Tuesday, May 31, 2011

#82 : The Fine Art of Insincerity - Angela Hunt


Synopsis & Book Info:
Three grown Southern sisters have ten marriages between them—and more loom on the horizon—when Ginger, the eldest, wonders if she’s the only one who hasn’t inherited what their family calls “the Grandma Gene”: the tendency to like the casualness of courtship better than the intimacy of marriage. Could it http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifbe that her two sisters are fated to serially marry, just like their seven-times wed grandmother, Mrs. Lillian Irene Harper Winslow Goldstein Carey James Bobrinski Gordon George? It takes a “girls only” weekend, closing up Grandma’s treasured beach house for the last time, for the sisters to really unpack their family baggage, examine their relationship DNA, and discover the true legacy their much-marrying grandmother left behind.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Howard Books
ISBN: 9781439182031
Purchase at Amazon


©2011


My Opinion:
This book was just okay for me, but it might be better for you.
It's a story about siblings, and it felt like a real story, but one I have heard before.
I didn't dislike it, or think it was phenomenal either, but there were good and bad points.
Bad: It took too long to get to a good plot with a hint something I had to have.
Good: Exceptional characters.
So my best advice would be to read it for yourselves.


3/5


Recommend? To women's lit fans, yes.


~I received a copy from Glass Road Public Communications. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

May Monthly News


Welcome to the Mothers Day/Victoria Day edition of Monthly News.
For Mothers Day I got a card and a new cap from my son, and a card and beautiful flowers from the hubby. I was spoiled with a day of rest, and had dinner with my in-laws. It was wonderful!
Victoria Day Weekend was much rain as usual. I was the only one who wanted to watch the fireworks, so it didn't happen. :-(


BOOKS:
1. Butterfly - Thomas Marent
2. Beyond Beautiful - Jan Bornstein
3. Private - James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (recommend)
4. The Guardian - Margaret Mallory (recommend)
5. The Hynoptist - M.J. Rose (recommend)
6. My Wife's Affair - Nancy Woodruff (recommend)
7. Shoulder Bags and Shootings - Dorothy Howell (recommend)
8. Snowflake Obsidian - The Hippie
9. Look Now: The World in Facts, Stats and Graphs
10. Treasures from the Attic - Mirjam Pressler (recommend)
11. Darkness Becomes Her - Kelly Keaton (recommend)
12. Pride in a Prayer - Charles Soto
13. I Used to Know That - Caroline Taggart
14. Enclave - Ann Aguirre (HIGHLY recommend)
15. Ideas the Changed the World
16. Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love (recommend)
17. Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles (recommend)

SERVICES:
1. Cardio Workout to Burn Fat (recommend)


PRODUCTS:

1. Lovemode Trendy Clothing (HIGHLY recommend)

YEARLY TOTAL: 81 Books, 1 Magazine, 1 Service, 13 Products, 1 Tv Show, 1 CD


FREDA'S FAVE FIVE (In No Particular Order):
1. Darkness Becomes Her - Kelly Keaton
2. My Wife's Affair - Nancy Woodruff
3. Enclave - Ann Aguirre
4. The Guardian - Margaret Mallory
5. The Hypnotist - M.J. Rose



BOOK OF THE MONTH:



AUTHOR INTERVIEWS:
1. With Layton Green
2. With Judy Serrano
3. With Christine Nolfi
4. With Christine Amsden
5. With Dean Mayes
6. With S. Dodson


SPONSORED POSTS:
1.Why God Matters Receives Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award
2. Spotlight: The Hypnotist - M.J. Rose
3. Children's Book Illustrators Create Artwork for Charity Auction
4. Car Donations Helping Children
5. Unite For Life Special Event


SPONSORED GIVEAWAYS:

1. Mothers Day Amazing Mothers Ebook
2. Giveaway at Pocket Change


PEARL GIRLS MOTHERS DAY POSTS:
1. With Margaret McSweeney
2. With Beth Engelman
3. With Megan Alexander
4. With Tricia Goyer
5. With Shellie Tomlinson
6. With Holley Gerth
7. With Suzanne Woods Fisher
8. With Lucinda Secrest McDowell
9. Winner Announcement

AWARDS:

This was awarded for completing the A TO Z BLOGGING CHALLENGE at Tossing It Out Blog. It was a lot of fun, and allowed me to interact with my readers, you guys, and get a little personal. So Thanks Arlee Bird for a great challenge!

I received the I Survived the A to Z Blogging Challenge award from author, Elizabeth Mueller. It's extremely kind of her to bestow us with this award, as I had fun doing the challenge. Thank you sincerely Elizabeth! Be sure to visit her blog, and tell me what you think.
I was also Tagged by Sherrie, so check that out for a laugh.

I just received The Irresistibly Sweet award from Lizzie at Butterliesz Are Free. Thank you to her for the sweet award. It is one I have received before but still appreciate.


CHALLENGES COMPLETED:
1. Romance Reading Challenge
2. 2011 Audiobook Challenge

Monday, May 30, 2011

Teaser Tuesday


HOST


* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

She could have been a role model for every woman my age who was finally embracing her orgasms and her sisters, letting her breasts go free, getting an education, a job, a female lover. I could have made a statement.

~ The Memoir of Marilyn Monroe - Sandi Gelles-Cole (TOURS JUNE 8)

#81: Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles


Synopsis & Book Info:
These 101 true stories of healing, divine intervention, and answered prayers prove that God is alive and very active in the world today, working miracles on our behalf. Regular people share their personal stories of God's Divine intervention and healing power as He makes the impossible possible! Evidence of His love and involvement in our lives will encourage, uplift, and recharge the faith of Catholic and all Christian readers.

