Thursday, April 23, 2015

Threshold by G.M. Ford

Threshold by G.M. Ford
254 pages, Paperback
Published April 2015, Thomas and Mercer


Source: From publisher for review as part of a TLC book tour

My Review

This was an interesting book-part police procedural, part supernatural mystery. 
It started off a bit rough. It was a little hard to figure out what was happening due to the changes in perspective from character to character. It seemed like two different stories that had nothing to do with each for awhile. However, once I figured it out, I couldn't stop reading.
Detective Mickey Dolan has been charged to locate the wife and daughters of a politician. A custody battle ended with the father being given sole custody and now his family are on the run. Through Dolan's investigation he discovers that there were sexual abuse allegations and iffy legal doings to not prosecute the father.
The Royster family is in fact being helped by a mother and her daughter. They are a bit of a mystery. The daughter, Grace, seems to have the power to awaken people out of comas and by selling her gift to families with comatose family members, they are able to fund the help they give women and their children to escape abusive situations.
Interesting, right?

I enjoyed it and seeing how it all would come to an end. Would it be a happy ending for all? Guess you'll have to read it to find out.
About the Author

G.M. Ford broke onto the mystery scene with Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca?, a gin-soaked tome featuring Seattle private investigator Leo Waterman. The six-book Leo Waterman series was nominated for several awards, including the Shamus, the Anthony, and the Lefty. In 2001, Ford launched a new series featuring disgraced reporter Frank Corso and his goth assistant, Meg Dougherty. In 2011, after a twelve-year hiatus, he decided to write a new Leo Waterman novel, Thicker Than Water, which Thomas & Mercer promptly bought. His eighth Leo Waterman book, Chump Change, followed in 2014. Ford lives and works in Seattle, and is married to the beautiful and talented mystery author Skye Kathleen Moody.
Happy Reading!
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Favorite Photo Friday

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It never gets old. Sunset over the Pacific in Marina, CA.
We had a beautiful, fun and relaxing three nights here over spring break. We went with friends-enjoyed the pool and beach. Went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and walked the path to the wharf. Ready to go back.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

This Is Mexico! by Carol M. Merchasin



Here is a book that I would love to read. My ancestral roots are deeply rooted in Mexico, yet my visits there have been very few. I love to read and hear positive stories about the country that my family is from. 

About the Book

This is Mexico is a collection of essays on the often magical and mysterious—and sometimes heartrending—workings of everyday life in Mexico, written from the perspective of an American expatriate. 

By turns humorous and poignant, Merchasin’s stories provide an informed look at Mexican culture and history, exploring everything from healthcare, Mexican-style, to religious rituals, and from the educational role of the telenovela to the cultural subtleties of the Spanish language. 

Written with a clear for details, a warm heart for Mexico, and a lively sense of humor, This is Mexico is an insider's look at the joys, sorrows, and challenges of life in this complex country.

About the Author

Carol M. Merchasin is a lawyer, a former partner in a large law firm and an author involved in a longtime love affair with Mexico. She fell in love with the country's language, people and culture during her first trip south in 1983, and she moved to San Miguel de Allende in 2005. She is a keen observer, an experienced researcher, and an enthusiastic student of Mexican culture.

For more information about the book and author visit her WEBSITE.



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Monday, April 13, 2015

Finished!

I finally finished the little girl's new socks!
Her previously knit socks accidentally went in the wash and felted/shrunk. Oops. 
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This was my first time trying to come up with my own sock pattern. It was fun, but time consuming.  

I figured out how many stitches I needed to cast on for her little foot and then went searching for a cable pattern that would work for the number of stitches. I settled on the Double Hourglass. I picked a weird number of stitches, (don't know why) so there had to be some messing around with them for the pattern and also with the heel, but not too bad. 
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I love the way they turned out.

Happy Knitting!
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pet Sematary ReadAlong


This book was so good that I read it very quickly. I couldn't put it down, actually, and finished way before the end of this Read Along. In true Stephen King fashion, it is filled with frights and horrors that you wish could never actually happen, and questions that you hope you never have to answer. 

Having a young child made this book even harder to read. 

The premise is this: A young couple with two kids move into a new home on a very busy street. Their cat gets hit by a truck and a neighbor helps to bring it back to life with the help of a strange indian burial ground behind their house. When their son is hit by a truck, Louis takes some drastic actions to bring back his son. The problem is, was it really his son that came back?

Ack! Yeah. Nightmare making book. I loved it. 

There are also some mentions of places and people from some of his other books that are always fun to find. Like little Easter Eggs for us fans, I guess.

I am ready for another King Read Along! What is next Jill?



Happy Reading!
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Friday, March 27, 2015

A Day in the Life


Trish had this great idea to have bloggers take a day to share a Day in the Life post. I really wanted to participate and a share a typical day here. So, here it is...

