Member Blogs Archive > March 2017

  • from Tavistock Books

    "If people did not want their stories told, it would be better for them to keep away from me." The Life of Sherwood Anderson

    Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:01:15 Permalink
    As embarrassing as this is to admit, I was first introduced to this great American author through a guilty-pleasure-teenage-girl-TV-show (that shall NOT be named) and began to research him after hearing his works mentioned several times. What I originally thought might turn into a Stephanie Meyer situation (author of Twilight… It was a teenage girl show, after […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Straightshooter by Hank Madison

    Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Floyd is a deputy, has a girl, and has a friend in jail.  When she pressures him to let Dave loose, he says no and they break up.  Now he has an injured heart, isn't sure about Dave's guilt, and a gang member in jail.  The rest of the gang will be trying to break him out.  Can he and the sheriff withstand them?Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can buy it now on Amazon as an ebook.When Floyd goes back to his cabin, the gang is waiting for him.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Romancing the Rogue by Erica Ridley

    Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She lives in a castle that is filled with ghosts and she has become expert at bookkeeping and billiards.  Her guardian has forgotten she's even around.  She stays away from the servants.  And she enjoys her life.  Unfortunately, her guardian dies...The author and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 21st.Her new guardian wants her out of the castle and married by the end of the month.  She's not even dating but he doesn't care.  He tells she can choose or he will do it for her.When the will is being Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Fun Facts About Winston Churchill

    Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Winston Churchill is a universally recognized name. Even if you don't know his entire back story, it is most likely you've studied him and his role in British politics in a history class somewhere along the line. Today, we thought it would be interesting to dig up a couple facts about the great leader that may be lesser known. Here are five things we found that don't necessarily come to mind when you picture Winston Churchill. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Magic in the City by Heather Dyer

    Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jake and Simon are not happy about having to leave their home in Canada and move to England.  Their cousin wasn't much fun when she came to visit and they'll be leaving all their friends behind.  But with their dad in prison and their mom unable to continue house payments they have no choice.  They're traveling resentfully and they're being crabby until they come out of train station and see a magician.  He's selling off the tools of his trade.  The boys have no money but they end up with three items anyway.  They have no idea what they have...Kids Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Miss Seeton's Finest Hour by Hamilton Crane, Heron Carvic

    Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This story is a prequel to Miss Seeton's further adventures with the secret service.  She's an art teacher living with her mother and she has been making sketches of areas around London because they look interesting.  The secret service division thinks she's a spy.  Especially since her drawing are showing military secrets not shared with the public.  She draws more than she sees but she doesn't realize it...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.It was fun to read about a younger Miss Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Nobel Laureates: Gabriela Mistral and Mario Vargas Llosa

    Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Since its inception in the early part of the 20th century, the Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to a Latin American author on six different occasions. While all Nobel laureates are worthy of our study, praise, and, in many cases, collecting efforts, there is a special place in our hearts for these six from Latin America. Over the course of the next few months, we’d like to detail for you book collecting information and ideas for these Nobel Prize winners. Today, we spotlight the first Latin American winner, Gabriela Mistral, and the most recent winner from Latin America, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Forgetting Spell by Lauren Myracle

    Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When you live in a magical town where wishes can come true, you need to be cautious about spells and wishes.  Darya is only six when she asks for her first spell...Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.Darya really misses her mother and still doesn't know why she left.  Her older sister knows something about it but won't share.  Her younger one doesn't remember her much so she's not so sad.  As Darya feels her way through life, she gets womanly advice from her aunts.  But Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly (Detective Sean Duffy #6) by Adrian McKinty

    Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Duffy can get in more trouble than a three year old.  He's always nosing around looking for answers even when he's been told to stop asking questions.Seventh Street Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.He's on vacation with his girlfriend and his child visiting his parents.  His father has a boat trip in mind when the police call and tell Duffy of a murder.  It's odd because the victim was shot with a crossbow.  He uses it as the perfect excuse to return to work and avoid the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Writers Who Have Published Both Comic Books & Novels

    Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Most novelists find satisfaction is housing their ideas exclusively in books. Novels often seem to be the perfect medium to flesh out a story based solely on words. For others, however, that’s not enough, and another layer of art is required to tell their stories. Here are three writers who have used both novels and comics to let their imaginations run wild. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Hoping for a Better Trip

    Mon, 06 Mar 2017 11:13:37 Permalink
    Isn’t it strange that all the big New York controversies of years past have gone by the way? Remember the Book Fair Wars of several years past? Now here we are with Sandy, Marvin, and the Flamingoz all sorted out. Or what about the “Who Will Replace Sandy?” brouhaha, or last year’s shameful Sandy Smith/Park […]The post Hoping for a Better Trip appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson

    Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mari is an assassin.  She always hits her target.  Her partner, Heron, sets up the hits, they share the money, and while they are always on the run, they're happy.  Until she's hired to take out a quad (a robot that looks human, often clone-like) and when the bullet hits him, blood spurts out.  Quads don't have blood; she just killed the man, not his clone.  And they are both in big trouble now...Sourcebooks Casablanca and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.A woman assassin isn't common but she's from Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Polar Distress (Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions #3) by Sheila Grau, Joe Sutphin (Illustrations)

