Feb 10, 2016

Book Reviewers Wanted for Book Blog

Luxury Reading is looking for book reviewers to post reviews in exchange for free books.

I already post my reviews here on my own Book Dilettante, but if you don't have a blog and you want to write reviews, this may be an opportunity for you!


Waiting on Wednesday: Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill at Breaking the Spine. What new releases are you eagerly waiting for. Link your post to Breaking the Spine.
I have really enjoyed many of the Teashop Mysteries by Laura Childs, and this is the 17th in the series, which shows how popular the story line is. Devonshire Scream is to be released in hardcover on March 1, 2016. Part of the popularity is due to the recipes that are included in the books!

Book description from the publisher: 
Catering a trunk show at Heart's Desire Jewelry is a shining achievement for Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop. After all, a slew of jewelers, museums, and private collectors will be there to showcase their wares and sip some of Theo's best blends. But the party is crashed by masked muggers who rob the precious gems and jewels on display, leaving shattered glass, scattered gemstones, and a dead body in their wake. 

Theo can't help but intercede when her dear friend Brooke, aunt of the victim and owner of Heart's Desire, begs for help. Though the FBI believes this "smash and grab" is the work of an international gang of jewel thieves, Theo is convinced that the felon is someone much closer to home...

What new book are you waiting for to be published?

Sharon A. Katz will be reviewing the book and giving away two autographed copies on Feb. 29. Visit her at https://sharonreadsblog.wordpress.com/

Feb 3, 2016

Featured Book: Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb

Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42) by J. D. Robb

Sometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy...

Book description: Dennis Mira just learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent to sell their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head. (publisher)

The victim: "former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira, who mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis."

Conflict: ...the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate" 

Opening paragraph (Ch. 1):
After a long, tedious day -- the first half spent in court, the second half with paperwork - Lieutenant Eve Dallas prepared to shut it all down. 
At the moment all she wanted out of life was a quiet evening with her husband, the cat, and a glass - or two - of wine. Maybe a vid, she thought as she grabbed her coat, if Roarke hadn't brought too much work home.  
Quotes are from the book and from goodreads. 

Feb 2, 2016

Review: The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida

Bibliophile By the Sea hosts First Chapter, First Paragraph every Tuesday. Share the first paragraph(s) of your current read or book interest, with information for readers.
The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida, published June 2, 2015
Genre: literary suspense
Rating: 5/5
Source: library

A young woman takes off on her own to a foreign country and has to survive after her passport and wallet are stolen. 

How she gets through the scrapes she gets into in an unfamiliar country is the basis of the novel. A little suspenseful and a bit of a travelogue at the same time, it shows what can happen to unsuspecting travelers - pickpockets, an unreliable police system, unfamiliarity with a new culture and customs, etc. 

I really enjoyed this young woman's travel and how she survives and takes on a new persona as she is stripped of her old possessions or discards them as she has to face new situations. Running away from an unpleasant situation in her past, she comes to terms with the present and begins to create a new self.

I woke up at 3:30 a.m. to finish this book.That's how interesting I found the character and how well written the story.

First chapter, first paragraph: 
When you find your seat you glance at the businessman sitting next to you and decide he's almost handsome. This is the second leg of your trip from Miami to Casablanca, and the distance traveled already muted the horror of the last two months. What's to stop you from having a conversation with this man, possibly even ordering two vodka tonics with the little lemon wedges that the flight attendant will place into our plastic cups with silver tongs? He's about your age, thirty-three, and, like you, appears to be traveling alone. 
How does the first paragraph grab you. Does it make you want to read on?

Jan 31, 2016

Sunday Salon: Three Genres

Welcome to the Sunday Salon where bloggers share their reading each week. Visit The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. 
Also visit Mailbox Monday, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? hosted by Book Date. 

The Two of Us by Andy Jones, paperback to be published February 9, 2016. From Washington Square Press
Killer Deal (Emma Skold #3) by Sofie Sarenbrant, to be published May 10, 2016 by Stockholm Press. From Meryl Zegarek Public Relations, Inc. 
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, to be published April 5, 2016 by Ballantine Books. A win through Shelf Awareness.

A romance, a Swedish thriller, and an historical novel came in the mail last week.

Add anything new to your TBR list? 

Jan 30, 2016

Finding Good Books Though Websites

17 Ways to Find Good Books To Read is a website that I just discovered that has links to sites such as

1. The Book Seer, which offers suggestions based on the last book you read and really liked.

2. All Nobel Prizes in Literature, a list of the winning authors from the beginning of the prize.

3. The Top 100 Books of All Time, a list of books nominated by writers from around the world.

4. Whichbook helps you select books based on a variety of criteria you choose.

5. Other suggestions: Goodreads, Penguin's Classics, Pulitzer Prize WinnersThe Man Booker Prize Winners, the library, etc.

I have just asked The Book Seer for a recommendation. It gave me a couple of other books by the same author I just finished reading, plus at least six more that I have not heard about but am eager to try. I have jotted these down and want to see if the suggestions are really good for me.

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