the author calls upon her famil
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Evadne "Eve" Cavell is an assistant professor at Bellingham College. She teaches about Women in Fiction. At first glance you would never guess that Eve's favorite passtime is to go to her local movie theather The DeLuxe. She goes every Thursday not for the movie but for some satisfying pleasure. This is because, Eve is thirty-five and a very volumpous woman with lots of lovin to give. It is in the dark movie theather that she lets strangers fondle her. It works out great this way. Eve doesn't have to worry about having a relationship with the men and she get off from it. But as much as Eve enjoys her Thursday romps, she misses not having mind blowing sex.
During one of her many trips, Eve meets the most incredible man. He does such a good job tha he makes her knees weak. Eve can't resist knowing who this man is and she breaks her rule and asks him his name. His name is Jared Delaney. He is a talented artist, who lives n Denver. Eve does another incredible thing and allows Jared to date her.
Eve is my hero. Ok so not really but she could be. She represents the bad girl in all of us women. At the same time though Eve is also one of the nicest woman you will ever meet. She shows you that women can be sexy no matter what shape or sixe they come in. All you have to do is find the right guy. I have read many erotic novels and by far Messalina:Devourer of Men has got to be one of the hottest books I have read. Author Zetta Brown really knows how to turn up the heat.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
In Fire Me, Anne Wyatt lives a fantasy many people have when their boss is driving them crazy—she deliberately tries to get laid off. Prepared to hand in her resignation since she has a great new job lined up, she arrives at work to discover that her wild boss is going to lay off an employee by the end of the day and bestow on that employee a generous severance package. She quickly changes course, deep sixing the resignation letter and going after the pink slip and its pay-out instead. By the end of a day of crazy stunts, she’s not sure if her decision was wise—or if any of her life and love decisions to date were any good. She reevaluates everything, from past loves to family and friend relationships to job choices, to….what she wants to be when she grows up!
Writing Fire Me was both a blast and a challenge. The comedic moments alone took imagination and care (and I’m so grateful to the many folks who’ve written they laughed out loud while reading the book), but the twenty-four-hour timeframe required thought and creativity. How do you condense a life into twenty four hours? In order for readers to really know Anne and Ken, I had to include enough of their past to give their current decisions meaning.
When I first came up with the idea for Fire Me, I didn’t envision the twenty-four-hour timeline. But as I put pen to paper (or inkjet to paper!), I realized that this was such a crazy notion—trying to get laid off—that it had to take place in a very short timeframe. Otherwise, any heroine with a head on her shoulders would rethink the whole loopy scheme and stop her race to the bottom! In other words, the timeline had to be so condensed that Anne would get caught up in her crazy goal and not ponder its long-term consequences.
Once I started writing, the one-day timeline really started to make sense…and created the opportunity to have Anne and her co-workers pull some incredibly wild antics, activities they’d never have engaged in had they had time to think things over!
In fact, the day itself is one of the boss’ team-building exercises—“Pizzazz Day,” where employees are supposed to dress imaginatively, to let out their inner muses. “Pizzazz Day” becomes a metaphor for Anne’s own “exercise,” one that teaches her far more than team-building.
Embedding this deeper story of personal epiphany was a challenge, too, but one I thoroughly enjoyed writing. I hope readers can see themselves in Anne—someone who’s made mistakes and ultimately wants to set her life on the right course, mending fences and starting fresh.
Another challenge—the first blush of romance between Anne and Ken. But once I began seeing this as Anne’s personal Pizzazz Day, it became easier to incorporate the crazy first moments of new love when both boy and girl start to wonder: is this the one for me?
Thanks to the readers and reviewers who’ve written such kind words about Fire Me so far, and for having me as a guest on this blog. If readers would like to learn more about Fire Me and my other books, they can visit my website at http://www.libbysbooks.com/.
Monday, May 11, 2009
When Annie Peregrine was seven years old, her father Jack gave her a birthday to never forget. He dropped her off at her aunt's house in Emerald, North Carolina and he left her with a fixed-wing, single engine Piper Warrior called the King of the Sky.
Now years later, Annie is a grown woman and a Lieutenant Navy Pilot. She has flown some of the fastest air crafts in the world. She teaches other young pilots what she knows but there was a time when she herself was learning how to fly. The person who taught her was D.K. Destin, a retired Lt. US Navy pilot. No one could be prouder of Annie's accomplishments then her Aunt Sam and her Uncle Clark. OK, so Clark isn't really her Uncle but for all the years he has lived with her Aunt, he might as well be.
