Monthly Archives: September 2013

Teaser Tuesday Meme 9/10/13 A Twofer

Teaser Tuesday Meme 9/10/13 A Twofer!

“Use your intuition, empathy, collaboration, self-control and a little worry to give yourself a great advantage.

Unleash the Power of the Female Brain by Daniel G. Amen

From Chapter 2: Harness the Unique Strengths of the Female Brain.
“Use your intuition, empathy, collaboration, self-control and a little worry to give yourself a great advantage. Male and Female brains are different. I know some people will be irritated when they read this.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Tithe a Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black

“Remember the faeries you used to tell stories about? What was his name? Which One? Spike or Gristle?”

 

 

 

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Saturday Steals: 9/7/13

The award winning Cricket Magazine Group publishes magazines and books for children aged 6 months to 14 years. Cicada Magazine is a literary magazine for ages 14 and up. Products are available in print and digital formats. To celebrate Read a Book Day and International Literacy Day on September 6th and 8th, you can download one Free pdf book.

I downloaded The Ask Big Book of Mad Scientists and Alchemy. 

http://www.cricketmag.com/2181

Steal, $7.00 any one year subscription for any Cricket magazine. NE717D

Are You A Crafter? Free pdf book download.  11 Christmas Craft Ideas.

A Steal for fans of classic SciFi. A Kindle reduced price book for September, from $7.99 to only $1.99 . 2001: A Space Odyssey

Don’t have an E-reader yet? While I personally LOVE the Kindle Fire, an inexpensive place to start is the  $69 Kindle,Kindle, 6″ E Ink Display, Wi-Fi

Ethereal (Celestra Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]  FREE! And part of a series so if you like the book more is available.

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Books Worth A Read Coming Soon

New & Recommended 9/10/13
  Smoke (The Sequel to Burned) by Ellen Hopkins

Available September 10, 2013. Burned  introduced Pattyn Von Stratten, raised in an abusive but religious family. The story is told uniquely in highly readable poetic verse and diary format. Sharing her hopes, her despair and her anger.

Smoke picks up the story, Pattyn is on the run hiding as a migrant worker. The weight of pending danger permeates the tale. For grade 9 and up. Fans of YA (Young Adult Books) should snatch this one up.

 My Brief History by Stephen Hawking

Available September 10, 2013. In A Brief History of Time ( 1998) Hawking explained the big bang and more in language everyone can understand. In The Universe in a Nutshell (2001) he continued with new discoveries and explanation of quantum mechanics.  Now in A Brief History we learn more about the man. Hawking showcases his personality, his history and how his struggle with the debilitating ALS drove him further in intellectual pursuits.  A must read.

  SONGS OF WILLOW FROST by Jamie Ford

Available September 10, 2013. This second novel by Ford takes the reader to Seattle during the 1920s and the Great Depression. A Chinese-American orphan becomes convinced actress Willow Frost is his mother.

  Someone by Alice McDermott

Available September 10, 2013. Fans of National Book Award winner for Charming Billy Alice McDermott releases yet another captivating book. Nominated for three Pulitzer’s McDermott introduces Marie Commenford asking “Who is going to love me?” Her brother answers “Someone.”

  W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Available September 10, 2013. Grafton is back with another Kinsey Millhone mystery.

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Teaser Tuesday Meme 9/3/13

“She was a real woman: you could tell by the way she didn’t have to move her head from side to side to take in sound. Every day she and the dachshund went for three walks, the first early in the morning, the second in the late afternoon, and the third after dinner, when the blue-green lights of the scows, those slow-moving heralds of melancholy, would begin to appear in the night sky.

     Duplex by Kathryn Davis

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Review: Non Fiction Monday

Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History of the 1963 March on Washington by Charles Euchner and We Stood on a Height.

Last week on August 28, 2013 was the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the march for civil rights in Washington. I posted Martin Luther King’s historic speech MLK Speech, Enduring, Historic and a Call to Action on the anniversary.

Euchner’s research produced an excellent accounting of the march in Nobody Turn Me Around. The peak or apex of the movement is told in a minute by minute telling of the day and the people, the promise surrounding the event and the forces at work.

We Stood on a Height features interviews Euchner did during his research for Nobody Turn Me Around but did not include in the book.

Euchner does an excellent job of evoking the emotions of the participants and organizers along with the tension and conflicts surrounding both the event and the civil rights movement. Both books are highly recommended.

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Review: Overtime 1 – Searching & Overtime 2 – Turning

Overtime 1 – Searching by Yvonne Jocks.

She awakes astride a horse with no memories and wearing only a man’s jacket. She learns that the serious Jacob Garrison found her naked in a creek bed. He covered her with his coat and is returning as trail boss to his cattle with her in tow.

She becomes Lillabit, pretty, smart and totally unprepared to handle everyday activities. Lillabit is independent but doesn’t know how to ride a horse or start a fire. Her language shocks Garrison and the cowhands. Garrison, his partner Benji and all but one evil cowhand watch over her as they take Lillabit with them to the next city.

When Garrison leaves her at an army fort and Dodge City her modern ideas get her mistaken for a prostitute. She is jailed and retrieved by an angry Garrison upset that he has harbored a woman of ill repute. Lillabit meets another man, he has not lost his memories and knows her. She is Elizabeth Rhinehart and somehow they have traveled back in time to the 1870’s.

Overtime 1 – Searching is the first of a 4 part series.

Overtime 2 – Turning continues the adventures of Lillabit and Jacob Garrison. Lillabit regains her memories and asks a favor of Garrison. He does not believe in time travel but he takes Lillabit to Colorado to meet with three scientists that have traveled back in time as well.

Jacob Garrison is sexy, protective with a strong sense of right and wrong. Lillabit learns that she is pregnant (yes something happened in Overtime 1 – Searching).  Jacob returns to see Lillabit, he comes to ask her to stay with him but changes his mind when he sees not only is she well cared for but wants to go home.

Lillabit must decide whether to return to her time or stay with Jacob. A small spoiler, she stays and we will have more of Lillabit and Jacob in Overtime 3 – Slipping.

Overtime is written in first person the author will draw you into the everyday world of the old west. Yvonne Jocks is an excellent research and a talented author with a gift for writing highly readable stories. She also writes as Evelyn Vaughn.

As a Kindle release Overtime 1 – Searching was #1 in Time Travel Romance and Western categories for free downloads in March 2013. Why? Because fans of Jocks writing and her alter ego Evelyn Vaughn like me were ecstatic about a new release.

Writing as Evelyn Vaughn her book A.K.A Goddess won Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements.

Be aware of mature content involving sex scenes in both books.

Some of Ms. Jock’s earlier works are westerns without the paranormal feature. The feature Jacob Garrison’s daughters.
Rancher’s Daughters Series:
Behaving Herself (Rancher’s Daughters)
Rancher’s Daughters: Forgetting Herself
Proving Herself (Rancher’s Daughters)
Explaining Herself (Rancher’s Daughters)

Books by Evelyn Vaughn

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Saturday Steal Extra on Sunday

Through 9/3/13 this book is Free Kindle book on Amazon.
This is a contemporary romance and a read for 18 years or older only due to explicit sexual scenes.

Follow the White Pebbles by Lillian Summers.

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