Monthly Archives: June 2012

Wondrous Word Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme from Bermuda Onion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, and write a post.

My words this week are from Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness.

elocution - the skill of clear and expressive speech, esp. of distinct pronunciation and articulation.

“I would be happy to give you elocution lessons, Mistress Roydon.”

prescient - having or showing knowledge of events before they take place.

“If you are so prescient, then you should have foreseen what your betrayal would mean to me.”

crenellations - the battlements of a castle or other building.

“Smoke came from chimneys tucked out of sight behind the towers’ crenellations, the jagged outlines suggesting that some crazed giant with pinking shears had trimmed every wall.”

oubliette - a secret dungeon with access only through a trapdoor in its ceiling

“When she failed, Satu threw me into the oubliette.”

hippocras - wine flavored with spices

“By the time the hippocras started flowing and a delicious nut brittle made with walnuts and honey was passed along the table, their commentary was downright ribald and Matthew’s responses were just as barbed.”

 

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Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for June’s Mailbox Monday posts will be the Burton Book Review.

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I have been gone, and didn’t get any books mailed to me this week (unless someone “borrowed” them off my front porch).  :)  I did get several Kindle books, and finished Delirium.

I also started an audio book for my road trip last week – Stephen King’s 11/22/63.  I love big books, and this audio book is loooonnnngggg.  I drove 8 hours each way and listened to the book at least 14 of the 16 hours, and I’m only at chapter 11!  I don’t know how many more chapters there are, but I’m loving this book!

Dead Aim by Patricia H. Rushford

Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry

Death by Honey Bee by Abigail Keam

Circle of Bones by Christine Kling

War by Sebastian Junger

Whale Song by Cheryl Kay Tardif

(Some of these books are free at the time of this post – follow the links)

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Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.   Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

My lil’ heart is in a year-round school, so we get a very short summer break.  She was in school through 6/19, so we celebrated our first day of summer Wednesday by going to the local art museum, having lunch together and picking enough wild blackberries to bake a cobbler.

George Inness (1825-1894) Sunset on the River, 1867

William Merritt Chase (1846-1916) The Song, 1907

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) Summertime, 1894

Theodore Robinson (1852-1896), World’s Columbian Exposition, 1894

Purple Echinacea and a cute little bug critter.

My lil’ heart making her own outdoor art.  My favorite piece in the place!

“Our” wild blackberry bush

Our blackberry cobbler!  Yummy!

PS – I’m currently on a mini-vacation, so I’m preparing this beforehand so I can hit “publish” and be done on Saturday.  No Saturday Savings post this weekend.

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College Reunion

I am so excited while I’m writing this – in about an hour I am leaving for my college reunion!  Its been more years than I like to admit since I graduated, (ok, 17 years) and I am thrilled to be seeing these people.  There was a full alumni reunion schedule, but somehow that fell through, and our little group decided to get together anyway.  A few of us can’t make it (I’m sad), but 6 of us are meeting over a long weekend.  I am acting all college-age and driving all night so that we can all have breakfast together tomorrow morning.  There will be several of us on the road, and we’ll be calling each other all night to stay awake.  I am more than excited.  And, while I am not as cute as I once was, (well, I take that back – I am still that cute, but I have it all covered up in protective luciousness, and while I don’t want to brag or make anyone feel bad, I can still fit into the necklace I wore right after college), I have to believe that no one else looks just like they did in college.  At least some of them will have wrinkles or something.  Maybe grey hair?

Truthfully, I don’t care what they look like, I know these people from the inside out, and I miss their guts!

Here is part of our group, I have no idea why we were all wearing “do-rags”, but there we are.  I am on the back row, far left.

This was our Sadie Hawkins Day (we didn’t dance, folks, this was a Bible College).  We all dressed matchy-matchy for the banquet.  The couple in the front on the far left are now married, and the couple in the back row, far left are also married.  None of the rest of us married each other, but we’ve all stayed in touch, and I love these people!

So, I’ve said and shared all that to say, I’m leaving, and I won’t be back online until Sunday.  I’ve written my Saturday Snapshot already, so I’ll log on long enough to post that sometime Saturday.  I hope y’all all have a wonderful weekend!!!  I plan to!

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Mailbox Monday

*Somehow WordPress didn’t actually “publish” when I hit the publish button.  Sorry.  :(

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of  A Girl and Her Books.  The host for June’s Mailbox Monday posts will be the Burton Book Review.

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I had a slow (read non-existant) mailbox week, but I did get some e-books and bought a book this week.

