Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Beginnings - 6/24/16

 

*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
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My book beginnings is taken from BALLET NOIR by Caroline Miller:

 
"I heard the cries again, just as I had on the three previous nights of our ballet tour.  The year was 2009, and those cries were similar to those I'd experienced as a child whenever someone I loved had died."

I always enjoy Ms. Miller's books.  I am looking forward to beginning the read. 

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A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Williams:

 

Another lovely novel by Beatriz Williams.  It was difficult to get connected, but the ending was worth the wait.

Review will be on June 28.
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SINCE SHE WENT AWAY by David Bell - review June 29.


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RADIO GIRLS by Sarah-Jane Stratford

Review will be on my blog on June 30.

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Book Blogger Hop - 6/24 - 6/30

 Question of the Week:

What is your preferred method of following blogs?


My Answer:

I definitely prefer following blogs via e-mail so I don't miss a post.
I like Bloglovin' too. 








Friendly Fill-Ins - 6/24/16

http://mcguffysreader.blogspot.com/2016/06/fill-in-statements-week-4.html

Friday Fill-Ins:

1. My feelings get hurt when ______________.

2. I am excited about ____________________.


3. _____ first, then _____.

4. One time, I _____, that's why _____.


My  Answers: 

1.  Believe it or not, my feelings usually do not get hurt.  :)

2.  I am excited about summer, my garden, and the books on my shelves waiting to be read.

3.   Reading first, then taking on the phone.  :)

4.  One time, I thought I lost my credit card right in my wallet, so that's why I put the end up that has visible writing on it.

BTW, the card was right in my wallet, but I couldn't see it because it was the same color as my wallet...pretty scary.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Memory of Lemon by Judith Fertig

 
 
Neely is back, and her bakeshop is a pleasant, delicious, heartwarming way to spend an evening of reading.

The smells, the visuals of the baked goods, and the taste of everything Ms. Fertig describes makes your mouth water.

THE MEMORY OF LEMON begins with a difficult bride who can't decide on her wedding cake flavor and venue.  Neely just can't "taste" her personality and choose the perfect flavor for the bride. There is something familiar for Neely about the venue the bride chooses, but she can't place it.

THE MEMORY OF LEMON has familiar characters and brings the warmth of the characters back as we share Neely's life as a baker who knows what flavor cake and icing you are, as a woman getting a divorce, as a woman who is in charge of carrying for her grandmother, as a woman whose father wants to reconnect after 20 years, and as a woman who wants to reconnect with her childhood sweetheart.

I enjoyed reconnecting with the characters. The book can be read as a stand alone, though.

THE MEMORY OF LEMON is another sweet read but also a read that has some not-so-sweet aspects for Neely.

ENJOY when you read THE MEMORY OF LEMON.  


My not-perfect rating is because the flashbacks were a bit confusing.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review
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Giveaway and Spotlight of The Reporter's Story by Joyce Strand


All Information In This Post is Courtesy Of The Author And The Publisher.

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About The Reporter’s Story

A house burglary in 1912 San Francisco that the victim denies happening piques Emma Matheson’s reporter instincts. Why would a not-so-wealthy businessman deny that recovered loot was his and forego collecting his $8,000 worth of stolen jewelry? Why did he fire his maid and butler who originally reported the theft? The more she pursues the burglary that wasn’t a burglary, the more she sees it as a major story, involving murder, intrigue, and smuggling. Can she solve it and write the story that could project her to become the world-famous reporter she so covets? Or will she become one of its victims?

Additional info about Emma:  Emma Matheson is a young woman determined to be a star front-page reporter despite the bias against women in her day.Her mother died when she was born. She was reared by her father who runs a newspaper in Sacramento. She grew up learning about the newspaper business. Her father valued education and insisted she attend university before starting her career. She is bright, determined, a great writer — but a bit naive.

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About Joyce Strand:

Long version:

Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it contemporary and historical mysteries set in California. All of her published six novels are inspired by actual events and/or real people, although they are definitely fictionalized.

Her first three contemporary mysteries feature protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, a public relations executive who encounters murder and mayhem at her Silicon Valley company. Jillian’s boss, Brynn Bancroft, solves the next two mysteries when she leaves her position as Chief Financial Officer to run a winery in Sonoma.
  
In Strand’s first historical mystery, a Superior Court Judge strives to discover the truth behind the mystery of a robbery-murder in a small California town in 1939. In her newest mystery, THE REPORTER’S STORY, a house burglary in 1912 San Francisco piques a young reporter’s instincts that leads to intrigue and murder.

Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California's Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. Strand lives with her two cats and collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and enjoys exploring and writing about the growing wine region in the Ramona Valley near San Diego.

Short version:

Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it contemporary and historical mysteries set in California. All of her published six novels are inspired by actual events and/or real people, although they are definitely fictionalized.

Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California's Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike her protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. Strand lives with her two cats and collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and enjoys exploring and writing about the growing wine region in the Ramona Valley near San Diego.

