Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Spotlight for Twoffer for Murder by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title: Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr

Category: Adult fiction, 400 pages

Genre: Mystery

Publisher: Acorn Book Services

Release date: November 17, 2017

Tour dates: Nov 1 to 30, 2017

Content Rating: PG + M (Please be aware that TWOFER MURDER is a murder mystery. There are depictions of murder and some violence--though easy on the gore contents. No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as "damn", "hell" and "Oh God!". Some depictions of brief sexual content (kissing). No drug use or underage drinking among the protagonists.)

Book Description:

Twofer murder? What’s a twofer murder?

Twofer Murder is a treat for fans of best-selling author Lauren Carr’s fast-paced mysteries! Lauren’s latest novel contains the main characters from her three successful series: Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries. The guys go away for a fishing weekend only to get caught up in the murder of a journalist investigating fraud at a timber company. Meanwhile, the ladies are spending the weekend in the presidential suite at a posh resort where Jessica Faraday is to accept a lifetime achievement award for her late grandmother at a murder mystery writers conference. But before they have time to get their facials, they get wrapped up in their own real mystery when an up and coming author ends up dead!

Lauren Carr’s Twofer Murder is a 2-for-1—making it a must-read for any mystery fan!

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Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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G931 Book Review of Beyond Love by D.D. Marx

Name of Book: Beyond Love

Author: D.D. Marx

ISBN: 978-0-9972481-1-1

Publisher: self published

Part of a Series: The Beyond Series

Type of book: Contemporary, friendships, power from beyond, true love, together, following dreams, romance, chick-lit

Year it was published: 2017


After trusting in her beloved friend Dan’s guidance from above, Olivia is finally on the path to realizing her destiny. Staring at a blank canvas after ditching her raucous corporate life and meeting the love of her life, Finn McDaniels, a hot, widowed, celebrity chef, she is ready to begin anew. When she arrives back home to tie up the loose ends in Chicago, she receives more frightening news further delaying her journey with Finn. Unable to control the outcome, she begins questioning her trust and faith in Dan once again. She distracts herself the only way she knows how, by diving head first into a new project. What seemed like a time killer may actually be the thing that saves her and catapults her into a world she never dreamed of.

When Olivia and Finn finally reunite, a deep dark secret is uncovered threatening to ruin the relationship she has waited for her entire life. Olivia is forced to decide whether to tell Finn or let it live in the past forever. Is their relationship strong enough to weather the storm or will it cause them to part ways for good?


Main characters include Olivia "Liv" and Finn. Olivia is trying to pursue her dream of being a writer and has extremely strong friendships with both family and friends. She is resourceful and doesn't easily give up. Finn is a talented chef and a widower who is very excited about beginning his married life with Olivia. Like Olivia friendships are extremely important to him and he also relies on their guidance to make many decisions. Side characters are awesome, in particular Olivia's cousin Garret who is an interior decorator and Tex-Mex, Finn's partner.


The power of friendship is very strong


The story is in first person narrative from Liv's and Finn's points of view, each chapter switching it. The characters and the message stays consistent in the power of friendships from either heaven or earth and its awesome that they continue to rely on their friends even if they are no longer there with them. I think because of the anticipation and the freaky connections that occurred in first book, for me something seemed to lack in the second book, sorry to say. What I also loved are the side characters, and I hope that Tex-Mex will also get his own book and happily ever after.

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D.D. Marks
Meet the Author:

D.D. marx came barreling into this world with the “gift of gab”. Her parents quickly identified a pattern forming when each teacher conference contained the words “she’s a little too social”. d.d.’s biggest life concern was identifying which boy she’d be chasing at recess rather than mastering math problems. She parlayed this gift into creating play dates on the playground. If friendship were a business, she would be a millionaire. She prides her life on maintaining friends from every walk of life in every corner of the country. This is the fuel that fills her tank.

Graduating with a Communication degree from the University of Dayton, she attempted to break into the world of Public Relations but was instead side-tracked with a J.O.B. At the strong encouragement of her friends and family, who dubbed her a “funny story teller”, she stretched her comfort zone by entering the Second City program in Chicago where her itch for entertainment was finally scratched. Determined to share her story and create a legacy, she decided to combine these talents and become a writer. She returned to her alma-mater to immerse herself in a 3-day writing course where this dream finally came to life. Asked to imagine if she was a super-hero, her task was to dig-deep to describe her special powers. Based on the real-life tragedy of one of her best friends, that answer came without hesitation. All she’s ever wanted was the power to visit with him one last time. This is the inspiration that catapulted her into her debut project titled, the Beyond Series. She dove into a world imagining that he never left.

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I'll be honest: while the first book truly amazed me with how Finn and Liv are connected in so many ways and how they seem to be destined for one another, the second book seemed to have lost the momentum that first one had. There is consistency with characters depending on one another as well as their friends to get through tough days which is cool, but I guess the drama that both of them go through is a little too much for me. I will be reading the third part to see how it will go.