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
ISBN: 9781935096511
Purchase at Amazon


©2010


My Opinion:
Another wonderful set of inspirational stories, some really blew me away too.
The best part of this book for me was the scripture at the beginning of most of the stories. What's more inspirational than a talk with God, even if only a sentence or two?
I loved this book is my final answer!


5/5


Recommend? Yes.


~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

#80: Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love


Synopsis & Book Info:
Everyone loves a good love story. And we all love stories about how the love started and blossomed. This fun new book about dating, romance, love, and marriage, will make you laugh and make you cry, and is guaranteed to inspire you to renew that search for your soul mate or open your heart a little more to the one you already have. Read about how couples met, when "they knew", good and bad dates, proposals, maintaining the relationship, second chances, and all the other ups and downs of love, romance and marriage.

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
ISBN: 9781935096436
Purchase at Amazon


©2009


My Opinion:
Not the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book I have read, and won't be the last! I love these inspirational short stories, from real people famous or not.
This book was especially nice with a love theme attached to it. All the stories were heart melting and wonderful. They were as always inspirational too!
I can't wait to pop open the next book I have in the series... and be sure to know I will soon!


5/5


Recommend? Yes.


~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Get to Know Author S. Dodson

Let's give a warm welcome to S. Dodson, author of Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. Please check out her book website, and let me know what you think of it when you are done.


1. Please tell readers about your current book.
Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. is suitable for the straight A student, the
troubled teen, and the girl looking to be empowered. The goal is to
transform our teens into successful women by giving them the tools
needed to build their self confidence and self esteem. This book
focuses on the hottest topics facing teens such as relationships, self
esteem, bullying, the importance of education, and how to set goals.
If guidance is what you need, Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. is here to the
rescue!



2. Who or what inspires your writing?
Life inspires me to write. I was inspired to write Teen Girls Need
L.O.V.E. after hearing about so many teens committing suicide after
being bullied. My heart went out to the teens. I felt it was important
to write a book that shows teens that they can overcome any problem
life throws their way.


3. When did you know you would be a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer my senior year of high school. I took a
competitive speaking class and enjoyed seeing my writing come to life.


4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?
It took me six months to write my first book. I was juggling school,
work, and writing.


5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing is staying focused. I have so many
different things going on at once that I get easily distracted so I
try to put myself on a writing schedule.


6. Do you have any writing rituals?
My writing rituals consist of writing the beginning and ending then
filling in the middle of the story.


7. Have you written any thing else?
This is my first non-fiction book. I've written fiction books, poems,
and short stories.


8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
My advice is to have thick skin because everyone is not going to like
your work. Sometimes you may get writer's block or feel like the end
is not in sight. Take a break if you have to, but finish the
product.It is nothing more rewarding then seeing your work come to
life.


9. Who is your favorite Author? What is your favorite book?
I have too many to choose just one favorite. I like books from many
different genres.


10. What are you currently reading?
I'm currently reading a text book about qualitative design.


11. How do readers find out more about you?
Readers can find out more about me by visiting my website at
www.teengirlsneedlove.com. You can also send me an email at
teengirlsneedlove@gmail.com.

Author Bio:
S.Dodson is originally from Arkansas and currently resides in Northern
Virginia. She is pursuing a doctorate degree in education specializing
in adult learning and higher education. She holds a B.A. in psychology
and a M.A. in counseling from Her memberships include Kappa Delta Pi
honor s society, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority incorporated, and the
American Management Association.Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. is her first
non-fiction book. She wrote this book with the hopes of inspiring all
teens to push to the next level.



Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. is suitable for the straight A student, the troubled teen, and the girl looking to be empowered. The goal is to transform our teens into successful women by giving them the tools needed to build their self confidence and self esteem. This book focuses on the hottest topics facing teens such as relationships, self esteem, bullying, the importance of education, and how to set goals. If guidance is what you need, Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. is here to the rescue!

Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: Mahogney Ink Publications
ISBN: 9780982795026
Purchase at Amazon

Sunday, May 29, 2011

#79: Ideas that Changed the World


Synopsis & Book Info:
Ideas that Changed the World combines the quality and breadth of a modern design museum with the high standards of a DK reference title. Stunning photography and beautifully written stories work together to give the reader a unique experience. We don't just show you what's ground-breaking about a space suit, we explain its place in history and space exploration, and the other inventions it has influenced. Readers will be struck with wonder by each item and sense the excitement that so many discoveries inspire.
Each subject is introduced through text and a close-up photograph. Captivating icons lead the reader further into the story behind the object and then on to a collections spread featuring similar inventions and developments that shaped the design before and afterward.
Some of the incredible inventions and ideas featured are: microscope (Charles Darwin’s), telescope (Isaac Newton's), antibiotics, elevators, eyeglasseshttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif, the bicycle, auto pilot, the blackboard (as used by Albert Einstein), tin cans, umbrellas, buttons, TV, satellites, submarines, Captain Cook's travel cooking implements, the wheel, cement, a volcanologist's heat-proof uniform, the first Roman coin, bar codes, the first video game, the Walkman, the first Apple computer, surf boards, film animation, and much, much more!

