Thursday, April 23, 2015

G564 Book Review of Diamond Head by Cecily Wong

Name of Book: Diamond Head

Author: Cecily Wong

ISBN: 978-0-06-234543-1

Publisher: Harper

Type of book: Hawaii, red string of fate, 1900s-1964, funeral, China, WWII, relationships, family, father/son, husband/wife, mother/daughter, Guandong, mistakes, wealth, soul mates, destiny

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

A sweeping debut spanning China to Hawaii that follows four generations of a wealthy shipping family whose rise and decline is riddled with secrets and tragic love—from a young, powerful new voice in fiction

“Diamond Head takes the family saga to a new and very high place. . . . Readers will follow the fortunes of this family breathlessly, hungry for more.” —Mary Gordon, author of Circling My Mother

At the turn of the nineteenth-century, Frank Leong, a fabulously wealthy shipping industrialist, moves his family from China to the island of Oahu. But something ancient follows the Leongs to Hawaii, haunting them. The parable of the red string of fate, the cord which binds one intended beloved to her perfect match, also punishes for mistakes in love, passing a destructive knot down the family line.

When Frank is murdered, his family is thrown into a perilous downward spiral. Left to rebuild in their patriarch’s shadow, the surviving members of the Leong family try their hand at a new, ordinary life, vowing to bury their gilded past. Still, the island continues to whisper—fragmented pieces of truth and chatter, until a letter arrives two decades later, carrying a confession that shatters the family even further.

Now the Leong’s survival rests with young Theresa, Frank Leong’s only grandchild, eighteen and pregnant, the heir apparent to her ancestors’ punishing knots.

Told through the eyes of the Leong’s secret-keeping daughters and wives and spanning The Boxer Rebellion to Pearl Harbor to 1960s Hawaii, Diamond Head is a breathtakingly powerful tale of tragic love, shocking lies, poignant compromise, aching loss, heroic acts of sacrifice and, miraculous hope.

Characters:

There weren't truly evil or truly good characters, but all fall somewhere in between due to life decisions or choices they make. The important characters are the women; Hong, Lin, Amy and Theresa. While the men also have some importance, but almost all don't really outshine the women, aside from Bohai. Hong is a strong woman and a former sister-in-law to Lin who made some important choices in what to do with her life. Lin is the family matriarch and is best described as kind and charitable and a very big hearted and loving woman who does her best to atone for her mistakes. Amy is not a likable character, at least for me she wasn't, and she cares more for money and wealth rather than the heart. Theresa is observant and an attention hog of sorts. The main men were Frank and Bohai, father and son. Frank was wealthy who cared deeply for his family and wife, while Bohai is best described as the strong and silent type who shows love through actions rather than words.

Theme:

There are no clear cut answers to questions

Plot:

The story is written in first and third person narratives; the third person takes place in 1964 at a funeral and it jumps from different characters' thoughts instantaneously, while the first person narratives are done from different women such as Lin, Hong, Amy and Theresa. In beginning the main stories tend to jump, beginning in 1909, going to 1900 and then to 1914 before going chronologically until the 1960s, talking about the stories that comprised family history. The 1964 sections of the story focus on funeral, and each chapter contains the story that is reminiscent of a jigsaw puzzle, the 1964 as a frame, while the stories are the innards and the difficult pieces.

Author Information:
(From TLC website)

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Cecily WongAbout Cecily Wong

Cecily Wong is Chinese-Hawaiian. She was born on Oahu and raised in Oregon. Diamond Head grew from family stories told to her by her parents and grandparents. Wong graduated from Barnard College, where the first pages of this novel won the Peter S. Prescott Prize for Prose Writing. She lives in New York City.
Find out more about Cecily at her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Opinion:

I've greatly enjoyed 80 to 90 percent of the book, really loving the details and learning a lot about Hawaiian and Chinese culture even more, especially since the main characters come from Canton area. However, as the story went on almost towards the end, I grew frustrated with the plot because I felt that I couldn't really understand how the past and present tied up together, and I have to admit that the knot almost at the end didn't really make up for my frustration with the story. The story and the plot did give me a lot of ideas and taught me a lot about the red string of fate, and the writing is very rich and detailed, so yes, a diamond that needs some work towards the end. What's really fascinating about the book are the relationships and trying to make sense of what the author has created, although I feel that the women are sort of mirrors that reflect one particular man in the story. Also, if you are seeking a story where Asian men are treated as human beings and no white prince charming appears, then this is the right book.

