Friday, October 31, 2014

What Color Are YOU?

Go to the site below, and choose your favorite color.

I am green, and I think it describes me perfectly.

Put your color in the comment section please, and let us know if you think it truly describes you.

*Rainbow Image courtesy of:

The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

Who wouldn't want to spend the winter in Paris?  Maud was in Paris starving and freezing as an art student when Tanya, a wealthy woman, befriended her and helped ​Maud ​obtain a position ​in a home to take care of a young lady.

​Maud found out the accommodations brought about more than a warm place to stay and good meals.  Sylvie, the young lady she was taking care of, smoked opium and stole things​, her "brother" wasn't very honest, and nothing was what it seemed. What else was going to happen, and what did she get herself into?

What was supposed to be a life-changing winter turned out to be a winter of lies, ​danger​, deceit, and murder​. 

The beginning of THE PARIS WINTER was a bit slow, but as the tale unraveled, there was nothing slow​, ​​nothing short of deviousness, and nothing ​short of
intrigue​.  Don't give up too soon.

You will feel sorry for Maud, you will love Tanya and Yvette - they are actually comical and so loyal to Maude, you will hate Sylvie and her "brother," and you will question all that goes on with them and question their motives.

I thoroughly enjoyed THE PARIS WINTER because of the well-developed, unlikeable, devious, corrupt characters and the unpredictable, twisted plot with a marvelous, thrilling ending.   This thrilling ending was set during the Paris flood of 1910 and was a perfect connection to Maud's intentions.

Don't miss reading THE PARIS WINTER.  You will be pulled in just like the flood waters of Paris pulled in its citizens.  THE PARIS WINTER is an alluring, captivating historical read. 4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Book Beginnings - 10/31/14

*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page.


This week's book beginnings comes from THE PARIS WINTER by Imogen Robertson.

I actually finished the book last night, and my review is in the book's title, and my beginning is below.

It was SO good.  I hope you get to read it.

"The news of the suicide of Rose Champion reached  her fellow students at the Academie Lafond on a pale wintery morning a little before ten o'clock."

Love the cover - gorgeous.

The beginning is a bit slow, but the main characters are devious, cunning, and oh so evil. 

There are also characters who are comical and innocent.  They all make the book good.  :)

It is set during the Paris  flood of 1910.

A book I wanted to share from last week.

CATTLE KATE by Jana Bommersbach

It is a true story, and I enjoyed it.  My review is in the book's title.  


Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun - 10/31/14

Feeling Beachie

Love this meme....I hope you can join in the fun.  

Each week, Feeling Beachie lists four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs.  

The statements:
  1. During a______, I_______
  2. Enjoying_____ is________
  3. Listening to______ is something_______
  4. Answering______ can be ________

My Answers:

1.  During a snowstorm, I get a lot of books read.  :)

2.  Enjoying reading is something we must instill in our children.

3.  Listening to my sisters chatter away is something to be cherished.

4.  Answering a call from a solicitor can be very annoying.

Halloween Edition of The Book Blogger Hop - 10/31 - 11/6

Question of the Week:

You can go trick or treating with any fictional character (book or film). Who would you go with?

My Answer:

I would go trick or treating with Freya from Posie Graeme Evans' book, The Island House, or any character in Lucinda Riley's books.

We wouldn't scare too many people, but we definitely would have lovely conversations.

I loved the setting of The Island House, and I love any book written by Lucinda Riley.

Whew...I am glad this is the last of the Halloween questions, Billy.  It was a rough month of questions.   :)

Who would you choose to go with?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Giveaway and Review of An Unseemly Wife by E. B. Moore

Giving up the only life she knew, leaving all her possessions for a new life she was ​not ​excited about, following her husband's wishes and keeping​ silent.  That is what Ruth's life was like as she followed the rules of her Fold​.

We follow Ruth and her family as they get ready to leave their secure community for the unknown in Idaho and follow them on their difficult, two-thousand-mile trek.  A trip that was supposed to give them a better life.

The writing in AN UNSEEMLY WIFE is beautiful, and Ms. Moore smoothly and masterfully moves from one time period to the other revealing what Ruth's life was before marrying Aaron and what it was like now.  As the journey west continued, Ruth realized that her life with Aaron would never be the same.  She had no family close by, and the people they met were not like her Fold at home.

