Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 383: Geared for the Grave

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser is Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown, a series set on Mackinac Island.



I got shoved from behind. Hard! My neck snapped back and I lost my footing on the old boards. Arms flailing, I grabbed for something, anything, till the bushes below rushed up to meet me.

(Chapter 8)



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Cycle Path #1

Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again…

Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn only leads to more trouble…

After Evie’s arrival, wealthy resident Bunny Harrington dies in what looks like a freak bike accident. Upon closer inspection, Bunny’s brakes were tampered with, and now the prime suspect in her murder is also Bunny’s number one enemy: Rudy. So if Evie hopes to stay on her boss’s good side, she’ll need to steer Rudy clear of jail. Now she must quickly solve this mystery so she can put the brakes on the real killer’s plan…





Sunday, October 15, 2017

Random Photo: Me me me me

It's my namesake!
Yes, this is a Heather plant
and naturally, I had to have one.
Latin: Calluna vulgaris


Did you know: Heather is an important
food source for various sheep and deer which
can graze the tips of the plants when snow
covers low-growing vegetation.




Friday, October 13, 2017

Skywatch Friday 212






From October 1, 2017



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 382: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from a Regency romance by Sarah MacLean called Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. Fun read! The chapter referenced below was especially amusing. *G*




"I would prefer you not use such language with me."

"You would prefer? Well, I would prefer you stayed the hell out of my fencing club! And, while we're at it, out of my taverns and my bedchamber! But it seems that neither of us is going to get what we want!" He paused, amazed. "For God's sake, woman, are you trying to get yourself ruined?"

(Chapter Thirteen)





ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Love by Numbers #1


A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing.

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.

If she's not careful, she'll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love.




Friday, October 06, 2017

Friday Skywatch 211



September Sunset, Sept 21


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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 381: Ill-Gotten Panes

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from Ill-Gotten Panes by Jennifer McAndrews. I enjoyed the stained-glass element included in this one.



When I ripped open the door, the first thing I noticed was the look of utter horror on the face of the man standing on the porch. The second thing was the shiny gold badge he held at eye level.

(Chapter Two)








ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Stained-Glass Mystery #1

After a banking scandal loses Georgia her job and fiancé, she decides that a change of scenery will help piece her life back together. But escaping to her grandfather’s house in the old-fashioned, brick-making Hudson River hamlet of Wenwood, New York turns out to be less relaxing than she expects. Not only is the close-knit community on edge about their beloved brickworks being turned into a marina to draw in tourists, one of those most opposed to the project winds up dead—cracked over the head with a famous Wenwood Brick.

Georgia wouldn’t be broken up over the news except for the fact that the main suspect is the deceased’s biggest adversary—her grandfather. Now, to remove the stain from her grandy’s record, Georgia will have to figure out who in town was willing to kill to keep the renovation project alive, before someone else is permanently cut out of the picture. . .




Sunday, October 01, 2017

Random Photo: Asters

Early autumn means asters are in full bloom!





Friday, September 29, 2017

Skywatch Friday 210



From September 20 . . . Oh, how we'd like
some gray and rainy skies about now!


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 282: Rain-Dappled Leaf





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Teaser Tuesday 380: A Wrinkle in Time

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I first read this book as a child, and did not recall it having such religious overtones, which did not appeal to me and kept pulling me out of the story. The things that go over our head as a child -- or that we forget about as an adult. Still a good read, but perhaps not as great as I remembered it. This book has been challenged/banned for a number of reasons:

* Challenged at the Polk City, Fla. Elementary School under allegations that the story promotes witchcraft, crystal balls, and demons. (1985)
* Challenged in the Anniston Ala. schools under objection to the book’s use of the name of Jesus Christ in relations to other artists, philosophers, scientists, and religious leaders (1990)
*Frequently challenged for “undermining religious beliefs.”
* Ranked no. 22 in the ALA’s 100 most banned books for 1990-2000.




"Don't hope it was a dream. I don't understand it any more than you do, but one thing I've learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be."

(Chapter 2)









ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Time Quintet #1

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is a such thing as a tesseract."

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book.





