Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mailbox Monday and the Sunday Post May 24

  

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

I just started packing and will be leaving on Tuesday to head out to New York on my way to attend BEA. I'm looking forward to meeting some of the authors and bloggers I've had the pleasure to work with. I'll be posting updates... 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bianca's Vineyard by Teresa Neumann (Review and Giveaway!)


Bianca's Vineyard by Teresa Neumann
All's Well House
ISBN: 9780983121008
Published Nov 2010
Trade Paperback, 412 pages

My review:
Reviewed by Sandra

This novel is about Egisto Bertozzi and his wife Armida (I couldn't figure her out at the beginning but was able to sympathise with her as the story developed) whose story begins as they emigrate from 1920's Italy to America, but it is so much more than that. 

This is a poignant family saga exploring the ties that bind the extended Bertozzi family on both sides of the Atlantic. (You may need to refer to the list of characters at the front of the book often in order to keep track of them, as I did.) Each character in the family has a unique, strong character who, while passionate, fierce and lovable, are flawed as they display jealousy, anger, remorse and resentment. However, these same people find within themselves forgiveness, compassion, and the meaning of family loyalty.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Out from the Underworld by Heather Siegel (Review and Giveaway!)

Out from the Underworld by Heather Siegel
Greenpoint Press
ISBN: 978-0-9906194-0-6
Published: April 30, 2015
Trade paperback, 220 pages

Review
Reviewed by guest Laura Hogan

This is gripping memoir written in a beautiful, lyrical style, without ever becoming overly sentimental. The reader can immediately identify with the complex emotions and relationships we can have within the family.

In the prologue, Heather Siegal describes a visit to her father, who is still living in ‘the underworld’ of the title—the dark and dank basement of his parents’ house. One of the most poignant and telling passages in the book is found on page 2, speaking of her young daughter, “She smiles four teeth. She loves her Grandpa as much as I do, even if she can count on one spider hand the number of times she’s seen him.”

Saturday, May 16, 2015

We're celebrating the release of KIDNAP: Part 1 of Guy Erma and The Son of Empire! Enter for a chance to win $100 Amazon gift card

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Beyond Believing by D.D. Marx (Review and Giveaway)

Beyond Believing by D.D. Marx
Next Century Publishing
ISBN: 978-1629038148
Published: April 7, 2015
Hardcover, 248 pages

My Review
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Beyond Believing is ultimately a story about friendship and the power of believing that friendships last forever. The story is told alternatively from the viewpoints of Olivia and Finn until they finally meet. It begins in the 1980s when Olivia is in high school and follows her as she graduates from college, gets a job, and finally meets the love of her life later on in her forties.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mailbox Monday and The Sunday Post May 10 Edition

  

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

It's a countdown to BEA. Trying to beat the clock to get all my work done before hitting NY and meeting some awesome authors. I can't wait!