Friday, May 27, 2011

PaperBack Swap Blog

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Secrets of the Vine for Women by Darlene Marie Wilkinson

Secrets of the Vine for Women by Darlene Marie Wilkinson is a short book but contains wonderful information and you learn so much from John 15.
This little book is great for a women's bible study also since it includes a study guide with discussion questions for each chapter in the back of the book. I found the questions to be very thought provoking and could be used individually or as a group.
Some parts of the book seem very simplified but they helped to get the point across that the author was trying to make. Sometimes you are looking for a study or book that is not overwhelming and that can be used for people who are in different stages of their lives and this is one of those.
I actually think this book could be used by women or men and I love the way she used many short stories to illustrate the ideas presented in the chapters. This really is a great little book.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mystery Fanfare: Anthony Award Nominations

25th Annual Anthony Award Nominees

Best Novel
Bury Your Dead - Louise Penny - Minotaur Books
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin – William Morrow
Faithful Place - Tana French - Viking
I'd Know You Anywhere - Laura Lippman - William Morrow
The Lock Artist - Steve Hamilton - Minotaur

Best First Novel
Damage Done - Hilary Davidson - Forge Books
The Poacher's Son - Paul Doiron - Minotaur Books
Rogue Island- Bruce DeSilva - Forge Books
The Sherlockian - Graham Moore - Twelve
Snow Angels - James Thompson - Putnam

Best Paperback Original
Drive Time - Hank Phillipi Ryan - Mira
Expiration Date - Duane Swierczynski - Minotaur Books
The Hanging Tree - Bryan Gruley – Touchstone (Simon and Schuster)
Long Time Coming - Robert Goddard - Bantam
Vienna Secrets - Frank Tallis - Random House

Best Short Story
The Frame Maker - Simon Wood - The Back Alley
The Hitter - Chris Holm – Needle
Homeless - Pat Morin - Mystery Montage
Scent of Lilacs - Doug Allyn – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Sept/Oct 2010
So Much in Common - Mary Jane Maffini - EQMM Sept/Oct. 2010
Swing Shift - Dana Cameron - Crimes By Moonlight

Best Graphic Novel
Beasts of Burden – Jill Thompson/Evan Dorkin – Dark Horse
The Chill - Jason Starr – Vertigo Crime
Richard Stark's Parker, Vol. 2: The Outfit –Darwyn Cooke - IDW Press
Scalped Vol 6 - The Gnawing - Jason Aaron – Vertigo
Sickness in the Family - Denise Mina – Vertigo Crime
Tumor - Joshua Hale Fialkov/ Noel Tuazon - Archaia Studio Press

Best Critical /Non-Fiction
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks - John Curran – Harper Collins
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History - Yunte Huang - W. W. Norton & Company
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies - Steve Doyle - For Dummies
Thrillers: 100 Must Reads - David Morrell - Oceanview
The Wire: Truth Be Told - Rafael Alvarez - Grove Press

Best Website/Blog
Jen's Book Thoughts - Jen Forbus
The Rap Sheet - J. Kingston Pierce
Sirens of Suspense - Chantelle Aimée Osman
Spinetingler - Sandra Ruttan
Stop. You're Killing Me - Surber/Ulrich

The nominations are taken from votes cast by members of Bouchercon, the current year (2011) and the previous year (2010). The awards are named after Anthony Boucher, a book reviewer and early champion of the mystery genre. Attendees will vote for this year’s winners at the 2011 Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in St. Louis (Sep 15 – 18). The winners will be announced at the awards brunch on the morning of September 18th.
For more information about the Anthony Awards and the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, please visit

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Barnes & Noble E-Reader Coming May 24 | News & Opinion |

May 5, 2011 10:11am EST 1 Comment
New Barnes & Noble E-Reader Coming May 24
By Chloe Albanesius0digg

