Member Blogs Archive > June 2021

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    When is it Too Late? by George Pintar

    Wed, 23 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fictional story written with facts of the past.  It's a very good way to learn more about the history of New Mexico.Sinuate Media gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  This has been published and you can get a copy now.Chile Charlie is introduced to you in this book.  He's visiting Madrid and trying to find out how five men were found dead in a ditch.  He learns a lot more than that...First you learn about the incident that ended in death.  Then you go through the early years of Madrid Read More
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    My Story Friend by Kalli Dakos

    Tue, 22 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    No one wants to take the time to listen to his story.  He wants to share it with someone...  Magination Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 25th.He finally finds an old lady that agrees to listen.  She tells stories, too.  So they share stories between themselves.  He began with a sad story but her stories weren't sad and, soon, his aren't either.  They have a great time together until the day he goes to visit and finds she doesn't live there anymore.  He'll have to find him another Read More
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    Training Camp

    Mon, 21 Jun 2021 04:21:54 Permalink
    I don’t know about you, but I’m not one of those dealers who eats, sleeps, and breathes the book trade. Much as I love my vocation, I feel the need to change things up occasionally. I sold 4 items at Marvin Getman’s last Virtual Book Fair (2 of which were actually purchased after the fair closed.) Three of them were 4-figure items, so I figured I had enough cushion to go up to my son’s place in Jay, VT.Continue reading Training Camp at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Grumpy Frumpy Croissant by Mona K

    Mon, 21 Jun 2021 03:00:00 Permalink
    The croissant is part of the breakfast group.  There is a scone and toast as well as milk that waits on the table.  The croissant gets mad when the toast and scone are out on the plate.  There's no room for him!Canoe Tree Press and P R by the Book sent me this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.He gets so mad his butter starts melting.  When milk asks him what's wrong he tells him but the scone and the toast have their complaints about him, too.Milk suggests Read More
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    A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones, Series: Sunshine Vicram Series (#2)

    Sun, 20 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sunshine is a police chief in a small town.  She had a bad time in her life back when she was young.  That's why she has a daughter now.  But she doesn't remember what happened.St. Martins Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 27th.Sunny's daughter is just like her.  While Mom is trying to take  care of a bar fight gone bad, her daughter is searching for a serial killer.  She decides it's an old lady and takes her boyfriend and best friend with her when she's ready to Read More
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    Much Ado about Nauticaling by Gabby Allan, Series: A Whit and Whiskers Mystery (#1)

    Sat, 19 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    While they are giving a tour in their glass bottom boat, they get a surprise when they go dock.  A body floats across the glass bottom...Kensington and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 27th.There are lots of suspects.  He was married and Whitney thinks his wife may have been the killer.  But the police take her brother in.  The chief wants to end the case quickly and he thinks Nick makes a good suspect.Whitney is trying to help her brother and she has several suspects, almost all women.  She asks lots Read More
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    A Place Like Home : Short Stories by Rosamunde Pilcher

    Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of fifteen short stories by the author.   They have not been published by book before.St Martin's Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 27th.These stories are all stories of romance.  Sometimes it was a romance that resulted in breaking up.  Then they meet later and decide they still love each other.  Sometimes it's new romance.  And sometimes it's a familiar path of love.Each story is well pt together.  The author has a way of making you care about her characters.This is the first new book for Read More
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    Butcher Pen Road by Kris Lackey, Series: The Bill Maytubby and Hannah Bond Mysteries (#3)

    Thu, 17 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    A deaf boy finds a dead body.  His mother calls the police and it takes them a bit to identify him.Blackstone Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 13th.Maytubby and Bond work the case together.  There are other police jurisdictions involved, too.This turns into a complicated case.The boy was selling hides to a guy who sold them for booze.  They find a foot doctor who is perpetrating fraud.  They learn about a bunch more men involved in the doctor's scheme.Then one of the men is going after the boy who Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    The Virtual RBMS Showcase: One Bookseller's Experience

    Wed, 16 Jun 2021 11:00:14 Permalink
    This past week saw another virtual book fair “hit the e-shelves”, so to speak. After over a year of Covid, we are more than ready to return to normal, in-person book fairs! Here the Master and Commander of Tavistock Books, Vic Zoschak Jr., gives his opinion on the matter of virtual book fairs, the RBMS […] Read More
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    Dinosaurs Before Dark Graphic Novel by Mary Pope Osborne, Jenny Laird, Kelly Matthews, Nichole Matthews: Series: Magic Tree House