Monday, September 25, 2017

Banned Books Week 2017




This week is Banned Books Week, that time every year when the ALA draws attention to the most-challenged books from the past year. It may be hard to believe sometimes, but the attempt to stem what people read and access to certain books is more rampant than ever. I have read two banned books this month, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle and The Witches by Roald Dahl -- one of which I will be featuring tomorrow for this week's Teaser Tuesday. Below are the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016. I have read Eleanor & Park, which I enjoyed, and have Looking For Alaska in Mount TBR. 



Out of 323 challenges reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 are:



1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
This young adult graphic novel, winner of both a Printz and a Caldecott Honor Award, was restricted, relocated, and banned because it includes LGBT characters, drug use, and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.

2. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Parents, librarians, and administrators banned this Stonewall Honor Award-winning graphic novel for young adults because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.

3. George written by Alex Gino
Despite winning a Stonewall Award and a Lambda Literary Award, administrators removed this children’s novel because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels.”

4. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
This children’s picture book memoir was challenged and removed because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints.

5. Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
Included on the National Book Award longlist and designated a Stonewall Honor Book, this young adult novel was challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.

6. Looking for Alaska written by John Green
This 2006 Printz Award winner is a young adult novel that was challenged and restricted for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation.”

7. Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
Considered to be sexually explicit by library staff and administrators, this compilation of adult comic books by two prolific award-winning artists was banned and challenged.

8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
This collection of adult short stories, which received positive reviews from Newsweek and the New York Times, was challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive.”

9. Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
This children’s book series was challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author.

10. Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell
One of seven New York Times Notable Children’s Books and a Printz Honor recipient, this young adult novel was challenged for offensive language.




Friday, September 22, 2017

Skywatch Friday 209

Taken September 05, 2017



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 379: The New Deputy in Town

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from an older Harlequin Intrigue, The New Deputy in Town by BJ Daniels.


Her hand trembled as she opened the closet to find the baseball bat where she’d hidden it in the very back corner. After last time, she’d considered getting rid of the bat. Instead, she’d wipred off the splattering of blood as best she could and kept it.

(Opening paragraph, Chapter One)






ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Whitehorse, MT #2

Deputy Sheriff Nick Rogers found out small-town life meant adjusting to two things--gossips and Laney Cavanaugh. And neither was much help in solving a bridal shower murder.

Some days it appeared like everyone in Whitehorse had a secret--including their new lawman. And falling for Laney wasn't a good way to maintain a low profile. Nick might have been new to Whitehorse, but he wasn't above getting his hands dirty. Even if everybody in Laney's family had it in for the victim, and they were fixing for a fight. Wedding bells were always trouble, and, unfortunately, trouble always had a way of hunting Nick down.




Friday, September 15, 2017

Skywatch Friday 208

Can you tell what that is, just left of center?





How about now?





It's a dragonfly!




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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 280: A Glimpse of Autumn








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Teaser Tuesday 378: Scrapbook of Secrets

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser comes from Scrapbook of Secrets by Mollie Cox Bryan, the first in her Cumberland Creek scrapbook series.


For Vera, all of the day's madness began when she saw the knife handle poking out of her mother's neck. Her mother didn't seem to know it. In fact, she was surprised that the blade was inside her. "How did that happen?" she demanded to know of her daughter.

(Opening paragraph, Chapter 1)





ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Cumberland Creek #1


A debut author presents the first book in a new scrapbooking-themed mystery series which features a small-town setting, quirky characters, and suspense that cozy mystery readers and crafters are sure to love. Original.

Having traded in her career as a successful investigative journalist for the life of a stay-at-home mom in picturesque Cumberland Creek, Virginia, Annie can't help but feel that something's missing. But she finds solace in a local "crop circle" of scrapbookers united by chore-shy husbands, demanding children, and occasional fantasies of their former single lives. And when the quiet idyll of their small town is shattered by a young mother's suicide, they band together to find out what went wrong . . .

Annie resurrects her reporting skills and discovers that Maggie Rae was a closet scrapbooker who left behind more than a few secrets—and perhaps a few enemies. As they sift through Maggie Rae's mysteriously discarded scrapbooks, Annie and her "crop" sisters begin to suspect that her suicide may have been murder. It seems that something sinister is lurking beneath the town's beguilingly calm façade—like a killer with unfinished business . . .