While heading home to Emerald for her twenty-sixth birthday, Annie receives a call from Miami Vice Detective Daniel Hart. He asks Annie if she knows where her father is as he is wanted by the FBI in connection with a missing relic. This relic comes from Cuba and the people there want it back. It is known as the La Reina Coronada del Mar otherwise known as the "Queen of the Sea". Annie tells Detective Hart that she won't recognize her father if he crossed her path. The funny thing is...Annie soon after receives a phone call from her father. He tells Annie that he is dying and that he wants her to fly the King of the Sky down to him. Annie doesn't know whether to believe her father about him dying but she has no choice but to see him. Her father says that if she does what he wants that he will tell her the name of her mother. Annie has always wanted to know who her mother is. Annie prepares for the journey of a lifetime.
The Four Corners of the Sky is a heart-felt story of love, loss, family and friendship. It has been a while since I have come across a book like this. Mr. Malone really knows how to tell a story. Instantly I was drawn to Annie. She has this innocents about her that is so enduring. This story will take you on an emotional roller-coaster of highs and lows but the best part of the ride is that when you are done with the ride you want to do it all over again. You will want to read and re-read this book. I can't believe I haven't read a Michael Malone book since now but I plan to rectify that be checking out his previous novels. The Four Corners of the Sky is a great read.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Last week I posted my review for Let the Shadows Fall Behind You. Well today I am pleased to bring you my interview with the author of the book, Kathy-Diane Leveille.
Kathy-Diane Leveille is a former broadcast journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation who discovered the only thing more thrilling than reading a wonderful story is harnessing the power of the imagination to write one. Her short story collection Roads Unravelling was published to critical acclaim after a selection from its pages Learning to Spin was adapted to radio drama for CBC’s Summer Drama Festival. The tale Showdown at the Four Corner’s Corral was revised for the stage and performed by New City Theater in
Kathy-Diane’s prose has been published in a number of literary journals including Grain, Room of One's Own, The
She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Kiss of Death RWA and Crimewriters of Canada.
On a grey morning in
Brannagh, a Natural Science Illustrator, struggled to collate the data from their bird count through the long winter. By the time the icicles began to melt, she was filled with a growing dread that the infamous wilderness preservationist wasn’t returning.When Brannagh left
I want to thank you for letting me interview you.
How do you start your day out each morning?
I have a large chair that could fit 3 people in its lap. It allows me to keep lots of books, pads of paper and pens by my side. Directly across from the chair is a large picture window three-quarters sky and one-quarter river that is constantly shifting in light and color.
I usually start with a pen and pad for the inspiration stage, then move to the computer for the perspiration stage. When I get to a place where I’m uncertain as to how to proceed, I always go back to pen and paper. I think there’s some mechanism in that tactile exercise that frees the right brain to soar.
Please share with me and the rest of the readers a little about yourself.
I’m a former broadcast journalist with CBC radio. Seventeen years ago, when I was home on maternity leave with my youngest son, I dug out an old file of story ideas and started scribbling. By the time the date arrived when I was supposed to return to work, I had already decided that I didn’t want to keep putting my dream of writing fiction on the back burner. Since then I’ve done different jobs, including being a janitor and typing medical transcription, to give me the time and energy to pursue my passion. My first book Roads Unravelling, a collection of short stories set on the
Did you experience much of a change from being a boardcast journalist with CBS radio to being an book author?
Working in the field of journalism offers valuable training in discipline. You’re working to a deadline to produce stories whether you like it or not. There were many times I sat down at the computer with absolutely no idea of where to go. You learn in journalism to have faith in the process, that you can start with nothing and eventually something will take shape and grow. It was a tremendous mentorship in the art of research, fact checking and honing the 5 W’s.
Do you have any special rituals that you do while you write or do you prefer the silence?
I thrive in emptiness that accompanies silence. I can’t work if there’s lots of noise. However, inspiration can strike anywhere. Often I have to start scribbling on anything handy: coasters, serviettes, my arm. This happens when I’m people watching, passively sitting in the mall as life streams past. I love riding in the car or on a train and gazing out the window. There’s always something in the landscape to twig my imagination. Once it was a chair in the middle of a field. I started wondering who put it there and why. The short story The Chair in my first book Roads Unravelling was born.
Who were your favorite authors growing up?
C. S. Lewis, Margaret Laurence, Nancy Drew and the Bronte sisters.
If you could meet anyone either died or alive, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet Margaret Laurence. It would be great to share a glass of wine, and get to know what kind of person she was, how her life infused her creativity. I’d be fascinated to uncover how the writing process worked for her, what she struggled with and how she triumphed. I’m also curious to know what it was like for a female novelist during the era she emerged. It must have been lonely and tough.
Which came first... the plot or the characters?
I usually begin by simultaneously visualizing a situation that causes an upheaval in life, and hearing a character’s voice emote their reaction to it. It’s a very strange process and definitely has my husband worried some days; especially when he dusts the books on my research shelf: Handbook of Poisons and Crime Scene Investigation.
