Thursday, November 30, 2017

I'm Back!

It's been almost a year since the last time I posted anything here. It's been a busy year. So busy, that I forgot to post that last one.

 Our house has been under construction, the girl finished kindergarten and is now a big First grader. I am semi-working at the co-op preschool the girl and I attended. We are patiently waiting to get back into our house.

There has been lots of driving, shuttling the girl to and from school and to after school activities. We are sharing a house with four other adults and a 2 year old. It makes for little time and little motivation to find a quiet place to sit down and write.

Anyway, I am still reading. Maybe not as prolifically as I once did, but still a respectable amount. I have missed sharing my thoughts about the books I read, though. So I am going to try and get back to it. May be a little slow winding my groove again, but am going to try. I will also mix in my other current activities and hobbies as I have in the past.

We'll see how it goes.


Happy Reading!

Happy New Year!

I can't believe I haven't posted anything in so long. December was a busy month, though. It has been pretty crazy. We moved out of our house in anticipation of a big reno. We are now 10 miles from school, so there is much more commuting being done than usual. We were also busy with the holidays and travel. 
Anyway, I am still here. Reading. Knitting. Surviving. :)
I will get back to it here at some point...maybe.

(oops. Looks like I forgot to post this back in January)

Happy Reading!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 2016, Berkeley

About the Book

When Charlotte's step-sister goes missing and the women in her investment club start dying, Charlotte joins forces with a private investigator to find answers. Max and Charlotte discover that the investment club is just a front for the women and their activities to right wrongs done against them and other women. 

It looks like someone has discovered them and are now being hunted and killed but who can it be?

A good mystery and a bit of romance, When All the Girls Have Gone was an entertaining read. I enjoyed the suspense, the twist and turns. The romance was believable... A bit quick, but believable. I look forward to reading another book by Krentz. This was the first book of hers I have read but won't be my last. 

I also really love the look of this cover. Don't you?

About the Author

The author of over 50 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print. 

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.

Ms. Krentz is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington. 



Happy Reading!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Book Club Reads in 2016

This year's Book Group reads have run the gamut from Sci Fi to classics to popular fiction. We have read it all. Here's a list of all our books this year.

Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar (Interesting read)
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (slow, but great imagery of the horrors in war)
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay (my favorite)
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (scary look at our future)
The Best of Connie Willis by Connie Willis (did not read)
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (enjoyed this non-fiction)
The Dinner by Herman Koch (disturbing, unlikeable characters, good)
Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks (dnf)
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (currently reading)



Happy Reading!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Current Read: When All the Girls Have Gone by Jane Ann Krentz

Jayne Ann Krentz, the New York Times bestselling author of Secret Sisters, delivers a thrilling novel of the deceptions we hide behind, the passions we surrender to, and the lengths we’ll go to for the truth...
Look for my review on December 1st.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Current Read: Doctor Sleep

I have been reading some Stephen King this month. Perfect for Halloween. It has been a busy month with school volunteering, and the house remodel, though, so my reading time has been a bit limited. So this book will be going into November. Really enjoying it.



Happy Reading!

Happy Halloween!!!



Halloween has been influencing my lettering practice this month. Hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween!




Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti
304 pages, paperback
Published September 2016, Atria Books
Source: Provided by publisher for review via NetGalley.

I could not put this book down. 
Once I started I wanted to get to the end right away.

Zoe has just gotten married to a rich widower and has left her old life behind. No longer scraping to make ends meet, Zoe is now showered with gifts and fine clothes and is heading charity events. It is around this time that her past starts to catch up to her. Her apartment gets broken into, she is almost hit by a car. Could the men that she testified against in her previous life have found her?

Lots of suspense, and many possibilities...this book kept me interested throughout and had me yelling at Zoe to smarten up a bit. It is amazing how quickly she went from the luckiest girl to the least. Should she have seen this coming?

About the Author

Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Cover Reveal: Renegade Red

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RENEGADE RED REVEALED!
RENEGADE RED, the sequel to the award-winning novel SHATTERED BLUE will be available in THREE special edition covers, in both Hardcover and Paperback, in March 2017! Distribution from online sites and into bookstores will be random, so you have a chance to collect them all— the POET EDITION, the WARRIOR EDITION, and the very exclusive TRAVELER EDITION. Happy hunting, and learn more at LaurenBirdHorowitz.com!
Featured in USA TODAY!
http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2016/09/22/renegade-red-covers-reveal-lauren-bird-horowitz/
Join Lauren and Zoe Cope, the designer of all three covers, for a live Twitter chat at 10am PST/1pm EST Thursday 9/22
https://twitter.com/birdaileen
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Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue— the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy— in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her—Callum and Judah Forsythe—must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.
Surviving, however, is only the beginning: Noa needs to find Sasha. That means becoming a warrior herself, one just as fierce as the magical brothers battling for her love. Across broken cities, underground labyrinths, rushing floods and endless skies; in the face of legions of armies, horrifying tyrants, and the most deceitful of friends, can Mortal Noa rescue her sister—and understand her own heart—in time to escape the most deadly of magic realms?
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INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD BEST FANTASY 2015
NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION 2015
"Must-read romances of 2015… I guarantee you'll be hooked and anxiously awaiting the next book in the series”
–USA TODAY
“Anyone who’s ever fantasized about kissing a Fae will enjoy Noa and Callum’s first sexy kiss...Romantic sparks ignite...fast-moving...hip...lyrically concise”
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"A fantastical tale of love and betrayal...colorful world-building...more than enough emotion and angst to keep any romance-loving teenager glued to the pages, and the promise of a trilogy will keep them eagerly anticipating the next book...VERDICT Librarians with a large fantasy readership should invest in the print version of this title.” - School Library Journal
“A book to fall for”
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“Not your average fairy tale… will have you clamoring for more of a story that you didn’t see coming…new and surprising."
–HYPABLE
“Magic, action and a really, really attractive love interest… what more could you want?"
–GLITTER MAGAZINE
“A love story you won't soon forget… A story of of protection sacrifice and love"
–SHE KNOWS.COM
A "Book To Lean On When The Going Gets Tough"
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For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.
But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?
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Lauren Bird Horowitz, screenwriter and novelist, has won an enthusiastic following for her innovative, lyrical poetic voice. Her debut novel Shattered Blue: Book One of The Light Trilogy, won the 2016 Independent Publishers' (IPPY) Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction, as well as Finalist honors in the 2016 USA Book Awards for Best New Fiction and Best New Fantasy, the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction, and the 2016 International Book Award for Best Fantasy. It was also listed as one of USA Today's top romances of 2015, and selected as a notable book by BuzzFeed, Popsugar, Hypable, San Francisco Book Review, Glitter, The Culturalist, Teen Reads, Maria Shriver.com, Bustle and others.
Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, where she won several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction and Winthrop-Sargent Prize for writing. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America. Bird lives in Kauai and Los Angeles.
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