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: