Friday, June 6, 2014

Where Will Life Take You?



Paulette Jiles  novel the Lighthouse Island  in this dark and humorous novel.  Thank you to William Morrow for this copy in exchange for an honest review.  Nadia Stepan goes on an adventure to find Lighthouse Island.

Synopsis:

The Story begins at Sisson Bend neighborhood, where Nadia Stepan also known as Raisa was abandoned by her parents.   She was just a young child and her parents left her a gift.  The North Star and it symbolizes that her parents are always present.  Raisa is shipped off to a foster home, and becomes partially blind. As a result, she finds refuge by reading books. The world of fantasy became an escape, since she could not be around kids her age.  Then she takes on a new identity at the hospital as Nadia Stepan.   Nadia soon tires of being at one foster home after another.  One day she hears about Lighthouse Island. There might be a way to find her parents there.  Could it also offer peace and happiness?

My Thoughts:

This novel was quite interesting. There were some parts of the novel that I enjoyed.   Such as the journey to find out whether Nadia would make it to the island or not.  The plot kept my interest for most of  the story.  The character of Thin Sam Kenobi took Nadia under her wing, and taught her the ways of life.  The other characters supported Nadia and Thin Sam Kenobi well and provided a great back drop for the story.  I was not a fan of some aspects of the plot.  The author left to many questions unanswered for me.  I would have like to see the ending turn out differently for all the characters involved.   If you love coming-of-age/sci-fi/adventure novels, I suggest you check out this one. by Josephine Mattia

Rating:

4/5


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Introducing Stone Patrick



He is the author of Fallen Body.  We are featuring him on Writer’s Corner today.  He writes mysteries that have an inspirational slant.   Stone Patrick is the pen name for Taylor Stonely. 

Here is a synopsis of Fallen Body:

Small-town lawyer Taylour Dixxon meets Sarah Cockrell Baines, a New Jersey socialite and millionairess, and their budding friendship begins with promise. However, soon after they meet, Sarah is arrested for the murder of her husband. When Taylour volunteers to defend Sarah, she has no idea that her struggling solo law practice in the sleepy, fictional, small town of Marlinsville, Texas, will be turned upside down. From a lovable, adolescent nephew who moves in with her, to a hired assassin who is determined to hide the truth, and a handsome Texas Ranger who becomes the object of affection in a love triangle between the two friends, Taylour’s life will never be the same.

To purchase or learn more about Taylor Stonely ‘s books please visit these links:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Eloquence of the Snow Queen



The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham is his latest novel.  Thank you to St. Martins for a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.  Mr. Cunningham is a new author for me.  Let’s see what I thought about this latest effort?

Synopsis: 

Barrett one night sees a light as he walks through Central Park.  He is getting over the latest breakup.   Meanwhile back at the apartment his brother Tyler and his fiancĂ©e Beth.  She is fighting cancer and trying to go on living her life.  Tyler wants to write her the best song ever.   He also has an addiction to coke.   Will his struggle with drugs help or hinder his efforts?  Will Barrett also find the love he is looking for?  

My Thoughts: 

This novel is very descriptive and brings the characters alive within the story.    The author is great at setting the scene in such a way that keeps the reader’s interest.  This led to great narration by Claire Danes in her reading and interpretation of this novel.  The story also involved great emotion from the struggles of each character.  The author did a great job of developing his characters and sharing their journey.

The novel is set in New York City area and the story begins back in 2004 and goes through 2008.   The vision is seen in the snow in Grand Central Park.  The snow queen is not really mentioned within the story, but is more figurative. 

I was not a fan of some of the subject matter discussed in the story.  The story is very descriptive and creates a vivid picture in your head of the characters and the setting.   Readers who enjoy Jodi Picoult or other authors like her will truly enjoy this story.

Rating:

3.75/5

Please visit Michael Cunningham on Facebook or his Website.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Enter the Glass Kitchen

LINDA FRANCIS LEE is a native Texan now living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The author of twenty books that are published in twenty countries, when Linda isn’t writing she loves to run in Central Park and spend time with her husband, family, and friends.

Book Summary: With the glass kitchen, Linda Francis Lee has served up a novel that is about the courage it takes to follow your heart and be yourself. A true recipe for life.

Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan . . . and never cook again. But when she moves into a dilapidated brownstone on the Upper West Side, she meets twelve-year-old Ariel and her widowed father Gabriel, a man with his hands full trying to raise two daughters on his own. Soon, a promise made to her sisters forces Portia back into a world of magical food and swirling emotions, where she must confront everything she has been running from. What seems so simple on the surface is anything but when long-held secrets are revealed, rivalries exposed, and the promise of new love stirs to life like chocolate mixing with cream.
The Glass Kitchen is a delicious novel, a tempestuous story of a woman washed up on the shores of Manhattan who discovers that a kitchen—like an island—can be a refuge, if only she has the courage to give in to the pull of love, the power of forgiveness, and accept the complications of what it means to be family.

Please visit Linda on her Facebook, Twitter, and her Website

You preorder your copy today at these fine retailers:  Amazon Barnes and Noble, and  Books A Million.
 

Monday, June 2, 2014

How Would a Rock Star Change Your Life?



Would you choose to become part of a rock star’s life?  What would be the pitfalls or conflicts involved.  

Synopsis: 

With the encouragement of her friend, Emily Watts decides she needs to get out more and stop spending all her free time working on her fashion blog and writing assignments.   She goes to a friend Jesse’s concert where she meets another musician, Cory. He and Emily have a whirlwind romance until Emily finds out more about where their relationship stands on the tabloids.   Jesse swoops in to help Emily with her heartache, but are his motives pure or is he just after some time with the new Tabloid Queen?

My Thoughts:

I was not a huge fan of this book.  The overall plot was great but it was not executed well.  In the beginning we are introduced to Emily and Jesse who obviously have some kind of history, but we never really find out in detail what that is.   We are also told about Emily’s online blogging fashion website which sounds really interesting but then it is just randomly mentioned until the end of the book when the author decides to make it a plot point.

  I enjoyed hearing about how the social media and tabloids were run and how celebrities could use it to manipulate their careers, but that was about it.  In the end I didn’t find the main character likeable, which I believe was due to the inconsistency in which she was portrayed. by Alicia Kociuba

Rating:

2/ 5

Please contact Jennifer Farwell at her Facebook page, Twitter, and Her website

Sunday, June 1, 2014

In My Mailbox: June 1, 2014

Good afternoon!  I just posted the second part of the Follower's Love Giveaway.  Don't miss your opportunity to enter!   I am going to visit Karen White this week.  She is on tour for Long Time Gone.  Look for my post on it later this week.

The Mailbox: 













The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee













Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe













Stargazey Point by Shelley Noble













The River Witch by Kimberly Brock













The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

I am reading: 

             
























Tina my newest contributer is reading: 


Part 2 of the Follower’s Love Giveaway



Have you ever wondered how Writer’s Corner came to be?                                       

A blogger friend recently asked why did you start your blog?  I once said that I would never blog or write.  I was in a job search at the time and it was not going anywhere.  So I decided that I would work on my writing.  I found a nonpaying writing position with chicklitclub.com.  I started Writer’s Corner initially to practice what I wrote for that site.    

The next part of the journey was meeting some great ladies that some of you know well Samantha Janning at Chick Lit Plus, Melissa Amster and Amy Bromberg from ChickLit Central, Laura Kay from A Novel Review, Pia from So Many Books So LittleTime, and last but not least Liz and Lisa from their  author site.  I am so thankful for their support. I also had an opportunity to feature Liz and Lisa’s novel Your Perfect Life. 

I live in the Atlanta area and get many opportunities to meet some great authors.  Some that I really want to thank for their feedback and the honor of sharing their work.  Mary Kay Andrews is the first one that I met during her Fixer Upper Tour.  I am thrilled to share my thoughts on Save the Date soon!   

Beth Hoffman is a favorite of another friend of mine Melissa Amster. Beth is sharing a copy of Looking for Me for!   I can honestly say that I am a fan too!  I look forward to sharing Looking for Me soon as well! 

PattiCallahan Henry is another great local author that has a new novel coming out soon The Stories We Tell.  She has encouraged me to expand my writing.  I thank her for sharing her casting picks.

Thank you to everyone who has participated this month!

So do you want to win some prizes? 
You must be a US Resident.  The giveaway will run from June 1 through June 9th. 

Here is what you can win.

One Copy of Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews

A Copy of Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman

A Copy of Your Perfect Life by Liz and Lisa

A Copy of Patti’s The Stories We Tell

The great Writer’s Corner tote for the beach from Sloper’s Stitch House.

Two bookmarks from Hook and Yarn

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