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
ISBN: 9781405356831
Purchase at Amazon


©2010


My Opinion:
Now this is how I like my information laid out in a book.
I didn't love the last DK book I reviewed because I thought it was too busy, too much on one page, and just information overload, but this book is exactly what I enjoy for a layout. It's got all the information laid out clear and with really fantastic illustrations. The information is not all crammed in, but feels comfortable on the page and the eyes.
I definitely think people will like this book for it's content too. It's the coolest thing in the world to discover something new when you're shopping, that'll make your life easier. Well how about knowing where it came from. Literally. Right down to the light bulb that was discovered around 1881. We all use them, even now! Yeah, you know the story behind it, but when you see the original, it puts things it a different light.
So this one is a huge thumbs up from me!


5/5


Recommend? Yes!


~I received a copy from DK Canada. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

#78: Enclave - Ann Aguirre


Synopsis & Book Info:
WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE In Deuce's world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed 'brat' has trained into one of three groups-Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.
As a Huntress, her purpose is clear--to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She's worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing's going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce's troubles are just beginning.
Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn't like following orders. At first she thinks he's crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don't always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she's never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.
As Deuce's perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy... but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she's ever known.

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 9780312650087
Purchase at Amazon





©2011


My Opinion:
Thank you Velvet for referring me to Ksenia to read and review this amazing book!
When I read Velvet's review, I knew I had to read this book.
Imagine what life will be like when the world suffers much devastation and hunger. Where would the people go if meteors hit the world?
Well, this book gives an idea, a pretty cool idea too, into what life would be like after disaster. The things that happen, and the characters make this such an exciting tale!
I really hope there is a book 2.
I sincerely suggest getting a copy.... I don't want to give anything away, but I guarantee you will enjoy it!
A definite must read for all fantasy or dysotopian fans!


5/5


Recommend? Most definitely!


~I received a copy from MacMillan. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

#77: I Used to Know That - Caroline Taggart


Synopsis & Book Info:
If you've forgotten the capital city of Chile; the basics of osmosis; how to solve a quadratic equation; the names of the Bennet sisters in "Pride and Prejudice"; who wrote the famous poem about daffodils; the use of a conjunction or the number of continents in the world, "I Used to Know That" will provide all the answers. A light-hearted and informative reminder of all the things that we learned in school but have since become relegated to the backs of our minds, "I Used to Know That" features hundreds of important snippets of wisdom, facts, theories, equations, phrases, rules and sayings.It is a practical guide to turn to when an answer is eluding you, when helping a child with homework or preparing them for the new school year, or maybe just to brush up on trivia for the pub quiz. "I Used to Know That" covers English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography and General Studies, so never again will you find yourself stumped!

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Michael O Mara Publications
ISBN: 9781843173090
Purchase at Amazon


Author Bio:
Caroline Taggart has been an editor of non-fiction books for nearly 30 years and has covered nearly every subject from natural history and business to gardening and astronomy. She has written several books and was the editor of Writer's Market UK 2009.


©2009


My Opinion:
This is a fantastic little book! Everything in it is something you learn in school, but often as adults we forget. It was nice to read through and refresh my mind with this useful information.
It has every thing from presidents and prime ministers, to royalty and their reign. From every war to every turning point in history. Plus a lot of other useful things too.
A great gift for students who need a bit of help in history, or for an adult who loves it.


5/5


Recommend? Yes.


~I received a copy from FSB Associates. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Get to Know Author Dean Mayes


Let's give a warm welcome to Dean Mayes, author of The Hambledown Dream. Please check out his website, and let me know what you think of it when you are done.



1. Please tell readers about your current book.
Thank you Freda for welcoming me here today.
The Hambledown Dream is best described as a contemporary love story which has very subtle paranormal undertones - chief among these is the notion of reincarnation. The story introduces two young men - an Australian, Denny Banister who has had the world at his feet; a successful career, a passion for the guitar and he is in love with Sonya – who his best friend and soul mate. Tragically for Denny, however, he is struck down with inoperable cancer & he is destined to die.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world Andy DeVries has almost nothing; he is alienated from his family, he moves through a dangerous Chicago underworld dealing in drugs, battling addiction & now he’s gone and overdosed - jeopardizing the only thing that matters to him; a place at a prestigious Conservatory for classical guitar.
Having been snatched from the abyss Andy recovers, but he is plagued by dreams - memories of a love he has never felt, and a life he's never lived. Driven by the need for redemption and by the love for a woman he's never met, Andy begins a quest to find her, knowing her only by the memories of a stranger and the dreams of a place called Hambledown.



2. Who or what inspires your writing?
I have been drawn to the works of Simon Winchester, a former journalist who has penned a number of fantastic non fiction books over the past 20 years. My favorite of his would have to be "The Surgeon of Crowethorne" which paints a vivid account of a very damaged man who provided more word and definitions to the creators of the Oxford English Dictionary than any other contributor - and he did it from the confines of a lunatic asylum in rural England.


3. When did you know you would be a writer?
Writing is something I have loved since I was about eight years old. I always cited English and Literature among my favorite subjects and pursued them right throughout my schooling. The desire to write a novel came about in my late teens and it has been something of an obsession with me ever since.



4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?

The Hambledown Dream took about 13 months to write from the time I committed to the project, although the idea for the novel germinated some 8 years ago. I wasn't in a position both mentally or practically, however, to write it until early 2009. I was - and still am in some respects - a terminal procrastinator.


5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I often cite dialogue as being the most challenging thing to master as a writer. I often struggle with it but I do believe I am getting better. I often compare myself to the 'Close Talker' from Seinfeld. I have a tendency to examine peoples conversations from a distance...until I realize that I've totally invaded their personal space.