Wednesday, March 18th

6:54am Woken up by the little girl calling me from her room. Early wake up due to another accident in the bed. Got her bed stripped, little girl changed. Asked her to hang out for a bit so I can get 20 more minutes of sleep. 

7:30 More "Mommy"s and crying. Hungry, hurt herself, doesn't want to be in her room. 

7:45 Making breakfast. More crying because she doesn't want egg. 

8:00 Eat breakfast. Egg and feta scrambles on whole wheat English muffins. Crying for cartoons. 

8:15 Crying for candy. Since when do we eat candy in the morning? Mom is going to be crying soon. I could not fall asleep last night so am tired and have had no coffee yet. Need caffeine!

8:20 Cartoon (15 min Sprout show) and vitamins. I get dressed and ready to leave for school. Wishing it was a drop off day. Co-op work day for me this morning. Sink full of dishes will have to wait until later, as will the washer full of wet, stinky sheets and pajamas. 

8:40 Walk to school. The walk and the cool morning should help refresh me. Little girl is very quiet in the BOB on the way over. It's like she knew I needed it. Ahhh. Hope someone has already made the coffee. 

9:00-12:00 School time. Didn't get coffee until almost 10! 23 four and five year olds, 3 teachers and 8 parents... Sometimes this is harder than when I had 18 kids and just me. How can that be? In charge of art. Lots of glitter! Need lots of coffee! Oh no, glitter in my coffee.
I do get some adult conversation in, though. That was nice.

12:20 walk home. Much warmer out now. Get lunch ready while E waits for a friend to come over. Gets a little sad when learns she won't be coming until later in the afternoon.

1-1:30 Lunch of fruit and toaster waffles. They were whole wheat. :) 

1:30-2:45 Rest time. Little girl is in her room playing. Calling for me after only 20minutes. Continues the whole time. Time tacked on to end to make up. No nap for me. 

3:30-  P over for a play date. While they tear up the room, I prep for dinner, wash the stinky sheets from this morning, and type up my review of The Witch of Painted Sorrows to post tomorrow. The girls were very cute playing Cinderella outside. Running up the stairs, losing the shoe, bringing it over to see if it fits. Loved listening to them act it out.

4:45- P picked up. M brings over an onion so I can make my sauce for dinner.

5:00- Make dinner while the little girl watches some Disney,Jr. 

6:00- Dinner! We have baked broccoli and chicken pesto stuffed shells. One of the meals I made with our Make Ahead Moms and Dads. Much better with the added sauce. The shells were dry last time. Little girl refused the broccoli but ate up the shells.

7:00- Bedtime routine commences. First, FaceTime with Daddy, who is out of town for work. Brush teeth, potty, pajamas and book. She chooses another Magic School Bus book. Now I wait for the little girl to fall asleep because she throws a fit if I leave the room. Need to break her of this habit, especially now that it takes her forever to fall asleep. What happened to 20 minutes! An hour is way to long sitting here waiting for her to sleep.

7:55- Little girl is asleep! Yay! She was quick tonight. Time for a shower then a glass of wine. Have to finish knitting a baby blanket for a shower next weekend and continue assembling the lights for the shower all while watching some TV. iZombie and The Sound of Music special with Diane Sawyer .  

11:00- tv off, clean up kitchen, get ready for bed. 

11:30- read a chapter or two of my book for book group. Daemon by Daniel Saurez. 

11:45- get distracted by games on my iPad. 

12:30- lights out and attempt to sleep. Probably fall asleep an hour later. 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

Publication Date: March 17, 2015
Atria Books
Formats: Hardcover, Ebook
Pages: 384

Genre: Historical Mystery

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My Review

I am a big fan of MJ Rose's books and especially of those which follow Jaq L'Etoile, but also of her other books. I was very excited to get the chance to read this book, part of a new intriguing sounding series- Daughters of La Lune. As usual, I was sucked into the story from the very first page. 

Sandrine runs from her husband in New York to Paris and her grandmother, a famous and well respected courtesan. Her home, which she visited at the age of fifteen holds a special place in her heart and she is eager to return to it. However, Maison de la Lune is closed up and her grandmother fears that if Sandrine enters it will change her forever.

This book is full of intrigue, mystery and magic. The Witch of Painted Sorrows is set at the beginning of the Belle Epoque, when many of Paris's inhabitants were interested in the macabre and supernatural forces. Paris at this time is a wonderful backdrop to the story of Sandrine and la Lune.  

