Member Blogs Archive > December 2020

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    The Best of R. A. Lafferty by R.A. Lafferty

    Thu, 31 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of twenty-two stories.  Mr. Lafferty has a good imagination...Tor and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on February 2nd.These are hardcore science fiction.  The stories are interesting.  You visit other worlds, meet aliens, and more.  There are no happy endings but that makes the stories more fascinating.  Would you go somewhere that you would know when you're going to die?  Would you eat odd food?  Drink a drink that had a snake in it?These adventurers did that and more.  When you begin to read it, you need Read More
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    The Best YA Books by BIPOC Authors

    Thu, 31 Dec 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today more than ever, it is important to shine light on some of the amazing works of fiction being published by BIPOC writers. The world of young adult literature has in recent years become increasingly dedicated to publishing Own Voices novels, or books in which the main character shares experiences, race, and culture with the writer, offering marginalized groups to tell their own stories from their own perspectives. Join us as we explore some amazing young adult novels by Black writers. These books will fit perfectly on the shelves of teens who deserve to see themselves reflected back on the Read More
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    Relentless by Shawn Wilson

    Wed, 30 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Brick Kavanagh is back. It's cherry blossoms season and everything is pink except the nude body floating in the tidal pool.Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 8th.It doesn't take long before they find another body.  Brick is doing all he can to find the killer when someone confesses and the DA wants to close the case.  The cops know he didn't do it but the DA doesn't care.  He confessed, that closes the case.Brick talks to him and finds out he's taking the fall for someone else.  His Read More
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    A Stranger in Town : A Rockton Novel by Kelley Armstrong

    Tue, 29 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Casey is a detective and the Sheriff Dalton is her boyfriend.  They live in a fairly small town in the woods.  There are others living in the area, too, but they are hostiles and are on drugs.  They work hard to keep them apart.Macmillan and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.They are in a deserted area of the country and there are rules for the residents. You can stay for a couple years but then you have to file for an extension.  Not all of them are granted.This is rough Read More
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    Building Your Rare Book Collection During a Pandemic

    Tue, 29 Dec 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    A global health pandemic is devastating for a wide variety of reasons, from tragic illnesses and deaths to the closures of beloved community businesses. Of course, not being able to add to your rare book collection during a pandemic due to limited travel and funds is probably the least of your worries. Yet we also know that thinking about your rare book collection can be a welcome reprieve from a world that feels as if it’s in chaos with no clear light at the end of the tunnel. So, if you’re following all of the social distancing rules, and you’re Read More
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    Pen Dragon and the Age of King Arthur Paperback by Mike & Hilary Emeny

    Mon, 28 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a book that introduces young readers to King Arthur and includes a dragon.Boddington & Royall Limited sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is an interactive book.  You can download the app to your Android or Apple device and can follow the directions on that as you read the chapters.You start with Arthur's father and a comet in the sky.  From there on it gives you more of Arthur's history and more info about the dragon.It's called a Living Pages Publication.  Read More
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    Nighthawk's Wing: A Gideon Stoltz Mystery (Gideon Stoltz #2) by Charles Fergus

    Sun, 27 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gideon meets a young beautiful woman that is staying with friends and likes her.  When she is found dead later, he's on the trail of the killer.Arcade Crimewise and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published February 2nd.He follows up with everyone that knew her.  No one knows anything about her last days.  He goes out of town to find one fellow looking for her.  He finds that he had raped her and then the man attacks him.  He fights back and ends up breaking the man's leg.  He's warned by a young Read More
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    The Low Desert : Gangster Stories by Tod Goldberg

    Sat, 26 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of stories about gangsters.Counterpoint and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.These tales aren't pleasant.  Gangsters aren't nice people and they have no qualms about killing people.  Some of the stories were of revenge, some of double crossing, and there are no happy ever after tales.The author keeps you reading to see where he's going next.  Each tale catches your attention.  And while these are not cheerful tales, they are pretty realistic.  Gangsters are pretty mean. Read More
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    Road Trip! A Whiskers Hollow Adventure by Steve Light

    Fri, 25 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bear is driving his pickup on branches.  He's a good driver, but he hits an acorn.  That takes out his headlight, so he goes on a road trip to find another.Candlewick and Edelweiss let me read this book for review.  It will be published February 9th.As he heads down the road he picks up all his friends.  Then they go to the elephant's junk tree to see if they can find a headlight.  No luck.  Then they fall from the tree in a mud puddle.  The elephant knows what to do.  He hoses them down with water and, to their Read More
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    Faithless in Death : An Eve Dallas Novel by J. D. Robb

    Thu, 24 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very interesting read.  It's about a sculptor that was killed in her studio.  When Eve goes to call on the woman that reported it, she finds it took her an hour to call it in.  Her fiance comforts her and Eve starts asking questions.St. Martin's Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published February 9th.She finds out the woman is part of a group that sees itself as religious.  To Eve, it seems like a cult.  Young women are sold to older men.  Once you are married you are expected Read More
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    'Twas the Night Before Christmas: The Authorship Question

