Another Summer by Rebecca Stevenson

>>  Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Another Summer by Rebecca Stevenson
ISBN: 978-1625260826
Published by: Solstice Publishing
Published: June 2014
Trade paperback, 154 pages

Literary agent Tracy Ratcliffe rents a cottage in charming Wentworth Cove, Maine, for a month, to “get away from it all” and relax. “Grayson Cottage was smaller, but more charming, than she’d imagined; a butter yellow clapboard with white trim, window boxes full of ruby red geraniums, pink and white dahlias lining a short curved stone walkway from the street to the front door.”

Tracy is charmed by the delightful town and its friendly people, but a certain feeling of unease begins to grow when a couple of the townspeople seem to recognize her.  She discovers a portrait that bears a striking resemblance to her. She wonders about the circumstances of her mother’s visit 30 years earlier – another summer. Enter tall, dark, handsome, but taciturn Nathan Norsworthy and the stage is set for an engaging read.

I felt that I knew Tracy personally and could relate to her as she muses “what was it about dark wooden shelves filled with books that made her heart skip a beat?”

I loved the descriptions of Maine with its quaint villages, sandy beaches, rocky coast, sunsets, and delicious clam chowder. And what a perfect book cover - a young woman looking out at the endless ocean!

It is an excellent debut novel with stories left untold, I think. I’d like to know more about Maggie and John.

The novel flows well, is a quick, easy read, and entirely clean.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.

Reviewed by Sandra









Disclosure: Thanks to Rebecca Stevenson for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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Watch Us On Air Chatting About...You Guessed it...Book Blogging!

>>  Monday, September 15, 2014

Hey All, I'm very excited to tell you about a HOA* event that I will be part of together with Sheila from Book Journey, Vera from Luxury Reading and Jessica from Crossroad Reviews.

Watch us this Friday, September 19 (Show Time: 9am PT | 10am MT | 11am CT | 12pm ET ) as we chat with host Mia Voss from The Mia Connect, who has asked us to share with her audience our knowledge of book blogging: and what it means for readers, authors and publishers.

 

When: Friday, September 19
Show Time: 9am PT | 10am MT | 11am CT | 12pm ET

About the show:

 
This week on +The Mia Connect Power Chat we tackle the topic of Book Blogging! What is it? Who does it? Book Bloggers provide a great service in helping the every day reader find exactly what they want and the type of books they like best!

On this show we will dive into several perspectives
Readers -  Learn how book bloggers are in the know about what is trending _right now and we'll chat about the next great read - blog reviews can be so much more indepth than an amazon review!
Writers & authors – Book bloggers are reviewing the latest & greatest books, they help book sales, publishers pay attention to them and send them the books that they want everyone to know about, they know what’s trending. Book Bloggers can make a difference in your books sales!

We would love for you to cheer us on!

Share this with your network of friends and bloggers, leave a comment here to have your say too.

*HOA: Hangouts on Air

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Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? September 15 Edition

>>  Sunday, September 14, 2014


Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

This adorable children's book is on tour with iRead Book Tours from Sept 22 to Oct 10. Watch out for a giveaway during the tour. My son will be reviewing this one.


Whiny Whiny Rhino by McBoop

Can Tiny Tiny Rhino have a fun day?
Or will all of his whining get in the way?

If you've ever been worried to try something new,
then Whiny Whiny Rhino is the book for you!

The story’s message is like the Mark Twain quote, “I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” We all get apprehensive when encountering new experiences and this often leads us to avoid ever trying anything new. Just having a little courage to try new things can often lead to a much more exciting and enriching life.


This historical romance is on tour with Italy Book Tours from Oct 27 to Nov 7. Watch for the giveaway of this one too.

Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna

A Story of Vengeance, Forgiveness, and Love

After her husband's untimely demise, Marietta Gatti is banished from the family's villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. She returns to her hometown of Venice and her only kin-a father she hasn't spoken to since her forced marriage. Her hope of making amends is crushed when she learns she is too late, for he recently has died under suspicious circumstances. Grief-stricken, Marietta retraces her father's last night only to discover someone may have wanted him dead-and she may be next. When the prime suspect turns out to be the father of the man she is falling in love with, Marietta risks her future happiness and her life to avenge the death of a man she once hated.


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While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin

In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, three lives intersect as the reality of war invades each aspect of their lives. Young Esther is heartbroken when her father decides to enlist in the army shortly after the death of her mother. Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie's wife is dead, Penny feels she has been given a second chance and offers to care for his children in the hope that he will finally notice her and marry her after the war. And elderly Mr. Mendel, the landlord, waits for the war to end to hear what has happened to his son trapped in war-torn Hungary.