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Praise for the novels of M.J. Rose

The Witch of Painted Sorrows

"Rose's new series offers her specialty, a unique and captivating supernatural angle, set in an intriguing belle époque Paris: a perfect match for the author's lush descriptions, intricate plot and mesmerizing storytelling. A cliffhanger ending will leave readers hungry for the next volume. Sensual, evocative, mysterious and haunting." (Kirkus Reviews)

"A haunting tale of possession."(Publishers Weekly)

The Collector of Dying Breaths

"Breathtaking...combines fascinating history, torrid romance and a compelling mystery into a marvelous package that will entice fans of Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon.î (Associated Press)

"A page-turning, alluring concoction of fiction infused with fantastical yet actual history. Readers will be charmed by her well-drawn and memorable characters, and they will be mesmerized by her enchanting narrative, which takes them on a mystical and magical journey." (Library Journal (starred))

"A terrific piece of entertainment." (CT Post)

"Wondrously original... elegantly written. Rose manages to utterly suspend our disbelief in a book that leaves us, appropriately enough, breathless." (Providence Journal)

"Mysterious, magical, and mythicalÖwhat a joy to read!" (Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants)

Seduction

"Atmospherically romantic and perfectly toned. Classy and elegant literary seduction of the highest measure. As wondrously crafted as it is original." (Providence Journal)

"Readers will be enchanted by M.J. Rose's supernaturally charged novel Seduction, inspired by Victor Hugo's self-imposed exile on the British island of Jersey in the 1850s." (USA Today)

ìHas just about everything a thriller fan could wish for.î (Philadelphia Inquirer)

ìFull of well-researched history, the paranormal, and modern intrigue, this atmospheric tale of suspense is fully engrossing to those willing to suspend their disbelief.î (Library Journal (starred review))

The Book of Lost Fragrances

"A compelling page turner...Once you catch a whiff, you will be enchanted." (Associated Press)

"M.J. Rose is a bold, unflinching writer and her resolute honesty puts her in a class by herself." (Laura Lippman)

"The Book of Lost Fragrances resonates with spirit, blending myth with reality, tragedy with triumph, pain with joy. You'll find yourself questioning everything you believe--and wanting more." (Steve Berry)

ìProvocativeÖa sweeping sense of romance [and] history.î (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

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About the Author
New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it. 

Please visit her blog, Museum of Mysteries at http://www.mjrose.com/blog/

Her photo was taken by Judith Pushett utilizing an old relic: a turn-of-the-century 11 x 14 inch wood camera.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

Her most recent novel THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS (Atria/S&S) was chosen as an Indie Next Pick and her next novel, THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS will be released March 2015.

Rose's work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors - Authorbuzz.com

The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization's co-president..

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore
352 pages, Paperback
Published February 2015, William Morrow and Company



Source: provided by publisher for review, TLC Book Tours


About the Book

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in The Serpent of Venice, a satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.

Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy of Britain and France, and widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia: the rascal Fool Pocket.

This trio of cunning plotters--the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago--have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of spirits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio's beautiful daughter, Portia.

But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn't even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no fool . . . and he's got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.

My Review

I have a limited history with Christopher Moore books, but the one I have read I loved. You Suck was hilarious and fun. It made me excited to read this book that was published last year. (It is now available in Paperback.)

Not sure if you know, but I love Shakespeare and Poe. Who doesn't? So how cool that this book draws on these two great writers? A little Merchant of Venice, a little Cask of Amontillado...

I understand the characters are from another Moore book, Fool, which I have not read. I was worried I would be lost having not read it, but I wasn't. So, no need to read that one first if you haven't already. You can if you like, though.

This book was fun...reminded me a bit of Monty Python. Similar absurdist, satirical humor. I really enjoyed it.

About the Author

Christopher Moore (born 1957 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American writer of absurdist fiction. He grew up in Mansfield, OH, and attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.

Moore's novels typically involve conflicted everyman characters suddenly struggling through supernatural or extraordinary circumstances. Inheriting a humanism from his love of John Steinbeck and a sense of the absurd from Kurt Vonnegut, Moore is a best-selling author with major cult status.

For more info on the book and author visit his WEBSITE.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Current Read and Teaser: Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Jill's Pet Sematary Read-Along is this month and I am totally engrossed in this book. I may be ignoring other books that I should be reading.  I have a month tp read this but will most likely finishes much sooner. Here is a snippet foreshadowing what is to come...

"Louis Creed came to believe that the last really happy day of his life was March 24, 1984. The things that were to come, poised above them like a killing sash weight, were still over seven weeks in the future, but looking over those seven weeks he found nothing which stood out with the same color." Chapter 35
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingAnyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Pet Sematary Read Along


Jill of Somewhere in a Book is hosting a Pet Sematary read along this month. Yay.
I love everything by Stephen King, and this is one book of his that I had not read before. So excited to read it now... and with friends! So fun.

I started reading last night and had a hard time putting it down. I read eight chapters. Not scary yet, so had no problem reading at midnight. Not sure if I will be doing that when the hubby is not here and the real scares begin.

The little girl is at school-time to read a bit more!


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