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Cecily’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, April 14th: The Book Binder’s Daughter
Wednesday, April 15th: From L.A. to LA
Thursday, April 16th: Literary Feline
Friday, April 17th: Broken Teepee
Monday, April 20th: The Feminist Texican [Reads]
Wednesday, April 22nd: Ms. Nose in a Book
Thursday, April 23rd: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Tuesday, April 28th: Reading Reality
Wednesday, April 29th: Fuelled by Fiction
Monday, May 4th: Kritters Ramblings
Tuesday, May 5th: Mom’s Small Victories
Wednesday, May 6th: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, May 7th: Unshelfish
Monday, May 11th: Time 2 Read
Tuesday, May 12th: Doing Dewey
Thursday, May 14th: Drey’s Library
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Monday, April 20, 2015

G589 Book Review of Godwine Kingmaker by Mercedes Rochelle

Name of Book: Godwine the Kingmaker

Author: Mercedes Rochelle

ISBN: 978-1-78279-801-9

Publisher: Top Hat Books

Type of book:England, Harold Godwineson, Vikings, Saxons, Danes, 1016-1052, kingdom, Edward the Confessor, religion, Normandy, division, common vs nobility, battles

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

Harold Godwineson, the Last Anglo-Saxon King, owed everything to his father. Who was this Godwine, first Earl of Wessex and known as the Kingmaker? Was he an unscrupulous schemer, using King and Witan to gain power? Or was he the greatest of all Saxon Earls, protector of the English against the hated Normans? The answer depends on who you ask. He was befriended by the Danes, raised up by Canute the Great, given an Earldom and a wife from the highest Danish ranks. He sired nine children, among them four Earls, a Queen and a future King. Along with his power came a struggle to keep his enemies at bay, and Godwine's best efforts were brought down by the misdeeds of his eldest son Swegn. Although he became father-in-law to a reluctant Edward the Confessor, his fortunes dwindled as the Normans gained prominence at court. Driven into exile, Godwine regathered his forces and came back even stronger, only to discover that his second son Harold was destined to surpass him in renown and glory.

Characters:

The main character include Godwine, a man of Saxon ancenstry who makes a choice to go over to the Danes and begins rising through the ranks. He is intelligent, passionate, wise, loyal, and determined, although he is blind to Swegn's faults. Other characters include Gytha, Godwine's wife from the Danes who at first resists the man but then starts to love him. There is also Canute, a Danish king who helps Godwine rise through the ranks and seems to favor him; while he is a good king, he doesn't forgive betrayal easily or at all. Jarl Ulf is another man who finds Godwine and is instrumental to helping him rise. Jarl Ulf is a bit fun loving and merciful and everyone looks up to him. Edward the Confessor becomes a king and he is very devoted and religious; sometimes too religious for his own good. He also is disloyal and seems to be an antagonist to Godwine and his family.

Theme:

I'm not really sure what the theme was, maybe that nothing really remains stable is my guess?

Plot:

The story is written in third person narrative, primarily from Godwine's point of view, although at times the reader does travel into Gytha's and Edward the Confessor's minds to learn what is going on. In a lot of ways this is similar to Heir to a Prophecy because the author creates very strong relationships between men, in particular the ruling kings and their subjects which reminded me of King Malcolm and Walter. However, while I appreciated the love scenes, I don't think they seemed to fit in into the story and I was surprised by their inclusion.