This is for iRead Book Tours


Oct 16 - Library of Clean Reads - trilogy spotlight / giveaway
Oct 16 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Oct 17 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Oct 18 - Cindy's Love of Books - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Oct 19 - A Holland Reads - review of Beyond Believing / guest post / giveaway
Oct 23 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Oct 24 - My Reading Journeys - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Oct 26 - Book Lover in Florida - review of Beyond Believing / guest post / giveaway
Oct 27 - Kristin's Novel Café - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Oct 30 - Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest - review of Beyond Believing
Oct 31 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Beyond Believing
Nov 1 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 3 - Cindy's Love of Books - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 6 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Beyond Love / author interview / giveaway
Nov 7 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 10 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 14 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Beyond Believing / guest post / giveaway
Nov 15 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 15 - Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest - review of Beyond Love
Nov 16 - My Reading Journeys - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 20 - Haddie Harper's Reviews - review of Beyond Believing / giveaway
Nov 21 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 22 - Kristin's Novel Café - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 23 - A Holland Reads - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Nov 28 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Nov 29 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Beyond Love
Nov 30 - Book Lover in Florida - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Dec 1 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 4 - Cindy's Love of Books - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 5 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 6 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 7 - Haddie's Haven - review of Beyond Love / giveaway
Dec 8 - Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest - review of Beyond Forever
Dec 12 - My Reading Journeys - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 14 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 18 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 19 - Kristin's Novel Café - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 20 - Haddie's Haven - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 21 - Book Lover in Florida - review of Beyond Forever / giveaway
Dec 21 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Beyond Forever
​Dec 22 - A Holland Reads - review of Beyond Forever/ giveaway
3 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.)

Diverse Reads on My Blog #11

Diverse Reads on my Blog #11

For a while I thought of doing it as a weekly thing, but with a lot of wonderful reads on my plate, and very little time, and because I don't want to put pressure on myself, I decided to do it monthly. That way I'll get some time to read diverse books if and I don't have to feel rushed. For my 7 Books Around the World Challenge, this is what the list looks like. What is also interesting are the book covers, that ultimately they make up a rainbow.

Africa: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Yellow)
Antarctica: The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgewick (Dark blue)
Asia: The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (Royall version has violet cover)
Australia: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (Orange)
Europe: To Dance with kings by Rosalind Larker (Red)
North America: Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo (Green)
South America: The Seamstress by Francine van Peebles (Light blue)

Blast from the Past

Hungry Tigress by Jade Lee

The Tigress: the counterpart to the "male" dragon; the Chinese symbol for female sexuality; a priestess of the Taoist sect seeking enlightenment through ecstasy.

Joanna Crane joined China's Boxe Rebellion because of the emptiness inside her. SHe was tired of being her rich daddy's showpiece and had a hunger to do good. But when the rebels-anti-foreigner bandits with a taste for white flesh-turned out worse than their ruthless Qin enemies, her onyl hope was a Shaolin master with fists of steel and eyes like ice. A Shaolin master who was not what he seemed.

He had no wish to harm the meddling American, so, when she learned his secret, Joanna's captor determined to stash her at a Taoist temple. True, the sect was persecuted throughout the land, but he saw no harm in seeking divinity through love. And the cult's mistress was the great Tigress, Shi Po. WHat he did not see was that he and Joanna were on the path to Heaven, and salvation lay in a kiss, a touch and sating the...Hungry Tigress.

Why Its Diverse:

The author is of Chinese and American ancestry. Also as well, this book has an Asian male as love interest and hero.

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

A story filled with danger and excitement, Johnny Tremain tells of the turbulent, passionate times in Boston just before the Revolutionary War. Johnny, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in a dramatic involvement with James Otis, John Hancock, and John and Samuel Adams. Johnny is swept along by hte powerful currents that will lead to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington- and finally to an important discoveyr in Johnny's own life.

Johnny Tremain is historical fiction at its most gripping, portraying Revolutionary Boston as a living drama through the shrewd eyes of an observant boy.

Why Its Diverse:

Although I'm probably in minority who found it boring and frustrating, the hero does have a deformity when it comes to his hand (he accidentally spilled some liquid on it.) so a character with disability.

Jews Without Money by Michael Gold

As a writer and political activist in the early 20th century, Michael Gold was an important presence on the American cultural scene fro more than three decades. Beginning in the 1920s his was a powerful journalistic voice for social change and human rights, and Jews Without Money-the author's only novel-is a passionate record of the times.

First published in 1930, this fictionalized autobiography offered an unusually candid look at the thieves, gangsters, and ordinary citizens who struggled against brutal odds on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Like Henry Roth's Call It Sleep and Abraham Cahan's The Rise and Fall of David Levinsky, Jews Without Money is a literary landmark of the Jewish experience.

Why Its Diverse:

This is probably not as well known or well told story of Jews in America in 1900s. Back then Jews could be seen as minority and were even treated like they were one as well.

Blast from the Past: Allies of Diversity

My Sister the Moon by Sue Harrison

An abused and unwanted daughter of the First Men tribe, young Kiin knows the harsh realities of life in a frozen land at the top of the world. In an age of ice nine millennia past, her destiny is tied to the brave sons of orphaned Chagak and her chieftain mate Kayugh-one to whom Kiin is promised, the other for whom she yearns. But the evil that her own family spawned drags the tormented young woman far from ehr people-where savage cruelties, love and fate will strengthen and change her...and give her the courage to fight for the future of her own helpless progeny.

What Diversity it has:

This has a wonderful and compelling portrait of Aleut people in ancient Alaska where villains and heroes are far more complex.

What I am Reading Now

Unfortunately nothing at the moment.

Future Reviews

The Girls by Emma Cline

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman

The Spirit Catches you and you fall down explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Lia's parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-fiction, Anne Fadiman's compassionate account of this cultural impasse is literary journalism at its finest.

Life And Death Behind The Brick And Razor-Code Red Diamond by Isaac Alexis

Enter The Fast Paced World Of Correctional Medicine where Split Second Decisions Are Made preventing A Patient From Bleeding To Death. Also Get Health And Wellness Tips as Well. Also Great Points are Reviewed in Detail to Strategically Assist Teenagers in Defense against Bullying, Peer Pressure, Drug Abuse, Gang membership, STD's And So Much More!