6. Do you have any writing rituals?
I try to devote Mondays purely to the pursuit of writing but I mostly write at night whilst I am at work. I'm an ICU Nurse and there are plenty of opportunities in the dead of night when everything is under control, to get out my tablet and get some words down.


7. Have you written any thing else?
I am currently working on my second novel which carries the working title of "Gifts of the Peramangk". It is to be set in contemporary Australia and it follows a young Aboriginal girl who is an undiscovered violin prodigy. She lives in abject poverty with a dysfunctional family and there seems to be little hope for her. But she is about to be discovered and her young life will change forever.
I also write short stories and articles which readers can find at my website - http://www.deanfromaustralia.com



8. Any advice to aspiring writers?

So much of our writing is committed to the computer now days. I think it is important however for a writer to invest in a good quality journal with which to write down your ideas and brainstorms. And in doing so, always write your notes with a pencil. It's just a more organic way of doing this.


9. Who is your favorite Author?
I mentioned Simon Winchester earlier but this I will add the late journalist Matt Price. He was an Australian journalist who wrote a regular political column in our national broadsheet "The Australian" called "The Sketch". It was a wonderfully acerbic, satirical look into the inner workings of Australian politics and it basically took a lot of the hot air out of the daily spin cycle in our nation's capital. Matt Price died suddenly in 2007 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor and he was mourned right across the nation.


10. What is your favorite book?
My gosh, there are so many but I would have to say that Walter Lord's superb account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic "A Night To Remember" is one that I often read again and again. I have a tattered paper back copy in my library at home which I bought for 20 cents at a hospital jumble sale when I was a kid and it is a treasured possession indeed. Lord's minute by minute account is unquestionably the finest ever put to paper.


11. What are you currently reading?
"The Kings Speech" by Mark Logue. This is the true account of the relationship between King George and Lionel Logue - the speech therapist who helped the King overcome his crippling stutter and deliver one of the defining speeches of the 20th century at the outbreak of WW2. It gives a wonderful insight into the wonderful nature of both men and their friendship.


12. How do readers find out more about you?
My website, Dean from Australia (http://www.deanfromaustralia.com) is my central portal for everything I'm doing right now. Visitors can browse my short story work, listen to audio interviews I have done over the past year and they can download a free audiobook sampler of my novel The Hambledown Dream as read by me. A sort of try before you buy - if you will. And, of course, readers can also purchase my novel both in print and digital formats directly from my site.



Australian Denny Banister had it all; a successful career, a passion for the guitar, and Sonya - the love of his life. Tragically, Denny is struck down with inoperable cancer.
Andy DeVries has almost nothing; alienated from his family, moving through a dangerous Chicago underworld dealing in drugs, battling addiction; all while keeping a wavering hold on the only thing that matters to him: a place at a prestigious conservatory for classical guitar in Chicago.
As Andy recovers from a near fatal overdose, he is plagued by dreams - memories of a love he has never felt, and a life he's never lived. Driven by the need for redemption and by the love for a woman he's never met, he begins a quest to find her, knowing her only by the memories of a stranger and the dreams of a place called Hambledown...

Kindle Edition: 1532 KB: 284 pages
Publisher: ireadiwrite Publishing
ASIN: B0035FZLL0
Purchase at Amazon


AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY:


OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!



Thanks to Dean I have 1 Signed Kindle (mobi) copy to giveaway!


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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Giveaway: Beg for Mercy - Jami Alden


He lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching . . . And once he has you, all you can do is. . .
BEG FOR MERCY.
Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love. Cole Williams wasn't just handsome and passionate, he was one of the good guys. Or so she thought, until he arrested her brother-the only family she has left-for a murder she knows he couldn't have possibly committed. Now, with her heart broken and her brother's life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO.
Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned. But when she insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can't stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city's elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey.


OPEN TO US AND CANADA
One copy per household.
No PO Boxes.


Thanks to Brianne and Hachette Book Group, I have 3 copies up for grabs!


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Have you ever begged for anything?


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Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Friday 56


Welcome to Week 29 with me!



Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky.

It's that simple.


Enclave - Ann Aguirre

PAGE 56:

Fade dug into his bag and produced a little tin. Unlike the one that had nearly gotten us in trouble with the Wordkeeper, this one was silver and faded.




Tuesday, May 24, 2011

#76: Pride in a Prayer - Charles Soto


Synopsis & Book Info:
Follow young Sarah Tillbrook as she struggles with love, grief and heartache. Caught between her racial parents and in love with a man they would not accept, Sarah's world spins out of control when devastation strikes. What she endures and survives meets her with her greatest fears, questions her faith and dares the unimaginable, to dream and believe and to never give up hope. An emotional rollercoaster of plot twists, with an ending you won't soon forget or have seen coming.

Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: PublishAmerica
ISBN: 9781451219258
Purchase at Amazon


Author Bio:
Charles Soto lives in northern Minnesota with his wife of twenty-one years and his two daughters. His sole purpose in his writing is to incite reaction and make readers think and feel the entire story for themselves by expelling hard-driving emotion in his plots. Continuing to deliver storylines that boil to an explosive conclusion and draw strong reactions, he proves himself a master at the game of love and heartache with his inspiring style of writing. Along with his passion and talents for writing, Charles Soto is also a very talented ceramicist/sculptor. He creates bisque works in the renaissance, fantasy, and Native American styles. His artwork as well as his writing conveys his inner-most desires that fuel his appetite for the arts. His debut novel, Heartache and Sin will soon be followed by, Pride and a Prayer and promises to be just as profound and provocative. www.authorcharlessoto.com or www.charzarts.com


©2010


My Opinion:
I really wanted to like this book, and I do, but I didn't love it. Not like the feeling I got when I read Heartache & Sin.
Charles is a great writer, the words he chose is what I enjoyed. How he told the tale.
The story just didn't wow me this time though.

2/5


Recommend? No, but I do recommend Heartache & Sin (link goes to my review)


~I received a copy from the author. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Monday, May 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday


HOST


* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

The biography and poetry book go into the thrift store stack, then I briefly consider the Carnegie. I read How to Win Friends in college, but perhaps I ought to brush up on the basic principles.

~ Page 130, The Fine Art of Insincerity - Angela Hunt (Tours June 1st)

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Lovemode Trendy Clothing



Lovemode sells trendy juniors clothing at affordable prices. Some of the items that we carry are clubwear and trendy juniors clothing for the fashion forward girl. Our mission is to help girls look the best that they can by providing them with cheap juniors clothing that are still fashionable and trendy. Lovemode carries a wide variety of dresses, tops, denim, and sale items for girls.





©2011


My Opinion:
I have a new favorite dress place!
Yup!
Every time my hubby has extra money, I will hit him up for one of the many fantastic dresses I saw on Lovemode's website.
No kidding!
I was nervous the dress I picked would be too small or not work just the way I like, buying over the net you don't have the option of trying things on, but let me reassure you their measurements are exactly correct! So what you see or read is exactly what you get! Got to love that!
So a huge recommendation from yours truly!


Me, in my new Lovemode dress.



5/5


Recommend?
Most definitely!!!


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Saturday, May 21, 2011

#75: Darkness Becomes Her - Kelly Keaton


Synopsis & Book Info:
Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.
Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.
She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.
Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 9781442409248
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©2011


My Opinion:
This is one of the most fascinating stories around!
Greek Gods, vampires and shapeshifters... now who wouldn't call that exciting?!
This story of Ari is so cool, as I was getting to the end, I was wishing it would keep going. I didn't want the story to end, and ironically the author creatively left room for more to be written. I have no idea if this is a plan though.
I really loved it. The way New Orleans was changed, yet familiar. The cool characters that were each different, and the sense of mystery that wrapped the whole book, make this one of my new favorites!


5/5


Recommend? Most definitely!


~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Friday, May 20, 2011

#74: Treasures from the Attic - Mirjam Pressler (WITH GIVEAWAY)


Synopsis & Book Info:
The story is one that is envisioned by many: a relative, an old woman who has lived in the same home for a lifetime, passes away, her death prompting the inevitable task of sorting through her effects by her surviving family. But in the attic in this particular house, a treasure trove of historic importance is found. Rarely does this become an actuality, but when Helene Elias died, no one could put a price on what she left behind.
Helene Elias was born Helene Frank, sister to Otto Frank, and therefore aunt to Anne Frank. Ensconced upstairs in the house she inherited from her mother, and eventually passed on to her son, Buddy Elias, Anne’s cousin and childhood playmate, was the documented legacy of the Frank family: a vast collection of photos, letters, drawings, poems, and postcards preserved throughout decades—a cache of over 6,000 documents in all.
Chronicled by Buddy’s wife, Gertrude, and renowned German author Mirjam Pressler, these findings weave an indelible, engaging, and endearing portrait of the family that shaped Anne Frank. They wrote to one another voluminously; recounted summer holidays, and wrote about love and hardships. They reassured one another during the terrible years and waited anxiously for news after the war had ended. Through these letters, they rejoiced in new life, and honored the memories of those they lost.
Anne’s family believed themselves to ordinary members of Germany’s bourgeoisie. That they were wrong is part of history, and we celebrate them here with this extraordinary account.


Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385533393
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©2011


My Opinion:
If you read The Diary of Anne Frank, such as I did, you know what a wonderful girl she was in one of the worst time in history.
Who wouldn't want to know where she came from?!
When I saw Treasures from the Attic, I knew I would love it!
Anne Frank's story stayed with me most of my life, since reading her story as a child. It resonated deep in my soul, how strong not only this girl, but those in her family hiding with her.
Now I know where she gets it from.
Her family has been through so much, and still maintaining a high amount of dignity along the way. This family is one that is easy to read about and fall in love with.
Yes there is a few heart wrenching moments, but those moments show who these people really are as well.
A definite good read!


5/5


Recommend? Yes.


~I received a copy from DoubleDay. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Friday 56


Welcome to Week 28 with me!



Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
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It's that simple.


Treasures from the Attic: The Extraordinary Story of Anne Frank's Family - Mirjam Pressler

PAGE 56:

Then Uncle Bernhard told the girls about how Uncle Moritz had gotten married, which had turned out to be rather difficult, since the Stattigkeit stated that only fifteen Jewish weddings per year were permitted in Frankfurt.




#73: Look Now: The World in Facts, Stats and Graphics


Synopsis & Book Info:
Look Now is a spellbinding picture of our world and its people conveyed through info-graphics. The five exciting chapters-Earth, People, Power, Industry, and Connections-examine the physical world and different spheres of human activity, and present facts, figures, graphics, illustrations, and photographs in a way that tells the interconnected stories of the modern world.
Half encyclopedia, half almanac, and 100% awesome, the book delivers the information with a stunning array of graphic and visual tools that encourage the reader not only to understand the world we live in, but to see it in a brand new light.

