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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Notable Quotable from Execution in E by Alexia Gordon ~ Lone Star Literary Book Blog Tour

EXECUTION IN E
A Gethsemane Brown Mystery, Volume 5 
by
Alexia Gordon
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: March 24, 2020
Number of Pages: 252

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Romance is in the air. Or on the 'gram, anyway.
When an influencer-turned-bridezilla shows up at the lighthouse to capture Insta-perfect wedding photos designed to entice sponsors to fund her lavish wedding, Gethsemane has her hands full trying to keep Eamon from blasting the entire wedding party over the edge of the cliff.
Wedding bells become funeral bells when members of the bride’s entourage start turning up dead. Frankie’s girlfriend, Verna, is pegged as maid-of-honor on the suspect list when the Garda discover the not-so-dearly departed groom was her ex and Gethsemane catches her standing over a body.
Gethsemane uncovers devilish dealings as she fights to clear Verna, for Frankie’s sake. Will she find the killer in time to save Frankie from another heartbreak? Or will the photos in her social media feed be post-mortem?
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 A writer since childhood, Alexia Gordon won her first writing prize in the 6th grade. She continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. She established her medical career then returned to writing fiction. Raised in the southeast, schooled in the northeast, she relocated to the west where she completed Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program. She admits Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. She practices medicine in North Chicago, IL. She enjoys the symphony, art collecting, embroidery, and ghost stories.
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Monday, March 9, 2020

Book Review: The Bear by Andrew Krivak

Krivak, Andrew. 2020. The Bear. New York, NY: Bellevue Literary Press. ISBN: 978-1942658702. $16.99 USD. 244 pages.

Set in an unknown future where only two people still exist, this slim gem of a book, marketed as a fable for adults, is yet reminiscent of humanity's early beginnings in the distant past, and describes the skills and behaviors that would have been necessary to survive and thrive in a harsh and often unforgiving environment. 

Some graphic hunting images may not be to everyone's taste, but I underlined passages in my advanced copy as a reminder to revisit the poignant prose that resonated with me, such as:

"We all go to sleep and will be asleep for a long time. 
Be hungry for what you have yet to do while you're awake."

The Bear is a short novel, but leaves the impact of a much longer story, and touches on themes of family, the environment, the struggle for survival, and the need for harmony with nature. I enjoyed meeting the Bear, the Puma, and the fierce unnamed female narrator who was stronger than I could ever imagine.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Book Blitz ~BAYOU CITY BURNING by D.B. Borton ~ Lone Star Literary Book Blog Tours

BAYOU CITY BURNING
Harry & Dizzy Lark, Book 1
by
D.B. BORTON

Mystery / Detective / Humor / Historical
Publisher: Boomerang Books
Date of Publication: May 30, 2019
Number of Pages: 390



Houston, 1961: comedy meets mystery and history. It's hard to be hard-boiled when your biggest fan and worst critic is your twelve-year-old daughter, especially when she's cracking your case for you and defending you from the bad guys, along with sidekicks human and feline. Houston is still a cowboy backwater, but Texas politicians dream big. P.I. Harry Lark is out to save the city for President Kennedy's moon mission. Dizzy Lark is out to save Harry. Jani Brooks of Romance Reviews Today calls Bayou City Burning “a terrific mystery loaded with humor, lots of excitement, and fascinating, well written characters” and rates it “a Perfect 10 book.”
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D. B. Borton is the author of two mystery series—the Cat Caliban series (Berkley, Hilliard and Harris) and the Gilda Liberty series (Fawcett)—as well as the recent novels Second Coming, Smoke, and Bayou City Burning (all from Boomerang Books). She is Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Wesleyan University. A native Texan, Borton became an ardent admirer of Nancy Drew at a young age. At the age of fourteen, she acquired her own blue roadster, trained on the freeways of Houston and the broad stretches of oil-endowed Texas highway, and began her travels. She also began a lifetime of political activism, working only for political candidates who lost. She left Texas at about the time everyone else arrived. In graduate school, Borton converted a lifetime of passionate reading and late-night movie-watching into a doctorate in English. She discovered that people would pay her to discuss literature and writing, although not much. But because she found young people interesting and entertaining and challenging, she became a college teacher, and survived many generations of college students. Later, during a career crisis, she discovered that people would pay her to tell stories, although even less than they would pay her to discuss stories written by someone else. Borton has lived in the Southwest and Midwest, and on the West Coast, where she has planted roses and collected three degrees in English without relinquishing her affection for the ways in which actual speakers constantly reinvent the language to meet their needs. In her spare time, she gardens, practices aikido, studies languages other than English, and, of course, watches movies and reads.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Chasing the White Lion by James R. Hannibal ~ Author Video ~ Lone Star Literary Book Blog Tour