    Mon, 06 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Runt is still trying to figure out who cursed him.  When he gets a message about how to remove the black marks tethering him to the curse, he does it.  He's supposed to be nude but he wears his underpants.  That can't hurt, could it?Amulet sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published tomorrow.It removes most of the power but not all.  He has no time to worry about it, though.  He's off on a quest to find an illusive chemical that is created by the drop of a meteorite.  Of Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack

    Sun, 05 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cassie is ready to dress up, go to public functions and date.  Unfortunately, Lenora is ahead of her in age and her parents only allow the next child to debut after each girl gets married.  Lenora has already been available for three years but she only does the outings when she has to and she has no gentlemen callers.  Cassie has to do something!Shadow Mountain Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.When a young man arrives from London to help his Uncle with his property, it presents Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Dragon Hunters by James Russell

    Sat, 04 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Coco, the dog, is let outside to go play, the two boys see a dragon snap him up.  When they tell their mother, she says, "Oh, sure."  Then it's time for them to go to bed...Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.Flynn and Paddy get up early the next morning, pack themselves a lunch and head out to find the dragon.  Their mother assumes they are going after the dog.  She has that half right.You can access a live map and use an app to see Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Researching in the J.M. Coetzee Papers at the Harry Ransom Center

    Sat, 04 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1969, the Nobel Prize-winning South African novelist J.M. Coetzee received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin after writing a dissertation on the early work of the Irish writer Samuel Beckett. That same year, Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. More than forty years after earning his Ph.D.—and after having written nearly a dozen novels and numerous works of criticism—in 2011 the University of Texas at Austin acquired the author's papers to be held in the Harry Ransom Center. The archive contains nearly 160 boxes of material, including drafts of his novels and of his autobiography, personal Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Bounty Hunters (The Bounty Hunter Series Book 1) by Martyn C Marais

    Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He was only planning a short visit to town until he found out there were two men there that had wanted posters on them.  When he was checking out the town, he finds a man he knows in the bar.  He's another bounty hunter.  But he's not after the men he is.  So who is he here for?Pioneering Press sent a copy of this ebook to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.You don't last as a bounty hunter if you're not smart and or if you're slow with your gun.  Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Arthur Miller: Writing During the Red Scare

    Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Cold War was an era clouded by persistent paranoia, not only between the United States and the Soviet Union. When it came to its own citizens, the U.S. government was, in some cases, just as fearful as it was about foreign threats—especially when it came to the Hollywood crowd. Indeed, in October 1947, members of a congressional committee, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), began investigating members of the movie industry who they suspected were communist sympathizers. They banned the work of 325 screenwriters, actors, and directors*. Among those blacklisted were composer Aaron Copland, writers Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder at the Fortune Teller's Table by Janet Finsilver

    Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kelly manages the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast.  She loves her job and the town she lives in and she participates in all their events.  When a woman asks her to help her find and contact some people she knew in the past, she agrees.  The Silver Sentinels are always looking for something to do.  What she didn't know was that it would lead to murder...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.They find the couple Summer was looking for.  She writes to them and no one Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Patricia Cornwell, Master of Mystery and Suspense

    Thu, 02 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Patricia Cornwell is a contemporary American suspense author who has made her mark writing medical thrillers primarily featuring medical examiner, Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Scarpetta, her niece Lucy, and her friend, investigator Pete Marino, have become such an international phenomenon that Cornwell has earned numerous accolades including the Sherlock Award, the Gold Dagger Award, and the RBA Internation Prize for Crime Writing, among others. What should collectors know if they're hoping to build a Patricia Cornwell collection? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    As Dark As My Fur by Clea Simon

    Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She found Blackie almost drowned and brought him back home to nurse him to wellness.  Her mentor had just died and she was lonely, a cat would help.  What she doesn't know is that the soul of her mentor is in the black cat...Severn House Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.When she gets a notice she will be evicted for nonpayment of rent, she's desperate and desolated.  How can she pay that when she has no money?  When an old man asks for her aid, she Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun

    Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a magnificently illustrated book that shouts out animal pride and wonder.  The illustrations alone are worth the price of book.Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.This is an oversized picture book that offers large graphics of all the animals in the southern hemisphere with facts about the majority of them.  It's a great way to visit other countries and admire their animals.I'm quite impressed with this book.  I had not heard of Dieter Braun prior to this and I have been missing out.  Why not Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Rainer Maria Rilke: Travel, Poetry, and the Search for Morality

    Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    Rainer Maria Rilke was a Bohemian-Austrian born in Prague in 1875. Throughout his life, Rilke searched for a way to reconcile religion, philosophy, and art. The closest he came was when he traveled to Russia with Lou Andreas-Salomé, his close friend and confidant. Rilke glorified Russian peasant life. To him it seemed that Russians were inherently more moral than their European equivalents. What led Rike to this determination? What were the greatest influences on arguably one of the most adept lyrical poets the German language has to offer? Read More
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