Member Blogs Archive > July 2017

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    Parrot Talk by David B Seaburn

    Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of a dysfunctional family that needs to come to terms with things that have happened in their life.  At the heart of tale are two grown men doing what they can with their lives.  They grew up depending on each other and they still are.  But things are going to change...PR by the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.When they get a phone call from a stranger telling them their mother has died, they both feel Read More
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    Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte by Joe Benitez, M. M. Chen

    Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Lady Mechanika is back and she's getting out of town.  Her lover is dead.  She's going to Mexico.  She just wants to get away and get herself back together.  However, she hits the town when the Day of Dead celebration is going on...Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.The illustrations in the series are always breath-taking.  Add the vivid colors of Mexico and the makeup used for the Day of Dead make this issue really stand out.She meets the family of the place she stays Read More
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    The Bluejay Shaman (Alix Thorssen Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition by Grier Lake

    Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Wade is a history professor married to her sister.  When he gets arrested for murder, Alix jumps in to prove he didn't.  Even if he didn't, he was in the area sleeping in his car with no witnesses and it was his knife that was used in the murder.  He's going to sit in jail for a while since the judge won't set bail for him.  She's got to do something.Instafreebies and the author let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.With a touch of Indian mysticism involved, Read More
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    Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

    Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In Chapter Four of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (known to many American readers as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), the gentle giant, Hagrid—keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts—presents Harry with a “large, sticky chocolate cake” for his eleventh birthday. Twenty years have passed since that first book in the Harry Potter series was published. We’ve all celebrated lots of birthdays since then. We’ve all grown—some of us “up” and some of us “old.” And in that time, the beloved character, Harry, has grown as well.  Read More
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    A Peek in the Cupboard

    Mon, 31 Jul 2017 02:41:02 Permalink
    It was a productive stay at writer’s camp. Finished my novel and read Diski’s What I don’t Know About Animals, Haraway’s Manifestly Haraway, and Binet’s The 7th Function of Language. Listened to Pynchon’s The Bloody Edge, and Coats’ Between the World and Me. (Tight race for first place between Coats, Gibson, and Binet.) Also, while […]The post A Peek in the Cupboard appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Lost And Found (September Day #1) by Amy Shojai

    Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    September has just moved into town.  With the loss of her husband and her dog, she's trying to get used to living alone with her cat.  When she gets a call from her sister saying her son is lost in the blizzard, she knows she has to help.  He's autistic and shouldn't be out alone.  It's a good thing he has his service dog with him.The author shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published.This is a twisted tale of desperate people who want to see improvements in their children or Read More
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    Raining Men and Corpses (Raina Sun Mystery #1) by Anne R. Tan

    Sun, 30 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Raina is a graduate student who made the bad decision to sleep with one of the professors.  Then she made it worse by loaning him money.  Money he keeps promising to pay back but doesn't...The author shared a copy of this book for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.  When he's still hedging on paying the money back, Raina lies and tells him she's pregnant and she needs the money.  He's shocked, but he's not unhappy.  Her tactics have backfired on her again.  What else could go wrong?  The next time she Read More
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    A Raucous Time (Celtic Cousins' Adventures #1) by Julia Hughes

    Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rhyllann and his cousin Wren are in trouble.  There were men trying to find an old book that Wren had acquired while working with an old man who loves books.  Grandma ends up in the hospital and Wren's foot gets hurt.  Crombie knows the two boys are lying.  He also gets the idea that Wren is the mastermind behind the odd happenings.  But he has more problems than that...The author and Instafreebies sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.  Legend says that a fortune Read More
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    Orphan Lost by Sarah Christian

    Sat, 29 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    David's mother died and then his father became abusive.  He ran away from home and lived on his own at fourteen.  He's fifteen now and has a home with other orphans.  Since he is the oldest, he's sent with the children and a visitor to go have a picnic in woods and see the sights.The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  You can read more about her and her books here:  https://sarahshomestead.com/wp/2017/04/22/orphan-lost/They had run into a strange man in town and he scared Mary.  He was missing an arm, his leg was bad, Read More
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    Man Booker Prize Winners from India

    Sat, 29 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Man Booker Prize, designed “to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom,” has been awarded annually since 1969. The prize isn’t awarded to an author, but rather to a specific work of fiction. Each year, a group of judges is selected from a wide range of professions and disciplines, and previous judges have included “poets, politicians, journalists, broadcasters, and actors,” according to the Man Booker Prize website. Since its inception, the prize has been awarded to numerous writers from India or of Indian descent. Read More
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    The Night Beat (Fiona Griffiths, #0.5) by Harry Bingham

    Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Fiona is paired with a Sergeant on night patrol.  She's a new officer and she needs to see just how bad it is on the streets.  Sarge thinks she looks too young and wet behind the ears to be much help.  Her safety vest doesn't even fit her right.  But it's part of his job...The author shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you.)  You can get a copy of this short story here:  http://www.harrybingham.com/get-the-night-beat-free/So we have Sarge who is condescending and protective and then you have Fiona who is more than she appears to Read More
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    Lev In Glasgow by Harry Bingham

    Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Lev is Russian and doesn't speak the best English.  But he's Fiona's friend and he gets the job done...The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Fiona asks him to find the man from Glasgow who worked with a Russian in an attempt to kill her.  She emphasizes she just wants him to find him, she'll deal with him after that.  No need to eliminate him and spoil her fun.This is a short story but Lev travels, talks to a bookstore owner and Read More
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    The Art and Scandal of the Shelleys' Romance

    Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1814, a relationship that would one day produce immortal art was only producing a scandal. The journey to some of the 19th century’s best Romantic poetry and the gothic genius of Frankenstein was going to be, in hindsight, a bumpy one. It was a relationship so taboo that it began in secret, and had to be nurtured in exile. Read More
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    Three Sisters (Emily Castles Mysteries #1) by Helen Smith

    Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emily goes to a party she was invited to mostly because her dog has died and she needs to get out of the house and get back to living again.  What she didn't expect to find was a performance ongoing during the event.  Nothing is quite like it seems.The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.While Emily visits with neighbors and watches the performances she ends up being drawn into one.  A woman wants her to find a suitcase and take it downstairs Read More
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    Cutie's Big Adventures: Cutie Meets Mr. Lizard by Felicia Di John

    Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    What caught my eye on this one was the chihuahua's big ears and the fact it's set in the desert.  I live in New Mexico which has lots of desert and they named our local baseball team the Chihuahua's!  I needed to read this book...The Cutie Series Co. and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Cutie is home and bored while his mom goes to school.  He decides to sneak out the window and climb down the tree to go snooping around outside.  The Read More
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    Light Verse and Strong Opinions: A Hilaire Belloc Reading Guide

    Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    “When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.” –Hilaire Belloc Hilaire Belloc stands as one of the most controversial men in Anglophone letters. While the French-born poet, essayist, historian, and one-time Minister of Parliament boasted more fame and influence than almost any other Edwardian writers, he was, as George Bernard Shaw described him, a champion of lost causes (for what it’s worth, Shaw also referred to Belloc and his frequent collaborator G.K. Chesterton, collectively as “the Chesterbelloc”). As such, his critical and historical writings take the form of bellicose Read More
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    Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sal is a thief.  At the moment, she's a highway man and she's hoarding bits of her stolen goods to try to leave this life and go on to something better.  Her boss isn't easy to get away from.  When she finds out they are going to have auditions for a vacant position at the castle she decides it's time.  The Queen needs to find a new assassin for her Left Hand.  They are her hired killers and Sal wants to avenge the deaths of her people, especially her own family.  She begins practicing by killing her boss and taking Read More
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    Picture This: Illustrations in Rare Book Collecting

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    “A picture is worth a thousand words.” It’s a tired cliche, but when it comes to collecting rare or vintage books, there is perhaps no truer sentiment. Illustrations in rare book collecting, while not necessarily the first element that jumps to mind for a would-be collector, can be a significant driver in terms of the value and rarity of a given volume. Because illustrations have long been a part of literature in a variety of forms—everything from supplementing a narrative to depicting important scenes to enhancing the overall texture or theme of a story—illustrations are a critical element in helping Read More
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    The Long Way Home by Gigi Priebe, Daniel Duncan

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Henry Whiskers is off on another adventure.  His mother has forbidden it but he found this map, you see.  His dad drew it and there's an X marked on it.  Maybe it's something important...Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 29th.I love this series.  Henry doesn't mind taking chances, love seeing the sights, and has a partner in crime, Jeremy.  When he goes to find Jeremy, his cousin, he encounters the house cat.  While he and Jeremy are racing away from the cat, they get caught by the cook.  Read More
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    Dark Screams: Volume Seven by Edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This series always draws me in.  It is an anthology of fantasy and horror and I always find a few stories to savor even though this really isn't the genre I read regularly.  This one had some good stories, too.Hydra and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.  Here is synopsis of each story included:LIZARDMAN by Robert McCammon The lizardman thinks he knows about all the mysterious dangers of the Florida swamps, but there are things lurking in the bayou that are older and deadlier than his wildest dreams.A MONSTER COMES TO Read More
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    Authors Who Went to Jail

