Member Blogs Archive > May 2020

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Falcon Always Wings Twice by Donna Andrews

    Sun, 31 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are putting on a Renaissance Fair with various actors and all kinds of vendors.  There is one actor who gets his laughs by being sarcastic and caustic.  He's always putting everyone down.  Meg offers to speak to him but the victims let it go.  Just as they were getting ready to fire him, They find him in the woods dead.Minotaur Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published August 4th.There are so many suspects, it's hard to pick one.  Meg helps the police chief with things she's heard or been told.  Read More
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    Folio Society Books Wanted

    Sat, 30 May 2020 12:17:45 Permalink
    Folio Society Books Wanted Top Prices Paid   I have customers currently waiting for the following; Winston Chruchill, The World Crisis, The Folio Society, The Faerie Queene Edmund Spenser, Folio Society Limited Edition 2011 Heron Books Complete Agatha Christie Collection 39 volumes If you have any of these that you want to sell or indeed […]The post Folio Society Books Wanted appeared first on HC Books. Read More
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    Rocky Mountain Redemption by Lisa J. Flickinger

    Sat, 30 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her father has taken her up to a godforsaken logging camp in the middle of nowhere.  She is to work with her aunt.  It seems that ending her romance was David made him mad.Wild Heart Books shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  it has  been published and you can get a copy now.She's not supposed to leave the building.  Unmarried women are not allowed to be there.  She must remain hidden.  But she's hot. Her aunt is gone so she sneaks down to the river and sticks her feet in the cold water.  She's Read More
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    How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior

    Fri, 29 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's 85, has no family she knows of and has money to will.  When she starts watching a nature program with penguins, she has an idea...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 16th.Right before she goes on her adventure, she finds out her son is dead but she has a grandson.  She goes to visit him without warning and the visit doesn't go well.  She decides to visit the penguins instead.The scientists tell her not to come.  There are no charming factors to living on an island in Antarctica.  Read More
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    The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton

    Thu, 28 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mace lives on the outskirts of Chicago and is a dog man.  He teaches his dogs to find cadavers (dead people).  He adopts a golden retriever who has more intuition than his other dogs.Minotaur Books and Net Galley, let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published the 30th of June. The new dog is very good at finding bodies.  She also has a talent for picking out killers but it takes a bit before Mace realizes it.They're after a man who is a serial killer, always looking for a certain type.  After a while they run Read More
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    It Cannoli Be Murder by Catherine Bruns

    Wed, 27 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tessa is prepping her restaurant for her grand opening.  Her cousin is trying to increase traffic at her book store.  She has a book signing scheduled and is all excited about that.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will publish July 28th.The author's lover shows up at the event and creates a problem.  Tessa has taken cannoli as a desert along with some biscotti.  She had to go back after the rest of her cannoli.  All seemed go well until the end when the author says it was the worst signing Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    An Environmentalist Before Her Time

    Wed, 27 May 2020 03:42:40 Permalink
    Rachel Carson was born on May 27th, 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania. Surprisingly, Carson was not born near an ocean! And why might we say that? Well, Carson would go on to become one of the foremost nature writers and ocean conservationists of the 20th century. However, before her foray into the ecological world, Carson spent […] Read More
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    The Highland Falcon Thief: Adventures on Trains #1 by M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman, Elisa Paganelli (Illustrated by)

    Tue, 26 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    11 year old Harrison Beck is sent on a train ride with his Uncle.  He's not excited about it.  He appears to be the only kid on board...Feiwel & Friends and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 28th.The first thing he sees is another child on board.  She's hiding and everyone tells him he's the only child on board but he knows better.  He finally tracks her down and finds she's the engineer's daughter and is a stowaway.  He visits when he can without being seen.Then jewelry starts being missing on Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    In what Sense is "Analog" the Opposite of "Digital?"

    Tue, 26 May 2020 01:03:50 Permalink
    I’m a day late with this blog entry because I spent most of yesterday selecting, cataloging, and photographing items for sale at the first of Marvin Getman’s monthly virtual book fairs.  It is scheduled to run Tuesday, June 2, at 12:00 pm through Thursday, June 4, at 6:00 pm. Marvin’s effort will be followed on Thursday June 4 – Sunday June 7 by the larger ABAA Virtual Book Fair. Where Getman’s event limited entries to 12 items, the ABAA extravaganza allows up to 50.Continue reading In what Sense is “Analog” the Opposite of “Digital?” at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Nicky's Fire by Richard Trotta Sr.

