Jan 23, 2011

The Sunday Salon: Book Surprises

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Tandoori chicken with yogurt, Marsala tea, and a coconut cardamom rice pudding put me in a nice relaxing mood last night. I went to bed early and woke up too early this morning, so I decided to work on The Sunday Salon.

I'm gearing up for book reviews this winter, what with snow to keep me indoors and the temperatures plummeting here in the Midwest. I spent more time on my blog last week than usual. A nice surprise of books came last week, for added inspiration - four new books from HarperCollins, which will keep the TBR list high:
Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations  by Jill Kargman
Call Me Irresistible: A Novel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan

 The Girl in the Green Raincoat: A Tess Monaghan Novel by Laura Lippman.

Right now, I'm reading Michael Palmer's new thriller, A Heartbeat Away.

Giveaways:
1. I'm  hosting a giveaway of Delirious, a debut thriller by Daniel Palmer, who happens to be Michael Palmer's son! Following in Dad's footsteps! Daniel is also a singer-song writer and his giveaway includes a free download of his music album! Through Feb. 10.

2.  I also posted Tatjana Soli's The Lotus Eaters author interview/book giveaway. The novel just been put on the New York Times bestseller list, and Tatjana has a lot of fascinating tidbits on writing that novel, plus a bit of information on a new book for 2012. My review of the The Lotus Eaters is part of the TLC Book Tour which runs through Jan. 27. Hope you'll stop by and enter the giveaway, through Feb. 15.

I didn't join in Bloggiesta, but took a look at their weekend schedule. The suggestion to download your blog was a good one! I did it and feel better about having a backup of three years' worth of blogging. Thanks for the tip, folks!

What did you do/read last week ?

10 comments:

  1. I need to get to Little Princes soon. The story sounds so compelling. Have a great week Harvee

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  2. The Girl in the Green Raincoat is wonderful! You are in for a treat.

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  3. Wow, I see some interesting titles on your list. The Girl in the Green Raincoat is on my reading list for the upcoming week. Can't wait!

    Here's my Salon:

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  4. I haven't had breakfast yet, so your description of last night's dinner is making me hungry! The Lotus Eaters is on my wish list.. sounds so good.

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  5. Thank you for the giveaway I already have The Lotus Eaters. I have the LIttle Princes on hold at the library.

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  6. I've been hearing a lot about The Girl in the Green Raincoat, sounds interesting. You've got a couple of great giveaways too. Plus, you just reminded me I need to download my blog too. Thanks.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  7. Sometimes I wish I lived someplace where the winter weather kept me indoors more--perfect reading weather!

    Looks like you got some great books in the mail recently! I have only read one of Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan books so far and do want to read the rest of her series (and her stand alones as well).

    The Lotus Eaters was my top favorite book last year--and one my dad is getting for his birthday this year along with Matterhorn, which I still need to read. I'm sure he'll love both. I can't wait to read more by the author.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  8. I always want to do Bloggiesta but something inevitably comes up!! I loved Little Princes...enjoy! I finished Green Raincoat and will be posting that one soon...you have some great reads!

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  9. I've been reading THE BELLS and THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY. I have DELIRIOUS but I didn't know Michael Palmer was a singer/songwriter too. Neat. Sounds like you had a nice meal yesterday, too!

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  10. I've been craving Indian food lately and so was oohing and aahing when you listed what you ate last night. :) I was going to make vegetable pakora today for lunch and didn't have time. Maybe tomorrow.

    I didn't have time for bloggiesta this time either.

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