Night by Elie Wiesel

Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be

Dawn by Elie Wisel

Elisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli freedom fighter in British-controlled Palestine; John Dawson is the captured English officer he will murder at dawn in retribution for the British execution of a fellow freedom fighter. The night-long wait for morning and death provides Dawn, Elie Wiesel's ever more timely novel, with its harrowingly taut, hour-by-hour narrative. Caught between the manifold horrors of the past and the troubling dilemmas of the present, Elisha wrestles with guilt, ghosts, and ultimately God as he waits for the appointed hour and his act of assassination. Dawn is an eloquent meditation on the compromises, justifications, and sacrifices that human beings make when they murder other human beings.

Day (The Accident) by Elie Wiesel

"Not since Albert Camus has there been such an eloquent spokesman for man." --The New York Times Book Review

The publication of Day restores Elie Wiesel's original title to the novel initially published in English as The Accident and clearly establishes it as the powerful conclusion to the author's classic trilogy of Holocaust literature, which includes his memoir Night and novel Dawn. "In Night it is the ‘I' who speaks," writes Wiesel. "In the other two, it is the ‘I' who listens and questions."

In its opening paragraphs, a successful journalist and Holocaust survivor steps off a New York City curb and into the path of an oncoming taxi. Consequently, most of Wiesel's masterful portrayal of one man's exploration of the historical tragedy that befell him, his family, and his people transpires in the thoughts, daydreams, and memories of the novel's narrator. Torn between choosing life or death, Day again and again returns to the guiding questions that inform Wiesel's trilogy: the meaning and worth of surviving the annihilation of a race, the effects of the Holocaust upon the modern character of the Jewish people, and the loss of one's religious faith in the face of mass murder and human extermination.

One half from the East by Nadia Hashimi

Internationally bestselling author Nadia Hashimi’s first novel for young readers is an emotional, beautiful, and riveting coming-of-age journey to modern-day Afghanistan that explores life as a bacha posh—a preteen girl dressed as a boy.

Obayda’s family is in need of some good fortune.

Her father lost one of his legs in a bomb explosion, forcing the family to move from their home city of Kabul to a small village, where life is very different and Obayda’s father almost never leaves his room.

One day, Obayda’s aunt has an idea to bring the family luck—dress Obayda, the youngest of her sisters, as a boy, a bacha posh.

Now Obayda is Obayd.

Life in this in-between place is confusing, but once Obayda meets another bacha posh, everything changes. The two of them can explore the village on their own, climbing trees, playing sports, and more.

But their transformation won’t last forever—unless the two best friends can figure out a way to make it stick and make their newfound freedoms endure.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from cervical cancer. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells were taken without her knowledge and still live decades after her death. Cells descended from her may weigh more than 50M metric tons.

HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave.

The journey starts in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s, her small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia — wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo. Today are stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells, East Baltimore children and grandchildren live in obscurity, see no profits, and feel violated. The dark history of experimentation on African Americans helped lead to the birth of bioethics, and legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet by Jamie Ford

Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history - the internment of American-Japanese families during World War II - Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us about forgiveness and the power of the human heart.

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago.

Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.

The Carrion Birds by Urban Waite

Set in a small town in the Southwest, a soulful work of literary noir rife with violence, vengeance, and contrition from a fresh voice in fiction-the author of the highly acclaimed The Terror of Living

Life hasn't worked out the way Ray Lamar planned. A widower and father who has made some tragic mistakes, he's got one good thing going for him: he's calm, cool, and efficient under pressure, usually with a gun in his hand. A useful skill to have when you're paid to hurt people who stand in your boss's way.

But Ray isn't sure he wants to be that man anymore. He wants to go home to Coronado, New Mexico, to see the twelve-year-old son he hopes will recognize him. He wants to make a new life far from the violence of the last ten years. One last job will take him there. All he has to do is steal a rival's stash. Simple, easy, clean.

Ray knows there's no such thing as easy, and sure enough, the first day ends in a catastrophic mess. Now, the runners who have always moved quietly through this idyllic desert town on the Mexican border want answers. And revenge. Short on time, with no one to trust but himself, Ray must come up with a clever plan or Coronado's newly appointed lady sheriff will have a vicious bloodbath on her hands.

Relentlessly paced and beautifully orchestrated, with refreshingly real, vulnerable, and very human characters and a vivid sense of place, The Carrion Birds is an unsettling and indelible work of literary noir in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy, Elmore Leonard, and Dennis Lehane.

5 Books I am planning on tackling this year:

(Considering that the year is over,I doubt I'll accomplish my reading goals.)

Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enríquez, Megan McDowell

An arresting collection of short stories, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortazar, by an exciting new international talent.

Macabre, disturbing and exhilarating, Things We Lost in the Fire is a collection of twelve short stories that use fear and horror to explore multiple dimensions of life in contemporary Argentina. From women who set themselves on fire in protest of domestic violence to angst-ridden teenage girls, friends until death do they part, to street kids and social workers, young women bored of their husbands or boyfriends, to a nine-year-old serial killer of babies and a girl who pulls out her nails and eyelids in the classroom, to hikikomori, abandoned houses, black magic, northern Argentinean superstition, disappearances, crushes, heartbreak, regret and compassion. This is a strange, surreal and unforgettable collection by an astonishing new talent asking vital questions of the world as we know it.

Pages: 200 in my copy

The Republic of Užupis by Haïlji,  Bruce Fulton (Translator), Ju-Chan Fulton (Translator)

Uzupis (on the other side of the river) is, in reality, a neighborhood in Lithuania's capital city of Vilnius, which took the peculiar step of declaring itself an independent republic in 1997. In this novel, however, it is the lost homeland of a middle-aged man named Hal, who lands in Lithuania hoping to travel back to the town of his birth in order to bury his father's ashes there -- in a place that might not really exist. In a literary tradition dominated by social realism, The Republic of Uzupis is a unique work of melancholy, Murakami-esque whimsy.

