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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tripwire by Lee Child

Tripwire (Jack Reacher, No. 3)
by Lee Child

Jack Reacher finally found a girl he might be willing to stay in one zip code for. Or had he? I'm getting ahead of myself. Jack is in Florida, digging ditches and building his muscles into delicious proportion. Then people looking for him started dropping dead. Not long after that, he's deep into the mysterious cover up by the military. He's an ex-MP himself and can go to places where no ordinary mortals might be able to go.

I got sucked into this series by a great story and an enthralling reader, Dick Hill. Dick and I have done many loads of laundry together. He's even there when I get hit with my penchant to wax and mop my floors for the nth time in a day. I highly recommend this book even if you're primarily a romance reader like moi.

Here's interesting facts about Jack Reacher, according to his creator/author, Lee Child.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I Got an "I Love Your Blog Award"

Thanks to Bobbie for giving me this award. I'm so happy to get it. I meant to do this post right after I got the award. Unfortunately, I had to replace my sidings, so it was delayed a whole lot. But, this award doesn't spoil, so I'm doing it now.

After receiving the award you are supposed to pay it forward:
1) Add the logo of your award to your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

Here are my seven blogs:

1. Sidney's My Sari Sari Store. This is a photoblog about the Philippines. I find it very informative and pleasant to go there because he's giving me view of the Philippines that I never got to see before.

2. Charles' The Queer Chef. And just like he promised, he's queer and he'll make your taste buds cheer. Right now, he's not into cheering your taste buds, but he's definitely going to make you cheer when you visit him.

3. Sanna's MisbehavinAngel. She's a mother of one from Germany. She's creative, and she's into books like I am. She's quite an impressive lady.

4. Acey's tralalalala. You have to be there to know it. It's about her life, thoughts and arts. She's quite an impressive artist.

5. Cathy's Me and My World. She's is creative and wonderful and it shows in her blog. She's a fabulous cook also. I love her food. I know what I'm talking about because I have eaten her food.

6. Pamela's Writer's Block Review. She's writes book review like I wanted to write them.

7. Lori's Reading Corner. She's a book blogger, and I like her reviews too.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Shadow Music by Julie Garwood

Shadow Music: A Novel
by Julie Garwood
Read by Davina Porter

The Secret is my first Julie Garwood book. It's a story set in the highlands. This one is too, but the girl, Gabriel is a related to the King of St. Biel. I find that I don't like this story as I did the others. I don't know if it's the reader who sounds like a very old woman. The heroine is young, and the narrator is old or at least sounds like a really old person. I was disappointed. Maybe it's the story. I just don't know. But, it's Julie Garwood, so I had to read it. I've always like her book, except this one.

About the book:

Throughout her acclaimed writing career, Julie Garwood has captivated readers with characters who are compelling, daring, and bursting with life. Now one of the most popular novelists of our time proudly returns to her beloved historical romance roots–in a thrilling tale of love, murder, adventure, and mystery set against the haunting landscape of medieval Scotland.

For Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel, Scotland is a land of stunning vistas, wild chieftains, treacherous glens, and steep shadows–skullduggery, betrayal, and now murder. Prized for her exquisite beauty, the daughter of one of England’s most influential barons, Gabrielle is also a perfect bargaining chip for a king who needs peace in the Highlands: King John has arranged Gabrielle’s marriage to a good and gentle laird. But this marriage will never take place.

For Gabrielle, everything changes in one last burst of freedom–when she and her guards come upon a scene of unimaginable cruelty. With one shot from her bow and arrow, Gabrielle takes a life, saves a life, and begins a war.

Within days, the Highlands are aflame with passions as a battle royal flares between enemies old and new. Having come to Scotland to be married, Gabrielle is instead entangled in Highland intrigue. For two sadistic noblemen, underestimating Gabrielle’s bravery and prowess may prove fatal. But thanks to a secret Gabrielle possesses, Colm MacHugh, the most feared man in Scotland, finds a new cause for courage. Under his penetrating gaze, neither Gabrielle’s body nor heart is safe.