From my library bookstore I picked up Jemima J  by Jane Green.

“Jemima Jones is overweight. About one hundred pounds overweight. Treated like a maid by her thin and social-climbing roommates, and lorded over by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented but better paid) at the Kilburn Herald, Jemima finds that her only consolation is food. Add to this her passion for her charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleague Ben, and Jemima knows her life is in need of a serious change. When she meets Brad, an eligible California hunk, over the Internet, she has the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself — as JJ, the slim, beautiful, gym-obsessed glamour girl. But when her long-distance Romeo demands that they meet, she must conquer her food addiction to become the bone-thin model of her e-mails — no small feat.

With a fast-paced plot that never quits and a surprise ending no reader will see coming, Jemima J is the chronicle of one woman’s quest to become the woman she’s always wanted to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is.”

This sounds like a fun read!  I’ve never read any of Jane Green’s books, but I’ve heard good things about them!

Kindle E-Books I got this week:

Ethereal: Celestra Series Book 1 by Addison Moore  (As of today this book is still a free download at Amazon)

“Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.

When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.
 Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she’s been looking for, but Logan’s reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own.
Skyla’s bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in.  Suddenly an entire faction of earthbound angels wants her dead, at least she still has Logan, or does she?”
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Sworn : Vampire Legends by emma knight
“When her dad is transferred, Rachel Wood is uprooted from her home in Pennsylvania and forced to enter a new high school, in 10th grade, in an affluent suburb in Westchester, New York. She finds herself in way over her head, as she struggles to come to grips with meeting new friends, finding a boyfriend, avoiding the cliques of mean girls, and figuring out how to survive in such a hostile new world. She has trouble navigating this new world, where drinking and drugs seem the norm, and where social pressures build on her from every direction.Everything seems to go wrong for Rachel, until salvation comes in the form of Rob, a football player who takes a liking to her. But just as there romance is about to blossom, she finds herself confused by his actions.

As things reach a low point, Rachel meets a mysterious boy from her school, Benji, a loner who keeps apart from the other kids, and who takes her for a ride on his motorcycle. They have an unforgettable night together in an amusement park—until something goes horribly wrong, and Benji shocks her by saving her life.

Rachel knows that Benji is different from everyone else, and she knows that he is the love of her life. And as their romance deepens, she has to decide if she is willing to give up everything to find out his secret.”

The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury from Simon & Schuster (E-galley ARC – Releases Oct. 23, 2012)
“Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but her heart is back in Franklin, Tennessee, where five years ago she walked away from a man she cannot forget, a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since.     Ryan Kelly lives in Franklin and spends plenty of time at The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—remembering the long hours he and Kelly once spent there.Now, Ryan and Molly’s favorite bookstore is in trouble. For thirty years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books—even through dismal book sales and the rise of eBooks. Then in May a flood tore through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store. By Christmastime, the bank threatens to pull the lease on The Bridge and is about to take the Bartons’ house as well. Despondent, Charlie considers ending his life. And in the face of tragedy, miracles begin to unfold.”

What new books did you get this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
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This weeks Topic:  Top Ten Books On My Summer TBD List
There are a million books I want to read (and while “a million” may be an exaggeration, it’s not much of one), I’m going to limit my Top Ten to  books I either own or can borrow from the library.

1. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – I’ve been wanting to read this book since I started reading about it long before it was published, and am thrilled to have it!

2. The Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness – I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches and was so excited to get the ARC of the second book.

3. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

4. Wicked Appetites by Janet Evanovich

5. Feed by Mira Grant – I just found this series from another blogger.  This is the first book of the News Flash Trilogy, and I do love stories that lasts longer than one book!

6. Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth.

7. The Silence by Jim Kraus.  This is a dystopian novel (as are several on this list), and I recently read a review on this book that interested me.

8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

9. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

10. The Remaining by D. J. Molles

What books are on your To Be Read list for this summer?

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Saturday Sunday Savings

Can you believe it?  I forgot my own (new) meme yesterday!!!  *sigh*  Well, here it is, the <del>$aturday</del> $unday $avings.

Here’s a new little meme I’m starting – and I’d love for you to join if you’d like.  I want to share great savings on books, e-books, coupons for bookstores, etc.

I found a new email subscription that keeps track of free Kindle books for me.  I know not all of you have an e-reader, or if you do, you may not have the Kindle, but for those of you who have one, or have the (free) Kindle Reader app on your computer, tablet or smart phone, here are a few books you can take advantage of….

Ethereal by Addison Moore

“Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.