Pages: 149

Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee

Casey Han's four years at Princeton gave her many things, "But no job and a number of bad habits." Casey's parents, who live in Queens, are Korean immigrants working in a dry cleaner, desperately trying to hold on to their culture and their identity. Their daughter, on the other hand, has entered into rarified American society via scholarships. But after graduation, Casey sees the reality of having expensive habits without the means to sustain them. As she navigates Manhattan, we see her life and the lives around her, culminating in a portrait of New York City and its world of haves and have-nots. FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES offers up a fresh exploration of the complex layers we inhabit both in society and within ourselves. Inspired by 19th century novels such as Vanity Fair and Middlemarch, Min Jin Lee examines maintaining one's identity within changing communities in what is her remarkably assured debut.

Pages: 560

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

When the Great Depression hits, Florence Fein leaves Brooklyn College for what appears to be a plum job in Moscow—and the promise of love and independence. But once in Russia, she quickly becomes entangled in a country she can’t escape. Many years later, Florence’s son, Julian, will make the opposite journey, immigrating back to the United States. His work in the oil industry takes him on frequent visits to Moscow, and when he learns that Florence’s KGB file has been opened, he arranges a business trip to uncover the truth about his mother, and to convince his son, Lenny, who is trying to make his fortune in the new Russia, to return home. What he discovers is both chilling and heartbreaking: an untold story of what happened to a generation of Americans abandoned by their country.

The Patriots is a riveting evocation of the Cold War years, told with brilliant insight and extraordinary skill. Alternating between Florence’s and Julian’s perspectives, it is at once a mother-son story and a tale of two countries bound in a dialectic dance; a love story and a spy story; both a grand, old-fashioned epic and a contemporary novel of ideas. Through the history of one family moving back and forth between continents over three generations, The Patriots is a poignant tale of the power of love, the rewards and risks of friendship, and the secrets parents and children keep from one another.

Pages: 542

Love, and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

A powerful novel about an orphan boy who is raffled off at Seattle’s 1909 World Fair, and the friends who teach him what it really means to have a family, from the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Inspired by a true story, this is the unforgettable story of a young boy named Ernest, set during the 1909 Seattle world’s fair called the Alaska Yukon Pacific Expo. It is a time when the magical wonders of technology on display at the expo future seems limitless. But for Ernest, a half-Chinese orphan who found his way to America through a last desperate act of his beloved mother, every door is closed. A charity student at a boarding school, he has never really had a place to call home. Then one day, his wealthy sponsor announces that if a home is what he wants, then that is what he will have: Ernest will be offered as a prize in the daily raffle at the fair, advertised as “Healthy boy to a good home for the winning ticket holder.” The woman who “wins” him is the madam of a notorious brothel who was famous for educating her girls. He becomes a houseboy in her brothel and is befriended by the daughter of the madam, as well as a Japanese girl who works in the kitchen. The friendship and love between these three form the first real family Ernest has ever known.

Pages: 304

Friday, November 24, 2017

G911 Book Review of The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe

Name of Book: The Woman in the Camphor Trunk

Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

ISBN: 978-1-63388-363-5

Publisher: Seventh Street Books

Part of a Series: Anna Blanc Mysteries

Type of book: 1908, Chinatown, tong, hop sing girls, Cracker jacks riddles, mystery, humor, hints of Chinese/white women relationships, jealousy, murder, engagement, detective, Los Angeles, Bing Kong tong, Hop Sing tong

Year it was published: 2017


Los Angeles, 1908. In Chinatown, the most dangerous beat in Los Angeles, police matron Anna Blanc and her former sweetheart, Detective Joe Singer, discover the body of a white missionary woman, stuffed in a trunk in the apartment of her Chinese lover. Her lover has fled. If news gets out that a white woman was murdered in Chinatown, there will be a violent backlash against the Chinese. Joe and Anna plan to solve the crime quietly and keep the death a secret. So does good-looking Mr. Jones, a prominent Chinese leader who has mixed feelings about helping the LAPD and about Anna.

Meanwhile, the Hop Sing tong has kidnapped two slave girls from the Bing Kong tong, fuelling existing tensions. They are poised on the verge of a bloody tong war that would put all Chinatown residents in danger.

Joe orders Anna out of Chinatown to keep her safe, but to atone for her own family's sins, Anna must stay to solve the crime before news of the murder is leaked and Chinatown explodes.


Just like in previous book, there are Anna and Joe. Anna is incredibly observant, knowledgeable and really knows how to ask the right questions and get the job done. In some areas she is still naive, but that outbalances with her keen observations and resourcefulness. She still has love/hate relationship with Joe. Joe is probably the saner version of Anna and isn't as naive. Joe is conflicted between his heart and head and like Anna he is resourceful, generous and often worries too much about Anna but is doing his best not to stop Anna. There is also Mr. Jones who is a Chinese herbalist and who adopted English name for his use. He has secrets he is not willing to part with and often resents Anna's intrusion into Chinatown affairs. There are also women missionaries, the opium addicted old woman, and Miss Robbins who does what she can for the Chinese girl slaves.


There is more to appearance


Seriously, the first sentence hooked me " Anna Blanc was the most beautiful woman ever to barrel down Long Beach Strand with the severed head of a Chinese man." (page 7) Just like in the first mystery, the characters remain wonderfully themselves and there is a whole lot of humor in the book as well and sizzling chemistry and moments where Anna misunderstood the references that I'm sure many of us will get. The residents of Chinatown were painted as more than just villains and were given interesting personalities and are even love interests in some cases.