    Thu, 24 Dec 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    It is a fact that this stalwart Christmas poem, now considered a tradition, was initially published as an Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas in New York's Troy Sentinel newspaper on December 23, 1823.  It was published anonymously. The poem is credited with connecting St. Nicholas to Christmas and planted the seeds that led to our idea of Santa Claus. It also established most of the reindeer names. Read More
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    The Midnight Fair by Gideon Sterer, Mariachiara Di Giorgio (Illustrated by)

    Wed, 23 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fun story to read.  The circus sets up in the countryside and has many visitors on the first day.  Then it closes for the day and they lock up and go home.Candlewick and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on January 2nd.The forest animals watched all the fun during the day.  Now that it was night, they moved closer.  The raccoons make an opening in the fence and in they go!  They ride the rides, eat the goodies and hang out all night.  The illustrations are lovely and great Read More
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    Top Books by State: Michigan

    Wed, 23 Dec 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today we continue our journey through the literary United States by taking a look at some passages from books set in Michigan. Michigan is known for its lakes, frigid winters, industry, though the latter has decreased considerably over the past several decades, for which the state is also known. While Michigan is a beautiful state with much to offer, the following passages focus on the particular details, like the difficulties of winter in Michigan or the smell of a Midwest town after the rain: Read More
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    Last Seen Wearing by Hillary Waugh, Leslie S. Klinger (Edited by)

    Tue, 22 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's a normal school day but Lowell says she's not feeling well at lunchtime and lays down.  When her roommate comes back to the room, she's not there. Nor does she return the next day.  Eventually the police are called in.It takes a big search but they finally find her body.  But no one saw anything, the boys she dated had been other places, so how did she die?  There is a suspicion that it might be suicide but it doesn't take them long to determine she was murdered.There is  a lot of detective work involved.  It seems like it's Read More
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    The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner

    Mon, 21 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie is an Irish immigrant in New York that desperately wants to find a way out.  She's living in a tenement, sharing quarters and not really getting enough to eat.  She's working but she doesn't earn much.  So when she sees an ad in the paper from a man looking for a wife, she answers it.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.Sophie travels cross country and meets the man she's to marry.  They get married immediately and he takes her to a new home he's purchased.  She meets Read More
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    The Game That Is My Life

    Mon, 21 Dec 2020 04:31:01 Permalink
    Well, here we are again – Solstice, the absolute bottom of the year. Maritime List 295 Maritime List 295 – Which Way is Christmas? has come and gone, as have the several Virtual Book Fairs that were helping to confuse things. All my packages, crammed with sold books, have been taken to the Post Office, and now I’m staring out the window at the gathering dusk (it’s 3:30 pm), thinking about cocktail hour (if it gets dark earlier do I get to start drinking sooner?) and waiting for the checks to float in. Continue reading The Game That Is My Read More
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    The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

    Sun, 20 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Shay is a producer at a radio station.  She's been there for ten years.  Then a journalist joins them.   He's tall and good looking and has an article about their Mayor that is a scandal.  Shay gets tired of hearing about his Master's Degree.  Then her boss wants them to do a show together... Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on January 26th.He wants her and Dominic to do a show together.The name of it would be Ex Talk.  They would pretend they were dating in the past and Read More
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    Underground Adventure Below The Green: Book 1 by A R Hetherington

    Sat, 19 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie and James are good friends so when Maggie finds a trapdoor, she shows him.  They decide to see where it leads.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.When they follow the staircase down, they meet two children there and their adventures begin.  They learn there is another world beneath theirs.  They go with the children they met and find that they have good food and tasty drinks.  There's also a danger there.  They could get captured and be given to the ogres Read More
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    A Pairing to Die For by Kate Lansing

    Fri, 18 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has her own winery and her boyfriend has his own restaurant.  They share their products with each other and they are falling in love.  Then he's accused of murder and ends up in jail.Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on January 26th.Parker knows Reid wouldn't kill anybody and she tells the cop that.  But they have an eye witness.  Reid's family is there visiting but they won't put up the bail.  They think she's not a good match for their son.Parker starts her own investigation.  It's slow going, people Read More
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    What is a Bookplate?

