06.28.12

Dog Days of Summer

Posted in Event at 2:36 pm by Amber

The Dog Days of Summer are almost upon us. From July 3rd through August 11th, Earth gets a direct blast of heat from the sun and that’s really why they’re called the Dog Days of Summer. For your reading pleasure, I’ll be offering up reviews that can be enjoyed on a beach blanket or inside an air conditioned ice cream parlor.

Not all of them will feature dogs but you can bet I’ll have quite a few of those to share with you. 🙂

06.25.12

Mailbox Monday – June 25th

Posted in Event at 6:33 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. June’s host is Burton Book Review.

I received an ARC for review of Betsy Woodman’s debut novel, Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes. Janet Laird’s life changed the day she inherited her grandfather’s house in a faraway Indian hill station. Ignoring her son’s arguments to come grow old in their family castle in Scotland, she moves with her chatty parrot, Mr. Ganguly and her loyal housekeeper, Mary, to Hamara Nagar, where local merchants are philosophers, the chief of police is a tyrant, and a bagpipe-playing Gurkha keeps the wild monkeys at bay. Settling in, Jana Bibi (as she comes to be known) meets her colorful local neighbors—Feroze Ali Khan of Royal Tailors, who struggles with his business and family, V.K. Ramachandran, whose Treasure Emporium is bursting at the seams with objects of unknown provenance, and Rambir, editor of the local newspaper, who burns the midnight oil at his printing press. When word gets out that the town is in danger of being drowned by a government dam, Jana is enlisted to help put it on the map. Hoping to attract tourists with promises of good things to come, she stacks her deck of cards, readies her fine-feathered assistant—and Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes is born.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

06.18.12

Mailbox Monday – June 18th

Posted in Event at 7:41 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. June’s host is Burton Book Review.

One ebook entered the house this week. Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany. It’s a young adult fantasy novel about Henrietta. She’s a dragon slayer all right but she doesn’t know if she can bring herself to kill another dragon or person. Her former master is ill and she embarks on one more quest with the hope she can save him.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

06.16.12

Winners Only for The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier

Posted in Giveaway at 7:49 pm by Amber

There are only winners here for the giveaway of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier. 🙂

The randomizer picked Kerry Schafer as the winner. And I felt bad since there were only two entries. So I contacted Barbara J. King, asked if she’d be interested in my gently used copy of the book and sent it to her after she said yes!

So both Kerry and Barbara have books on the way which should arrive at their destinations on Monday. Thanks to Crown Publishing/Random House for both copies.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

06.11.12

Mailbox Monday – June 11th

Posted in Event at 8:44 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. June’s host is Marie at Burton Book Review.

I stopped at the comic book store at Saturday and picked up Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Deborah Stanish. The title should be self explanatory. 🙂

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier

Posted in Review at 8:20 am by Amber

Title: The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
Author: Nichole Bernier
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group (Random House)
Source: Publisher for review

The Unfinished Works of Elizabeth D. by NicholeThe Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. is a thought-provoking novel about relationships. How well can you know your best friend? Or your husband? Which characteristics or habits are you willing to overlook or fool yourself into believing don’t exist?

Those are some of the questions most people don’t explore. Through the journals, Kate discovers Elizabeth’s philosophy that sharing confidences only makes the other person feel worse. It helps explain why Elizabeth never told Kate some of her most private heartaches or why she was really on the plane that crashed. The journals also help Kate figure out she needs to move beyond the fear of this new post-9/11 and live her life. No one can plan for every contingency.

The back and forth between Elizabeth’s journals and Kate’s life have the give and take of a conversation. This format was one of my favorite aspects of the novel. It’s not something that was easily pulled off. Bernier had to put a lot of time into revisions to make it flow properly.

06.08.12

Giveaway of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier

Posted in Giveaway at 12:06 pm by Amber

Wow! It doesn’t look like I’ve held a giveaway since October 2010. Guess I’m overdue for one!

In a few more weeks summer will officially start. Would you enjoy a new beach read which will make you forget the time? The Crown Publishing Group has sent me a hardcover copy of Nichole Bernier’s debut novel The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. to giveaway to my blog readers. I’m a third of the way through my personal copy of the book. It’s a thought provoking book about friendship and marriage. Below is a cover image and the synopsis:

The Unfinished Works of Elizabeth D. by Nichole

Before there were blogs, there were journals. And in them we’d write as we really were, not as we wanted to appear. But there comes a day when journals outlive us. And with them, our secrets.

Summer vacation on Great Rock Island was supposed to be a restorative time for Kate, who’d lost her close friend Elizabeth in a sudden accident. But when she inherits a trunk of Elizabeth’s journals, they reveal a woman far different than the cheerful wife and mother Kate thought she knew.

The complicated portrait of Elizabeth—her troubled upbringing, and her route to marriage and motherhood—makes Kate question not just their friendship, but her own deepest beliefs about loyalty and honesty at a period of uncertainty in her own marriage.

The more Kate reads, the more she learns the complicated truth of who Elizabeth really was, and rethinks her own choices as a wife, mother, and professional, and the legacy she herself would want to leave behind. When an unfamiliar man’s name appears in the pages, Kate realizes the extent of what she didn’t know about her friend, including where she was really going on the day she died.

Set in the anxious summer after the September 11th attacks, this story of two women—their friendship, their marriages, private ambitions and fears—considers the aspects of ourselves we show and those we conceal, and the repercussions of our choices.

You can receive an entry for the giveaway by leaving a comment naming your favorite vacation spot (or where you’d like to go on vacation) until 8pm Eastern on Monday June 11th.  Contest is open to US and Canada.  The randomizer at Random.org will pick a winner at 11pm Eastern on 6/11/2012.

Good luck!

06.04.12

Mailbox Monday – June 4th

Posted in Event at 9:27 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. June’s host is Marie of Burton Book Review. I’ve been remiss in updating what’s come into my home so I have a large list.

In no particular order:

What arrived in your mailbox this week?