Author Information:
(From the book)

Jennifer Kincheloe is the author of The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, which won the Colorado GOld Award for mystery and the Mystery and Mayhem Award for historical mystery and was a finalist for the Macavity Sue Feder Historical Mystery award, Left Coast Crime "Lefty" Award, and Colorado Authors' League Award for genre fiction. Formerly the principal of a health consulting firm and a member of the research faculty for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Kincheloe currently does research on the jails in Denver, Colorado when not researching history and writing novels.


I can imagine that when writing the book, the author might have had a difficult time because how does one write a mystery and set it in Chinatown yet make the characters seem more human rather than just mere caricatures, especially on so little information? I was a bit apprehensive in reading the book because I wasn't sure how I would feel when reading it, but I needn't have worried, for both the Caucasian and Asian characters are varied and are simply more than bad and good, which I am happy to report, and aside from the fact that I think Cantonese was far more common than Mandarin (Le ho is Cantonese for hello) at the time, I don't have complaints about their portrayal. Anna is still her efficient yet bumbling self who cares more for mystery,  and Joe is still himself who has tug-of-war with his heart and his head. I also am happy to report that women do find Asian men attractive in the book.

This was given to me for an honest 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.)

G910 Book Review of The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe

Name of Book: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc

Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

ISBN: 978-1-63388-080-1

Publisher: Seventh Street Books

Part of a Series: Anna Blanc Mysteries

Type of book: Los Angeles, murder, brides, groom, 1907, mystery, murder, woman detective, humor, bickering chemistry, corruption, greed

Year it was published: 2015


It's 1907 Los Angeles. Mischievous socialite Anna Blanc could match wits with Sherlock Holmes, but in her world women are not allowed to hunt criminals. Determined to break free of the era's rigid social roles, she buys off the chaperone assigned by her domineering father and, using an alias, takes a job as a police matron with the Los Angeles Police Department. There she discovers a string of brothel murders, which the cops are covering up. Seizing her one chance to solve a crime, she takes on the investigation herself.

If the police find out, she'll get fired; if her father finds out, he'll disown her; and if her fiancé finds out, he'll cancel the wedding.

Anna must choose--either hunt the villain and risk losing her father, fiancé, and wealth, or abandon her dream and leave the killer on the loose.


Main characters include Anna Blanc, an only daughter of a wealthy banker. She dislikes books like A Little Princess or Little Lord Fauntleroy that her father forces her to read (she could have given those books away to a library or something instead of destroying them...) but she loves mysteries and wants to work as a detective and to be away from her father. She is resourceful, naive, clever, intelligent and isn't afraid to sacrifice for a cause. Joe Singer is Anna's sort of on-and-off boyfriend who is police chief's son and loves music (piano) and he also likes Anna much to his consternation. The bickering is the fun part in the book. There is also Edgar Wright, Anna's fiancee who loves her way too much and of course numerous prostitutes who ask her for help.


Struggle for equality is not a new notion


The story is in third person narrative from Anna's, Joe's, and at times other characters also make their views known. Because the cover looked serious, I was expecting a serious read; I wasn't expecting to find the story hilarious nor did I expect to love the chemistry between Anna and Joe, especially how Anna "sacrifices" herself for police work. I would have liked there to be a bit more explanation as to how the killer achieved what he had achieved.

Author Information:
(From the book)

Jennifer Kincheloe is a research scientist turned writer of historical mysteries. She si the winner of the Colorado Gold contest for emerging writers.


Mystery and comedy are not the words I ever thought I'd use to describe a book because just the word itself , mystery, has seriousness about it with taciturn detectives who seem more than human. It often seems that being less than perfect is not acceptable. It's really a surprise and delight to come upon an all too human heroine who is both efficient yet bumbling and knows how to get the job and is passionate about her work. (Sort of a detective version of Don Quixote for a better comparison.) I also found it shocking about the treatment Anna received by her colleagues at the station, and that detectives seem to care so little for human life. I do wonder how much of the treatment was true for women back then, although its not difficult to imagine that all of it is true.

Given for an honest 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.)

Monday, November 13, 2017

G906 Book Review of to be a queen by Annie Whitehead

Name of Book: To be a Queen

Author: Annie Whitehead

ISBN: 978-1-78407-165-3


Type of book: 874-918, Mercia, Wessex, King and Queen, battles, vikings, daily life, royalty, ruling, gardening, bee-keeping, marriage, partnership, peacekeeper, family

Year it was published: 2015


This is the true story of Aethelflaed, the 'Lady of the Mercians', daughter of Alfred the Great. She was the only female leader of an Anglo-Saxon kingdom. It is the tale of one family, two kingdoms and a common enemy. Born into the royal house of Wessex at the height of the Viking wars, she is sent to her aunt in Mercia as a foster-child, only to return home when the Vikings overrun Mercia. In Wessex, she witnesses another Viking attack and this compounds her fear of the enemy. She falls in love with a Mercian lord but is heartbroken to be given as bride to the ruler of Mercia to seal the alliance between the two Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. She must learn to subjugate her feelings for her first love, overcome her indifference to her husband and win the hearts of the Mercians who despise her as a foreigner, twice making an attempt on her life. When her husband falls ill and is incapacitated, she has to learn to rule and lead an army in his stead and when he subsequently dies, she must fight to save her adopted Mercia from the Vikings and, ultimately, her own brother.