Author Information:
(From HFVBT)

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About the Author03_Mercedes Rochelle Author

Born in St. Louis MO with a degree from University of Missouri, Mercedes Rochelle learned about living history as a re-enactor and has been enamored with historical fiction ever since. She lives in Sergeantsville, NJ with her husband in a log home they built themselves.
For more information please visit Mercedes Rochelle’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Opinion:

I've previously read Mercedes Rochelle's book titled Heir to a Prophecy which I've really liked, although I did at times feel it was a bit too long. This is the second book I'm reading, and I have to say that she improved greatly since Heir to a Prophecy. The book is focused on a bigger picture and it helped me a great deal to make sense of what is going on in England during that time. Previously I have read G.K Holloway's book titled 1066, and although I had just a skeleton of information, this book helped me form the tendons and acted as muscles and meat to the story. I enjoyed getting to know Godwine and seeing the other sides to the characters I met in G.K Holloway's novel. I look forward to reading future installments of Godwine Kingmaker

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Godwine Kingmaker Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 20
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Spotlight at Genre Queen
Tuesday, April 21
Review at Book Nerd
Spotlight at Unshelfish
Wednesday, April 22
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, April 23
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Saturday, April 25
Spotlight at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Tuesday, April 28
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Wednesday, April 29
Review at Broken Teepee
Thursday, April 30
Guest Post & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Spotlight at The Writing Desk
Monday, May 4
Review at Impressions in Ink
Character Interview at Boom Baby Reviews
Tuesday, May 5
Guest Post & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Thursday, May 7
Review at Bookramblings
Spotlight at The Never-Ending Book
Friday, May 8
Review at Layered Pages

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G570 Book Review of Muscle Cars by Stephen G Eoannou

General Information:


Name of Book: Muscle Cars

ISBN: 9781939650221

Publisher: Santa Fe Writers Project

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

The stories in Muscle Cars explore the unique and sometimes flawed relationships between men, their families, and their friends. Featuring a diverse cast of inarticulate misfits—including a compulsive body builder obsessed by the death of his brother, a former boxer forced to sell his prized 1946 New York Yankees–autographed baseball, and two boyhood friends who plan to steal Ted Williams’ scientifically frozen head—this stand-out debut from Pushcart-nominated Eoannou is a powerful journey through the humor, darkness, and neuroses of the modern American everyman

Author: Stephen G Eoannou

About the Author:
(From Poetic Book Tours)

Stephen G. Eoannou holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and an MA from Miami University. His work has been nominated for two Pushcart Awards, awarded an Honor Certificate from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and was honored with the Best Short Screenplay Award at the 36th Starz Denver Film Festival. He lives and writes in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, the setting and inspiration for much of his work.

Overall theme:

I am really unsure what the message of some of the stories are. I enjoyed the writing, the storytelling, but the stories felt unfinished, perhaps the author inviting the reader to imagine what happens next, What is obvious is that cars played either minor or major role in most of the stories, and all of them are told from men's points of views.

1. Muscle Cars

One Sentence Summary:

Told in first person narrative, a man and a local neighbor boy bond over the car that was recently acquired, and the man ends up revealing more than he should.

2. Mementos

One sentence Summary:

In first person narrative, Christos returns to a funeral home where he has to bury his father and while there he meets Uncle George who makes an interesting revelation to him.

3. Welcome Home Xmas 1945

One Sentence Summary:

This is a sort of sequel to Mementos when Christos finally learns the revelation about what Uncle George has told him.

4. The Girl in the Window

One Sentence Summary:

In third person narrative, Carlton meets a mysterious girl at the window and begins to spy on her, little realizing the consequences that will befall him.

5. The Wolf Boy of Forest Lawn

One Sentence Summary:

In first person narrative, a local science teacher hears about the mysterious disappearance of Jason Wolf and begins using Jason Wolf's situation to impart very valuable lessons to his students, little realizing that things aren't as they seem.

6. Lost Things

One Sentence Summary:

In first person narrative, a man who seems to have a lot of things throughout the year goes to visit is father and while together they reminisce about the father's life.

7. Ohio Street

One Sentence Summary:

While receiving the drunken son, Brandon, the father begins to reflect on his own life, and on a horrible and youthful mistake he made with his former friend.