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: DK Publishing
ISBN: 9780756662868
Purchase at Amazon


©2010


My Opinion:
It's hard for me when I wasn't blown away by a book. I struggle for the right things to say.
This was one of those books.
I don't want to hack it apart and say bad things, it had great content, I just thought it was too much one each page.
Literally it killed the experience for me having so much, on one small space, every single page.
DK has so many great books that tell you pretty much the same thing, and are laid out a little better.
It wasn't a favorite of mine, but that doesn't mean it won't work for you, so don't let my opinion deter you if you look interested.


2.5/5


Recommend? Not this time.


~I received a copy from DK Canada. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

#72 :Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter - The Hippie with Anger Issues


Synopsis & Book Info:
Willow is nineteen, naïve, and Mormon. She genuinely sucks at having relationships with the opposite sex, thanks to her daddy issues—as in she has a dad and wishes she didn’t. Her only perfect relationship is with her best friend, Jo. But when Willow and Jo fall for the same guy, Willow finds herself friendless and falling in love with a drug addict. Feeling confused, guilty, and alone, she turns to cutting herself as a way to cope.
Snowflake Obsidian is a memoir about one girl’s transformation from being naïve due to living in a protected religious culture, to understanding the many faces of love in this paradoxical journey. As Willow steps into the world outside her religious ideals she finds herself in situations she’d never imagined: getting a body piercing at a parlor full of sex-toys; purchasing the morning after pill for a friend who had been raped; attending a support group for co-dependents; putting all her faith in a snowflake obsidian stone when she can’t cope with her depression; and living with her boyfriend while trying to remain abstinent on this journey that ultimately illuminates Willow’s dark side which fully allows her to know the light. Her intelligent and humorous voice bluntly shares her story with the perfect blend of nostalgic observance and cynical optimism in this witty memoir about life, love and learning.

Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: iUniverse.com
ISBN: 9781450265546
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Author Bio:
The Hippie received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Utah and worked briefly as a licensed mental health therapist before leaving her job to pursue writing. She prefers ice cream in the winter, beanies in the summer, and only plays sports when properly guilt-tripped. She currently lives with her husband and two dogs in Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit her website.





©2011







My Opinion:
Funny, heart-wrenching, real, these are all words that stick in my mind after reading this memoir.
The hippie has a unique way of writing, using a humorous approach to tackle tough subjects like self-mutilation and relationships.
Yes, the author is a cutter. Not a story I have read much about, and yet I have a healthy curiosity in regards to it and what makes a cutter, cut. I now feel like I have an understanding of why and what, and I am glad to have that knowledge now.
Sensitive subject, yes, but not what the whole book was about. It was mostly a memoir of a girl growing into a woman, and her relationships along the way, including with family.
I definitely think a lot of readers will enjoy this book!


4/5


Recommend? Yes!


~I received a copy for Pump Up Your Book Tours. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

#71: Shoulder Bags and Shootings - Dorothy Howell


Synopsis & Book Info:
A clever, fast-moving plot propels Howell's third mystery to feature L.A. fashionista Haley Randolph (after 2009's Purses and Poison). Haley really hated Tiffany Markham, her arch-rival in the purse party business, but she didn't shoot Tiffany and stuff her body in the trunk of a Mercedes belonging to Ada Cameron, the grandmother of Haley's boyfriend and department store owner, Ty Cameron. Discovering who did is a challenge, ditto snaring this season's totally hot Sinful handbag. Can Haley do both and stay out of jail? While Haley's hyperventilating first-person voice can be too much at times (I perked up in my seat, beyond excited, way past thrilled, bordering on crazed), the action is smoother than the butter-soft leather of a Prada bag, and the gritty details of working retail are spot-on. Airhead Haley displays appealing grace under fire as she also deals with her stalking nemesis and former boss, lawyer Kirk Keegan.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 9780758223784
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©2010


My Opinion:
Cute.
Fashion, mystery and a hint of romance is what this book is.
While I liked the book, a lot even, there wasn't anything that surprised me or even through me for a loop. Every thing was pretty predictable.
It was exactly what I needed at the moment though, and a few times I laughed out loud while reading.
I also had no idea it was a third book in a series, and didn't feel lost. So I definitely think it can be read as a stand alone.


4/5


Recommend? Yes.


~I received a copy from FSB Associates. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Get to Know Author Christine Amsden


Let's give a warm welcome to Christine Amsden, author of The Immortality Virus. Please check out her website, and let me know what you think of it when you are done.


1. Please tell readers about your current book.
The Immortality Virus

In the mid-21st century, the human race stopped aging. Those who know why aren’t talking, and the few who are brave enough to ask questions tend to disappear. To an elite few, The Change means long life and health, but to the ever-increasing masses, it means starvation, desperation, and violence.
Four centuries after The Change, Grace Harper, a blacklisted P.I., sets off on a mission to find the man responsible for it all and solicit his help to undo The Change ― if he’s still alive. To complicate matters, Grace’s employer is suspected of murdering his father, and when the police learn of their connection, they give her a choice ― help them find the evidence they need to convict Matthew Stanton, or die. But if they discover Grace’s true mission, they won’t hesitate to kill her in order to preserve their shot at immortality.


2. Who or what inspires your writing?
In 2003, I attended a by-audition “boot camp” with Orson Scott Card, who, aside from being a very good science fiction and fantasy author, is a wonderful teacher. Though I know I have always been a writer, I also feel that this was a turning point, when I became a professional writer.