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    As a whole, writers are no different from the rest of humanity. This applies as much to a propensity for crime. Traditionally, writers have been imprisoned for two vices popular to their caste—espousing radical politics and not paying creditors. That’s not to say there haven’t been authors who went to jail for more prosaic crimes, like embezzling (O. Henry) and armed robbery (Chester Himes), for example. A few of them have also written their finest books in jail. Read More
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    Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood's Revenge by Susan Vaught

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max spends most of her time sprucing up her wheelchair.  She paints on it, tinkers with the controls to make it go faster, and she pretends she's a super hero.  She knows she's not but we all have own little fantasies and creating great feats in her mind doesn't hurt anyone.  She lives with her grandfather and life is good.  But then things start to go wrong...Paula Wiseman Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 29th.Someone has created a fake Facebook page for her grandfather.  It has Read More
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    The Late Show by Michael Connelly

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Renée is a new character and I like her very much.  She's tough, determined and won't let anything get her down.  She's been treated badly before, so now she's being much more careful but she still pursues cases that intrigue her.  She just covers her butt better.Little Brown and Company and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.As is usual, this is a fast paced read with casualties along the way.  Renée accused her supervisor in the past of harassment.  He wanted more than Read More
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    Crime Scene by Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman

    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Clay works as the coroner's investigator.  He's seen all kinds of dead bodies but this one just doesn't feel right to him...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.Clay thinks there may be more to the story than a simple fall down the stairs.  What he doesn't realize is that by digging into the case, he opens up old troubles.  This professor was tied up in a murder in the past and the case was closed but it was never really solved...They put a big black Read More
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    Sixes and Sevens

    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:24 Permalink
    Things are at sixes and sevens up here in writer’s camp. Painted the trim on the shack, mowed my lawns, limed the outhouse, started in on the stand of spruce down the bottom of the field, then got the crazy idea to paint the floor. This was a chore that has needed doing since the […]The post Sixes and Sevens appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Joe and Dulcie have kittens.  Joe is very much the proud papa but he wants to get back to his investigative work.  He stays home like a good boy until murder happens, then he goes back on the hunt.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 15th.The cats always dominate this series and I find it fun to read.  Joe and his buddies are very protective of their humans and they also want to stop crime and help the police chief.  He's not aware they speak to Read More
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    Blacksmith's Christmas Bride (Sweet Town Clean Historical Western Romance Book 9) by Sarah Christian

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Therese would really enjoy being able to go on adventures and have fun.  Unfortunately, her mother is ill and she has to run their hotel with almost no help from her father.  He's good at telling her what to do and is contemplating her future.  All she can do is live from day to day and try not to get too tired.The author shared this ebook with me for a review (thank you).  The book has been published and you can get a copy now.She's friends with the blacksmith but he never seems to see her as a woman.  Still, Read More
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    Best Books from Iran

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    During various periods of repression throughout the twentieth century, Iranian writers haven’t been read as widely as they should have been. Certainly, Iranian novelists and poets are not the first to be subjected to the heavy hand of censorship from a tyrannical government. However, since the Iranian Revolution, prejudices and other forms of sociocultural censorship have excluded, in various ways, significant works of Iranian literature. While we can’t list all of the best books from Iran, we have a handful for you to explore. Read More
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    Moon Princess by Barbara Laban

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sienna is unhappy.  Her mother is missing (everyone else thinks she's dead) and now her father wants to move her to Shanghai.  It's bad enough she's lost her Mom, now she's going to lose all her friends.  She has no choice and he's grieving her Mom, so she goes without too much protest.  After all, that's where her mother went missing...Chicken House and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published July 25th.The first person they meet is the housekeeper, Ling.  Her father spends so much time working he doesn't realize Read More
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    The Bond Dossier: License Renewed

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:00:00 Permalink
    More than a decade. That’s how much time elapsed between adventures of the world’s most famous superspy, James Bond. Following the publication of the first post-Ian Fleming 007 novel, Colonel Sun in 1968, the Bond series went into hiatus for roughly 13 years before Glidrose Publications (now named Ian Fleming Publications) approached noted British spy and literary thriller writer John Gardner to revive the series in the late 1970s. After several years of negotiations, Gardner agreed to take up the 007 mantle and relaunched the 007 series with the 1981 publication of License Renewed, an aggressive reboot and branding of Read More
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