8. The Corner of Walnut and Vine

One Sentence Summary:

A husband and a wife go out to check out a house that the wife wants really badly, and while on the excursion, the man realizes something interesting about his own family.

9. Culling

One Sentence Summary:

Amongst a local goose invasion, Ricky visits his Uncle Mike and learns of the future plans Uncle Mike has.

10. Slip Kid

One Sentence Summary:

Within a Greek community someone shot Father George and one young man knows as to who had done it and why.

11. A Person of Interest

One Sentence Summary:

In third person narrative, Honan begins to reminisce about his wife and daughter when a neighbor comes over and reveals that Rahim Al-Jamil has taken pictures, causing for Honan to begin experiencing paranoia towards Middle Easterners.

12. The Luckiest Man in the World

One Sentence Summary:

Big Sugar made a decision to auction some of the man's prized possessions such as a baseball. The man's brother, Dean also wants it, which causes a fight between the two and a valuable lesson.

13. The Aerialist

One Sentence Summary:

In third person narrative, Blind Charlie invites Spence to watch a Frenchman fall, and while the two travel, Spence begins ruminating on a betrayal he had committed.

14. Games

One Sentence Summary:

The boys play a game with very tragic consequences.

15. Stealing Ted Williams' Head

One Sentence Summary:

Two men who are friends and whose lives aren't going well decide to do something unexpected and daring with unexpected consequences.

16. Swimming Naked

One Sentence Summary:

A coach forces boys to swim naked in his class, and when one takes a stand against unfairness, the narrator begins to question whether to be brave or to be a bystander.

17. Winter Nights, 1994

One Sentence Summary:

In third person narrative, a local vintner, Angelo who has returned from WWII, meets a German man who was at the same battle as he and later in the evening when the storm hits, he questions the right thing to do.

18. Auld Lang Syne

One Sentence Summary:

In third person narrative, Griff finds five thousand dollars and wants to keep it rather than post lost and found sign for it. While making a decision, he drives over to a bar where he hears a touching story about a man who buys expensive wine for his friends and makes his decision then.

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Tour Stops:

April 7: bookchickdi (review)
April 14: Everything Distils Into Reading (Author Guest Post)
April 20: Svetlana’s Reads and Views (review)
April: 21: Everything Distils Into Reading (review)
April 23: Emma Eden Ramos (review)
April 25: Bell, Book & Candle (review)
April 28: Savvy Verse & Wit (interview)
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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Friday, April 17, 2015

G563 E-Reading Book Review of Aoleon The Martin Girl Part IV Illegal Aliens by Brent LeVasseur

Name of Book: Aoleon The Martian Girl-Part 4 Illegal Aliens

Author: Brent LeVasseur

ISBN/ASIN: B00T3P4S92

Publisher: Brent LeVasseur

Part of a Series: Aoleon the Martian Girl

Type of book: Aliens, desert, conquer, hidden history, changes, destiny, friendship, teamwork, Earth, enemies, middle grade, science fiction

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

Science Fiction Series Aoleon The Martian Girl Part 4 Illegal Aliens (Part 4 of 5)

Aoléon and Gilbert have become the Luminon’s top priority in stopping the Martian resistance movement, and after being chased by the Royal Paladin Guard, they are forced to flee the Martian Megalopolis. Aoléon, Gilbert and Zoot escape with the help of Bizwat and his newly found friend, Helios, a first generation soldierbot.

After their saucer is destroyed, they crash land somewhere in the deep Martian desert, and they set out to locate Kyrios and the secret base where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive.

After battling the forces of nature, starvation, a Klyklon dust storm, (and not to mention a giant slor that almost swallows them alive), they finally make it to their destination. However, after Kyrios gives Gilbert some basic training to develop his budding psionic power, they learn that their journey is far from over.

Will Aoléon, Glbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot be able to rescue Aoléon’s parents and stop the Martian invasion of Earth in time?

Read part 4 to find out!