AN UNSEEMLY WIFE is actually an account of the author's great grandmother.  I enjoyed this book because I do like historical fiction, but definitely wouldn't want to be living in the 1800's as a woman.

AN UNSEEMLY WIFE did drag a bit, though, but it was quite educational to see the difficulties of traveling in and living in a covered wagon along with the hardships of everyday life. You will feel the family's pain as sad things happen, and all the characters definitely grow on you.  The children were so innocent and good.  Ruth was obedient and a very good mother.  Aaron was a good husband, but not one that I would want. He was kind but too strict.

If you are interested in the early days of settling America, you will enjoy this book.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation in return for an honest review.


Enter the giveaway here from October 30 to November 6.  USA ONLY

Good Luck

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Spooky Twitter Party at 2 p.m. ET

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Time to roll out the orange and black carpet because Atria is having a spooky Twitter party!

Share your favorite #SpineChillingReads today at 2pm ET to give your favorite thrilling, chilling, too-close-to-real-life scary tales a little Halloween love!

You can list many books, tell why one book is particularly spine-chilling, and share yours using the hashtag to join in.

AND if you’re in love with our Atria #SpineChillingReads, here are some e-cards to take a look at.

Hope to see you there!!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Giveaway of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


Mark Twain

  Two Classic boyhood adventure tales updated with new introductions by noted Mark Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen and a foreword by Azar Nafisi


“All Modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn
—Ernest Hemingway
Never having been out of print, one would think that new editions of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, would not be much of a reason to celebrate
 However, when R. Kent Rasmussen, Mark Twain scholar extraordinaire, pens insightful new introductions to these two classics, we sit up and take notice! And we’re extra excited to have a foreword for Huck Finn by Azar Nafisi, whose new book The Republic of Imagination examines Huck Finn as one of three books central to the American identity.
            Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.  By turns praised, derided, banned, and celebrated, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is Mark Twain’s enduring masterpiece, an incomparable adventure story, and a classic work of American humor.
            Few books have taken so deep and enduring a hold on the American imagination as THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER. Younger readers delight in the sheer pleasure of following the rollicking, mischievous adventures of Tom, a consummate prankster with a quick wit. Yet older readers recognize the somber undercurrents lurking dangerously beneath the secure and wondrous world of boyhood. A classic that has lost neither its popularity nor its capacity to delight, Tom Sawyer is a treasure of American literature.
About the Authors: 

Mark Twain (1835-1910) was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri. Starting out as a typesetter, he went on to work as a steamboat pilot, prospector, and journalist before publishing his first major book, The Innocents Abroad.

R. Kent Rasmussen is the author or editor of nine books on Mark Twain, including the award-winning Mark Twain A to Z, as well as more than a dozen other books. He lives in Southern California.

Azar Nafisi is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in TehranThings I’ve Been Silent About, and The Republic of Imagination. A passionate advocate of books and reading, she appears regularly on major media and speaks to packed audiences around the world. She lives in Washington, D.C.


 This is a USA giveaway only.

One  lucky winner will receive BOTH books. 

Complete this form to enter the giveaway from October 28 until November 4.

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 10/27/14

I hope you had a great reading week.  
This is a weekly meme run by Book Journey!

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week.


Books Completed Last Week:

CATTLE KATE by Jana Bommersbach

CATTLE KATE was a true story and an excellent read.  The author did amazing research.  

I never knew about Ella Watson did you? 

Review is in the book's title.

Book Currently Reading: 

THE PARIS WINTER by Imogen Robertson

I am not too far yet.  Not sure what to report about what I think.  :)

I LOVE the cover.

Books Up Next:


DIE I WILL NOT by S. K. Rizzolo

HIGH SEAS DARKNESS by Burr B. Anderson

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo

GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman

TAHOE GHOST by Todd Borg






WOMAN OF ILL FAME by Erika Mailman


PERFECT by Rachel Joyce



The books below are not necessarily in the order I have planned to read them.  

I normally read in order of publication or tour date.

And....these are not for reading in the upcoming week.  They are books into and including all of 2014.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.  A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel lists. 


How was your reading week?