3. When did you know you would be a writer?
I'm not sure when the thought consciously crossed my mind, but I have always been a writer at heart. Even before I could read, I would look at picture books and spend hours making up stories about them. I wrote my first short story, about Cabbage Patch Dolls going to Mars, at 7 or 8, and by that time I knew I had to write. It wasn't even a choice.


4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?
Twenty-seven years. : )
I get this question a lot, and I don't know any other way to answer it except to give you my age when I finished the first novel I published. Everything before that led to me finally finishing something I was willing to sell, including scrapped drafts of short stories that had nothing to do with it. I don't keep track of how long I take to write a specific book, because it leads to mathematical chaos. How do I count the months between drafts that I spend working on other projects, perhaps even waiting for critiques of my first novel? How do I count daydreaming time? The creative process is difficult to quantify. I will say that in the seven years since I finished Touch of Fate, I have finished five more books (including The Immortality Virus), and that with each one, I seem to get a little better and more efficient.


5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Marketing. I've had to fight natural shyness to get out there and tell people about me and my books, but I think I'm getting better at that, too. Lately, I've discovered that I meet a lot of people and make a lot of friends when I really put myself out there.


6. Do you have any writing rituals?
Yes. When it is time to write, I light a candle, meditate for a few minutes, using deep breathing exercises to clear my mind, then I suck on a hard mint and turn on a music mix. The ritual helps me focus, and it uses all five senses to help queue my mind that it's time to start writing.


7. Have you written anything else?
The Immortality Virus is my second complete novel. At this point, I have four books, all in the same series, that I hope to see published soon. My first novel is called Touch of Fate, and it is a paranormal suspense.


8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
Lots! In fact, I write regular tips for writers on my blog at www.christineamsden.com


9. Who is your favorite Author?
I only get to pick one? I like so many different authors, and for many different reasons. I read science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, and even young adult – each type of writing is my favorite when I'm reading it, and many authors are my favorite when I'm with them. I love Orson Scott Card, Asimov, Heinlein, Robert Jordan, Jim Butcher, JK Rowling, Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux, Catherine Anderson, Madeleine L'Engle...just to name a few


10. What is your favorite book?
My answer is pretty much the same as my answer to my favorite author. Ender's Game, Stranger in a Strange Land, the Foundation series, The Wheel of Time series, The Dresden Files, Harry Potter, Perfect, A Knight in Shining Armor, Blue Skies, and A Wrinkle in Time, just to name a few. :)


11. What are you currently reading?
Mistwood by Leah Cypess (YA Fantasy) and Love's Bounty by F. Roseanne Bittner (Historical Romance). I'm often juggling three books at a time: one in print, one on audio, and one I'm critiquing for a class or a friend. I read almost anything – just give me characters!


12. How do readers find out more about you?
www.christineamsden.com
I update my blog regularly with writing tips, book reviews, new on my own writing, and sometimes whatever is on my mind! I'm very active on goodreads and I'm a member of book blogs. Plus, if you're an aspiring writer, I teach wokrshops at http://www.savvyauthors.com. This July, I'm teaching one on novel beginnings, and in January 2012, I'm teaching a world building workshop for fantasy and science fiction writers.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to me today!
If I were to share one thing about myself as a reader and a writer, it would be that I love characters. Forget genre. I want someone I can sympathize with, relate to, admire, or even envy. I write cross-genre, but always with strong female heroines with some underlying issues.
I try to be friendly and approachable, so feel free to contact me with questions or comments. I love comments on my blog, and I love e-mails from readers.

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In the mid-21st century, the human race stopped aging. Those who know why aren't talking, and the few who are brave enough to ask questions tend to disappear. To an elite few, The Change means long life and health, but to the increasing masses, it means starvation, desperation, and violence.
Four centuries after The Change, Grace Harper, a blacklisted P.I., sets off on a mission to find the man responsible for it all and solicit his help to undo The Change - if he's still alive. To complicate matters, Grace's employer is suspected of murdering his father, and when the police learn of their connection, they give her a choice - help them find the evidence they need to convict Matthew Stanton, or die. But if they discover Grace's true mission, they won't hesitate to kill her in order to protect their shot at immortality.

Kindle Edition: 533 KB
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
ASIN: B004WOY0W4
Purchase at Amazon

Monday, May 16, 2011

Teaser Tuesday


HOST


* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:


And she'd done that for Doug? Dull Doug?

~ Page 178, Shoulder Bags and Shootings - Dorothy Howell

Sunday, May 15, 2011

EBook Giveaway: Treasure Me - Christine Nolfi

Please check out my interview with author, Christine Nolfi, from yesterday. She was courteous enough to offer an ebook of her new book Treasure Me to one of you lucky ducks!


Synopsis:
Petty thief Birdie Kaminsky has arrived in Liberty, Ohio to steal a treasure hidden since the Civil War. She’s in possession of a charming clue passed down in her family for generations: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.
The beautiful thief wants to go straight. She secretly admires the clue’s author, freed woman Justice Postell, who rose above the horrors of slavery to build a new life in Ohio. According to family lore, Justice left South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War. Heavy with child, she carried untold riches on her journey north. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, the French plantation owner who was Birdie’s ancestor.
If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie can’t help but wonder if she’s found one—Liberty’s feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, who packs a pistol and heartwarming stories about Justice. Birdie doesn’t know that an investigative reporter who has arrived in town will trip her up—as will her conscience when she begins to wonder if it’s possible to start a new life with stolen riches. Yet with each new clue she unearths, Birdie begins to discover a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she could imagine.