CHASING THE WHITE LION
(Talia Inger, Book Two)
by
JAMES R. HANNIBAL
   Genre: Contemporary Christian / Thriller / Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: March 3, 2020
Number of Pages: 384

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Young CIA officer Talia Inger has reconciled with the man who assassinated her father, but that doesn't mean she wants him hovering over her every move and unearthing the painful past she's trying to put behind her. Still, she'll need him--and the help of his star grifter, Valkyrie--if she hopes to infiltrate the Jungle, the first ever crowdsourced crime syndicate, to rescue a group of kidnapped refugee children. But as Talia and her elite team of thieves con their way into the heart of the Jungle, inching ever closer to syndicate boss the White Lion, she'll run right up against the ragged edge of her family's dark past. In this game of cat and mouse, it's win . . . or die. And in times like that, it's always good to have someone watching your back. Former tactical deception officer and stealth pilot James Hannibal takes you deep undercover into the criminal underworld where everyone has an angle, and no one escapes unscathed.

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Author James R. Hannibal discusses his new book Chasing the White Lion, filled with cons and thieves, and his hopes for its real-world impact. Chasing the White Lion stars Compassion International, an organization fighting child poverty. By bringing dignity and identity to children in poverty, Compassion helps slam the door on human traffickers.



Former stealth pilot James R. Hannibal is a two-time Silver Falchion Award winner for his Section 13 mysteries for kids and a Thriller Award nominee for his Nick Baron covert ops series for adults. James is a rare multi-sense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells and hears flashes of light. He lives in Houston, Texas.
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Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris

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MacFarlane, Robert and Jackie Morris. 2017. The Lost Words. House of Anansi Press, Inc. ISBN 978-1487005382. $35.00 USD.

Not too long ago I read about a book written by Robert MacFarlane that sounded interesting, and because I am a fan of his writing, I ordered it. I didn't realize that it would be a 16" x 12" coffee-table style book or that it was also a children's book. It quite took me by surprise when I opened the larger-than-anticipated box. But oh, how I've come to love this book!

In 2015, when the Oxford Children's Dictionary dropped around 50 words relating to the natural world, a number of prominent authors wrote an open letter of protest, including nature writer, Robert MacFarlane, who was dismayed at the loss of words such as fern, willow, and starling and what it might mean to impoverish children's vocabulary in this way.
(Maria Popova  https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/06/17/the-lost-words-macfarlane-morris/)

He teamed up with artist Jackie Morris to create an encyclopedia of sorts, but also a "spell book" for conjuring the lost words back, written for readers of all ages, resulting in a "hymn of praise to the wild around us."

The book opens with the traditional "once upon a time" of a children's story, telling us that some words have begun to vanish, "so quietly at first that almost no one noticed." But the spells (poems) in the book might just "by the old, strong magic of being spoken aloud" conjure them back into existence.

Each word has a 3 page spread. On the first, in usually a large amount of white space, we see random letters dancing across the page with line drawings surrounding them. Within these letters is the word, in gold paint, so you can pick it out if you try hard enough. (In the image below you will find the word "kingfisher" for example).

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On the other two pages are a beautiful watercolor image by the artist, Jackie Morris, and a spell/poem in the form of an acrostic, so that the first letter of each verse in the poem will vertically spell the word being referenced. The creativity and skill to come up with this entire endeavor is simply astounding to me, really. 

The spell for the word "acorn" for example, becomes in the author's hand,

As flake is to blizzard, as
Curve is to sphere, as knot is to net, as
One is to many, as coin is to money, as 
    bird is to flock, as
Rock is to mountain, as drop is to fountain, as 
    spring is to river, as glint is to glitter, as
Near is to far, as wind is weather, as 
     feather is to flight, as light is to star, as
     kindness is to good, so acorn is to wood.

And, of course, imagine my surprise when I dreamily turned a page and found that the word "Otter" was included!



I knew that my review of this book would be lacking, as it really is impossible to do it justice with my own simple words. But if you get a chance to browse through The Lost Words: a Spell Book, you will certainly be doing yourself a favor. You can read more about "the making of a modern spell-book" here from Penguin Random House U.K. https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2017/designing-the-lost-words/

Next I will review one of my recent favorite books, one written for those from "8 to 80" called The Boy, The Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charle Mackesy. I don't read a lot of children's books any more, but these two left quite an impression on me and I want to share them with others.

Happy reading!