Month: December 2010

Dec 30
[Book Review and Giveaway] Chloe May: Daughter of The Dust Bowl

[Book Review and Giveaway] Chloe May: Daughter of The Dust Bowl

About the Book:Chloe May: Daughter of the Dust Bowl is based on the the true story of the author’s mother, Chloe May, and her family’s frequent moves in, around, and out of the Oklahoma Panhandle of the 20’s and 30’s. Laced with historical facts of the time, Chloe May: Daughter of the Dust Bowl will prove to be an entertaining and tender story for readers of all ages. About the Author:Grace Lundmark was born and raised in the scorching, but beautiful, deserts of the Southwest. Her father, a Texan/New Mexican, and her mother, an Okie/New Mexican filled her head and heart with their stories of growing up in West Texas and the mountains of New Mexico. Her first novel, “Chloe May: Daughter of the Dust Bowl” is a true-life novel written from the stories her mother told of her family’s struggle for survival on the high plains of Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. Now living in Texas, the wife, mother, and grandmother of eight, has finally found time to write about the people she has known and admired, in fiction form. She plans to continue writing about the people of the Southwest. My Review: Wow! Talk about… Read more »

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Dec 29
[PocketBooks Blog Tour&Review] Brooklyn Story by Suzanne Corso

[PocketBooks Blog Tour&Review] Brooklyn Story by Suzanne Corso

About the Book:It’s the summer of 1978, and Samantha Bonti is fifteen years old, half Jewish and half Italian, and hesitantly edging toward pure Brooklyn, even if her dreams of something more are bigger than the neighborhood girls’ teased hair. She lives in Bensonhurst with her mother, Joan, a woman abandoned and scarred in a ruinous marriage, poisoned with cynicism, and shackled by addictions; and with her Grandma Ruth, Samantha’s loudest and most opinionated source of encouragement. As flawed as they are, they are family. Samantha’s best friend is Janice Caputo, a girl who understands, as well as Samantha does, this close-knit community of ancestors and traditions that stand like roadblocks, this insular overcrowded little world of controlling mobsters who mold their women like Jell-O; and of the wannabes, the charismatic young guys who are willing to engage in anything illegal to get a shot at playing with the big boys. Yet, Samantha has something Janice doesn’t—a desire to become a writer and to escape the destiny that is assumed for all of them in the outer reaches of Bensonhurst. And it’s to be had just across the Brooklyn Bridge. Then comes Tony Kroon. Older than Samantha, Tony is a… Read more »

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Dec 29
[PocketBooks Blog Tour&Review] Brooklyn Story by Suzanne Corso

[PocketBooks Blog Tour&Review] Brooklyn Story by Suzanne Corso

About the Book:It’s the summer of 1978, and Samantha Bonti is fifteen years old, half Jewish and half Italian, and hesitantly edging toward pure Brooklyn, even if her dreams of something more are bigger than the neighborhood girls’ teased hair. She lives in Bensonhurst with her mother, Joan, a woman abandoned and scarred in a ruinous marriage, poisoned with cynicism, and shackled by addictions; and with her Grandma Ruth, Samantha’s loudest and most opinionated source of encouragement. As flawed as they are, they are family. Samantha’s best friend is Janice Caputo, a girl who understands, as well as Samantha does, this close-knit community of ancestors and traditions that stand like roadblocks, this insular overcrowded little world of controlling mobsters who mold their women like Jell-O; and of the wannabes, the charismatic young guys who are willing to engage in anything illegal to get a shot at playing with the big boys. Yet, Samantha has something Janice doesn’t—a desire to become a writer and to escape the destiny that is assumed for all of them in the outer reaches of Bensonhurst. And it’s to be had just across the Brooklyn Bridge. Then comes Tony Kroon. Older than Samantha, Tony is a… Read more »

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Dec 29
One More New Challenge: Historical Fiction Challenge 2011

One More New Challenge: Historical Fiction Challenge 2011

I decided to join this challenge because I read LOTS of Historical fiction books this past year (over 80 in Christian Historical fiction alone!). So I thought that this would be the PERFECT challenge for me this coming year, especially since my dear friend got me hooked on some of Historical fiction books! So here’s the details: This challenge is hosted by Historical Tapestry. You can go here for the sign up page! Since I read so many Historical Fiction books this past year and plan to read that many or more this coming year, I am definitely going to go for the first level: Severe Bookaholism: 20 books Undoubtedly Obsessed: 15 books Struggling the Addiction: 10 books Daring & Curious: 5 books Out of My Comfort Zone: 2 books I really hope that my blogging friends can join me in this challenge! If you sign up, good luck to all and I look forward to seeing what you all read! My List: Unexpected Love by Andrea Boeshaar Finding Becky by Martha Rogers Caroline’s Choice by Martha Rogers Courting Miss Amsel Serendipity by Cathy Marie Hake The Confession of Catherine De Medici by C.W. Gortner Wounded Spirits by April Gardner… Read more »

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Dec 29
[TLC Blog Tour&Review] The King’s Daughter by Christie Dickason

[TLC Blog Tour&Review] The King’s Daughter by Christie Dickason

About the Book:The daughter of James I, the Princess Elizabeth would not be merely her father’s pawn in the royal marriage market. The court of James I is a dangerous place, with factions led by warring cousins Robert Cecil and Francis Bacon. While Europe seethes with conflict between Protestants and Catholics, James sees himself as a grand peacemaker—and wants to make his mark by trading his children for political treaties. Henry, Prince of Wales, and his sister, Elizabeth, find themselves far more popular than their distrusted father, a perilous position for a child of a jealous king. When Elizabeth is introduced to one suitor, Frederick, the Elector Palatine, she feels the unexpected possibility of happiness. But her fate is not her own to choose—and when her parents brutally withdraw their support for the union, Elizabeth must take command of her own future, with the help of an unexpected ally, the slave girl Tallie, who seeks her own, very different freedom. About the Author: Christie Dickason, Harvard-educated, is a former theater director and choreographer with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is the author of The Firemaster’s Mistress and lives in London with her family. Find out more about Christie and her… Read more »

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Dec 29
[TLC Blog Tour&Review] The King’s Daughter by Christie Dickason

[TLC Blog Tour&Review] The King’s Daughter by Christie Dickason

About the Book:The daughter of James I, the Princess Elizabeth would not be merely her father’s pawn in the royal marriage market. The court of James I is a dangerous place, with factions led by warring cousins Robert Cecil and Francis Bacon. While Europe seethes with conflict between Protestants and Catholics, James sees himself as a grand peacemaker—and wants to make his mark by trading his children for political treaties. Henry, Prince of Wales, and his sister, Elizabeth, find themselves far more popular than their distrusted father, a perilous position for a child of a jealous king. When Elizabeth is introduced to one suitor, Frederick, the Elector Palatine, she feels the unexpected possibility of happiness. But her fate is not her own to choose—and when her parents brutally withdraw their support for the union, Elizabeth must take command of her own future, with the help of an unexpected ally, the slave girl Tallie, who seeks her own, very different freedom. About the Author: Christie Dickason, Harvard-educated, is a former theater director and choreographer with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is the author of The Firemaster’s Mistress and lives in London with her family. Find out more about Christie and her… Read more »

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Dec 27
[TLC Blog Tour,Review&GIVEAWAY] Deeper Than The Dead & Secrets To The Grave by Tami Hoag

[TLC Blog Tour,Review&GIVEAWAY] Deeper Than The Dead & Secrets To The Grave by Tami Hoag

About the Book(s): Deeper Than The Dead:California, 1985. Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn’t yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer’s escalating activity. Vince Leone, a pioneering FBI investigator called in from Washington to consult on the case, is charged with interpreting those now-revealed secrets. He’s using a new technique, profiling, to develop a theory of the murders, a strategy that pushes him ever deeper into the lives of the three children, and closer to the young teacher whose interest in recent events becomes as intense as his own. As new victims are found and the media scrutiny of the investigation bears down on them, both Vince and Anne are unsure if those who suffer most are the victims themselves—or the family and friends of the killer, blissfully unaware that someone… Read more »

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Dec 27
[TLC Blog Tour,Review&GIVEAWAY] Deeper Than The Dead & Secrets To The Grave by Tami Hoag

[TLC Blog Tour,Review&GIVEAWAY] Deeper Than The Dead & Secrets To The Grave by Tami Hoag

About the Book(s): Deeper Than The Dead:California, 1985. Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn’t yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer’s escalating activity. Vince Leone, a pioneering FBI investigator called in from Washington to consult on the case, is charged with interpreting those now-revealed secrets. He’s using a new technique, profiling, to develop a theory of the murders, a strategy that pushes him ever deeper into the lives of the three children, and closer to the young teacher whose interest in recent events becomes as intense as his own. As new victims are found and the media scrutiny of the investigation bears down on them, both Vince and Anne are unsure if those who suffer most are the victims themselves—or the family and friends of the killer, blissfully unaware that someone… Read more »

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Dec 26
[Book Review] Running Around (and Such) (Lizzie Searches for Love, bk 1) by Linda Byler

[Book Review] Running Around (and Such) (Lizzie Searches for Love, bk 1) by Linda Byler

About the Book:CAN LIZZIE FIND HAPPINESS IN HER AMISH COMMUNITY OR WILL SHE HAVE TO SETTLE FOR SOMETHING LESS THAN HER DREAMS? Lizzie Glick longs to fit into her quiet Amish community. Her sisters, Emma and Mandy, are ready to get married and settle into the traditional rhythm of having children and keeping house. But Lizzie isn’t sure that’s what she wants for her future. It isn’t that Lizzie doesn’t want to stay Amish. It’s just that there’s so much to figure out! Stephen, her quiet, gentle friend, hints that he might be interested in a relationship deeper than friendship, but Lizzie is also drawn to the charming Amos who seems to have eyes for everyone but her. She has certainly attracted the attention of the egg-truck driver. A thrill runs through her every time the worldly man comes to pick up an order, each time extending his stay a little longer. How long will she keep this a secret from Emma — and Mam and Datt? What will become of Lizzie? She has too hot a temper. She hates housework and dislikes babies. She loves driving fast horses but is petrified of going away from home for a week… Read more »

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