Answers to last week’s quiz here.
Can you identify these books by their censored titles? Leave a comment with the number, title and author.
1. America (the book) by Jon Stewart – Michael
2. The Ark, the Reed and the Fire Cloud by Jenny Cote – Kathy at BB&BJ
3. Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts – Debbie
4. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn – Violet
5. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos – Debbie
6. Tranparency by Frances Hwang
7. The Castaways by Elin Hilerbrand – Em
8. April & Oliver by Tess Callahan – Kathy
9. The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie – Violet
10. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards – Em
I am running very behind in accepting and showing my heartfelt appreciation for a few awards I’ve received over the last month-ish. I love receiving thoughtful gifts from fellow bloggers and passing them on to other bloggers I love. These first two awards are new to me.
This award means that this blog is:
I’m passing this award on to these deserving bloggers
Beautiful-Thoughts of Joy
Informative- Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World
Gorgeous- Write Meg!
Ooutstanding- Wrighty’s Reads
And thanks to MariReads for this award. I guess that means I like to leave my voice all over the blogs 😉
I am passing this along to two of my best commenters, both of who I love touching base with everyday.
Thanks to Gofita’s Pages for this Humane Award. I try to be kindhearted and it’s nice to be recognized.
The award is for:
This award is to honor certain bloggers that are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn’t for them, my site would just be an ordinary book review blog. Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a daily basis. I thank them and look forward to our growing friendship through the blog world.
Thanks to the Bumbles for this award. Sometimes I feel creatively challenged so it is nice to know that I succeed more than fail!
I’ve already received and passed on these last two awards. If you aren’t familiar with these bloggers you should really check them out.
Okay, to enter to win Killer Mousse
1. Leave a comment on her interview post (1 entry)
2. Leave a comment on my review post (1 entry)
3. Post about it on your blog and/or Twitter and let me know (1-2 entries)
I’ll draw for a winner September 15th.
And Carly Phillips is giving one of these books to one lucky commenter.
To enter you must leave a comment on her 9 in ’09 Interview post. I’ll be drawing for a winner on September 25th.
Book 1 in the Della Cooks Mysteries
I muttered ruefully, “So now I’m the ‘killer chocolate woman.’ “
NDM chuckled. “Worse nicknames have been pinned on me.”
I’m not surprised, I thought.
Della Carmichael owns her own cooking school in Santa Monica and is the new host of her own cable cooking show. Her first show is being taped live with an audience and when she calls for a volunteer to try her Killer Mousse, Mimi, the woman she replaced jumps up, intending to humiliate her. Mimi takes one bite of the mousse and dies on live television.
Della is horrified, but the higher ups see a jump in viewership and they are less sympathetic. Della decides to do a little investigating since the police seem to be focused on her. With the help of a hunky reporter,and an old detective friend she manages to avoid being hurt by her snooping, but someone else is not as lucky.
I loved this book. My favorite thing? Della rocks. She is a 47 year old widower who is not afraid to tell the world her age even though everyone around her seems to think she should be hiding it. She has a standard poodle, Tuffy, and a cat who she names after a Jane Austen character (you’ll have to read it to find out which one!). She has good friends and a newly active romantic life. She is genuine and someone I would love to share some Killer Mousse with.
This book was warm an inviting with a great mystery and lots of good characters and suspects. And if you own a dog you might fel a little tug on your heartstrings. There are 10 yummy looking recipes included in the back of the book.
If you like mysteries, especially cozy ones, I think you’ll like this one. I was halfway through reading it and I emailed Melinda Wells (Linda Palmer) and asked her to stop by for one of my 9 in ’09 interviews. Not only will she be stopping by tomorrow, she will also be giving away this book to one lucky reader.
“You are extraordinary,” he said as if he hadn’t heard a word she said. “I have never seen hair quite the color of yours. Not red, not brown, not blond. Amazing.”
Hattie bent over her paint box. What would such a man see in her? And why would he go out of his way to flatter her when he could have almost any woman he fancied. And he knew she was married! Unless he had an ulterior motive…Surely not.
John Elliot, the Marquis of Granville, escaped from being murdered at sea and managed to also save his small cousin, although not her parents. As the two escape to Bath John plans revenge against Bernard Leggit by having a very public affair with Bernard’s wife, Hattie. Hattie is is 40 years younger than Bernard and was forced to marry him to save her parents and she thinks an affair with John might suit her purposes as well. The two do not count on falling for each other or how dangerous and twisted Bernard really is.
I did not care for this historical romance even though I picked it off my shelf because I was in the mood to be swept away and off my feet. I did not like or feel any sympathy for John or Hattie. They were cold fish to me and I never did warm up to them. There were a lot of characters in the book and there was quite a bit going on, but I was bored. I almost gave up on it a hundred pages in, but I have a hard time doing that. I will say that my reading pace picked up not because I couldn’t wait to get to the next page, but because I couldn’t wait to get to the last page.
Now that I’ve bashed it I can say that it earned a 2.5 because the plot was decent and I liked the secondary character, Snowflake. The insipid writing (see quote I chose) dragged the plot down but I did want to know what happened and there was one secondary plot that was a payoff in the end.
Answers to last week’s quiz now posted here.
What is the common denominator in these book combinations? Tell me the number and what you think the five books have in common, Go ahead and take a guess – you could be right!
Legal thrillers (originally it was the main characters were lawyers, but that’s what legal thrillers are by definition) – Eva
Time Travel – Eva
Talking Animals – Eva
Books made into movies starring Johnny Depp – Bumbles
Pulitzer Prize winners – Violet
Set in the Appalachian Mountains – Ann
Fairy Tale Retellings – Eva
Serial Killers – Eva
Set in New Orleans – Eva
Debut novels – Candice
I was tagged by Carrie over at Books and Movies for this fun meme.
– Link to the person who tagged you
– Share your ABCs
– Tag three people at the end by linking to their blogs
– Let the three tagged people know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website
– Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people, so there is a big network of bloggers doing this tag.
Available or single?
I’m neither available nor single. I’ve been married for 10 years (11 in October).
Well, my husband, of course! And my wonderful mom 🙂
Cake or Pie?
Chocolate cake with chocolate icing, please.
Drink of choice?
Coffee in the morning, Diet Coke during the day, and red wine in the evenings.
Essential item for every day use?
Without a doubt my toothbrush.
Book buying. Big surprise right? Take a look at my May post for proof.
January or February?
I do not understand the choice here. Neither?
Kids and their names?
Well, I have a cat Scout, who is 11 and a dog Max, who is 5.
Life is incomplete without…?
Faith, family, and friends, oh, and a good book!
Number of siblings?
Zero. My husband is also an only child.
Oranges or apples?
Phobias and fears?
I hate to fly and all phobias or fears pale in comparison.
Quote for the day?
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say: I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck
Reason to smile?
Life is good.
Spring and Fall
Tag 3 people?
Are you reading this? YOU are tagged.
Unknown fact about me?
If you only know me from my blog you may not know I sell Mary Kay cosmetics…and no, I do not have a pink Cadillac!
Vegetable you hate?
Broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, beets, … this list could go on forever. I think you get the idea.
X-rays you’ve had?
Your fave food?
Now it’s your turn!
Last night I attended a book signing at the Eton Barnes & Noble in Woodmere. I had never heard of the book, but it looked like a really interesting thriller. I had to go to the store anyway, so I timed my trip to catch the discussion and signing by first-time author Daniel Levin for his book The Last Ember.
Not being familiar with the author or the book imagine my surprise when I arrived and found well over 100 (closer to 200?) people there! I love to see authors get so much support. I’m not sure if he grew up here, but a lot of his family is here. His uncle introduced him and Daniel gave a loving, heartfelt tribute to his grandfather, who happened to be sitting directly in front of me. Before he spoke the woman with his grandfather (maybe his grandmother?) turned around to me to tell me he had been on NPR that day and that lots of people could write a book, but not everyone could talk about it so well. And “He’s just so cute.” How sweet is that?
I loved hearing him talk about his book and the underlying themes in this thriller, but I don’t want to get into too much detail until I read the book. Then I might more understand what he talked about tonight. I’ll say that it is a thriller that takes place in a 24 hour period in Rome and Publisher’s Weekly compared it to The DaVinci Code. Here’s a link to his website about the book http://daniellevin.com/. It is now #7 bestseller for Amazon.com thrillers.
I hope to have Daniel stop by and guest post or do an interview soon, but first I’d like to read the book! For those in the Cleveland area, Daniel will have a book signing tonight, August 21st, at the Crocker Park Borders in Westlake at 6:30 pm.