    Mon, 25 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nicky never saw his Dad much.  He worked two jobs and was never home.  But when they had to write about a family member, he was the one he chose.  Now if he could just come to the presentation with him...Black Rose Writing and Net Galley shared this book with me (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.I worked for a city and worked with the firemen on budgets and other things.  This story is very accurate, not just about the training but about the actual experiences fighting fire.Steve takes Nicky down to the Read More
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    Love & Other Crimes : Stories by Sara Paretsky

    Sun, 24 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    There are fourteen short stories in this anthology.  They are collected from stories she wrote for other collections.  I only recognized two, the others were all new to me.William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 30th.These stories are about life.  Many are set in Chicago.  These are not happy stories but they have the ring of truth.From gang shootings to two cousins fighting over one term paper for scholarship, you get the feeling you're living there.  Many of the situations covered reminded me of incidents in my home Read More
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    Sunshine by Morrene J. Hauser

    Sat, 23 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet story about a girl and her pony.  She loves her pony and her pony loves her.  That doesn't mean they don't have some problems...Black Rose Writing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published, so you can get a copy now.Sunshine is a wonderful pony but she only goes straight.  No turns allowed.  When she goes for a ride with her Mom and there's a turn, she won't do it.  Her Mom slaps her in the butt and the poor girl gets to ride a bucking bronc!  Read More
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    Legends from Mom's Closet by Alyona Olsen

    Fri, 22 May 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    Sasha is forced to stay inside this summer due to stormy weather.  She begins by reading and then burns out on that.  Then she asks her mom if she can dress up in her clothes.  She's going to enact some of the stories she's been reading and others she's heard about.PR by the Books sent me a copy of this book to read (thank you).  It published May 19th. She starts out as Frida Kahlo.  She wore very vivid colors and the photos of this little lass make them look alike.She goes through about a dozen personalities, borrowing from her mom, Read More
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    Little Mole Finds Hope by Glenys Nellist, Sally Garland, (Illustrated by)

    Thu, 21 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Little mole is feeling sad in his dark cave.  It's been a long winter.  His Mom suggests they go on walk.Beaming Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.As they go out, he sees a bulb hanging above him.  He tells his mother it's dead.  She says no and tells him to remember the daffodils that bloom.  He thinks the trees are dead.  She tells him to picture them with leaves.  He smiles.  Then he finds a chrysalis and thinks that's dead.  No, his mother Read More
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    The Mysterious Messenger by Gilbert Ford

    Wed, 20 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maria is actually a psychic while her mother pretends to be one.  It's when she steals a ring from an old lady that Marie has Edward telling her to help the old woman.  He even gives her hints on how.Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 21st.Her mother watches her like a hawk.  Her only freedom is to go to the library and bring home some books to read.  She says she's going to the library and follows the old lady home.  She gives her Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    "There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment." -Robert Frank

    Wed, 20 May 2020 02:36:14 Permalink
    This week at Tavistock Books, we’d like to highlight one of our favorite genres currently in our inventory… photographs and photograph albums! We have had several amazing items on our shelves over the years, as we find these personal and first hand accounts of history absolutely fascinating. What makes a photograph, scrapbook or photo album […] Read More
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    Sienna, the Cowgirl Fairy : Trying to Make it Rain (2nd Edition) Alayne Kay Christian, Brian Martin (Illustrated by) Series: Sienna the Cowgirl Fairy (#1)

    Tue, 19 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is fun to read!  Your children will love it, whether they can read it or you read it to them.Sienna is half-human and half-fairy.  She wants to go to cowgirl camp.  She loves being a cowgirl.  Instead, her mother sends her to fairy camp...Blue Whale Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 31st.She refuses to wear pink, refuses to go to fairy size and sets off on her own quest.  She's going to make it rain in Texas.  She's got a hard road ahead of her.  It Read More
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    Little Sister by Patricia Walsh Chadwick

    Mon, 18 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    As in all religions, you sometimes run into those over zealous demanding leaders.  They can be charismatic, overbearing or just someone you want to please so you can gain heaven.  Sometimes they pull the rug out from under you.The author sent me a copy of her book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Her parents put her in school with them.  Soon they had all the children enrolled and even her parents joined the faith.  Then odd things started to happen.  The girls and the boys were separated.  Never mind Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    The Future is Now, We Just Aren't There Yet

    Sun, 17 May 2020 11:16:22 Permalink
    Many years ago old friend Ken Karmiole showed me how he scouts online. Go to ABE Select a dealer Click the red “Search” button on the dealer’s site Select “highest price” on the search menu when the dealer’s inventory comes up Browse down I found this method particularly effective as a preliminary step for scouting a dealer’s open shop. You find a book on the dealer’s ABE site that interests you and, when you’re in the shop, you ask the dealer if that item is still in stock. Continue reading The Future is Now, We Just Aren’t There Yet at Read More
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    River of Dreams by Jan Nash

