On Vacation, Still Reading

Grumpy is on vacation for a few weeks, but will always be reading. I just finished a pre-pub copy of Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House Reunion — a little history, a lot of info on sea turtles, of course a good romance, and women’s issues. I am now reading Catherine Coulter’s The Sixth Day — a great geo-political drama, thriller, pertinent to today’s computer hacking issues. My reviews will be out in mid-May. Happy reading, everyone!

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Unforgettable Work of Historical Fiction Set During World War II

Based on the true story of Virginia d’Albert-Lake, an American woman who entered the French Resistance, and lived to tell about it, this is one of the best works of both historical fiction and Christian fiction I have ever read. Set amidst the French Resistance of World War II, the characters come to life in a way that transports the reader to that time and place. To read my review click right here.

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Brad Meltzer’s The Escape Artist

One of my favorite authors, Brad Meltzer, notified me of the the upcoming publication of this, his latest novel, through GoodReads, and had his publisher send me a pre-publication copy through NetGalley — thank you to all of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this new action-filled political drama, The Escape Artist.
 
Did you know Harry Houdini, the greatest escape artist of all time, left his books and papers to the Library of Congress? Did you know that many local hacking conventions are organized or backed by our government to seek out potential future employees for our national intelligence, and to identify potential criminal hackers? I learned this and a lot more from The Escape Artist.

If you enjoy political intrigue, action, & drama, you will enjoy Metzer’s latest book, due out Tuesday, March 6, 2018. To read my full review, click right here. Happy reading.
 
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Long Way Gone Spoke to Me

Long Way Gone, by Charles Martin, spoke to me in a way that few others have. It’s about a father’s love for his son, about giving back, about losing love and finding it again. It’s about facing our shortcomings, our self-doubts, and overcoming them. It shows us that it is never too late — we can always go home.

This book is Christian fiction at it’s best. It’s no wonder he is a bestselling author, with another of his books being made into a movie. This is a great book club selection. It should be required reading for anyone seeking a career in the music industry. To read my review, click right here.

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Need to Know is Soon to Be a Movie


Need to Know was published today, January 23, 2018, and the the film rights have already been sold to Universal Pictures. Charlize Theron will produce the film, and will star as the main character, Vivian. This is a book you will definitely want to read — I couldn’t put it down. I hope the movie does the book justice. I received a pre-publication from NetGalley last fall in exchange for my review. To read my review, click right here.

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Prepare to Be Blown Away By “How to Walk Away”

If you get your hands on a copy of this How to Walk Away, you may as well cancel everything on your calendar for the next two or three days, because you won’t be able to put it down. I was hooked on the first page of this fantastic book. Katherine Center  is a master at creating beautifully written, often comic, sagas of overcoming tragedy and maneuvering family dynamics. To read my full review, click right here.

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In Stores Today: Two Girls Down

Two Girls Down, the most recent work of Louisa Luna, takes the reader through the emotional roller coster of searching for missing children.
 
Many current social issues are subtly woven into a compelling yet agonizing, and all too realistic story. This is not a depressing book, as some of this genre are, but it is one that will stay with you after you have closed the book, or turned off your e-reader.
 
To read my review, click right here. Two Girls Down is in bookstores today.
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Disappointing News

I have disappointing news. Amazon has cancelled my status as an Amazon Affiliate/Associate because I have not had any “qualifying” sales in the first 6 months as an affiliate. I actually had 4 sales, but they were from family, and don’t count.
 
I will attempt to find another way to monetize this website and blog while I work to build up enough of a following to attract people who will go through my links to get to Amazon.com, then make their purchases. For the time being, all Amazon ads will be removed from my website and blog.
 
Thank you for following my site.
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Children’s Books Are Delightful Gifts

I have fallen in love with children’s books all over again. They just keep getting better, then of course, there are the classics. With the holidays coming, I wanted to share with you some of the wonderful, heartwarming stories for children I have discovered. I have made the titles below into clickable links that will take you to my reviews of the books.
 
The Polar Express, is especially fun for Christmas, and anyone who believes (or wants to believe) in Santa.
 
Good Night Yoga, is a book I wish had been around when I was little, and when my daughter was little, too. It helps to relax and calm both children and parents when preparing kids for bedtime. 
 
The joyful, high-spirited prose of Leaps and Bounce, will delight small children with a simple, yet fun biology lesson slipped in so carefully, they won’t know they are learning.
 

What Do You Do With An Idea? is one of the most impressive books for small children I have seen in a very long time. It encourages all of us not to fear taking our ideas seriously. This book should be required reading for every person everywhere.

The Ugly Pony is a modern retelling of The Ugly Duckling, and is an especially good book for middle school children about bullying.
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J.A. Davis’s “Crisis” Series

While on vacation I read J.A. Davis’s newest book, Crisis: Black. It’s the sequel to his debut novel, Crisis: Blue, which I reviewed in early 2017. If you enjoy political thrillers and adventure/suspense novels you will love these books. 
To read my review of Crisis: Black, click right here; and to read my review of Crisis: Blue, click here. The third in this series, Crisis: Red, is in the works now, and I can’t wait to read it.
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