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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Duke and The Decoy

The Duke and The Decoy by Charles Parkinson

This is a story about King Arthur, but not one of those romantic, brave heroic stories about a king and his knights of the round table.  This is a book that delves into the history of the lands of the time and the never ending discussion about whether there ever was one real person, King Arthur, or if it is a legend or folklore possibly made up of several different men.

While there are many things we will never know, things that have been lost through the age, there are many things that we can confirm, such as the layout of the lands and the events of the time, wars and the few written facts of who was ruler at the time.

Included in this detailed history are many photographs, maps and graphs.  The author is quite thorough in his history, without making this a boring history lesson.  If you are even remotely interested in the real truth about “King Arthur”, this is a very good read.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Rogue Agents: Special Preview

Rogue Agents:  Special Preview by Ethan Jones

Next in line for Justin Hall and his partner Carrie.

While they had just finished a rescue mission in Syria, another part of the world had a nuclear arms deal gone wrong.

As governments try to conceal what happened, Justin is called on to aid in the search for missing agents.  Always one to be in the middle of extreme situations where danger is a given, this preview leaves you wanting to know what happened and who is behind it.

If this is anything like the previous Justin Hall stories, this will not disappoint.  Usually loaded with action, even the special preview gives you a taste of what the remainder should be like.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Goodnight June

Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

Most of us have heard the beloved children’s story “Goodnight Moon” and the great green room by Margaret Wise Brown.  Sometimes you just ask yourself, what was the inspiration for that book?  In Margaret’s case, we will never know, as she died unexpectedly at the early age of 42.  But this is one person’s idea of what might have been that inspriation.

Ruby and Margaret were friends, and since they lived so far apart, they would write to each other.  They would write about the good times and the not-so-good times.  Ruby owned a small bookstore, and Margaret was an author of children’s books.

Ruby never married, so when she passed away, she left her bookstore to her niece, June.  June was a successful businesswoman in the banking industry in New York.  When she heard of her aunt’s death and that she was responsible for the bookstore, she thought she would take a few days off to take care of the bookstore and her aunt’s things.  Little did she know what she would find.

Not only did she find letters between Ruby and Margaret, she also found similarities between their lives and her own.  The small bookstore that had so many childhood memories was now hers to decide what to do with.  You’ll have to read it yourself to see if she sells it and goes back to her financial career, or keeps it open for more readers to enjoy.

Whether any or all parts of this are true or not, it is still a wonderful read.  Goodnight Moon is a part of most children’s lives, and what could be a better inspiration than a bookstore’s owner?

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Crescendo

The Crescendo by KaSonndra Leigh

Erin and Alek work together, and I mean work together!  Not only do they have a love for music, they have a love for each other, and a very passionate love for each other.

But unfortunately, the past can sometimes get in the way.

While Erin is a simple girl from the United States, Alek has a past he would prefer not to share with her.  How he came to be the man he is today is not something he is proud of.  Of course when you have a mother like Katerina, you never know what will happen.

It takes a lot of courage to open up to someone you love, and some people need time to do just that.  But those that truly love you will wait and hopefully understand and be there to support you.

When someone you love is threatened, beware.  Alek will not rest until he finds those responsible for the trouble in his life.

While this is an adult novel, it is not so graphic as to be vulgar.  But you will understand their passion.

Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park by Ty Hutchinson

Continuing on the trail of the Chasing Chinatown murder game, Abby is determined not to end her part just because they caught the killers in San Francisco, but her superiors are not in agreement with her.  That is, until more murders are appearing somewhere else on the globe.

This time Abby and her partner from San Francisco are sent to Bangkok.  The only way to find out who is the mastermind of this sick game is to continue playing the game.  Abby is persistent in discovering who is behind this and shut down this awful game and stop the killings of innocent people.  That’s when things get interesting.

As always, the suspense will keep you reading until the end, then wanting more.  More dead bodies and more questions.  Does Abby ever find the mastermind?  While the deaths are not any conventional murder, the descriptions are graphic enough to visualize without going over the top.  Ty has done another great job of twists and turns while keeping the suspense going, while mixing in relationships and trust.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Indian Bride

The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum

Gunder lives in a small town where almost everyone knows everyone.  Being a little different, he decides to travel to India in search of a bride.  The reason he chose India was because of a book his sister had given him.  He loves his sister dearly and cherishes their relationship.

While in India, Gunder is lucky and finds the perfect woman to be his bride, and she accepts.  They are married in India and Gunder makes plans to have his new bride travel back to Norway, leaving her life in India behind.

On the day his new bride was to arrive, Gunder gets word his sister has been in a terrible accident and is in a coma in the hospital.  Fearing the worst, he heads to the hospital and asks a friend to go to the airport to pick up his bride.  Unfortunately his friend return alone.  Not only is his sister in the hospital, his bride is nowhere to be found, and the town is talking about a terrible murder of an unidentified woman.

Enter Inspector Sejer and his team.  Even if you have not read any of the previous inspector novels, you can still get a good grasp for this man and his style.

Work with the inspector and feel Gunder’s emotions as the story unravels.  Who would do such a thing, and why?

Then Came Alexandra

Then Came Alexandra by E. L. Todd

What could possibly have happened that Alexandra left her boyfriend, left her job and left her life in New York and pick up and secretly move to Atlanta, moving in with her aunt?

Something happened to Alexandra in New York and she could not let herself tell anyone.  Luckily she had her aunt in Atlanta, and the timing was perfect as her aunt had hurt her back and could not take care of the cotton fields.

Hiding her life from everyone, including her aunt, Alexandra returns to school, takes a part time job in a hospital and learns how to take care of cotton fields.  In addition, she also makes some good friends, especially one hunky friend of the family, Blaise.  But Blaise seems to have a secret of his own.  It seems that no matter how they tried to fight it, they ended up giving in to their desires.  Eventually Alexandra slowly opens up to Blaise and lets go of her past, thinking Blaise was someone she could trust to open up to.

But you need to read it yourself to see what happens when things come out in the open.  But plan on being surprised at the ending.  You’ll want to read the next in the series to see what happens next.