Northumberland Straight Jacket was my first attempt at a suspense novel. It wasn’t published because my plot was a disaster. I had no idea how to plot period, so I kept going off on one tangent after another, and ended up nowhere. The good news is that while writing that novel I learned a lot about character development and setting, so when I tackled my second novel, I could focus my energy on plot alone and finally begin to dissect its mechanics. I had to write three or four in order to learn the many elements involved, and I’m still learning. I can remember that feeling of breaking through, however, when I knew that I was finally juggling all the balls of character, setting, plot, theme, pacing and not dropping any. It was, and is, tremendously satisfying.
Who came up with the cover design?
It was a collaborative effort between my publisher and me. I absolutely love the feather motive because, besides representing the obvious bird count Brannagh and Nikki are participating in when he disappears into thin air, it is also a symbol of healing in many first nation cultures and mythologies.
Which is harder to write... short stories or a full novel?
I started off writing short stories because it was the best place to start to learn the craft of fiction: characterization, setting, pacing, theme and plot. But I always had a difficult time harnessing my creativity into such a tight space. I fall in love with my characters. They feel like family and I want to tell their whole stories. So I am enthralled with novel writing. It’s like having a whole wall to throw a bucket of pain onto, rather than being confined to tiny framed canvas.
Why should readers check out your book Let the Shadows Fall Behind You?
This book is Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood meets
What book are you currently reading now?
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. This is also a story that extols the divine power of female friendship. I love it!
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Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn is back for more fun and adventures. She is joined by some old as well as some new friends. So sit back, relax, and enjoy Summer on Blossom Street.
Phoebe Rylander works as a physical therapist at Madison Avenue Physical Therapy. While out for a walk, she finds herself on Blossom Street and in front of A Good Yarn. She spots in the store window a sign advertising a knitting class called Knit to Quit. Phoebe signs up for the class. The knitting class will be the perfect distraction for her to get her mind off her ex-fiance and her broken engagement.
Alix and her husband Jordan are finally ready to start a family but first Alix needs to quit smoking. Alix decides to sign up for Knit to Quit as she has something to quit.
Bryan Hutchinson has taken over his family's chocolate company. Between all of the responsibilities of running a company and the lawsuit, it is no wonder he is under a lot of stress. Bryan's physician suggests that he take up knitting.
Anne Marie Roche and her adopted daughter, Ellen have just returned home from a trip to Paris. They are barely unpacked before a mysterious man comes around asking about Ellen.
Finally there is Lydia. She, her husband, and their son Cody have taken in twelve year old girl named Casey. Casey was only suppose to be with them for a few days. Now Lydia and her family have to find a way to bring harmony to their lives. It won't be easy as Casey has the biggest chip on her shoulder.
Debbie Macomber's latest Summer on Blossom Street is the perfect way to start out my summer. I instantly felt welcomed like I was part of the group on Blossom Street. The only other series where I felt the same way is Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. Debbie Macomber is in good company. What I enjoyed about this book is that all of the characters from the previous novels were back as well as the fact that I was introduced to new ones as well. So if you are wanting the perfect summer, where you can hang out with good friends then pick up a copy of Summer on Blossom Street today. You won't be sorry.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
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Edie Swann plans to seek justice for her father's death. She heads back home to Redbud. She is armed with a list of names and revenge on her mind. At first Edie's plan was to just leave a miniature nlack angel with each person on her list. The angel was to symbolize that she knows their hands are stained with innocent blood. It seems someone has other plans in mind. A plan that involves tring Edie's list into a kill list.
Sheriff Holt Drennen suspects something is up with Edie but he can't quite put his ffinger on it. One thing Holt does know is that he desires Edie, even if she speels trouble with a capital "T" First Holt has a responsiblity to the twon and its people. He has to stop a killer. As much as Holt doesn't want to beleive it, Edie just might be that killer as all the signs point to her.
One Deadly Sin starts out good and picks up speed, the further you get into the story. I first discovered Ms. Solomon when the cover for her book Deadshot caught my eye. Since then I have been wanting to read more by this author. Her latest release seemed just like the book to do so. Edie is this tough woman with a heavy burden on her shoulders and an angel in her pocket. Holt is the type of sheriff you picture when you think of small town cops. He sticks by the rules, except when it comes to Edie. Holt is the exactly who I would want watching my back. The chemisty between Edie and Holt was just right. I have to admit that my sin was that I read this book in one sitting.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
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Mark Lockwood is a writer. He is pretty unknown but he has struck it lucky. He has been commissed to write a tell all autobiography of opera singer Merce Casals. Mark has spent months in the company with Merce recording their converstations. Then one day the lovely Merce passes away in her bath.