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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Get to Know Author Christine Nolfi


Let's give a warm welcome to Christine Nolfi, author of Treasure Me. Please check out her website, and let me know what you think of it when you are done.


1. Please tell readers about your current book.
Treasure Me, the first book in the Liberty series, is a blend of comedy, romance and mystery. Petty thief Birdie Kaminsky arrives in Liberty, Ohio to steal a treasure hidden since the Civil War. She’s in possession of a charming clue passed down in her family for generations: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.
The beautiful thief wants to go straight. She secretly admires the clue’s author, freed woman Justice Postell, who rose above the horrors of slavery to build a new life in Ohio. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, the French plantation owner who was Birdie’s ancestor.
If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie can’t help but wonder if she’s found one—Liberty’s feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, who packs a pistol and heartwarming stories about Justice. Birdie doesn’t know that an investigative reporter who has arrived in town will trip her up—as will her conscience when she begins to wonder if it’s possible to start a new life with stolen riches. Yet with each new clue she unearths, she discovers a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she imagined.


2. Who or what inspires your writing?
The possibility of making a positive impact on a reader’s life. Of touching someone deeply, just as I’ve been moved by compelling novels.


3. When did you know you would be a writer?
Honestly, I can’t recall a time when I didn’t write. Poems. Short stories. Later, novels. After college, I owned a small public relations firm. But I was always moving toward the day when I’d write fiction.
Like all writers, I began with an insatiable hunger for books. When I was a child, I used to wander through libraries drawing my fingertips across the spines of books. I felt like I was touching other souls, reaching into other lives I would only know through their words.


4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?
Two years. I was in college, and wrote feverishly on a typewriter. And rewrote the six hundred pages, over and over. The novel is still hiding in my basement, dusty and unloved.


5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Turning off my internal editor. I never feel the prose is good enough. This tendency spills over into my overall love of literature: I read most books with a red pen at the ready. Undoubtedly the habit is derived from my past life writing promotional material and press releases for Ohio companies.


6. Do you have any writing rituals?
Absolutely. Creating a compelling novel requires mind-body balance. I start writing early in the morning then knock off around lunchtime to head to the gym. After I work out for an hour, I return home to edit the morning’s pages. And I eat well—lots of fruits and veggies, thank you very much.
I’m the mother of four adopted children, all now young adults, and my mothering instinct is strong. Given that, I find it very disheartening when attending writing conferences and finding so many of my compatriots overweight and appearing unhealthy. They deserve better. I want to take them aside, one by one, and say, “God gave you this marvelous gift. You can’t fully honor your creativity unless you honor yourself as well.” Of course the demands of the publishing life make any sort of balance difficult to maintain.


7. Have you written anything else?
In the last eight years, I’ve written five novels. Second Chance Grill, another book in the Liberty series, will appear on Amazon in June. The remaining three are stand-alone novels. They’ll be released on Amazon in late summer and into early autumn.


8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
Find a specific time of day to write, even if only for a few minutes. Join a critique group to improve your skills. Don’t diminish your well-being by pulling all-nighters pounding out fiction. This isn’t a college exam. Producing your best work comes with time, reading often and well, and having the courage to put emotion on paper.


9. Who is your favorite author?
Geraldine Brooks, Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Patchett, Fannie Flagg, Sarah Gruen—so many talented authors come to mind. When I complete a novel, I must—absolutely must—take a month or two off simply to catch up on my reading. There’s nothing as delicious as starting a new book and thinking, “Oh, this is wonderful. How will I ever put this down tonight?”


10. What is your favorite book?
The Bible. I try to read a passage from the Old or New Testament every night.


11. What are you currently reading?
Sadly, nothing at the moment other than my own books. I’m doing a final polish of Second Chance Grill while fleshing out the first draft of a novel set in Istanbul. The Istanbul novel is a departure from the comedic writing I’ve been doing of late.


12. How do readers find out more about you?
I’d be delighted if they’d visit my blog: http://christinenolfibooks.blogspot.com

About the Author:
Christine owned a small public relations firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Her articles and press releases have appeared regionally in northeast Ohio. Her short story, Night Hour, appeared in Working Mother magazine.
Christine closed the firm fifteen years ago after she traveled to the Philippines and adopted a sibling group of four children. She has been writing novels full-time since 2004. Treasure Me is the first book of the Liberty, Ohio series.
The second book in the Liberty series, Second Chance Grill, will be released June, 2011.

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Petty thief Birdie Kaminsky has arrived in Liberty, Ohio to steal a treasure hidden since the Civil War. She’s in possession of a charming clue passed down in her family for generations: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.
The beautiful thief wants to go straight. She secretly admires the clue’s author, freed woman Justice Postell, who rose above the horrors of slavery to build a new life in Ohio. According to family lore, Justice left South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War. Heavy with child, she carried untold riches on her journey north. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, the French plantation owner who was Birdie’s ancestor.
If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie can’t help but wonder if she’s found one—Liberty’s feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, who packs a pistol and heartwarming stories about Justice. Birdie doesn’t know that an investigative reporter who has arrived in town will trip her up—as will her conscience when she begins to wonder if it’s possible to start a new life with stolen riches. Yet with each new clue she unearths, Birdie begins to discover a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she could imagine.

Kindle Edition: 430 KB
Publisher: Christine Nolfi
ASIN: B004XMOP9I
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