Thursday, July 31, 2014

Let Me Tell You a Story…

Robert J. Elisberg sent me his debut novel Wild Roses.  I liked the idea of the story of the three musketeers with a twist meaning women in the role instead of men.    I knew a little about the three musketeers but not much.  I was interested to see how three women in these roles would work or not?


The king was only a child at the time of his kidnapping.  His father had died recently and with the monarch being a child a perfect opportunity.   One noble man the Marquis De Longueville wants to change the rule of France to the nobles.  He seems to succeed until…These three women Racine a gypsy, Charlotte a wealthy heiress, and Gabrielle an actress start blocking his plan.  These ladies all have one thing in common they are great with a sword.  An old nobleman finds a way to unite them, but can they really get over their differences?  Will they rescue the king?

My Thoughts: 

I thought this story was interesting like I mentioned before.  I am always interested to see female characters in leadership.  The author came up with some interesting characters in Racine, Charlotte, and Gabrielle.   He has a great villain in the Marquis De Longueville. 

The story seemed to drag.  I had no problem reading the first eighty pages.  I would really prefer a little less telling of a story and a little more show.   In other words let the characters tell the story.  I lost interest the more telling I received throughout the novel.



Please visit Robert on  his Website.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Moss by Any Other Name…

I’ve just finished The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, and as one of the few people in the world who has not read Eat, Pray, Love, or seen the Julia Roberts’ film adaptation.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.


The story focuses on a series of relationships against the backdrop of botany in the 1800s. Our heroine, Alma Whitaker, is the only biological daughter of Henry and Beatrix.  They live with an adopted sister Prudence, on an immense estate in Philadelphia called White Acre. It is in this environment that Alma is encouraged to question and study any and everything that fascinates her, but as the family fortune is based on Henry’s affinity with flora and commerce.  She soon becomes as adept as her father in all things plant related.
This story, which spans nearly the entire 19th century, takes us along as a young, decidedly rough around the edges Henry Whitaker embarks on the series of journeys that lead us to White Acre. You can feel the rough seas on his travels to Tahiti with Captain Cook. You feel the mountainous terrain under your bare feet in Peru. How important are the mosses?  What can we learn?  How does it impact Alma and her family as the years pass?

My Thoughts: 

At first glance, just from a purely physical standpoint—yes, I did attempt to read an actual hardcover book—it was a fairly thick book and it didn’t look like light summer reading. However, once I found the eBook and focused solely on the amazing story, Ms. Gilbert has a new fan.
I was pleasantly surprised by how invested I became in this book because it isn’t my usual summer light reading. But the characters, including the plants, were so invitingly written that I couldn’t wait to get to back to them as soon as my schedule and four children would allow. I enthusiastically recommend “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert. by Tina Guyden

Please visit Elizabeth on her Facebook Page and her Website.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In My Mailbox July 27, 2014

Good afternoon! Well summer is ending soon in the south.  Next week  the county where I live goes back for the first week.   I tend to feel the summer isn't truly over until labor day occurs.  Who is ready to get back to the school year?

We still have much to enjoy in the summer such as the Book Sparks Pr Summer Reading Challenge.  They have an exciting lineup this year!  What is your favorite?

The Kindle Fire HDX giveaway is still going on for July. Don't miss your chance to enter.


Time of My Life by Allison Wynn Scotch great deal on Amazon!

Spun by Catherine McKenzie

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

I am reading: 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Do Choices Really Make Us Who We Are?

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin.  This novel is her second.  The first is The American Heiress.   The author opens with a letter about her fascination with Sisi or Elizabeth the Empress of Austria which the author makes comparisons to Princess Diana.  There are also other characters such as Charlotte Baird, her brother Fred and his fiancée Augusta Crewe, and Bay Middleton.  What is a fortune hunter?


Charlotte Baird is busy developing her pictures.  She is a photographer much to the chagrin of her brother Fred.  She is also an heiress of her mother’s Lennox Fortune.  But why is this so important?  It might be because of who she might meet.  Bay Middleton is a friend of Fred Baird.  He has just been brushed aside by his most recent lover.  Bay is also asked to be the pilot for the deposed queen of Naples.  He refuses but he might get another offer that he can’t refuse from the Empress of Austria Sisi.   What does Bay truly desire?  How can he persue both relationships with Sisi and Charlotte?

My Thoughts: 

I liked this novel.  I loved how the author made the characters so realistic.  I felt that I could relate to Charlotte, Bay, Sisi, and some of the other characters.  This story is set in England in the late 1870s.   It focuses on a real relationship between Bay and Sisi.  The novel does not mention go over how long this relationship lasted. There is a post script of what eventually happens to Charlotte and Bay.

The most interesting question is there are people really bad?  Do we always have to agree with that particular person?  Bay is the fortune hunter in this novel.  He has some interesting choices to make between two women.  Of course in England with the royalty and the wealthy upper class reputation is everything including whether a person has a title.  I liked the fact that Bay and Charlotte didn’t let this ultimately stop them from living their lives.

My least favorite part of the novel is how it dragged in parts.  Still an enjoyable read and worth checking out!  

Please visit Daisy on her Facebook Page, Twitter, and Her Website.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In My Mailbox July 20, 2014

Welcome to this week's In My Mailbox post which I share the news of Writer's Corner.  Yesterday I got to visit with Susan Palmieri while she shared about The Witch of Belladonna Bay.   I was very excited to discuss publishing and learning more about what she writes.  I have to admit she makes it look easy.  I hope that she will come back and discuss more on Writer's Corner.  

I am counting down the days this week to end of the week because two weeks from now I will be writing you once again from Myrtle Beach!  I hope to share some fun discoveries there as well!

Let's get to the mail!  Dont' forget the  Kindle HDX giveaway currently ongoing. 

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate

From Phoebe Fox the Breakup Doctor

Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe

We'll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn

The Witch of Belladonna Bay by Susan Palmieri

The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons

I am reading: 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Can You Really Trust the One Your Meant For?

I feel absolutely blessed to share the second part of Elly’s journey.  Thank you to Colleen Oakes and BookSparks PR for the chance to share this next novel.  I have read the first novel which is Elly in Bloom.  I love weddings and flowers so I absolutely wanted to go back for more!


Elly is very happy but is she in love with Keith?  Elly is a busy Florist with weddings planned throughout the season.  Keith owns the deli down the street.  Life could not be better!  All of the sudden a teenager shows up on Elly’s doorstep claiming to be family.  Elly starts to wonder if she can really trust Keith. Will Elly be able to adjust?  Then there is her business Posies is doing well but then the opportunity of the lifetime comes up to be part of the reality television show Bliss Brides.  Elly cannot say no and the chance to work with a celebrity bride.  Then snarky teenager is also pushing for a second store.  Will Elly give in?  How will she adjust to new family? 

My Thoughts: 

I couldn’t wait to have the chance to share the second part of the Elly’s story!  For all the reasons I mentioned above.  I enjoyed this novel!  I of course loved the setting of St. Louis.  It is still very much home to me!  I wondered what the author would have in store for the plot in Elly’s story.  I was not disappointed. At one point I didn’t want to read further because I didn’t agree with Elly’s choice.  The author created great conflict.  I was very satisfied with the results. 

I am interested in the characters of Elly in Love.  I have one request of the author.   Could we please have a name for Snarky Teenager?  She has grown so much over both novels it definitely warrants a name. 



Please visit Colleen Oakes on her Facebook page and  Twitter.

To purchase a copy of  Elly in Love visit amazon.