Join Aoleon and Gilbert in this exciting middle school sci-fi adventure! (less)

Characters:

The main characters, as always, include Aoleon and Gilbert, although some others such as Bizwat, Helios, and Aoleon's pet, Zoot, also play a much more important part. What was unique about the story is that they all work as a team to try to take down the enemies instead of only one person standing out. I admit that I liked the approach where teamwork was needed and appreciated. Aoleon is the beloved troublemaker, while Gilbert learns of a shocking discovery that is bound to change him forever. Bizwat is the resistance soldier and a pizza guy that helps out the heroes greatly. I don't recall too much about Helios aside from the fact he's a robot and that he has unusual phobias, and Zoot also helped the heroes out.

Theme:

Eventually beginnings must come again

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative, from Gilbert's and Aoleon's points of view, but other characters such as the president, the advisors and even the villains are also given brief voices within the story. The reader does need to have read previous installments in order to understand what's going on and why certain things are happening, so yes, it's not designed as a stand-alone novel, but it is short, adventurous and goes very well with previous installments.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Brent LeVasseur
Meet the Author:

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He is an associate member of the Children's Book Council. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoleon The Martian Girl 

Opinion:

Ooh, cows! Really reminds me of the time I knew someone in high school who had a theory on how the cows will end up taking over the whole world, (and yes, she'd tell you with a straight face... and yes, its a true story) but yeah, its not about the girl, but in fact its about the story. Just like the picture promises, there is comedy in term of the president and his advisors who want to destroy aliens and Aoleon and Gilbert attempting to save Mars and Earth and the cows from destruction as well as they will also begin the journey that was long delayed. Just like in previous installments, I enjoyed the pictures, although I felt that there weren't much in beginning, but the ending seemed to be saturated with them, so yes, once more, amazing graphics and combination of fantasy and reality within them that are designed to be breathtaking.

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Tour Schedule:

April 1 - TW Brown on Border Collies, Zombies, and the Indie writing scene - review
April 1 - Reading Authors - review
April 2 - Readers' Muse - review
April 2 - 3 Partners in Shopping - review
April 3 - Nighttime Reading Center - review
April 3 - Hello, my name is Alice - review
April 6 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review
April 7 - The Cheshire Cat's Looking Glass - review 
April 8 - Girl With Camera - review
April 8 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review
April 9 - Bound 4 Escape - review
April 9 - JBronder Book Reviews - review
April 10 - One Frugal Girl - review
April 10 - Allthingsbookie - review
April 13 - The Autistic Gamer - review
April 13 - Amia Book Lover - review
April 13 - Pure Jonel - review
April 13 - Christy's Cozy Corners - review
April 15 - Suko's Notebook - review
April 17 - View From the Birdhouse - review
April 17 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
April 17 - Life with Katie - review
April 20 - fuonlyknew - review
April 23 - Brooke Blogs - review
April 26 - Working Mommy Journal - review
April 27 - Words and Peace - review
April 30 - To Read or Not to Read - review
April 30 - Pinky's Favorite Reads for Kids -review
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

G556 Book Review of Visiting the Sins by Melanie Denman

Name of Book: Visiting the Sins

Author: Melanie Denman

ISBN: 978-1-59571-926-3

Publisher: Word Association Publishers

Type of book: mother/daughter, East Texas, faith, relationships, beauty pageants, sinning, wealth, fitting in, small community, sacrifices, 1930s to 2000s, trying to get along, family

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

In her riotous debut novel, which was awarded the 2014 bronze IPPY for Regional Southern Fiction, Melanie Denman probes the silent sacrifices of motherhood with unflinching honesty and warmhearted amusement. Set in the Bible Belt of Deep East Texas, Visiting the Sins is a darkly funny story about mothers and daughters, naked ambition, elusive redemption, and all the torment it's possible to inflict in the name of family.

Down through the decades, the lofty social aspirations of the feisty but perennially dissatisfied Wheeler women - Pokey, the love-starved, pistol-packing matriarch; Rebanelle, the frosty former beauty queen turned church organist; and Curtis Jean, the backsliding gospel singer - are exceeded only by their unfortunate taste in men and a seemingly boundless capacity for holding grudges. A legacy of feuding and scandal lurches from one generation to the next with tragic consequences that threaten to destroy everything the Wheeler women have sacrificed their souls to build.