Now Mark's agent, Hollywood Hank wants the tapes. He plans to have someone write the book. Mark won't do that as he knows that Merce Casals trusted him with her story and he plans to do her justice. Marks runs off with the tapes. Mark takes a journey through Merce's life as he listens back to the tapes. He isn't alone in this journey. Mark is joined by Merce's nurse, Perla, her biggest fan, Orson La Prima and Merce's true love, Nolan Keefe.
The Wonder Singer is the first book I have read by Mr. Rabasa. I was so pleased at how smooth it read. I really felt a connection with Merce Casals, Mark Lockwood, Perla, Orson and Nolan. Merce's story was a sad but enduring one. It was like reading a story within a story. This can be hard to do but Mr. Rabasa really pulled it off with this book. The transition when the story would switch between the present and the past was seamless. As I was reading I had a image painting in my head. I recommend The Wonder Singer to everyone.
To pay your respects to Ms. Casals, we invite you to check out the Diva’s fan page on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/thediva (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Diva/79420276417)
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Nikki will be going away for a week long conference. Instead of staying at the hotel with the rest of the attendees, Nikki will be staying at a cabin that his assistant, Alex Turner found. It is rumored that the cabin is haunted. Story has it that the cabin was built by a prospector for his mail-order bride. Ten months after the young lady arrived, the prospector vanished while out fishing. Brannagh has a bad feeling about Nikki staying at the cabin. Nikki assures her that nothing will happen to him.
Brannagh calls the hotel where the conference is being held to check in with Nikki. To her surprise the clerk tells her that there is no one listed in their system by the name of Nikolai Mirsky. Brannagh is now worried that something horrible has happened to Nikki. Brannagh files a missing person's report. Months pass and the authorities are no closer to figuring out what happened to Nikki then when he first disappeared.
Brannagh has just about given up on Nikki when one night while at her friend's house, she spots a man's face peering in the window. Brannagh swears the man looks exactly like Nikki. How can that be possible?
Let the Shadows Fall Behind You by Kathy-Diane Leveille is the first book I have read by this author. While this story had potential; there were also some factors that I had some issues with like when the storyline would lash back to explain how Brannagh met Nikki and what her childhood was like. This was all good as it helped piece together some of the characteristics of why Brannagh did the things she did but at the same time I found that I was given too much information. The back plot could have been shorten some. The one thing I enjoyed was when the story would switch between the past and the present. You could tell when this happened without any interruptions in the flow of the story. Overall I thought this book was a pretty good read.
Monday, May 4, 2009
When Bastian an Morgaine was right years old, his father tells him that he is dying and that he is the last of the males in the line of Athins. A group of very powerful ice mages. He warns Bastian to never fall in love as it will only cause awful and painful heartache.
The reason for this is because many, many years ago when Bastian's grandfather, the high mage was alive; he was visited by a daemon named Cadmus. Cadmus wanted the daemons and the Athins to join houses. As part of this deal Cadmus wanted the high mage's sster. The high mage declined. Cadmus was irate and put a curse on all of the males. A curse that has been feeding on the males for centuries.
Catriona MacInnes and her family return from Americia after beging away for so long to rejoin the rest of the MacInnes pack in Scotland. The pack are wolf-shifters. Bastian has been living with the MacInnes pack. From the first moment Cat laid eyes on Bastian, they felt an instant connection with each other. Bastian and Cat try to deny what they feel for one another but the attraction is too strong and they finally given in to their feelings. But by doing so, Cat binds herself to Bastian and unleashes a horrific creature that wants to destroy both Bastian and Cat.
Cat and Bastian make a good match together. I liked the elements that Cat was the wolf and Bastian was the mage in this story. Usually you read whre the male is the wolf as a male dominated role but this time the character is a female. It showed that even females can be strong and sexy. Wild Highland Magic didn't just include shifters, mages, daemons but also dragons. One small problem I had was that there were so many characters that I had some trouble keeping everyone straight. This is the second book I have read by Kendra Leigh Castle and it won't be the last.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Anne sees this as the perfect opportunity to get Mitch to fire her, so that she can leave with a nice chunk of money. Unfortunately she is not the only one thinking the same thing. This is going to be one crazy day; as everyone does everything in their powers to do the worse job ever. Because whoever gets fired will come out the winner.
Fire Me: A Tale of Scheming, Dreaming, and Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places is a quick, fun, light-hearted read. During hard times like we are currently in, this is the type of book you need to read. Anne is the star of this story. She goes way above and beyond to get fired from curling her hair during a meeting, to taking numerous breaks, giving out her boss's phone numbers including his personal line and cell phone, and to finally even taking up smoking indoors to try and set off the water sprinkers! While all of these things were funny, I was expecting to laugh my head off. I do have to say though that for having read Fire Me as my first book by Libby Malin, I would gladly read others.