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Winter Woes? Read a Book

I haven’t mentioned lately all the good books that are available (and some that are on their way). The ones I’m going to talk about today are all indie authored books. Support your indie artists – download a book and curl up to escape this weather or football (if you aren’t a football fan).

Let’s start with a great series:

Legends of Windemere – this series starts with Beginning of a Hero. Luke Callindor is introduced to us as he travels through Windemere looking for adventure. He attends (under false pretenses) a school to give him the training to be an adventurer. And adventures he does have. But then Prodigy of Rainbow Tower and Allure of the Gypsies continue the adventures. Charles Yallowitz spins a great tale and you could spend your time reading a great series – all for less than $5. These are well written and edited books that will change your mind about indie authors. And while you are at it, be sure and follow Charles’ blog

Another awesome series:

The House of Crimson and Clover – Sarah M. Cradit has crafted a paranormal romance series that is delightful and engaging.  The Deschanel family is a bit, well, different from most families. But you’re drawn in to their world. There are many different family members and their interaction with each other is unique. The book is set in New Orleans and offers great word pictures of the world they are living in. Follow Oz (not a Deschanel), Nic, Ana, Adrienne and many others throughout this series. St. Charles at Dusk is the prequel, followed by novella Anne: Beyond Dusk, Book 1 The Storm and the Darkness. Book 2 is Illusions at Eventide. Beyond Darkness: Shattered and Beyond Eventide: Bound are both novellas that will be released soon. I have read all of the books in this series and I have to say that they just keep getting better and better and I’m anxious for the next book. I don’t typically read from the romance genre but these books are so good that I forget about the genre and just relish the good writing. You will also find Sarah’s blog and her website informative and entertaining.

Red Clay and Roses by S. K. Nicholls  – here is the description from Amazon:

“A fictionalized true story of life in the Deep South during the time of Jim Crow Law, and before Roe vs. Wade. Women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant. The discovery of an old ledger opens a window into the dynamics of the 1950s-60s. Unspoken secrets are shared between Beatrice, The Good Doctor’s wife, and Moses Grier, their black handyman. The Grier’s daughter, Althea, suffers a tragedy that leaves her family silent and mournful. Her brother, Nathan, a medical student, looks for answers from a community that is deaf, blind, and dumb. A summer romance between Nathan and Sybil, an independent, high-spirited, white woman, leaves more unresolved. Nathan is thrust into the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Sybil is torn between living the mundane life of her peers, or a life that involves fastening herself to a taboo relationship. Witness social progress through the eyes of those who lived it!”

This book introduces you to the times and troubles of the 60’s in the south. If you are as old as me, you remember these events, even if not personally. If you are younger, then this will show you how it really was (and times were much different then). If you followed Susan’s blog, you can learn more about the locales within the book. She certainly has done her research. Another well written book with a tight story that I recommend.

 

Other books are highly recommend are:

Yesterday Road by Kevin Brennan

Book of Lost Doors – Catskinner’s Book by Misha Burnett

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal

The Rockin’ Chair by Steven Manchester

The Whisky Tide by M. Ruth Myers

Fly Birdie by Jo Robinson

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tesarro

Notes from a Small Dog: Four Legs on Two by Sue Vincent

And I am currently reading Corridor of Darkness: A Novel of Nazi Germany by Patrick O’Bryon and it is looking like an excellent book so far.  So many books, so little time (darn job keeps me from reading as much as I would like).

I could go on and on about a lot of really good books. The important thing is that you are reading and supporting authors.

 

 

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I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter Review

http://www.amazon.com/Am-Rembrandts-Daughter-Lynn-Cullen-ebook/dp/B004YJX1IQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1388893983&sr=1-1&keywords=i+am+rembrandt%27s+daughter

This was a very good historical fiction. I learned to love the characters. Cornelia alternates between her five year old self and her fourteen year old self. Both are important. There is some mystery with not knowing who everyone is and the role they play. But it all ties together in the end.

I have to be honest, I bought this book to read based on how much I loved Mrs. Poe. I did not love this book as much. It seemed to be drier. But not dull. I applaud the author for being able to write this book with the Dutch influence in language. That gave the book the authenticity.

If you like the art world or historical fiction or are just looking for a good read, then I recommend you read this book.

Buy a book today!

For those of you who just got a new Kindle for Christmas – here are a few suggestions to help you fill in up so you can start some great reading.

Doctor Sleep is available today for $1.99 – this is a great sequel to The Shining by Stephen King and a great price.  Here was my review of it.

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen was one of the best books I read in 2013.  I highly recommend this book.  Here was my review

Yesterday Road by Kevin Brennan – this is another inexpensive book (only $2.99).  A journey with an older man with some memory loss as he travels around.  This was a charming book to read.  My review is here

And don’t forget the classics – many of them can be “purchased” for nothing.  What a great time to re-read them or read the ones you’ve always wanted to read.

And you should follow me on Goodreads – I read lots and lots of books and review them as I go.  Plus there are several reviews already there if you are looking for a recommendation.  But even if you don’t follow me, you should certainly look around at what others are saying about books.  As you can see, I’m a huge fan of indie authors and their books.  I think we need to all support them in whatever way we can.  Their books are less expensive and often they are better books.

 

Mrs. Poe Book Review

Mrs. Poe

This book absolutely captivated me. The writing was enjoyable, the story was engaging, and I fell in love with Mrs. Osgood and Mr. Poe. I also grew to a strong dislike of a few characters. I won’t go into the reasons why as that might spoil the book for you. But this is one of the best books I have read this year. I hated to see it end. I am anxious to read another book by Cullen. Her writing style put me in the middle of the story straightaway and never did I not feel as if I was in the same room or street.

I highly recommend this book and had no hesitation whatsoever in giving it five stars.

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