    Sun, 17 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finn is finishing high school and can't wait for college.  If only her little brother, Noah, would come out of his coma.  Doctors find no reason for it.  They just have to wait.  Then she finds out they are Dreamwalkers.  Something is holding him back from awakening...Roaring Brook Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 21st.She dreams about Noah and even her father who has been dead for years.  Noah is asking for help.  She tells her grandmother about it and she tells her she's a dreamwalker, too.  She Read More
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    Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

    Sat, 16 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    You have sorceresses and goblins and magic in all forms in this comic book.  Beetle has been good friends with Kat who was sent to witch school.  Beetle doesn't know how she'll be now that she's back home.Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 21st.Beetle finds that Kat's Aunt is going to tear down the old mall.  That's where Ghost Blob lives and he's a friend of Beetle's.  He can't leave so she has to come up with a plan to save him.In the meantime, Read More
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    The Daring of Della Dupree by Natasha Lowe

    Fri, 15 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Della Dupree is training to become a witch.  She goes to school for it and has no real problem until they are all asked to write a paper about the founder of the school.  Who just happens to be named the same as she is...Paula Wiseman Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 21st.She sees a reference to a spell book, so she goes to the library to look it over.  It doesn't tell her what she'd like to know.  Then she remembers one of her teachers coming back Read More
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    Living on a Spare by Shannon VanBergen

    Fri, 15 May 2020 08:30:00 Permalink
    Nikki's boyfriend has moved on without her and the Grannies are trying to cheer her up.  The fact that her Granny had a heart attack doesn't make it easier.  She worries about her.  But a new case brings everyone back to life, even if they aren't supposed to be investigating...Fairfield Publishing shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.One of the ladies from the other Granny group has been murdered in the bowling alley.  The cops pick up the homeless man who has the bowling Read More
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    Of Mutts and Men by Spencer Quinn

    Thu, 14 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Chet the Dog makes stories about Bernie Little, PI, complete.  He adds to the story, usually saves Bernie, and he shares his thoughts with you, no matter how disjointed they may be.Forge Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 7th.They have been invited to see Wendell in his work location.  He's making records about the aquifers in the area.  When they get there they find him dead.  His throat has been cut.  Bernie picks a suspect and finds him with the dead man's wallet.  The suspect said he was Read More
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    The Books That Inspired George Lucas

    Thu, 14 May 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    The adventure begins in the ordinary world, where our hero gets the call to action; with the help of companions and mentors, he crosses the threshold into a supernatural world, where the old rules don’t apply. He faces a series of trials, culminating in an ultimate ordeal in which the hero is victorious. He earns a boon, which he carries back into the ordinary world. Read More
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    Shadow Garden by Alexandra Burt

    Wed, 13 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a family that started out sweet but as time passed they became dysfunctional...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 21st.Donna has a husband and a daughter.  Her husband moves her to a new home and leaves her.  She hears nothing of him or her adult daughter.  He sends her a housekeeper.  She's not sure if he's divorcing her or what.  She wishes her daughter would call.Her daughter has done some bad things in her life and it has affected her mental health.  When she Read More
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    How to Choose What Kind of Book to Collect

    Wed, 13 May 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you want to start a book collection but you don’t know where to begin, we’re here to help. While many collections arise out of the collector’s enthusiasm for a particular author, genre, or field, book collections can have a wide variety of starting points. Depending upon the collection, the organizing principles might immediately be recognizable to an average onlooker, or the collection may look entirely disordered with categorizations and classifications developed out of the idiosyncratic mind of the collector. The types of books and ephemera you choose to collect ultimately will depend upon your own interests. One thing is Read More
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    Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu

    Tue, 12 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden have been cursed by a witch.  It's not for something the princesses did wrong, it's to get even with their father.  But it doesn't work.  He's not remorseful that his daughters might die...Simon Pulse and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on July 14th.The Queen is imprisoned in a box.  It would take a witch undoing the spell to let her free.  She's been in the box as long as the princesses have been under the spell.  The bad part is that one of them cannot Read More
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    Legendary Illustrators: Charles van Sandwyk

    Tue, 12 May 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Award-winning children's illustrator Charles van Sandwyk has developed a reputation for drawings and watercolors that look like they hark from ages—and places—past. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1966, van Sandwyk grew up surrounded by art. His father was a graphic designer, and their home was filled with a wealth of antique prints and paintings. Read More
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    Muzzled by David Rosenfelt, Series: An Andy Carpenter Novel (#21)

    Mon, 11 May 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Andy is a lawyer who wishes he wasn't one.  But when his good friend Beth, asks for his help, he can't say no.  Especially when a dead man is coming after his dog...Minotaur Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published so you can get a copy now.Three men who worked together were going out on a boat owned by one of them to talk about setting up their own pharmaceutical business.  Two are shot, one hides.  Then he hears them say the boat is going to blow up, so Read More
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