12.30.11

The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls

Posted in Review at 1:46 pm by Amber

Title: The Ninth Wife
Author: Amy Stolls
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Source: Netgalley

The Ninth Wife bookcover

Thirty-five-year-old folklorist and amateur martial artist Bess Gray is a single woman living in Washington, D.C. who falls in love with Rory, a charming Irish musician with a secret.  When Rory asks her to marry him, Bess, who had nearly given up hope of marrying at all, is horrified to find that he has eight ex-wives.  She sets out on a cross-country journey with the intention, unbeknownst to Rory, of seeking them out. In alternating chapters, Rory ruminates about each of his ex-wives and how he became a serial spouse.

Along for the ride are Bess’s grandparents who’ve been married 65 years and fight constantly, her gay neighbor (himself an utter mystery), a Shar-Pei named Stella, and a mannequin named Peace.  Will Bess say yes to Rory?  Would a sane woman really consider becoming any man’s ninth wife?

Stolls perfectly captures the voices of Bess and Rory. Bess is hoping to have something more in her life while Rory is a hopeless romantic. They couldn’t meet at a better time in their lives.

The chapters about Rory’s wives demonstrate how seriously he takes marriage. Every marriage could’ve been reduced down to a line or two to sum up why it didn’t work out.

Parallel to the main romance is Bess’s grandparents who have been married a long time. Their tale shows that sometimes, even if your marriage is a long lasting one, there are problems under the surface.

If you’re a romantic then you’ll like this book. If you’re a cynic then you may want to read something else.

Promotion and Workshop Opportunity for Published Authors

Posted in Writing at 1:32 pm by Amber

On one of my mailing lists, Sharon Pickrel sent this out:

Once again I am scheduling blogs for the Savvy Authors Learning Center page.  If you’re a published author willing to write an original blog on a subject related to writing – craft, promotion, publishing, etc. – I’m scheduling for January 3rd and forward (dates are first come first serve).

We ask for a blog of between 750 and 1500 words – negotiable.  Our blogs include, as requested, book blurb and cover.  The Learning Center Page gets thousands of unique hits per day, the blogs are promoted in our newsletter, which is sent to over 4500 people weekly and will soon also be included in our weekly events mailing.

And, while I’m at it, I’m also looking for workshop proposals for April 2012 and forward.

Please feel free to forward and/or repost this announcement.

If you have any questions or are interested in scheduling a date to blog, or submitting a proposal for a workshop please write to me directly at sharon @ savvyauthors.com

12.14.11

What Have I Been Up To?

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:08 am by Amber

Let’s see… first I went to this place for a week:

Sunset on Topsail Beach

We stayed at the same beach house we’ve been going to for years. This year the internet connection was nonexistent. Even being plugged directly into the router didn’t work. I wrestled with it off and on the entire week with only my cell phone to provide a lifeline to the outside world.

When I got back, I rebelled against the internet, I think. I didn’t read my Google Reader, visit blogs or even check all of my email accounts.

For about 20 years I’ve wanted to learn how to knit. Since this is a milestone year I decided this would be the year to learn it. First I took a basic knitting class. We were supposed to make an iPod Cozy but really we just made swatches and began scarves. I’m still working on one for a sister-in-law as a Christmas present.

The instructor’s pep talk gave me enough confidence to do the intermediate class. I learned how to make a hat.

Roll brim hat

Now that I can work with double pointed needles, I’m knitting a rabbit for my 8-month old niece. If I don’t finish it in time for the holiday, I can have it ready for her 1st birthday.

There’s a backlog of reviews to do. While on my beach vacation I started and finished quite a few books. Since all my holiday shopping is done, I expect my time over the next few weeks will be knitting a rabbit or writing a review and doing some year-end posts.

12.12.11

Mailbox Monday – December 12th

Posted in Event at 11:41 pm by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at A Girl and Her Books for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. December’s host is Let Them Read Books.

I won A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life by Steven Kotler as part of LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program.

Everything else arrived via electronic copy. First was Alice in Deadland by Mainak Dhar. Imagine Alice in an apocolyptic wasteland and I think you’ll be close to the plot of this book.

My last book was Give Me – A Tale of Wyrd and Fae by LK Rigel. A young witch tries to save two lovers in mortal danger but the spell ends in disaster.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

12.05.11

Mailbox Monday – December 5th

Posted in Event at 5:44 pm by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at A Girl and Her Books for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. December’s host is Let Them Read Books. The Tour Stops for 2012 are already posted and I look forward to meeting some new blog owners.

Some of these I picked up as reads while vacationing in North Carolina. I actually spent most of my time reading my Kindle with a paperback or two thrown in for good measure.

The Cookie Swap Cookbook by Gooseberry Patch. This was a free ebook that’s very appropriate for this time of year.

Jenny Pox by J. L. Bryan. A paranormal story about a girl who can’t touch anyone or else they’ll get the pox and die.

A Touch of Greek: Out of Olympus by Tina Folsom. Described as a romantic comedy, Titan is cast out of Olympus and can only re-enter once he finds a woman who loves him for his personality.

And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life by Charles J. Shields. I haven’t read much of Vonnegut’s work but he’s certainly someone who shaped modern literature and I want to know more about him.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

12.01.11

Still here!

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:38 pm by Amber

Look for some fresh content soon. 🙂