    Wed, 16 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack and Annie are playing outside when Annie finds a treehouse.  Jack tries to keep her safe but she goes up the ladder anyway.  She finds it's full of books.  That's enough to get Jack up there, too.Random House Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published and you can get a copy now.Jack was looking at a dinosaur book when he wished he could be there.  The treehouse starts moving and they find themselves there.  They have time travelled back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth.Annie Read More
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    Death at the Crystal Palace by Jennifer Ashley - Series: A Below Stairs Mystery (#5)

    Tue, 15 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kat is at an exhibition when a lady comes up to her and tells her she's being poisoned.  She's not sure if it's true or not, but she goes home with her.  It's true.  How can she save her?Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 6th.Kat has a boyfriend that spends time under cover helping the police solve crimes.  She talks to him about the investigation she's going to do and he warns her to be safe and take care.  He has his own case and won't be around to Read More
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    We Can't Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

    Mon, 14 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Quinn's parents are wedding planners.  Quinn and her sister help put on the weddings.  Quinn has a bad habit.  She loves dating boys but when it starts to get serious, she breaks up with them. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.When she was eight, her parents separated for six months.  They got back together again but every time they fight she fears her mother might leave again.  This memory is why she is torn about Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    A Few Thoughts on Virtuality

    Mon, 14 Jun 2021 04:09:18 Permalink
    Having returned more or less in one piece from Concord, New Hampshire, and the first “live, in-person book fair” in over a year, I spent most of last week preparing my “booth” for the next Getman Virtual Book Fair which, if I have my dates right, opens this Wednesday at noon, eastern time.As we approach the end (we hope!) of this pandemic, the place of virtual book fairs in our trade becomes an open and relevant question.Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Virtuality at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict; Victoria Christopher Murray

    Sun, 13 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J P Morgan to be his personal librarian.  The first thing she has to do is organize the books and manuscripts he already owns...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.Bella is black but she's light enough she pretends to be white.  Her mother is the one who insisted on that.  Mother thought they'd have a better chance in life if they hid their heritage.  She tells her to say her grandmother is Portuguese and that will Read More
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    Road Trip (Glock Grannies Cozy Mystery Book 6) by Shannon VanBergen

    Sat, 12 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nikki's granny wants to visit her first man she married.  His mother made them divorce and separated them.  She got married to another man but he has passed on so she wants to see Thomas.Fairfield Publishing let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Nikki and the grannies head for Branson (where he lives) but they go to a few shows instead of bracing him immediately.They were enjoying the performances until a band member turns up dead.  Now they have another murderer to find.Lou was a good musician but Read More
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    Crack the Code (Glock Grannies Cozy Mystery Book 5) by Shannon VanBergen

    Fri, 11 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nikki goes out with friends her age to do some geocaching and manages to find a dead body.Fairfield Publishing shared this book with me to review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The dead man had many enemies, he was not a nice man.  He also had affairs.  Trying to find his killer will take some work.He looked like he had been snake bit but he was injected with venom and had drugs in his system that he never took.Owen, Nikki's cop friend, is having a hard time checking things out, but he warns Read More
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    Pack Up the Moon by Kristan Higgins

    Thu, 10 Jun 2021 03:00:00 Permalink
    They haven't been married too long but they are deeply in love.  His wife gets ill, and the doctor's aren't sure what she has.  When they finally make a decision, it's devastating.  It's a terminal disease that will eventually take her life...Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It was published on June 8th.Lauren has a good attitude, she wants to stay happy and love her husband as long as she can.  But lung disease doesn't give you a lot of time.  They try to enjoy life but it comes to an Read More
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    Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

    Wed, 09 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Two very close friends decide to go to New York on their own.  They are 18 and Kat was supposed to be going to dinner with her dad.  But he said he had work to do and couldn't make it.  He authorized her dinner on his card and told her to take her mother.  She takes her friend and plans on buying the most expensive items on the menu.Simon and Schuster Children's Books For Young Readers sent me an ARC of the book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.When Read More
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    Living on a Spare (Glock Grannies Cozy Mystery Book 4) by Shannon VanBergen

