In these days of staying at home as the best option to survival for some. I was thinking of how much fun it was to go to a bookstore and search for my next adventure.
I found the Barnes and Noble website and realized I could remember the store experience as I used the website – the look and feel is so familiar to when I would stop in to shop it was like coming home.
“Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” by Mary L. Trump Ph. D. This one is featured on the website Bestseller Link for Author Mary L Trump Ph.D. With knowledge comes power. I choose this after watching the interview on MSNBC Rachel Maddow’s show a special repeat of this interview is schedule for Sunday at 10 p.m. central time.
“Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” (New and Expanded Edition) by Fiona Hill. I remembered hearing her testify at the impeachment hearing. She has never come off as a partisan but as a public servant in her testimony and 60 minute interview she always kept to the facts and gave people credit for their ideas. She is a team player and one of the most knowledgeable people in US today on what Putin is all about. I’ve heard the most important thing anyone can do is get to know their enemy so I wanted to read Fiona Hill’s book. Fiona Hill browsing link
“The SOUL of AMERICA The battle for Our Better Angels” by Jon Meacham a best selling author and historian.
All the books are on order and shipping out soon. Ms Fiona Hill’s book is available on the NOOK app and there’s an app for iPad, iPhone and Google play. Take a little bit of time to check out a virtual bookstore today. Happy reading.
I just completed reading “The Master Cook and the Maiden”. The story was full of adventure and happenstance that led to romance and hope. I hope you take some time to learn of Alfwen and Swain as they meet and explore the purpose for their time on earth with all the beauty and danger that comes with living.
I recommend reading Lindsay Townsend’s books. The reader travels back in time to a place full of magic and love.
What sets “The Ornament” by Zeke Changuris apart making it a must read novel for all ages? This is the journey of a young photojournalist striving to be the best when the woman of his dreams starts working at the same TV news station. The courtship of Amy and Sam is full of all the detail of what goes into being a good news anchor and photojournalist along with all the personal struggles these two face living life.
Zeke shows us how a single frame of video captures the emotions of a moment out of time. He brings to sharp focus all that goes into being human from dating, marriage and finding the courage to say what’s in you heart to a woman you’ve loved all your life.
“The Ornament” allows us to see inside the TV news profession in a whole new way. Zeke details the ups and downs in a news anchor’s and photojournalist’s personal as well as professional life. The journey takes us to Hagerstown, Maryland to Operation Freedom in Iraq and back to Washington, DC.
Zeke Changuris writes from the heart about a profession he loves and how hard it is to find and keep true love. Zeke’s characters are easy to imagine as well as the places they inhabit. Vivid descriptions as only a photographer can capture are brought to life in Zeke’s dialog and narrative. Beautifully and poignantly written.
Reading to me is finding something new about the human condition that is both inspiring and helps me see myself a little more clearly. “The Ornament” does this and more. It pulls the emotions out of me. I feel for Sam and I have a better understanding of what a man experiences as he travels through life.
Thank you, Zeke Changuris for sharing these beautiful characters with me and all readers that enjoy a story that celebrates living life to the fullest. Keep on writing from the heart, Zeke, you have a gift to not only bring characters to life off the page but to also share the complex emotions that make up each and everyone of us.
From Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe at a Nora Roberts sponsored book signing event. I hope you all take a few minutes to check out this book and order from TTPBooks.com a safe and secure way to get books quickly and in great condition all over the world.
“The Ornament” is a must read book for our time for all ages. My book reviews are my own. I only strive to help readers find books that I’ve enjoyed and found some new insights into the human condition. Comments are welcomed.
Why do I recommend, “Shadow Spell” by Nora Roberts?
First, “Shadow Spell” is a mystery that spans the centuries. Nora does an excellent job connecting the Autumn of 1268 with the Autumn of 2013. Eamon and Connor are kindred spirits finding common ground in the spiritual world.
Second, I find “Shadow Spell an intriguing study of old and new Ireland from the landscape to the customs. Especially how each family unit made their income then and now. Nora’s description of the tourism of modern Ireland makes me want to visit there and see for myself.
Finally, “Shadow Spell” speaks to the heart. The importance of family in the good and bad times. Learning how to work through disagreements within the family both those of the blood and those created through love and understanding. Nora let me see how love grows through sharing and caring.
I hope you find the story of “Shadow Spell” as inspiring and enlightening as I have. I’m looking forward to reading “Blood Magick” by Nora Roberts, hopefully to be released in October of 2014. I’m hoping Cabhan gets what he deserves in this final installment. I feel it will take spiritual strength and heart that extends back to the year 1268.
The site is safe and secure – I’ve been using it since August 2013 with great success. I visited Boonsboro, MD last July and am also able to say the staff and store are both friendly and helpful in customer service and layout.
The narrator, Allan Smyth, has a lovely accent which adds to the feel of traveling to Ireland. Nora’s excellent descriptive writing does the rest. I enjoyed listening as I did my daily walks and working on preparing my meals. Allan’s ability to bring emotions to life with his tone of voice brought depth to the battle scenes.