Main characters include AEthelflaed "Teasel" one of the oldest daughters of Alfred the Great who fears vikings greatly and who seems to be more tomboyish and fearless despite her fear of vikings. Teasel is all too human and has to make a lot of tough decisions. She does end up overcoming some of her fears as well as learning a lot of valuable lessons along the way. Ethelred is Teasel's husband who is sort of an informal king of Mercia and who is fighter and is passionate about the nation and people he guards. Edward is AEthelflaed's younger brother who becomes king of Wessex and who also has to make a lot of tough decisions in order to achieve his dreams. There are other characters there as well as such as the cousin who desires Edward's crown and vikings who dare to raid England and Teasel's and Edward's family members and those who are loyal to them.


Growth and overcoming fears can happen


The story is in third person narrative from AEthelflaed "Teasel"'s point of view, although from time to time Ethelred's and Edward's points of view are also mentioned in the story. Despite the constant warfare that surrounds Teasel's life, we see the physical battles very little. But psychological and emotional battles as well as the scars they impart on the characters are much more difficult to ignore. The story focuses more on the daily life of Teasel's family as well as Teasel trying to overcome her fears and becoming an amazing queen. Teasel is also shown as a human being who errs and makes mistakes just like anyone else. I found the story to be amazing and extremely detailed as well as vivid.

Author Information:


I often imagine the glamour and glitz that royal titles have had on people, little knowing that in the past the life of royal is far more than just scheming and politics and gaining power. Previously I've read a lot of books that dealt with royalty, although to be fair those took place in 1600s to almost 1800s, and its a big difference between the two. Royalty in 1600s to 1700s focused on wealth, glamour, trendsetting, trickery and being on top. In this book, however, being a royal means doing what is right even if your heart is against it, always being there for the people you are in charge of through good and bad times and always being a helpmate to your love. If you're looking for a non-stop action novel, then this is not the right story, but if you are seeking a story that faithfully recreates the daily life of late 9th to early 10th centuries in England and where one watches the growth of a young girl to a mature woman who will do whatever she can for her adopted people and country at the cost of her own family and happiness and who truly grows and shines as a star in the sky, then you've found the right book.

This was given to me for an honest review

5 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.)

G934 Book Review of Death comes by Sue Hallgarth

Name of Book: Death Comes

Author:Sue Hallgarth

ISBN: 978-0-9855200-4-5

Publisher: Arbor Farm Press

Type of book: 1926, writing, Willa Cather and Edith Lewis, Mabel Dodge Luhan, New Mexico, scandals, relationships, mystery, deaths, racism, prostitution

Year it was published: 2017


Following On the Rocks, Sue Hallgarth's first Willa Cather and Edith Lewis mystery, ''Death Comes'' gives us another glimpse into the life and work of the Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Willa Cather and her talented life partner. The year is 1926. Willa and Edith return to Mabel Dodge Luhans pink adobe in Taos, New Mexico. Willa is writing ''Death Comes for the Archbishop.'' Edith is sketching Taos pueblo and hoping for a visit to the nearby D.H. Lawrence ranch. The previous summer they had stumbled on a woman's body. Now the headless bodies of two women add to the mystery. Sue Hallgarth presents an intimate portrait of Cather, Lewis, the spectacular New Mexico landscape, and the famous artists and writers Mabel Dodge Luhan gathered in Taos.


I admit that the book had quite a lot of characters, and unfortunately I can't recall all of them, although I will try to mention what I believe are the main characters. Edith Lewis and Willa Cather are the main characters, one an illustrator I believe while the other is the famous author. They have an easy companionship with one another and both understand one another. There is also Mabel Dodge Luhan who is best known for her scandalous life and history as well as her marriage to Tony Luhan, a Pueblo Native American. There is also Spud who is sort of an editor? for Mabel and who has his own magazine and Adam who goes out to check out what's going on with D.H Lawrence raunch and comes upon across Maria who has gone through her own horrors.


One never knows how things will tie up together


The story is in third person narrative from Edith's as well as some male characters' points of view. While I enjoyed the scenery and learning more about the American artist scene as opposed to the famous Parisian one of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, I found the many names and characters to be a bit overwhelming.

Author Information:

Sue Hallgarth is a former English professor. She has written scholarly articles on Willa Cather and Edith Lewis, and this is her second book of fiction featuring the two of them. Her first book in the series is On the Rocks, set in 1929 on the island of Grand Manan in New Brunwick, Canada. She lives in Corrales, NM.

Follow Sue on Facebook at suehallgarthauthor, on Twitter @suehallgarth, and on And follow Sue's blog, reviews and other news about her books and writing at


A lot of mysteries I've read previously seem to be a bit straightforward in their purpose. This story, however, calls for a reader to be involved in more than just figuring out who done it. The author really focuses on the details and lives of the characters as well as setting up New Mexico of the 1920s. This is not a mystery to rush through but instead its something to sit down and go through slowly because the story engages the five senses and provides a lot of knowledge and research of Taos, New Mexico. In fact, mystery is more secondary than the main plot.

This is for Poetic Book Tours

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, November 10, 2017

G927 Book Review of Lucky boy by Shanthi Sekaran

Name of Book: Lucky Boy

Author: Shanthi Sekaran

ISBN: 978-1-101-98226-6

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Type of book: infertility, illegal immigration, love, culture, privilege, Mexico, California, undocumented workers, surviving, foster parents, detention centers, border, immigration, marriage, budgeting, career, friendships, motherhood

Year it was published: 2016


A heart-wrenching novel about the transformative power of motherhood and the redemptive beauty of love, perfect for readers of Jacquelyn Mitchard, Jenny Offill, and Cristina Henriquez.