Barnes & Noble is readying an updated e-reader, the company revealed in a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
"In a meeting with investor analysts on May 4, 2011, Barnes & Noble ... indicated it expects to make an announcement on May 24, 2011 regarding the launch of a new eReader device," the notice said.
The company provided no other details about what the updated e-reader might entail. The last major Nook upgrade was the Nook Color, which started shipping in November. The Android-based device includes a 7-inch touch screen and access to more than 2 million titles, as well as an extra-wide viewing angle intended for sharing. The screen boasts 1,024-by-600 resolution and 169 pixels per inch. It comes with 8GB of storage, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card.
In late April, Barnes & Noble pushed out a major software update to the Nook Color, which included its own app store, an email client, the ability to play Flash video, and enhanced books. It also added support for Android 2.2 "Froyo" and Adobe Flash video.
There's no word on what the retailer's new Nook will include; will it update the color version or address the E Ink Nook? And how will it stack up against its rivals? Last month, competitor Amazon launched a cheaper, ad-supported version of its Kindle e-reader. For $114, the new Kindle with "Special Offers" features ads and deals as its screen saver and on the bottom of its home screen. Of course, there's also the e-book components of the popular iPad and iPad 2.
Last month, Microsoft sued Barnes & Noble for patent infringement related to the Nook. Microsoft holds patents relating to navigation and how Web sites display content; technology used on the Android platform, the software giant said. Microsoft has tried to come to a licensing agreement with Barnes & Noble regarding its Nook and Nook Color e-readers, but to no avail, the company said.
For more, see PCMag's review of the Nook Color and the slideshow below.
For more from Chloe, follow her on Twitter @ChloeAlbanesius.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 The Frailty of Flesh eBook: Sandra Ruttan: Kindle Store

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May 14th        11am-1pm

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Book Club Meeting discussing the mystery series featuring Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.  Join us!

Rhett DeVane will be signing the long-awaited third in her Chattahoochee series, Mama’s Comfort Food.  Copies will be discounted 15%.

Memorial Day fun in the sun...

             Scandinavian crime fiction has a long tradition in the various countries – Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Finland – however, few books were translated for a world audience until the success of Sjowall and Wahloo’s ten novel  series.  Soon Henning Mankell, Arnaldur Indridason and others were translated into major languages and claimed international readers.

And then came Stieg Larsson!  His three book series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, set the fiction world buzzing.

His super-star status catapulted other like authors into the limelight.  While still only a small percentage of Scandinavian fiction is translated into English, some authors are gaining well-deserved readership.

Sweden’s Ake Edwardson is a professor at Gothenburg University and three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers’ Award for best novel.  His work was first translated into English in 2005, and now five of the twelve Erik Winter series are available.  Edwardson’s prose is atmospheric, his stories psychologically gripping, and his primary character is introspective and smart with distinctly European sensibilities.  The reader gets a true feel of Gothenburg and its seamy dark corners.  The titles currently available in English, chronologically written, are Death Angels (which introduces Chief Inspector Winter),  Shadow Woman, Frozen Tracks, Sun and Shadow, and Never End.

Karin Fossum made her literary debut in Norway, publishing poetry in 1974.  It was her Inspector Konrad Sejer mysteries that began to be translated into English in 2005, starting with the fifth in the series, Don’t Look BackFossum’s setting is a small, picturesque village near Oslo.  The setting itself is less important than the characters that people the claustrophobic community – relationships and secrets are central to Fossum’s psychological police procedurals.  Inspector Sejer, an aging, brooding policeman, is as much about understanding people, their actions and underlying motives, as investigating a case.  One critic says of Fossum’s work, “Like a Scandinavian winter, her thrillers chill to the bone.”  Titles to look for are Don’t Look Back, The Indian Bride, He Who Fears the Wolf, When the Devil Holds a Candle, Black Seconds, Bad Intentions, and The Water’s Edge.

