Getting Ready For August Releases!

Pieces of Happiness by [Ostby, Anne]    A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they not only start a chocolate business but strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves.  August 01 Release from Doubleday.

Fashionably Late (The Ladies Smythe & Westin) by [Mathews, Lisa Q.]   When a classy fashion-show luncheon turns deadly, the Ladies Smythe & Westin are back on the case . August 07 Release from Carina Press.

Emma in the Night: A Novel by [Walker, Wendy]  “Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” –Booklist, Starred Review Oh my this book! Release Date is August 08 by St.Martin’s Press

Dead Girls Can't Lie by [Jones, Carys] Best friends tell each other the truth – don’t they? From the author of Wrong Number, Carys Jones latest comes out on August 15th

Exposed (A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel) by [Scottoline, Lisa]  A BATTLE FOR JUSTICE PITS PARTNER AGAINST PARTNER… Release on August 15th by St.Martin’s Press

99 Red Balloons: A chillingly clever psychological thriller with a stomach-flipping twist by [Carpenter, Elisabeth]  A chillingly clever psychological thriller with a stomach-flipping twist! Released August 24th by Avon/Harper Collins

Mask of Shadows by [Miller, Linsey]  Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive world building, and fast-paced action.  YA I’m trying to dip my toe in! Released on August 29th!

I had decided to try at least 2 YA books One of them which I had seen reviewed a lot by YA reviewers I got about 15% into and just said NO! Jeez, I don’t want to have to wonder how to pronounce every name and city. I have Game of Thrones for that. This one I like because of the main character, but it is definitely not my genre! Or maybe it’s that I’m not a Science Fiction/Dystopian/Fantasy fan. But at least I gave it a shot!

xx Patricia

 

 

 

La vie est belle!

I don’t have a book review for today and since I’m all caught up, today I’m reading Don Winslow’s The Force. 

This past week has been a rough one. Just as we get out of one hospital, I go in another hospital. A couple of days before OU Boy had his issues, I got bit by something while at the lake. On my back. Not sure what but didn’t give it a thought as I never get bit by mosquitos or bugs. Ever. And I certainly didn’t give it any thought when I was sitting in CICU. But yesterday I just felt awful and my back hurt in that area right below your scapula.

I called the doctor and the doctor said (nothing about monkeys on the bed!) get thyself here!  Well the dang thing had gotten infected and know he was using words like cut, pack, and that awful three-letter p word. So now I can’t sleep on my left side still because of the corneal transplant and now I can’t sleep on my back.

By this time I think I was just numb. Sleep deprived and sluggish. As we both lay on different sofas last night I said, “Man I really hope this isn’t the night the Zombies come because we would just have to lay there and take it!”

I wanted to take a second here to say that yes, we have been through hell and back since last Thursday, but along the way we have met the most amazing people! People who could relate to what had happened and we don’t feel alone. Everytime we have needed anything, it just mysteriously appears. People show up with juicy summer fruits and all types of greens and tea that are healing and comforting. And of course everyone at OKCGCC have been exceptional. We love them all!

And y’all…well y’all are just flat-out amazing. You are all busy people I know. But the thoughts and comments have really lifted me up and for that I can never say Thank You enough!

jan122    Patricia

Blogger Recognition Award Thanks!

Kristabella’s Hodgepodge nominated me for this so I want to say Thank You! I am at a lull in posting reviews until closer to release dates, so let’s try this! Stop by Tina’s blog. She makes things look easy in the crochet world. I make square things in the crochet world.

The Rules:

Award Rules:
•  Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
•  Write a post to show your award
•  Give a brief summary of how your blog started and give two pieces of blogging advice
•  Nominate up to 15 bloggers for this award
•  Comment on each blog to let them know that they are nominated and provide a link to  your post announcing the award nomination

How this blog started:

When they stopped letting me linger loiter in the library steering people toward books I thought they would enjoy, I immediately found this place! WordPress is like my therapist. I can say whatever I want whenever I want. And no judgments. I am a confirmed book hoarder and reader and am proud to say I come from a long line of writers and got my first book signed at age 12.  It was A Taste of Blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith, a dear friend of our family.

Blogging Advice:

I really don’t give advice. Every person is unique and so is their style and their blog. So do what you love. Say what you feel. On this blog I mainly review books. Sometimes if I have 30 or so reviews waiting in the folder for the book to be released I’ll throw in some personal stuff. But my advice would be to follow your heart. Be honest and true to yourself!

I also have another Blog on here:  Tea and Tales   where we share a good cuppa and some stories and sweets of course! And a lot of humor and moaning and groaning! Plus this is where my cosy mystery reviews usually go. Tea and a good little mystery are always good!