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Social Links:

Webpage       

Blog            

Facebook       

Twitter:  @joycetstrand      

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Where to Purchase: 

Following are the links on Amazon for the pre-order of THE REPORTER'S STORY.  They don't have them linked together yet, but eventually will happen. 

Kindle


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Giveaway:

 1st Prize: Kindle Fire 7” WiFi 8GB Black plus e-book or paperback copy of The Reporters Story

2nd Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card and ebook or paperback copy of The Reporters Story
3rd Prize: ebook or paperback copy of The Reporters Story

ENTER HERE.

The author will be choosing the winner not me. :)

Nice Prizes - Good Luck!!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Authors Tell What Is On Their Reading List For The Summer

A few days after the first day of summer,  but what have you read from this list OR what are you planning to read?

I have only read A CERTAIN AGE but would like to read THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY AND HIDDEN BODIES, .

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ALL CONTENT BELOW IS COURTESY OF ATRIA NEWSROOM AND EMILY BAMFORD.
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Today marks the first official day of Summer 2016! The sun is shining, the amusement parks and swimming pools and ice cream stores are open and ready for business, and books are just begging to be read. We asked a number of Atria authors which titles they’re dying to read in the next few months; check them out below and add each one to your TBR pile today!

What is on your summer reading list?

EZEKIEL BOONE (The Hatching, 7/5/16):

My summer reading list includes Joe Hill’s The Fireman, Hidden Bodies, which is Caroline Kepnes’ follow-up to You, and Carrie, by Stephen King, which I’ve never read. I’m also working my through the John Connolly Charlie Parker mysteries again. There’s also the chance I’ll be the last person in the world to read The Girl on the Train.

BTW....YOU AREN'T THE LAST ONE TO READ THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN...I ALSO HAVEN'T READ IT YET.  :)

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SARAH PEKKANEN (The Perfect Neighbors, 7/5/16):

Topping the list are my favorites – Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, Jodi Picoult – and I’m also going to read Eleanor Brown’s new novel The Light of Paris. It’s her first book since The Weird Sisters, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting it.

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MATTHEW BETLEY (Overwatch, 3/1/16):

I’m going to finish Doctor Sleep and then start Harlan Coben’s Fool Me Once. If I’m lucky, I’ll then read James Rollins’ The Bone Labyrinth.

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LIZ FENTON AND LISA STEINKE (The Year We Turned Forty, 4/26/16):

There are so many fabulous books coming this summer! We’re excited about Sarah Pekkanen’s THE PERFECT NEIGHBORS; Emily Giffin’s FIRST COMES LOVE; Allison Winn Scotch’s IN TWENTY YEARS; Jen Lancaster’s BY THE NUMBERS and Jane Green’s FALLING and Taylor Jenkins Reid’s ONE TRUE LOVES.

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M.J. ROSE (The Secret Language of Stones, 7/19/16):

Steve Berry’s The 14th Colony, Jessie Burton’s The Muse, and Beatriz Williams’ A Certain Age.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Ezekiel Boone lives in upstate New York with his wife and children. He is the author of The Hatching.

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Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally bestselling author of The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat, These Girls, The Best of Us, Catching Air, and Things You Won’t Say. Her work has been published in People, The Washington Post, and USA TODAY, among other publications. She lives with her family in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Matthew Betley is a former Marine officer of ten years. His experience includes deployments to Djibouti after September 11, and Iraq, prior to the surge. A New Jersey native who considers Cincinnati home, he graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a B.A. in psychology and minors in political science and sociology.

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Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke have been best friends for twenty-five years and survived high school and college together. Liz lives in San Diego with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago with her husband, daughter, and two bonus children.

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M.J. Rose grew up in New York City exploring the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum and the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park—and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers, and the founder of the first marketing company for authors, AuthorBuzz.com. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Visit her online at MJRose.com.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Liar, Liar by M. J. Arlidge


Four separate, deadly fires all within two days' time​.  Was it one person or was it a team?  The police department was baffled.

Each fire was planned and carefully calculated with deaths occurring in three​ of the four fires and the horrible terror that accompanies the thoughts of how each person died​.

The arsonist was elusive and clever,​ and the police force ​wasn't able to apprehend who did it or find similarities when it came to who and why that specific house was chosen as the target​.  Helen Grace, top police woman, ​was always top-notch at her job, but nothing good was happening with this case.


LIAR, LIAR is the first book I have read by M. J. Arlidge and ​I ​enjoyed the brief chapters, the characters, and the tension that built as the book continued.  ​M. J. Arlidge skillfully worded each sentence and situation and made the fear​ and frustration​ caused by the fires very real​.​
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LIAR, LIAR was ​an anxious, edgy,
non-stop read simply because of the frightening subject​.  ​Every time I thought I knew who the arsonist was, I was wrong.​

Reading LIAR, LIAR would be best during the day​light hours.  The ending is outstanding, and quite a surprise.   


You will also find out the meaning of the title, which had me puzzled until the end.  

ENJOY!!  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.