Characters:

The main characters are Pauline Pokey, Rebanelle "Nell" and Curtis Jean, although out of those three, the story focuses a lot on Curtis Jean. Pauline is the fearless grandmother who has lived a wild and unconventional life in Calcotte Texas, and she is a strong matriarch of the family. She has only one daughter, Rebanelle and between the two there seems to be no end of tension. Rebanelle "Nell" is the daughter, and she is obsessed with becoming a beauty queen and often dreams for Curtis Jean to be Miss Texas. There is even a tradition of them watching beauty contests and trying to figure out the next Miss Texas. She has also suffered a lot through her life and has some surprising secrets and lessons to teach Curtis Jean. Curtis Jean is the daughter who wants to get her own daughter back from her ex-husband. She becomes extremely religious, is worried a lot about sinning, and tries to turn negative into positive instances. She has tumultuous relationships with the mother and grandmother.

Theme:

Relationship is stronger than blood?

Plot:

The story is written in first person narrative from Pauline "Pokey's", Rebanelle "Nelle's", Curtis Jean's, Alice Anna's and Patricia's points of view. The stories frequently go back and forth between different times, mostly the adulthood and childhood and the moments that shaped them into the women they are. While I enjoyed learning about East Texas culture and being with the women, I feel that the drawback is I'm not sure what message I should have gleaned from the book.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Melanie Denman
About the Author:

Melanie Denman is a native of Nacogdoches, Texas and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. An eighth-generation Texan, and a former banker and cattle rancher, she currently lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is working on a second novel.



Connect with Melanie:  Website  ~  Facebook  

Opinion:

In a good way, this is really an odd duck of a novel; it reads as a mixture of a lot of short stories, and in many cases I was tempted to title the brief vignettes, (maybe I should have done that, for fun.) at the same time though, the novel explores the lives and loves and relationships of three strong women, that of Pauline "Pokey,", Rebanelle "Nell", and the granddaughter Curtis Jean. The stories go back and forth very frequently, and sometimes few other characters, namely Patricia and her daughter Alice Ann also talk about the three women, or else comment on them. The book really reminded me of Anne Leigh Parrish's Our Love Could Light the World as well as Then like the Blind Man, at least in terms of women and the mother in that book. Since I grew up in Dallas Texas area which is very far from rural areas, I'm not sure of the accuracy of the speech, but it is an entertaining yarn.

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Tour Schedule:

March 23 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
March 23 - Coffee, Books & Art - book spotlight / giveaway
March 23 - Horror Maiden's Book Reviews - review
March 24 - Confessions of a Reader - book spotlight
March 24 - Room With Books - review / author interview / giveaway
March 24 - XoXo Book Blog - book spotlight / giveaway
March 25 - Booknerd - review
March 25 - Pinky's Favorite Reads - book spotlight
March 26 - Tragically Dull Adventures of An Almost Librarian - review
March 26 - View From the Birdhouse - review / guest post / giveaway
March 27 - Green & Glassie - review / author interview / giveaway
March 29 - The Autistic Gamer - review 
March 30 - Celticlady's Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
March 30 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review / giveaway
March 31 - L. Shaw Goodreads - review 
March 31 - Life with Katie - review 
April 1 - The World As I See It - review / giveaway
April 2 - Cici's Theories - review / guest post / giveaway
April 2 - For Life After... - review
April 3 - Totally Addicted to Reading - book spotlight / giveaway
April 3 - Back Porchervations - review / giveaway
April 7 - Bookfan - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 8 - Nighttime Reading Center - review / giveaway
April 8 - Nighttime Reading Center - author interview
April 8 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
April 9 - Allthingsbookie - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 9 - Storeybook Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 10 - Cat's Reviews - review / giveaway
April 13 - Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author - book spotlight / giveaway
April 14 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
April 15 - A Blue Million Books - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 16 - The Things We Read - review
April 17 - Jessica Cassidy - review
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)