    Thu, 17 Dec 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Let’s say you found a rare book you want to add to your collection, and the bookseller’s description says it has a bookplate. You might be wondering precisely what a bookplate is, whether it is a newer addition to the book, and how it affects the value. These are all good questions, and there’s not a single answer to any of those inquiries. In all cases where a book contains a bookplate, it depends. We’ll give you some basic information about bookplates to help you understand how these additions to books came to be and how they can affect the Read More
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    Sophie Washington: Class Retreat by Tonya Duncan Ellis

    Thu, 17 Dec 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie and her class are going on a retreat.  They'll be there for a few days and there are a lot of activities.  She has friends in her class and is looking forward to the trip.  If only her brother would hush up about Big Foot.  He's fixated on him and he manages to scare his sister.This is a Goddess Fish Blog Tour and they and the author shared this book with me (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The boys from their school are generally pretty nice, but another school is there, too, Read More
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    Crime of the Ancient Marinara by Stephanie Cole

    Wed, 16 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nell Valenti is going to create a cooking school in Tuscan.  She has her plans but she didn't add in the personalities...Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 26th.The chef is old and a bit odd but he still cooks beautifully.  Everyone is participating and looking forward to learning about his secret sauce.They are only here for a number of days, so the cooking lessons are many.  They go out to the woods to pick mushrooms.  They are shown the Death Cap poisonous mushroom and told not to even touch.  When Read More
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    Top Books by State: Minnesota

    Wed, 16 Dec 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Minnesota is one of the northernmost states that make up the American Midwest. Known for its cold winters, beautiful landscapes, industry, and art scene, Minnesota is is the setting for a variety of novels. Today we take a closer look at two very different novels set in two very different literary versions of Minnesota. While both feature children as the primary protagonist, one features Minnesota in the late 1800's, depicting a life made both beautiful and difficult by nature. Set nearly one hundred years later, the second novel depicts a town torn apart my tragedy, lies and violence. We continue Read More
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    Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst

    Tue, 15 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mother, daughter, and grand daughter decide to take a trip to Italy.  That was where Grandmother's parents were from.  At first they said no, but then the youngest got caught with some other kids who were drinking and smoking.  And Mom was having panic attacks due to stress from work, so they go.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 12th.They are a close family but with work and other activities they don't talk much any more.  This trip changes that.The Mom and daughter talk about expectations and how they Read More
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    A few thoughts while waiting for the Grinch who stole my Christmas to begin permanent quarantine…

    Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:02:16 Permalink
    I’m sure many of you watched the FB video link, provided by Lorne Bair of the destruction of the old Holiday Inn in Rosslyn, VA  home, for decades, of the famed Washington Book Fair. It was terribly sad to see the Old Girl go down, but at least she didn’t suffer.The Washington show started, as so many provincial fairs did back in the day, as a fundraiser for a school.Continue reading A few thoughts while waiting for the Grinch who stole my Christmas to begin permanent quarantine… at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Dargo: Eco Hero by Karina McRoberts

    Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dargo is not working fast enough for his boss, so he's let go.  He's so disturbed by that he heads out for home but doesn't pay attention to where he is going.  He ends up at an old amusement park he recognizes.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.As he wanders the park, he meets various elements.  There's the wind, fire, water, and the earth.  They ask him for help.  No one pays attention to them anymore.He agrees to help them and when he Read More
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    The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery : The first ever African-American crime novel by Rudolph Fisher, Stanley Ellin (Introduction by)

    Sun, 13 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    When they find the body of the Conjurer dead, one of the black detectives is assigned to it.  He and the doctor across the street examine the body and find no sign of life,  They take him downstairs and cover him with a sheet, then begin asking questions of everyone there.Collins Crime Club and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 23rd.This is an intriguing story that is written very well.  It's a good read. The first thing they notice is that the body has disappeared.  Then the Conjure man appears alive Read More
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    The Parables of Sunlight by Margaret Dulaney

    Sat, 12 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She had lived in Manhattan for years but she and her husband escaped the city and moved to the country.  They had rented their farm to a tenant but she did nothing but ruin things.  Once they cleaned it up and got it livable, they moved in.Listen Well Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has already been published so you can get a copy now.She falls in love with a horse in the farm.  It has a star on it's head.  She goes for long walks and sorts her thoughts.  She Read More
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    Undercover Kitty by Sofie Ryan, Series: Second Chance Cat Mystery (#8)

    Fri, 11 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sarah has a cat named Elvis.  She adopted him, he's a mix of cat breeds but he has a vibrant personality.  She's a member of the older Angel group who figures out mysteries.  The current mystery is who is trying to sabotage the cat show.   The ladies convince Sarah to enter Elvis in the show so they can detect.Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 26th.They snoop but find nothing.  Elvis takes second place.  Sarah visits with her friends then they all head for home.It's real shock to learn Read More
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    Blink of an Eye by Roy Johansen, Iris Johansen, Series: Kendra Michaels (#8)

    Thu, 10 Dec 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    In the blink of an eye, the very popular singer goes missing.  They don't see her bodyguards anywhere.  Then they discover them inside the big speakers in the hall.  Someone killed them and kidnapped Delilah.Grand Central Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.With the FBI, local cops and Kendra all trying to find her it should have been easy to find her,  But this was a carefully planned kidnap and there are no real clues.  Then they get a call requesting a ransom.  Her old boyfriend offers to put Read More
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