A gripping novel that delves into the heart of emotions–unyielding passions of love, hate, revenge, and raw desire–Shadow Music is magnificent gift from Julie Garwood and a crowning achievement in her amazing career.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sweet Smoke by David Fuller

Sweetsmoke by David Fuller

Bobbie is hosting a contest for a brand new signed edition of this book. Read the first chapter here. What an interesting first chapter. Go to A Taste: Chapter 1 excerpt. If the rest of the book is the same, then this one is a potential keeper.

If you also want a chance to win, visit there now. Drawing is on November 7.

Here's what other authors and readers are saying about this book:
Product Description
"David Fuller vividly and movingly describes the life of Cassius, a slave on a Virginia tobacco plantation. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Sweetsmoke resonates with unforgettable characters and is a gripping story of loss and survival."
--Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South

"Sweetsmoke is a fascinating and gripping novel about the Civil War. The slave, Cassius Howard, is a great fictional character, and his story is part mystery, part love story, and a harrowing portrait of slavery that reads with the immense power of the slave narratives. A tour de force for David Fuller."
--Pat Conroy, author of Beach Music and South of Broad

"With Sweetsmoke, David Fuller gives an extraordinarily nuanced, privileged, and convincing view of the world of slavery during the American Civil War, and of the hearts and minds of the men and women who had to live in that world."
--Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls' Rising and Toussaint Louverture

The year is 1862, and the Civil War rages through the South. On a Virginia tobacco plantation, another kind of battle soon begins. There, Cassius Howard, a skilled carpenter and slave, risks everything--punishment, sale to a cotton plantation, even his life--to learn the truth concerning the murder of Emoline, a freed black woman, a woman who secretly taught him to read and once saved his life. It is clear that no one cares about her death in the midst of a brutal and hellish war. No one but Cassius, who braves horrific dangers to escape the plantation and avenge her loss.

As Cassius seeks answers about Emoline's murder, he finds an unexpected friend and ally in Quashee, a new woman brought over from another plantation; and a formidable adversary in Hoke Howard, the master he has always obeyed.

With subtlety and beauty, Sweetsmoke captures the daily indignities and harrowing losses suffered by slaves, the turmoil of a country waging countless wars within its own borders, and the lives of those people fighting for identity, for salvation, and for freedom.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Vince Flynn Signing

Barnes & Noble , 7700 West Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225
7:00 p.m.

Yay! I love this Barnes and Noble location because it's in the same row as Cheesecake Factory, Red Door by Elizabeth Arden, Container Store (not that I have any intention of going there anytime soon), and Tom Thumb. It's also right across North Park Mall.

I was just checking on audible what's new with Vince Flynn. I wanted to get unabridged audio book for my iPod. It's great company when I'm sorting my closet, or folding the laundry. I'm quite new to his Mitch Rapp character. I like that guy. I like his reader. I especially like him in Transfer of Power.

These are the order of Mitch Rapp books.
Term Limits, Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power, Executive Power, Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, Protect and Defend, Extreme Measures

Here's the quandary. I'm about to buy the audio of this book from audible. If I buy a book, it's not because I have time to read it anytime soon. So, I guess I can purchase a signed copy for my This Book For Free site. Except this is a heavy hardcover, so I'll have to limit my winner to local. Hmm. What's a girl to do?!

Books Every Which Where

I don't know if I had talked about this before. I keep a few blogs. I don't really understand this, but sometimes, I just want a different scene. Well, I'm the same with reading. I would read up to 15 books simulataneously without losing track. In fact, I got so good at it, I pushed it to 20 once, but I tend to forget plots and character at near 20.

The point is, I read so many because if the book is not compelling enough, my mind would wonder around. So, to keep my time from wasting, I'd just jump into the next book until next time. Also, it's a location thing. I'd have a book at any and every place I might have to wait. Bathroom. Kitchen. Car. Purse. Closet. Bedroom. Chairs. I have them every where. It got so bad, that one time I ask my 2 years old to get me a book and he said, "which book, Mommy?".

I'm wondering if anyone is as nutty as I am when it comes to reading. What's your quirks?