"A fiercely compassionate story about the bonds and the bounds of motherhood and, ultimately, of love." --Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans

In this astonishing novel, Shanthi Sekaran gives voice to the devotion and anguish of motherhood through two women bound together by their love for one boy. Soli, a young undocumented Mexican woman in Berkeley, CA, finds that motherhood offers her an identity in a world where she's otherwise invisible. When she is placed in immigrant detention, her son comes under the care of Kavya, an Indian-American wife overwhelmed by her own impossible desire to have a child. As Soli fights for her son, Kavya builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else's child. Exploring the ways in which dreams and determination can reshape a family, Sekaran transforms real life into a thing of beauty. From rural Oaxaca to Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon Valley, Lucky Boy offers a moving and revelatory look at the evolving landscape of the American dream and the ever-changing borders of love.


Main characters include Solimar Castro Valdez, Kavya Reddy and Rishi Reddy as well as the little boy, Ignacio. Solimar Castro Valdez in beginning of the story is a young eighteen year old girl who comes undocumented from a poor village in Oaxaca Mexico. She is best described as resourceful, a survivor and someone who does her very best to follow the rules to the letter. Solimar is also lucky in some ways and isn't afraid of hardship. Kavya Reddy is an Indian-American woman who got married to her college sweetheart Rishi. Kavya, it often seems, knows only wealth and privilege of life although she has a very big heart and is ready to open her house to a baby that is not hers. She is a talented chef and doesn't easily give up on her desires, determined to get what she wants one way or another. As she fosters Ignacio, one watches Kavya become far more mature and more sacrificing towards the young boy. Rishi is a bit ambivalent about becoming a father either biologically or through adoption, although he loves Kavya a great deal and will do anything for her. Ignacio is Solimar's biological son and Kavya's foster son. Ignacio, it seems is a big boy who most likely will be talented with words instead of physical aspect. He also inspires love and devotion in whoever he gets to meet.


Motherhood speaks the universal tongue


The story is in third person narrative from Solimar's, Kavya's and to some extent, Rishi's points of views and it takes place over the course of a few years. For me the world that Solimar knows versus the world that Kavya experiences is very stark and is very black and white with little to no gray shades. A lot of things about the detention center where Solimar was forced to stay was shocking to say the least and left me speechless. For me as well, it often feels as if I was asked to choose which "mother" I shall root for. In other words, which will triumph more, nature or nurture? The un-talked
about subjects of infertility, money, career, immigration and privilege are well done.

Author Information:
(From the book)

Shanthi Sekaran teaches creative writing and is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. She is the author of The Prayer Room and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Best New American Voices and Canteen, as well as online at ZYZZYVA and Mutha Magazine. A California native, she lives in Berkeley with her husband and two children. Lucky Boy is her second novel.


Is it possible to take on "taboo" issues and create a wonderful story from them? I am happy to say that in this story, the answer is a definite yes. The author takes on such a startling world of contrasts between the legal  and illegal immigration as well as treatment that women experience. In this story there are no right answers and its difficult to make up one's mind whose side is right and wrong. Although I believe that I went through legal "privileged" immigration, its odd that I related far more to illegal immigrant's side in terms of being a single mother to a little boy and having my parents help. As the reader sees more and more of two women's sides, it becomes difficult in choosing who is right; should the boy stay with his undocumented mother or should the boy stay with his well-off foster parents who want to adopt him? For a book that's guaranteed to change minds and lives, I highly recommend this story where main characters are as complex as the laws in this nation.

This was given to me by publisher for an honest review

5 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.)

G926 one sip at a time; Learning to live in Provence

Title of the book: one sip at a time; Learning to live in Provence

Author: Keith van Sickle

Publisher: Self published

Publishing Date: 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9983120-0-2


Keith and Val had a dream – to live in Provence, the land of brilliant sunlight, charming hilltop villages and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean.

But there were two problems: they weren’t French speakers and they had full-time jobs. So they came up with a plan…

Follow their adventures (and misadventures) as they quit their jobs, become consultants and split their time between two countries. Laugh along as they build a life in Provence, slowly mastering a new language and making friends with the locals over long meals and just a bit too much wine.

This light and breezy memoir is full of wry observations on France, like the power of cheese to sway elections, the right and wrong ways for men to kiss each other, and the law requiring that blood donors must speak French.

If you’ve ever dreamed of changing gears and learning what joie de vivre is really all about, you won’t want to miss this delightful book.

Author Info:
(From the book)

Keith Van Sickle is a technology industry veteran and lifelong traveler who got his first taste of overseas life while studying in England during college. But it was the expat assignment to Switzerland that made him really fall in love with Europe. With his wife Val and their trusty dog, he now splits his time between Silicon Valley and Provence, delving ever deeper into what makes France so endlessly fascinating.


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Personal Opinion:

Looking for a short and sweet guide on what its like to live in France that is informative yet hilarious? Look no further than this book. I thought I read quite a lot on how Americans experienced France as tourists or as attempting to settle into a complex yet  rewarding world where pace of life is slow and where people are more welcoming. This book is part comedy and part information where the author dedicates short viginettes of French life for his audience. Some of the subjects that he tackles include French driving, kissing greetings and how holidays are celebrated where he stayed.

This is for France Book Tours


Monday, November 6
Review + Giveaway at Books, Dreams, Life

Tuesday, November 7
Review + Giveaway at An Accidental Blog

Wednesday, November 8
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at Locks, Hooks and Books

Thursday, November 9
Review by Grass Monster

Friday, November 10
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Monday, November 13
Review + + Excerpt + Giveaway at Musings of a Writer & Unabashed Francophile

Tuesday, November 14
Review + Guest-Post + Giveaway at Books Are Cool

Wednesday, November 15
Review by Shree

Thursday, November 16
Review at Shelf Rider

Friday, November 17
Review + Giveaway at Words And Peace

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.)