But during the long, endless wait for victory overseas, life on the home front will go from bad to worse. Yet these characters will find themselves growing and changing in ways they never expected--and ultimately discovering truths about God's love...even when He is silent.

For the business woman in me...

Business in Blue Jeans by Susan Baroncini-Moe

The world no longer defines successful businesspeople by their suit and ties. Today we live in a world where any entrepreneur can create a successful, profitable, enjoyable business in whatever style suits him or her the best. And hey, if putting on a suit and heading for your corporate office is what works best for you, that's great. But if throwing on your favorite pair of blue jeans and heading for the beach works better, that's cool too.

In Business in Blue Jeans: How to Have a Successful Business on Your Own Terms, in Your Own Style, you'll learn how to create and grow a business that works for you. More than just a "how to" guide, Business in Blue Jeans, contains actionable, practical that show you how to:
  • Break through the "brain junk" that's been getting in your way to starting a business.
  • Develop a business idea (or hone the one you already have) with real potential for success.
  • Package your idea to attract the people who want what you have to offer and will pay for it.
  • Become visible to your potential customers and clients so that they think of you first.
  • Stand head and shoulders above your competitors without spending an extra dime.
  • Build a community and network that includes the support and the connections you need, drawing people in instead of pushing them away.
  • Hire, train, and manage a team as your business grows so that it's never out of control (and so you can hit the beach!).
We live in an ever-changing economy and that can make starting and growing a business seem daunting. But with the right guidance, you, too, can have successful business that makes everything else that you want in life possible.





This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
I didn't post any of my own reviews this week. But I finished The Sea House which was sooooo good. Watch for my review next month.

Solar Plexus by Rustam Ibragimbekov (reviewed by Laura Hogan - guest reviewer)

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Currently Reading:

Have a Happy Family by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman (I'm loving this one! Such timely advice.)


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Solar Plexus by Rustam Ibragimbekov (Guest review)

>>  Monday, September 8, 2014

Solar Plexus by Rustam Ibragimbekov
Glagoslav Publications
Published July 1, 2014
ISBN: 978-1782671169
Trade Paperback, 302 pages

Subtle and profound, Solar Plexus is a quietly fascinating novel. Four characters act as narrators, each with a distinct perspective and unique voice. Their point of convergence is a courtyard of a residence in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan. There is a diagram of the courtyard, as well as a list of characters at the beginning, which was invaluable to me as I made my way through the book. 

While the reader is obliged to re-orient himself from time to time with regard to chronology and who belongs to which generation, the author (Rustam Ibragimbekov) is highly skilled at painting a word picture. Consequently, the same experience as described from different points of view is neither confusing nor over-explained.

Solar Plexus does not recount recent Soviet/Azerbaijani history directly. It provides a small taste, on a day-to-day level, of the effects of greater historical events on industry, education, the arts, family and morals. What are the repercussions in your life when your grandfather was a counter-revolutionary? What problems do you face at work and in university, due to the changing policies of government? What sort of approach do you take to your literary career in that context at the end of the 20th century? It was enjoyable to contemplate the similarities and differences as compared to Western society.

This novel is contemplative, not action-driven. It is best enjoyed when you have some time to ruminate, to immerse yourself in the characters’ lives. It has an intriguing ‘non-Western’ flavour, stimulating the imagination and engaging the intellect and emotions (as opposed to detailed storytelling). In particular, I was completely engrossed in the moral dilemma of the fourth section.

The letter from the publisher (Glagoslav Publications) states that, “We want to show the beauty and depth of the Slavic region to everyone looking to expand their horizon and learn something new about different cultures, different people, and we believe that with this book we have managed to do just that.” Yes, I would have to agree that they have managed to do just that.

This book is rated C = clean read.

Reviewed by Laura Hogan (Guest Reviewer)

Disclosure: Thanks to the author and Glagoslav Publications for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? September 8 Edition

>>  Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

From Shadow Mountain:

I'm so excited about this title because it will be on tour with iRead Book Tours from Oct 13 to 24. Watch out for a giveaway during the tour. My daughter, who loves dystopian novels, will be reviewing this one. But, of course, I'm reading it too. :-)

Remake by Ilima Todd

Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. The Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.

But Nine isn't like every other batcher. She harbors indecision and worries about her upcoming Remake Day -- her seventeenth birthday, the age when batchers fly to the Remake facility and have the freedom to choose who and what they'll be.

When Nine discovers the truth about life outside of Freedom Province, including the secret plan of the Prime Maker, she is pulled between two worlds and two lives. Her decisions will test her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be?




This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson (Audiobook review - this was a cute romantic comedy)
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (great coming-of-age story)
Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi (satisfying finale to the trilogy)

If you are reviewing audiobooks, don't forget to link up to LISTEN UP! so that others can read your review too and discover great audiobooks!

Currently Reading:

The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford


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