A little taste of Sweden…Grandmother Benson’s Swedish Toast

        ½ cup butter                                                               1 ½ tsp baking powder
        1 cup sugar                                                                 ½ tsp salt
        1 egg                                                                          ½ cup finely chopped almonds or pecans
        ½ cup milk to which 1 tsp vinegar has been added                 ½ tsp cardamom (optional)
        ½ tsp baking soda                                                      Cinnamon sugar
        2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350°.  Lightly grease a 9” square pan.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg.  Mix dry ingredients and add alternately with milk.  Stir in nuts.  Spread in prepared pan, and bake 35 minutes or until center springs back.  Cool slightly.  Reduce oven heat to 250°.  Slice cake into 1 ½” slices, then in half.  Place slices on a baking sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and dry in oven 15-20 minutes.  Turn off oven and let slices dry another 20-25 minutes.  Turn slices and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Broil lightly on both sides until crisp.  Store airtight.  Wonderful dunked in your favorite hot beverage!

             Stories for young audiences have long been a part of the oral tradition, although children’s literature as a published genre is relatively new.  Scandinavian authors have played a particularly large role in shaping this concept.  Trolls, Vikings, and princesses are intriguing no matter your age.

Hans Christian Andersen, who penned such fables as “The Ugly Duckling,” “Thumbelina,” and “The Little Mermaid,” set the tone for Scandinavian tales by matching whimsy and reality in equal parts.
             You might be surprised by how many of the most influential children’s authors hail from Sweden.  Selma Lagerlöf was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature, though she is best remembered for The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, a fantastical yet educational classic tale about a boy discovering his homeland while riding atop a wild goose.  Astrid Lindgren, who later went on to create the Pippi Longstocking series, described Nils’ adventures as brightening her childhood.
             A more recent Swedish gem is Reidar Jönsson’s My Life as a Dog.  It is the punchy yet poignant tale of Ingemar, a not-quite-orphan whose adolescence is shaped by his eclectic experience living in the Swedish countryside with his aunt and uncle.  Ingemar’s courage in the face of tragedy is both humorous and heartwarming.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Book Prizes – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners
Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption (Random House)
Current Interest
Michael Lewis, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (W. W. Norton & Company)
Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Goon Squad (Knopf)
Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
Peter Bognanni, The House of Tomorrow (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
Graphic Novel
Adam Hines, Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One (Adhouse Books)
Thomas Powers,The Killing of Crazy Horse (Knopf)
Mystery / Thriller
Tom Franklin, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (William Morrow)
Maxine Kumin, Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010 (W. W. Norton & Company)
Science & Technology
Oren Harman, The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness (W. W. Norton & Company)
Young Adult Literature
Megan Whalen Turner, A Conspiracy of Kings (Greenwillow/HarperCollins)

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Breath of Angel-Karyn Henley Christian Fantasy

Breath of Angel immerses readers in a land of angels and humans, shape shifters and sylvans, where warring brothers have destroyed the only portal to heaven and stranded tortured souls on earth, and only one young woman - a chantress - half angel and half human, can restore it.

I was not sure of what to expect of this book after reading that it had priestress, shape-shifters,etc and not a big fantasy fan but I gave it a read. I was captivated by the character of Melaia from the beginning and soon was very interesting in what would happen in the story. The book was fast paced and there were only a few times that I thought that the story was not believable. But you are soon brought back to reality by Melaia's real earthly issues.
This is the first in The Angeleon Circle and would think the series will provide a nice read for those who love fantasy.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

Max Lucado-Max On Life

Max Lucado-Max on Life is a wonderful reference book!
From inside front flap of book "In more than thirty years-as an author, pastor, husband and father-Max Lucado has fielded a lot of questions. This book gathers Max's responses to the most often asked questions."

There is over 170 questions with one page or less answers which are simple but very on spot and very relevant for today. They cover everything from hope to the hereafter. What I especially like about the book is that Max doesn't answer the questions as if he is the all authority but as a friend trying to help you understand why you are asking the questions and what might be the answer. I found it to be a very encouraging book with lots of very sound advice.

There is a topical index and a scripture index which is wonderful. This is one book I will be going back to again and again.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.