When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.

Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she’s been looking for, but Logan’s reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own.

Skyla’s bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in.”

The Time of Aspen Falls by Marcia Lynn McClure

“Aspen Falls was happy. Her life was good. Blessed with a wonderful family and a loyal best friend–Aspen did know a measure of contentment.

Still, to Aspen it seemed something was missing–something hovering just beyond her reach–something entirely satisfying that would ensure her happiness. Yet, she couldn’t consciously determine what the “something” was. And so, Aspen sailed through life–not quite perfectly content perhaps–but grateful for her measure of contentment.

Grateful that is, until he appeared–the man in the park–the stranger who jogged passed the bench where Aspen sat during her lunch break each day. As handsome as a dream, and twice as alluring, the man epitomized the absolute stereotypical “real man”–and Aspen’s measure of contentment vanished!
Would Aspen Falls reclaim the comfortable contentment she once knew? Or would the handsome real-man-stranger linger in her mind like a sweet, tricky venom–poisoning all hope of Aspen’s ever finding true happiness with any other man?”

Just Deceits by Michael Schein

“In 1793, Virginia’s most powerful family found itself embroiled in scandal: Richard Randolph and his sister-in-law, the beautiful Nancy Randolph, were charged with adultery and infanticide. Richard Randolph demanded a public trial. Richard’s stepfather, Judge Henry St. George Tucker, hired John Marshall, a young lawyer who was connected to their family through marriage. John Marshall would go on to become the greatest Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, a man whose theories of law are now taught to every first year law student, though at the time of the Randolph trial he was relatively unknown.

Uncertain about Marshall’s abilities, the Randolph family—at the last minute and unbeknownst to Marshall—brought in co-counsel; none other than founding father and former Virginia governor Patrick Henry. Henry’s wild, improvisational style clashed with Marshall’s reasoned defense based on the facts, but Henry was so successful that Marshall was forced to learn from him—and then to improve on the master.

Author Michael Schein, a former professor of American legal history, drew on John Marshall’s actual trial notes in writing this novel that centers on the trial of the 18th century. Just Deceits shows how the remarkable defense team of wily Patrick Henry and ambitious John Marshall battled each other, their clients, the prosecution, and the truth itself, in an effort to save their clients from the gallows.

In its ribald portrayal of a young legal system already driven more by spectacle than evidence, Just Deceits calls into question the feasibility of uncovering “the whole truth.” Ultimately, as secrets are revealed and relationships brought to light, Just Deceits tells a story as much about the trials of love as about the trial in the courtroom.”

Progeny by Shawn Hopkins

“It has been months since John Carter’s estranged brother, Henry, has gone missing. When last heard from, he was sailing off to Bermuda in search of an author whose books deal with the esoteric traditions of past ages.

Reluctantly, John joins Henry’s old Special Forces Teammates on a trip to Bermuda, hoping to discover the truth behind Henry’s disappearance. But not all is as it seems in Bermuda, and the puzzle that awaits John on the small island paradise will prove to be more sinister than anything the world has seen in a very, very long time.

As the fingers of an ancient evil seek to draw him into another world – a world where all of Hell is trying to break loose – John must confront the truth of his own past… and pray that he might survive its revelation…

…that the WORLD might survive its revelation.”

The Love of a Cowboy by Anna Jeffery

“Texas widow Dahlia Montgomery has traveled to Idaho to find peace for her troubled soul.Luke McRae has traveled to town to argue with the Forest Service. When Luke, a man with plenty of troubles of his own, accidentally crashes into her and knocks her to the floor in the Forest Service offices, neither of them suspects it’s a life-altering moment. In the ensuing summer, , they each find something in each other they hadn’t expected, but a satisfying resolution is a journey.”

Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes

“An abduction is just the beginning in a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. Paul Police Department.The ruggedly handsome Mac McRyan, a fourth-generation cop, is faced with a complicated brazen daytime kidnapping, a media storm surrounding the case, and political scrutiny. It is a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. Paul Police Department. From the searing streets of St. Paul to the murky waters of the St. Croix River, DEADLY STILLWATER is a book you won’t be able to put down until its last gripping minute. “

Gutshot Straight by Lou Berney

“Charles “Shake” Bouchon leaves prison intending to go straight. But, within hours, lovely, lethal Lexy Ilandryan, head of LA’s Armenian mob and Shake’s one-time lover, has him running an “errand” for her. The task seems simple: drive a car to Las Vegas and turn it over to Dick Moby, a 400-pound sadist who runs a strip club. Moby will give him a briefcase that he is to return to Lexy. Shake needs the three large Lexy hands him, but he quickly learns that nothing is as it seems; in short order, he’s ditched by a gorgeous young stripper who had been stuffed in the car’s trunk and is on the run from the Armenians and Moby’s able henchman. She’s also searching for the briefcase, which contains a priceless religious relic.”

