Monthly Archives: May 2012

Recent Mail

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I have quite a few goodies that have come in the mail in the past week or two.

The Widow’s Daughter
by Nicholas Edlin

A spellbinding story of love, war, and betrayal. Peter Sokol, an artist living in San Diego, is haunted by his past. In 1943, Captain Sokol is a surgeon in the U.S. Marines stationed in Auckland, New Zealand, where he and his longtime nemesis have fallen in love with the same beautiful and enigmatic woman, Emily Walters. Dismissive of Emily’s suspiciously British mother a…more A spellbinding story of love, war, and betrayal. Peter Sokol, an artist living in San Diego, is haunted by his past. In 1943, Captain Sokol is a surgeon in the U.S. Marines stationed in Auckland, New Zealand, where he and his longtime nemesis have fallen in love with the same beautiful and enigmatic woman, Emily Walters. Dismissive of Emily’s suspiciously British mother and violent brother, the two vie for her hand. When Emily’s brother is discovered murdered, Sokol is the prime suspect. As he fights to prove his innocence, he finds that the woman he loves is not who she seems, and that the blood of another might be on his hands.

I received this from Penguin.

 

 

 

 

Chopsticks

by Jessica Anthony, Rodrigo Corral (Illustrator)
After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory i…moreAfter her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. The farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song “Chopsticks.”
But nothing is what it seems, and Glory’s reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it’s up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along….
I am waiting to read this, until I get my new iPhone.  The book came with an iTunes gift card, to download the Chopsticks App.
I won this from BethFishReads blog.
A Discovery of Witches   (All Souls Trilogy #1)

by Deborah Harkness
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.
I received this from Penguin.

World Book Night…Incredible Experience!

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What an incredible experience World Book Night was!

I had so much fun sharing my passion for books/reading.

My mother and my daughter were also book givers!  So much fun to share this day/night with them!

I loved the reactions of people…they could not believe they were receiving a book…for free….no strings attached!  LOVED that!

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My mother and I handed out books to local volunteer EMS/Fire personnel.  We thought they needed a break from reality, during their downtime.

My daughter gave her books out to the school bus drivers, that drive the kids to their sports games.  The drivers have to wait around while the kids play their games, so she thought they could read, while waiting.

All were a big hit!  And we stopped people randomly too….McDonald’s, a shopping plaza parking lot, etc.  Fun fun times!!

I feel so fortunate and blessed to be part of something so special!  Thank You World Book Night for such an amazing experience!