Thank you Nora Roberts, for giving us this story of family that spans the centuries in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy with Book 1, “The Dark Witch” reviewed at this link: https://melissablanchard62.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/dark-witch-book-one-of-the-cousins-odwyer-trilogy-by-nora-roberts/ and Book 2, “The Shadow Spell” and Fall release of “Blood Magick”.
You deliver with every book and I appreciate all you share from the romance, to the family love that is of blood and spirit. I appreciate the signature as well. I did “Imagine” and found acceptance and love. Peace.
“The Collector,” by Nora Roberts surprises, entertains and inspires. Lila is charming with how she makes the most out of all situations. She’s always willing to help out which, in one case, may get her into some trouble.
I don’t want to give away any of the treasures you must uncover for yourself, so not much about the details of the story here. This is a murder mystery romance. It’s also an adventure, comedy and drama.
Laughter, crying and anger are the emotions I experience as I read “The Collector”. Nora is very good at pulling the emotions out of me. She also writes page turners I’m unable to put down – home run with this book. Descriptions of the settings are out of site from downtown New York – street level and a bird’s eye view from the 14th floor window – to Italy. Beautiful scenes of the people, city and rural landscape. Nora took me there for an afternoon better than any movie.
The hard cover book is pictured above with cover and without. Note the back flap is hard to read so I’ll give the credits here:
Jacket design by Richard Hasselberger
Jacket photograph of city
Copyright Sandra Kreuzinger/Getty Images
Photograph of the author Copyright Bruce Wilder [Personal note from me – thank you Bruce Wilder for an excellent picture of Nora – love the scene you chose to frame your subject.]
a member of
Penguin Group (USA)
Julia Whelan is an excellent narrator. Her accents and vocal artistry identified each character for me. Every inflection of Julia’s voice convey the emotions of the characters. I enjoy listening to Julia and will again I hope. Nora’s excellent dialog and seamless narratives did the rest.
I hope you all find “The Collector,” as entertaining and adventurous as I do. Now I’m off to read, “Shadow Spell” by Nora Roberts. I’m loving the Cousins O’Dwyer’s trilogy so far. Thank you Nora Roberts for delivering with “The Collector”.
Ava is in Washington DC it’s warm and humid when she’s planning for a big event at a museum. The museum her ex-lover owns which brings back the memories of the breakup. She’s also dealing with a call that says her main assistant who she relies on heavily, Adair MacLean, is missing.
From beginning to end this book is mysterious and Ashley Barron does a great job blending the old romance Ava’s character had with Kader and the mystery of Adair’s disappearance.
The story entitled “Ava” takes us on an adventure of intrigue and danger with many actors. The Priya club (formed by college friends) adds depth to the tale.
I enjoyed Ashley Barron’s writing style and hope to soon be able to read Bonner’s story.
I bought my copy of the book from Amazon’s Kindle for iPad click on the link below:
Jillian would like to have a baby and raise it in her family home. She has some pretty far out ideas on how to accomplish this baby’s conception. Derek a long time friend finds out that there’s something going on but not quite sure what this “Pregnancy Plan” is all about that Jillian has cooked up so he confronts her and ends up finding another alternative marrying him.
In the meantime Jillian’s brother Michael would like for the house the family has to be sold so he is putting pressure on her to do that at the same time she’s trying to figure out if she’s made the right decision following through with her “Pregnancy Plan”?
While Michael is planning his schemes Derek is protecting someone in the Middle East when a car bomb explodes and now he has lost memory of the mission. His brother, Jason, is fighting Jillian taking him home.
The big question is will Jillian and Derek be able to make a go of it despite their families?
Tina Gayle created Jillian as a strong indepentant woman knowing what she wanted and going for it. I enjoyed this lighthearted and entertaining tale. I hope that Tina keeps on writing. This book makes a great free-time read.
I purchased “Pregnancy Plan”, by Tina Gayle from Amazon Kindle for iPad at the following link:
“A Summer Bewitchment [The Knight and the Witch 2]”, by Lindsay Townsend
Why do I recommend “A Summer Bewitchment [The Knight and the Witch 2]”, by Lindsay Townsend?
1. The medieval portions are interesting – so many different worries in that time but in so many ways the same – self doubt doesn’t change no matter which century.
2. The writing is excellent. Lindsay brings her characters to life in the narrative, along with the country side, the horses and the villages.
3. Lindsay tackles prejudices in this tale of class and being different whether it be in how you act or what you look like. I like that those with differences triumph over those that are closed minded.
4. The mystery never fails in engaging my attention. How will the Knight and Witch find the lost girls, will they be safe? All questions are answered as the story unfolds.
5. A secret is disclosed that changes the Knight and Witches relationship.
I so hope that Lindsay will continue the Knight and Witch’s story with a book 3. These characters deserve to have many more adventures. Thank you, Lindsay Townsend for creating a world of adventure and acceptance. I appreciate you share your world of imagination with me. Keep on writing.
I got my Kindle e-book via iPad for Kindle app and Amazon at this link: