Sweet as pie Julie P from Booking Mama deserves a shout out because hers is the 1st book blog I started to follow on a daily basis. We have very similar taste in books and i feel like she'll gently show me the ropes of blog-dom. Hopefully soon Book Island will have a tropical vibe.
Starting tomorrow I hope to have a daily "nibble" review.(a mini-review to whet your appetite.) Then a few days later you'll get a full island feast review.
This starts tomorrow because today my body is too busy yelling at me for me to write like I usually do. I feel a bit like this lil guy!!
XO, Happily marooned with wondrous books and lovely authors!!
Everyone who knows me is perplexed by the fact that I sometimes am reading as many as five books at once. Over the past few days I've been at a Wisconsin Lake as a mother's worst nightmare comes true. with Judy Merill Larsen and her debut novel "All the Numbers" . And then climbed aboard the laugh raft with Laura Jensen Walker as my guide for "Daring Chloe". Here's just a nibble of both these delectable reads: I'll do extended reviews for both these books and my little soul light "Driving Sideways"
When Chloe Adam's fiancee takes the coward's way out and dumps her by text message the night before their impending wedding Chloe wonders if there is a way to kick a text message in the groin. Having read Laura's complete fiction library, you know as a reader that your heart is gonna be lightened. Chloe's book club cohorts rally concocting various adventures and schemes, hoping to pull Chloe out of the "been dumped blues." This book was written with book clubs in mind.
"How much do you love me?" Daniel asks his mother. "I love you all the numbers." When a jet ski collides with Ellen Bank's idyllic life--her world is torn completely to shreds. This book is a grueling expedition of grief as Ellen crawls through agony toward hope. Kleenex should be within reach.
You know when the opening scene has the (slightly) obsessive recently dumped Sophie Kintock breaking into the laundry room her ex's new swingin' singles complex to steal his socks to make him realize the error of his ways and come home. You're in for quite the "Unpredictable "journey. While hiding behind some laundry bags--she's eavesdrops on Doug making a love connection with Melon aka Melanie. She also finds out that Melanie has a belief in psychics, so Sophie hatches the harebrained scheme to give Melanie a fake reading to get her away from Doug's orbit. Before leaving the laundry room Sophie has a brief encounter with rumpled geek extraordinaire Nick McKenna. When Nick visits the book store where Sophie works for her help with research for a paranormal skeptics society, he becomes the linchpin in her fake psychic plan. He can teach her the "tricks" of the psychic trade.
Also in Sophie's corner as the voice of sanity is best friend Jane. Jane has morphed from the martini drinking party girl to a "Land's End" catalog ad. Nick schools Sophie(her alter ego is fortune teller Emma Lulak) so well that one wild guess lands her on the front page of the paper. When Doug observes what he thinks is Sophie's burgeoning romance with Nick the green-eyed monster comes calling.
Sophie's "gift" for star gazing winds up leading to a radio show. Is this less than honest line of work her destiny? Should she really work so feverishly to rekindle the dwindling fires of passion with Doug? Or does someone else make her heart go pitter-pat?
Best-selling author Jennifer Cruisie calls Eileen one of the best new voices in women's fiction. After the giggle fest that is this book(including a scene where Sophie crawls out of a restaurant after an unexpected Doug sighting) you don't need a crystal ball to tell you that Eileen is a shining star, and her future's so bright she's gotta wear shades. The prediction is tons of time on the bestseller list for my friend, yep we are friends,!! And ecstatically my Debs are willing to do author interviews... look for either a guest blog from my sweeties or an author chat or both.
Last night I nibbled on the yummy "The Space Between Before and After" by Jean Reynolds Page, Thanks to the AMAZING folks at HarperCollins. They've been helpful and generous. and a passage made me think of my sweet exquisite friend Rachel.(she's COMPLETELY breathtaking inside and out) She'll be a mommy in about 2 months Her sweet hubby Leedle deserves a shout out for helping me set up the blog and domain. They make my deserted isle a lot less lonely, and they are soul mates extraordinaire. They love me enough to bestow the honor of Aunt Kristy Bee:) Walker will be my little bumblebee honey--SPOILING AWAITS...
Anyhoo, from page 12 of the novel comes this passage:
"Watching that rocket calls to mind what it means to have a baby". The world cracks into pieces when you give birth. The beginning has to be violent almost cruel. But after that-- after you're shaken down to your very bones you are left with miles and miles of lovely...
Rach, I can't wait to watch the miles of lovely you'll have with my baby bumblebee... I adore you to the moon and back!!
Okay, here's my first foray into the blog hemisphere. I hope this soon becomes the premiere destination of book lovers and authors everywhere!! I've already had soooo many kind authors who've made my world a brighter place. The bed (where I spend 95 % of my time) is a bit like being marooned on a desert island. So thanks to my sweet gals at the Debutaunte Ball (www.thedebutanteball.com) for being first to answer my heart SOS. Over the next lil while the authors who've given me the amazing joy avalanche will get their own moment in the "Sweet as Honey Spotlight"
Today's author is Jess Riley. www.jessriley.com Her book is the phenomenal "Driving Sideways" that can simultaneously break your heart and make you laugh!!
She was the first author to answer my email, and make me weep when she sent an autographed copy So thanks Jess :-)
Much more about "Driving Sideways" in the days to come!!
I love nothing more than a yummy story...Any author or publisher that would bless my world with a book--I'd have to look for real estate past the moon... I suffer from author adoration, so I won't put a bad review into the blog universe :)
Since I've started contacting publicists and authours my heart has been beyond amazed... Thank you Hachette Book Group HarperCollins, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Unbridled Books, Zondervan I could never repay the happiness you've poured all over my life, but I'll try by doing great reviews for all these books :)