I hope you’ve found something that interests you!  Have a great Sunday!

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Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.  It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site.   Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

These photos are from the Dallas Arboretum Garden.

I don’t know what type of flower this is, searched it, but can’t find the name.  Do you know?

Marigolds

Wild Foxglove

Barbados Lily

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Books on my TBR List

I am constantly adding to my To Be Read list.  Every Mailbox Monday I find books I’m envious of, and every review I read helps me decide whether to add another book to my TBR list.  I use Amazon’s Shelfari (If you haven’t tried it, it’s great).  Here are some of the recent books I’ve added to my ever-growing list.

Plague Town by Dana Fredsti

“Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down.

A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse. Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a ‘Wild-Card’ — immune to the virus — and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak.

It’s Buffy meets the Walking Dead in a rapid-fire zombie adventure.”  (GoodReads)

Picture This by Jacqueline Sheehan

“Peaks Island, Maine vibrates with its own special magic, a unique flow to life that knits together the small community that calls it home. The people, the animals, and even the houses have a charm and personality all their own. Just ask Rocky Pelligrino. Devastated by her husband Bob’s sudden death, she found hope thanks to a relentlessly loyal black Lab namedCooper. Warm friends and a new job—as the island’s Animal Control Warden—have helped Rocky chart a course toward a promising future. She’s even ready to try at love again with Hill, the gentle and patient archery instructor. And there is an old house haunted by lost love and forgotten secrets that speaks to her soul.

But a phone call from a troubled young woman looking for her biological father shakes Rocky’s newfound joy. Could this young girl hold a tendril of the man who was the love of her life? Or could the girl’s appearance throw Rocky’s world into chaos . . . and shatter her heart again?”

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

“Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn’t remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson’s vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication.”

Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

The stallion reared over me, silently slashing the air with the hooves of its forelegs, a creature of such immense power that I stumbled backward even though I knew that it was as immaterial as a dream. . . .
 
The woman astride the ghostly mount reaches out desperately, the latest spirit to enlist the aid of Odd Thomas, the unassuming young fry cook whose gift—or curse—it is to see the shades of the restless dead, and to help them when he can. This mission of mercy will lead Odd through realms of darkness he has never before encountered, as he probes the long-held secrets of a sinister estate and those who inhabit it.”

Gifted: A Donovan Circus Novel by Liz Long

“Even in a world of freaks, being a Firestarter is considered a dangerous Gift.

Lucy was born with the ability to create and control fire. She longs to leave the human world for one filled with Earthshakers, Transporters, and Chameleons, to name a few. When she rejoins the circus, it’s everything she hoped it could be—new friends, a potential love interest or two, and a place where she can be herself.

When troupe members begin turning up dead, however, Lucy is suspected of foul play. She must not only prove her innocence but also realize the full extent of her power. To find the real murderer, she must uncover the truth behind her father’s fiery legacy while figuring out whom to trust within her new circle. Little does she know the history of the Donovan Circus and its enemies might actually destroy the entire gifted world.”

Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

“Set in a dystopian world and featuring zombies, “Aftertime” is the first novel in a new series. Cass Dollar had been taken by zombies and turned into one of them. But she got better somehow. Now all she wants to do is find her daughter.”

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Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth

“Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he’s partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the President. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant. Bound by a special blood oath, he is a vampire. Cade battles nightmares before they can break into the daylight world of the American dream, enemies far stranger-and far more dangerous-than civilians have ever imagined.”

Before You Go by James Preller

“The summer before his senior year, Jude (yes, he’s named after the Beatles song) gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents. Jude’s house is kept dark, and no one talks much—it’s been that way since his little sister drowned in a swimming pool seven years ago when Jude was supposed to be watching her.

Now, Jude is finally, finally starting to live. Really live. And then, life spins out of control. Again.”

I hope you’ve found some books to add to your “To Be Read” list!  Happy Thursday!

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Wondrous Word Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme from Bermuda Onion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, and write a post.

My word this week is from The Journeys of John and Julia in Chapter One by aurelia.

ersatzadj. made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else.

“However, spatial proximity was only the obvious reason for his close relationship with this ersatz grandfather.”

 

What words did you encounter this week?

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