    Tue, 08 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nikki has lost out on love again.  She's living with her granny who has lost some of her get up and go because she had a heart attack.  But she's still well enough to go bowling.Fairfield Publishing let me read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.While the grannies are bowling, another group of older women comes over and starts calling them names.  Granny says they are friends but Nikki didn't think it sounded that friendly.It shocks everyone when a few days later they find the name caller dead and Read More
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    Concord Book Fair June 5-6, 2021

    Mon, 07 Jun 2021 10:01:14 Permalink
    Promoter Richard Mori is to be congratulated for at least having tried to mount a successful, live, “in-person” book fair. After a few initial hiccups, such as scheduling the event for 2019 rather than 2021, and the uncertainties of Covid crowd-control requirements hovering over the event until the last minute, the venerable Concord Antiquarian Book Fair (now rebranded as the Northern New England Book Fair) went ahead. And man, was it fun standing around in the parking lot waiting for setup to start, shooting the breeze and swapping lies with my colleagues! Continue reading Concord Book Fair June 5-6, 2021 Read More
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    The Teensy Weensy Virus Book and Song for Preschoolers by Sherri Rose

    Mon, 07 Jun 2021 03:00:00 Permalink
    This book is great for explaining the virus to small ones.  It even has a song at the back of the book.  Here's link to the song on YouTube HERE.P R By the Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.It tells the story of how it started and how some people ended up in the hospital.  It stresses wearing a mask when you go out and maintaining a distance between people.This will help them understand what to do and how to do Read More
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    The Other Side of Luck by Ginger Johnson

    Fri, 04 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Una's mother died and she feels the loss greatly.  Her father is not paying attention to her and after a year he marries again.  She doesn't like his new wife.  So when a guard tells her he's her uncle and he will take her to meet her grandparents, she agrees to go.Bloomsbury Children's Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 6th.Una goes with him and then finds out he's part of a gang.  He probably intends to ransom her.  She  escapes with help and that's how she meets Julian.  She Read More
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    I Believe in You by Tatsuya Miyanishi

    Fri, 04 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    A small dinosaur is in a cave with his parents and they are eating, when suddenly there was a earthquake.  His father throws the baby out of the cave.  Then big rocks came down and trapped his parents.  He went for help.Museyon and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 11th.He brings all his friends and they all try but the rock is too big.  Then they tell him who could probably do it but he's a dangerous dinosaur.  That doesn't slow the baby down.He gets the big one to come Read More
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    An Irish Hostage by Charles Todd: Series: Bess Crawford Mysteries

    Thu, 03 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    England and Ireland are still fighting.  Bess  is done nursing for a bit and is visiting to be in a wedding.  Soon she finds herself wondering how it's going to work out.William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on July 6th.It doesn't take long until the friends she has there go missing.  The groom has been taken from the house he was staying at.  No one can find him.  Despite that, his fiance has the wedding anyway hoping against hope that he might show up.  He does and manages to Read More
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    For the Love of Thomas Hardy

    Wed, 02 Jun 2021 10:02:09 Permalink
      A phrase I have said for literal years of my life is this… “well, for the love of Thomas Hardy”. I used it in situations when another might say “Oh, for the love of god.” Now I was not equating Thomas Hardy with anyone’s god by any means, I just picked it up somewhere […] Read More
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    Nantucket Penny by Steven Axelrod: Series: Henry Kennis Nantucket Mysteries

    Wed, 02 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    People are going missing in Nantucket.  The police try to look into it.  There's one problem:  One of the cops is part of the gang doing the disappearances.Poison Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 6th.The Chief, Henry, is going to have to look back in history to figure out what is going on.  The women that are being killed look a lot like his fiance.  He's trying to keep her safe as they search for the other missing persons.A lot of the law enforcement types join in on Read More
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    The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

    Tue, 01 Jun 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emily and her mom were always lucky.  But when her mom got cancer, her luck ran out...Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC to read for review (thank you).   The book is being published today.Emily and her boyfriend have broken up again.  She feels left out of the friendships she shared with him and he tells her she has to get out of the box she's living in.She's trying to clean out her mother's closet when she finds a box she hasn't seen before.  She finds a bucket list in there that her mother wrote out and Read More
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