Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Beginnings - 2/28/14

I haven't participated for a number of weeks because my mom had a stroke, and things have been crazy around here.  She is still in the hospital and having therapy, but it will be a long recovery.

I am glad I had some time tonight to write my post.  I will try to visit as many blogs as I can.  I love finding new titles. 


*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.

This week's Book Beginnings is taken from THE MIDNIGHT ROSE by Lucinda Riley.

I always like Ms. Riley's books.  This book is different from her other books.  Not too far into it, but not bad.

"I am a hundred years old today.  Not only have I managed to survive a century, but I've also seen in a new millennium.

As the dawn breaks and the sun begins to rise over Mount Kanchenjunga beyond my window, I lie on my pillows and smile to myself at the utter ridiculousness of the thought.  If I were a piece of furniture, an elegant chair for example, I would be labeled an antique."

The Fever Tree is also worthy of mentioning along with the giveaway that ends today, February 28.

This book was wonderful.

THE FEVER TREE is truly a sultry book you won't want to put down and one you will remember long after you turn the last page.

THE FEVER TREE is a beautiful combination of historical fiction and a passion for life, for causes, and dreams.  Don't miss this mesmerizing debut novel.


Book Blogger Hop - 2/28 - 3/6

 Question of the Week:

Have you stopped accepting books from either authors or publishers to try to catch up? If not, do you think you would ever do that?

My Answer:

I have cut down accepting books from both publishers and authors, but I don't think I will totally stop.  

It is too much fun getting new books in the mail and being able to read the ARC's or self-published books.  :)

What are your thoughts?

What Weird Things Happened To Atria Authors At Events?

Atria Authors were asked:  

What was the weirdest thing that ever happened to you at an event?


John Connolly:  I think I may be spoiled for choice: a pair of paranoid schizophrenics arguing over the nature of paranoid schizophrenia, and whether Hitchcock’s Psycho was very unfair on schizophrenics; being advertised as An Evening with James Patterson, and looking out at any number of confused faces as I arrived to speak; being mistaken for Ian Rankin/ Michael Connelly/ Joe Connelly; being asked, if I was a tree, what kind of tree would I be?.  Oh, and there was the booksellers’ dinner in Glasgow that concluded with me being kicked in the head by a bookseller who was trying to show me her new shoes, causing Jeff Deaver almost to fall off his chair laughing.  Sometimes it’s a wonder I ever leave the house.

Abbi Glines: A girl who once threatened to beat me up in high school because I had gone out with her ex boyfriend showed up with all my books to sign. She’s a big fan now.

William Kent Krueger: I was asked to sign a pair of undergarments—men’s undergarments.

John Lescroart: This would have to be showing up at a Borders store (in Illinois, I think) for a signing, where they had a wonderful display set up with about 200 books.  Unfortunately, they were all by John LeCarre!!

Liza Marklund: Once, I did a really miserable signing at a mall outside of Malmö in the south of Sweden. Nobody showed up. I mean, literary, nobody.  It wasn’t until me and my co-worker  left the building that we realized why; a hurricane was about to hit the area and the authorities had warned people to go outside.  As we left the parking lot, parts of the roof of the mall blew off.

K.A. Robinson: At my very first event, I was asked to sign a reader’s boobs.

M.J. Rose: A seriously disturbed woman who attacked me for stealing the ideas in her brain – police and security had to be called and it was really upsetting.



John Connolly is the author of The Wrath of Angels, The Burning Soul, The Book of Lost Things, and Bad Men, among many others.  He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland.  For more information, see his website at, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.



The Creeps by John Connolly is on sale now


Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series.  A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama.  She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at and



Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines is on sale now


Simple Perfection by Abbi Glines is on sale now



William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of thirteen novels in the Cork O’Connor mystery series, including Trickster’s Point and Tamarack County.  He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.  Visit his website at



Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger is on sale now


Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger is on sale now


John Lescroart is the author of twenty-four previous novels (sixteen New York Times bestsellers), including The 13th Juror, Damage, The Hunter, and The Ophelia Cut.  His books have sold more than 10 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages in seventy-five country.  He lives in Northern California.


The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroart is on sale now



Liza Marklund is an author, journalist, and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.  Her crime novels, featuring the relentless reporter Annika Bengtzon, instantly became international hits and have sold millions of copies in thirty languages worldwide.  She lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and Marbella, Spain, where she is at work on the next installment of the series.  Visit her website at



Lifetime by Liza Marklund is on sale now


K.A. Robinson is the New York Times bestselling author of two novels: Torn and Twisted.  She lives in West Virginia with her husband and their son.



Twisted by K.A. Robinson is on sale now


Torn by K.A. Robinson is on sale now



M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of thirteen novels, one of which (The Reincarnationist) was the basis of the television series Past Lives.  She is a founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors:  She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.



Seduction by M.J. Rose is on sale March 4, 2014


The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose is on sale now

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mailbox Monday - 2/24/14

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).    

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.

Every week Mailbox Monday will have a new linky posted for our Mailbox Monday links at Marcia's Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s a shout out to the new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Vicki of I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit 

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive. 

I hope you had a good mailbox.  

My mom is still in the hospital so I will be in and out.  She had a stroke, and it is a long recovery.  THANKS for all the good thoughts over the past month.

Don't miss this giveaway of THE FEVER TREE.

Click here for the giveaway form. 

I was so excited to receive:


I received some great books this week.  
 On Thursday, February 20, I received:

1.  THE MIDNIGHT ROSE by Lucinda Riley, courtesy of David Brown and Mellony Torres of Simon & Schuster.

I love Lucinda Riley's books. I hope this one is as good as all her others...especially THE LAVENDER GARDEN.


2.  SEDUCTION by M. J. Rose, courtesy of Elaine Broeder of Simon & Schuster.

On Saturday, February 22, I received:

1.  EVERYTHING TO LOSE by Andrew Gross, courtesy of Tracy Diamond of Harper Collins. 


2.  DELICIOUS by Ruth Reichl, courtesy of a Shelf Awareness Giveaway and Random House. 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/24/14

I hope you had a great reading week.  

Don't miss this giveaway of THE FEVER TREE.

Click here for the giveaway form. 
This is a weekly meme run by Book Journey!

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week.


Books Completed Last Week:

Mom is still in the hospital.  I will be in and out for visiting blogs.  I didn't get any book done again last week so I am leaving the same one as the past two weeks.

The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh

This book was wonderful.  

Beautiful, powerful, and mesmerizing.


Book Currently Reading: 

The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley. 

I am very excited to read her new book. 
Books Up Next:

Seduction by M. J. Rose



DELICIOUS by Ruth Reichl 

Woman of Ill Fame by Erika Mailman

The Signature of All Things  

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan


The books below are not necessarily in the order I have planned to read them.  

I normally read in order of publication or tour date.

And....these are not for reading in the upcoming week.  They are books into and including next year.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.  A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel lists.  :)

I added a couple more since last week.