Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Teaser Tuesday for February 26, 2019.

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I'm going on a short vacation this weekend, so instead of my usual Friday/Saturday post, I decided I should join in on another...

Teaser Tuesday, the weekly bookish meme hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.

It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read and open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Guest Author Post & Free Giveaway for "Temptation Rag" by Elizabeth Huchison Bernard

"Temptation Rag: A Novel" by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

Publication Date: December 3, 2018
Belle Epoque Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 308 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

From the author of The Beauty Doctor, Finalist for the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award, 2017 AZ Literary Awards, and a Medallion Honoree of the Book Readers Appreciation Group.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday for February 19, 2019


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Seasoned for Stealth

Book Review for “The Chef’s Secret” by Crystal King.

In the 1500s in Italy, there lived a man, Bartolomeo Scappi, who is known to this day as one of Europe’s most creative and talented chefs. Scappi, who died in 1577, rose from being a humble cook to a master who devised elaborate dishes and meals for kings and popes, leaving behind a famous, multi-volume cookbook as an eternal legacy to his art, although little is known of his personal life. The first volume of his book was lovingly dedicated to his nephew Giovanni, and according to author Crystal King, the way he wrote it sounded more like a father writing for his son, than an uncle for his nephew. This must have triggered King’s using this backdrop for this new biographical, historical, fiction novel, which is filled with so many intrigues and deceptions, I’m surprised that King didn’t use a double plural for the title!

Friday, February 8, 2019

My "Hello" to Philip Roth!

Book Review of “Goodbye, Columbus” by Philip Roth.

When I heard of Roth’s passing, I realized that while I knew the name well, and I’d seen some films based on his writings, I never read any of his books. In an attempt to correct that situation, I immediately went looking for some, and came up with a few to buy (second hand), including this collection of a novella and short stories, which was the first one I decided to read.

Now, keeping in mind the fact that this collection was published in 1959 (when I was only two years old – yes, really), I was certainly expecting that not everything here would feel relevant to us today. Mind you, because I’m that old, I also expected to understand more of these stories than much younger audiences. However, with a few minor exceptions, I have to say that I was very much pleasantly surprised to find out how very nicely these stories aged. In fact, there are some stories here that are practically evergreen in their subject matter.

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Tint and the Taint

Book Review of "The Blue" by Nancy Bilyeau.

In the author’s notes of this book, Bilyeau calls this “a spy story set amid the rivalry of eighteenth-century porcelain factories,” in which the author tells the story of Geneviève Planché, who becomes entangled in the intrigue behind discovering a new shade of blue that is also wrapped up in the Seven Year war between France and England during the reigns of Louis XV of France and George II of Britain. Heightening this tension is also the fact that Geneviève, is a Huguenot and therefore an enemy of the country of her own heritage, which forced her family to flee to England before she was born. Finally, there is Geneviève’s desire to become a real artist – a profession barred to women in both France and England. So, when Geneviève receives an offer that would eventually help her achieve her dream, she reluctantly accepts, because that it means she’ll still be relegated to decorating porcelain in Derby. Taking up that position, while spying on the manufactory to steal the color’s formula, is where the intrigue begins, and her discovering the chemist working on that formula, Thomas Sturbridge, also brings a romantic aspect to the whole tale.