So for nominations, all of you new bloggers, feel free to take this and let us know about you!

xx  Patricia

Death in D Minor A Gethsemane Brown Mystery by Alexia Gordon

Death in D Minor (Gethsemane Brown Mysteries, #2)
Gethsemane Brown, African-American classical musician and expatriate to an Irish village, solved a string of murders, led a school orchestra to victory in a major competition, and got used to living with a snarky ghost. She can rest easy over the Christmas holiday. Right? Wrong. The ghost has disappeared, her landlord’s about to sell her cottage to a hotel developer, and her brother-in-law is coming for a visit—with one day’s notice.

She scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and find a way to save the cottage from certain destruction. But real estate takes a backseat when her brother-in-law is accused of stealing a valuable antique. Gethsemane strikes a deal with a garda investigator to go undercover as a musician at a charity ball and snoop for evidence linking antiques to a forgery/theft ring in exchange for the investigator’s help clearing her brother-in-law. At the party, she accidentally conjures the ghost of an eighteenth-century sea-captain, then ends up the prime suspect in the party host’s murder. With the captain’s help, she races to untangle a web of phony art and stolen antiques to exonerate herself and her brother-in-law. Then the killer targets her. Will she save herself and bring a thief and murderer to justice, or will her encore investigation become her swan song?

Musician Gethsemane Brown is back!  The action again takes place in a small Irish village where Brown is teaching. She is a quirky protagonist, , and she has a lot of problems to look into in this one.

The old cottage where she lives is about to be sold to an obnoxious American real estate tycoon. The only way Brown can save it is to summon the ghost of the previous owner. He helped her solve a mystery in the last book, but he has disappeared and Brown is unable to find him. She even resorts to an old book of spells but somehow manages to conjure up a different troubled spirit.

At the same time, her brother-in-law is in town to purchase some priceless needlework for his art museum. Several murders take place, and an old art forgery case comes to light.

I really like the her, but the other character as well as the plot is a bit far-fetched even for me.

Netgalley/Henry Press.

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella ( It’s Release Day Y’all!! And We Have an Exclusive Chapter for You All!)

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool

The bestselling and “perennially hilarious” mother-daughter team is back with a new collection of stories from their real lives, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Join Lisa and Francesca as they regret drunk-shopping online, try smell-dating, and explore the freedom of a hiatus from men – a Guyatus. They offer a fresh and funny take on the triumphs and facepalm moments of modern life, showing that when it comes to navigating the crazy world we live in, you’re always your own best lifeguard.

Mother and Daughter have once again succeeded in making us laugh until we cry as they share their lives, and views on every topic you can think of!

Two generations give us their take on life today. And it all works beautifully. Funny, Touching and Thought provoking subjects that each one shares with us in alternate chapters.

It was my pleasure to read this book which was so funny I literally snorted tea out of my nose!  I was very pleased to see her in Oklahoma City recently thanks to Literary Voices and she is a delight! The relationship between Mothers and Daughters can be complex. But also such a deep connection between two people who love each other and share their journeys with grace, elegance, and strong opinions!

So Here is an Exclusive Excerpt from the book! If you follow her on FB or Twitter say Congratulations!

Exclusive Excerpt:

Mother  Mary  and the Eyebrow

                                                                       Lisa

Let me tell you something about Mother Mary, my late mother who is nevertheless with us in spirit, her feistiness in our hearts and her voice in our ears.

Probably like your mother’s voice, except after two packs of More 100s a day.

The fact is, as feisty as Mother Mary was, she never yelled. That may surprise you, but it’s true.

My mother ruled our house and she never once raised her voice.

It was Teddy Roosevelt who said, speak softly and carry a big stick, and I’m betting he knew my mother.

She spoke softly and carried a wooden spoon.

Her spoon was like a scepter, only used for stirring gravy.

Instead of yelling, she had a series of Meaningful Facial Expressions that conveyed her will.

Chief among these was The Eyebrow.

Mother Mary used to lift, arch, and flex her right eyebrow

 

 

when she didn’t like something I was doing, though she used it only when necessary, like a handgun.

The Eyebrow was meant to convey:

Cut that out.

Put that down. Don’t be fresh. That’s not funny.

Mind your own business. Don’t have so much to say.

Mother Mary also had a Major Glare that she could fire at me from the stove, which made it more potent than The Eye- brow, like a long-distance missile.

The Major Glare meant:

Don’t talk that way to your brother. Don’t be so fresh.

Who are you kidding with that (action or comment)? Where do you get off ?

This last is impossible to translate. If you’re from South Philly, you get it immediately. If you’re not, please don’t sweat it. If you can’t figure it out, let it ride. No one is meant to know everything in the world.

To stay on point, the atomic bomb in Mother Mary’s ar- senal was The Frown.

You prayed The Frown did not come your way.

They say Italians talk with their hands, but they’re wrong. They talk with their faces.

The Frown was Mother Mary’s ultimate warning sign, and The Frown meant that she was going to Point Away, and if she Pointed Away, that meant that whatever you had done was so bad, you had to leave the room. She didn’t care where you went, only that it was Out.

In fact, if Mother Mary said anything when she Pointed Away, it was, “Get out of my sight.”

Spoken, not yelled.

My mother was not alone in believing that quiet can be more powerful than noise. The Godfather rarely spoke a whisper through three movies, except when he got to Johnny Fontane, who would try anybody’s patience.

Really.

What a whiner. Act like a man.

I bet your mother had an array of meaningful expressions, scary frowns, and lifted eyebrows, and they would come in handy in this election season.

Because every candidate is yelling. Now listen, I’m no Pollyanna.

I know that people get angry and I’m generally a fan of emotion. And to be real, it makes great television. A debate where everybody is yelling at each other is totally fun to watch.

Until you realize that’s how we choose a president. In a country we love.

Nobody in the debates is listening to each other because they’re too busy yelling. And they don’t listen to the ques- tion, either. They just wait until the question is over and take it as their signal to start yelling. Then other candidates on the stage interrupt them and start yelling. Nobody listens to any- body else and nobody answers the question, and when it’s over, the surrogates say it was a great debate.

The problem with yelling is that it’s the same thing as bullying.

And it seems like every week there’s a new debate, where we can watch candidates bully each other. And then we start to talk to each other about our views, and our voices get louder, and we start bullying each other.

It’s not our fault, it’s theirs. But maybe we can stop it.

Because the last thing we want to do is act like politicians. By the way, this is the week when we lost Antonin Scalia, who may have been the most conservative Supreme Court Justice ever, and his best friend was Ruth Bader Ginsberg,who may be the most liberal Supreme Court Justice ever.

They adored each other, though their views were very different.

It’s not coincidental that neither of these people was the type to raise their voice. I have seen arguments before the Supreme Court, and although Justice Scalia’s questions were pointed, he did not yell. I also heard Justice Ginsberg ask questions from the bench, and you could barely hear her.

Don’t think this is because they’re judges, because I’ve seen and heard judges yelling in court.

At me.

So what I’m saying is that true power lies in a soft voice and a listening ear.

It’s okay to disagree with someone.

It’s not okay to yell at them, bully them, or call them names.

And it’s not okay to rejoice in anybody’s death, nor is it okay to exploit that death for political gain.

I know that because I was raised right. By The Eyebrow.

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The Happy Eyebrow!

TO KILL A HUMMINGBIRD BY J.R.RIPLEY *RELEASE DAY*

To Kill a Hummingbird (A Bird Lover's Mystery #4)

For Amy Simms, owner of Birds & Bees, nothing is more important than impressing her old professor, but this odd bird is about to fall to earth . . .

When her favorite ornithology professor comes calling, Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms hangs six hummingbird feeders around the shop to welcome Professor Livingston with a flock of his favorite flying creatures. But Amy soon finds that the sugar-water in the feeders brings more than a swarm of hummingbirds. It also attracts murder.

Professor Livingston is just as friendly as Amy remembers, but something seems to be troubling him. When Amy pays him a visit that night, she finds the professor slumped over a table with a pair of scissors buried in his neck. And standing over his body is Rose Smith, the local bookseller, who claims she killed him. But while the police believe they have a bird in hand, Amy thinks the real killer may still be in the bush . . .

Continuing on with the Bird Lover’s Mystery Series, we find our Amy all a twitter over her old professor coming to town. He has a new book about hummingbirds out and is coming to Ruby Lake for a book signing.

From the moment he pulls up in his tiny bird house home on wheels, something is off. And when Amy finds him after the book signing dead and the bookshop owner calmly admitting she did it, something isn’t sitting right with Amy.

Of course our girl can’t sit back and wait to find out what is going on and soon she’s flitting all over town, looking for answers. And there is no lack of shady characters for her to focus on.

I’ve never been a bird person, until this series!  I love a story that entertains and teaches me something new. I never knew there were  so many types of hummingbirds! And they are adorable. The characters in this series are quickly becoming like family and I think that’s a pretty good sign of a well written series!

Well done, once again Mr. Ripley!

30 Second Death by Laura Bradford

30 Second Death (A Tobi Tobias Mystery) by [Bradford, Laura]

When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.

To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.

Tobi is a character! I love this group of friends and family that all love and support Tobi.

Tobi is determined to find out who killed the nasty Fiona. And clear her BFF at the same time. With so many suspects, Grandpa Stu comes to visit and help her out. Or did he come to hook up with Tobi’s nasty neighbor? Lots of mysteries here!

The characters are well developed and  this not your typical cosy mystery. Ms. Bradford has several mystery series out, so check out her Amazon page and see if you find something you like!

Lyrical Underground/Kensingto July 11, 2017