G948 Purple Turtle Graded Level 01

Title of the book: Purple Turtle Graded Level 01

Author: N/A

Publisher: Aadarsh Pvt. Ltd

Publishing Date: 2017



A1 Edutainment takes you to the world on an amazing new reading programme with Purple Turtle. The first level of Purple Turtle Graded Readers includes a set of 12 books with interesting stories and activities and 150 word count. This level is exclusively for learners who have just started reading. It is based on ATOS and Lexile reading level system. Comes with A Day with Purple; The Lost Bag; What Is That Smell?; A Family Visit; A Surprise for Roxy; The Runaway Wagon; Counting Insects; Purple Makes Soup; The Animal Parade; Music for Melody; Biggy's Bad Manners; Purple's New Shoes.

Author Info:
(From the iRead Website)

Purple Turtle is India’s 1st International brand with its educational content in several languages sold in more than 30 countries including Russia, China, US and UK. The character of Purple Turtle has delighted children across the globe through beautifully created Purple Turtle books, rhymes and videos available on YouTube.

Purple Turtle was created with the idea to spread education through a wide range of innovative books for children. To give them the experience of convenient online learning, Purple Turtle also brings both learning and entertainment on a common platform to give a wholesome learning experience to young minds.

​Connect with the publisher: Website ~ Twitter ~Facebook
Personal Opinion:

Although my son is not quite a reader yet, (about 19 months,) he does enjoy listening to Purple Turtle stories, namely A Day with Purple, Purple Makes Soup, The Animal Parade, and Purple's New Shoes. Each book is short, very colorful and it does teach children more than words; the little books cover colors, shapes, family, counting, etc. I also like the colorful illustrations that accompany each book and that show off Purple Turtle's world. I do think that focus on illustrations can be reworked because in one for example there is mention of strawberries and melon (Purple Makes Soup,) but I didn't see the illustration of strawberries and melon that should be there.

This is for iRead Book Tours


Oct 30 - Working Mommy Journal - review Level 2 / giveaway
Oct 31 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Level 2 / giveaway
Nov 1 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review Level 1 / giveaway
Nov 2 - Bound 4 Escape - review Level 3 / giveaway
Nov 6 - Sara's Organized Chaos - review Level 1 / giveaway
Nov 7 - T's Stuff - review Level 1 / giveaway
Nov 7 - One Frugal Girl - review Level 2 / giveaway
Nov 8 - Reading is My Passion - review Level 1 / giveaway
Nov 8 - Seasons of Opportunities - review of Level 3 / giveaway
Nov 9 - Divas With A Purpose - review Level 1 / giveaway
Nov 10 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Level 1
Nov 13 - Did you Hear About the Morgans? - review of Level 1
Nov 13 - Blooming with Books - review of Level 2 / giveaway
Nov 14 - Brooke Blogs - review of Level 1 / giveaway
Nov 14 - 100 Pages A Day - review of Level 1 / giveaway
Nov 15 - FUONLYKNEW - review of Level 3 / giveaway
Nov 16 - Kristin’s Novel Café - review of Level 3 / giveaway
Nov 16 - Singing Librarian Books - review of Level 1 / giveaway
Nov 17 - Bookworm for Kids - review of Level 3 / giveaway
Nov 20 - ebook addicts - review of Level 1 / giveaway
Nov 20 - Writer with Wanderlust - review of Level 3 / giveaway
Nov 21 - Adventures Thru Wonderland - review of Level 1 / giveaway
Nov 22 - Fantastic Feathers - review of Level 1 / giveaway
Nov 23 - Life as Leels - review of Level 1
Nov 24 - Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest - review of Level 1 / giveaway
Nov 24 - This Mom's Delight - review of Level 1 / giveaway
TBD - Just One More - review Level 3
TBD - Rockin' Book Reviews - review Level 3 / giveaway
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, November 1, 2017

Coming Attractions of November 2017

Last month I was unable to achieve my goals when it came to finishing and reading some books outside of book tours, I'm sad to report. Perhaps this month will be different? I don't have as many book tours on my blog, therefore I will be able to read and finish some books that are awaiting me for a while. I also am planning on reviewing some backup books, namely Traitor's Knot by Cryssa Bazos and To Be A Queen by Annie Whitehead. Cross fingers that I can review them!

For this month, I'm excited to report that a new book by Elizabeth St. John will be appearing on my blog, and I also will make sure that two of Jennifer Kincheloe's books will also be reviewed. Some other authors appearing on my blog include Death Comes by Sue Hallgarth which is a bit out of my depth because I know very little about the American literary scene in America. Also the first level of Purple Turtle books will appear along with a book spotlight for Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr (Book will be reviewed in January of next year!) Also I am planning on reading and reviewing Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaram. Without further ado, here is my November schedule:

Expect Reviews for... (Can Change)

Death Comes by Sue Hallgarth (November 4th, 2017 might get changed to a later date...) 

Purple Turtle Graded Readers Level 01 (November 10th, 2017)

One Sip at a time by Ketih Van Sickle (November 10th, 2017)

By Love Divided by Elizabeth St. John (November 17th, 2017)

Beyond Love by D.D. Marx (November 27th, 2017)

Book Spotlight for Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr (November 28th, 2017. Review to come in January)

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaram (I hope to be able to read and review it in November)

The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe (I hope to be able to read and review it in November)

The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe  (I hope to be able to read and review it in November)

Hopeful Reads... (Can change)

Bright from the Start; The Simle Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3 (Mine boy is almost 2...better get started)

The Heirs by Susan Rieger

The Master of Verona by David Blixt (To this day I still recall the Prince of Doom by the author. Really better get to this book as well...)

Washington's Spies; The story of America's First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose

Dinosaurs without bones; Dinosaur lives revealed by their trace fossils by Anthony J. Martin

Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey

House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick
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