Monthly Archives: February 2010

Winners of January Book Contests


I apologize for the late announcement! Here are the recent winners:

A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine
  1. Benita (bgcchs)
  2. Scottsgal (msboatgal)
  3. Misusedinnocence
  4. Pixie13 (gevin13)
  5. Sean (spynaert)

Sleep No More by Susan Crandall
  1. lizzi0915
  2. elaing8
  3. squiggles87
  4. theluckyladybug
  5. megalon22
When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
ozzie13316

Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
womackcm

The Survivor’s Club by Ben Sherwood

  1. cenya2
  2. justpeachy36
  3. nfmgirl
  4. walkerd
  5. steffanie771

Seduced by a Rogue by Amanda Scott
msboatgal
janie1215
kdhaney
gcwhiskas
tiramisu392

I’ve emailed the winners and they have until Friday evening to send me their mailing addresses.
Thank you for participating!

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Winners of February Book Contests: A Good Talk and Prime-Time Health


Winners of Prime-Time Health by William Sears, M.D.

  1. delilah0180
  2. wandanamgreb
  3. retsbar2go
  4. mistyfuji
  5. womackcm
Winners of A Good Talk by Daniel Menaker
shopgurl101
rhoneygtn
r_lapus
wakeupangel
nfmgirl

Congratulations! I’ve contacted the winners and they have until Friday evening to send me their mailing addresses. Thank you for participating and thank you to Hatchette Book Group for sponsoring these giveaways!

Winners of January Book Contests


I apologize for the late announcement! Here are the recent winners:

A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine
  1. Benita (bgcchs)
  2. Scottsgal (msboatgal)
  3. Misusedinnocence
  4. Pixie13 (gevin13)
  5. Sean (spynaert)

Sleep No More by Susan Crandall
  1. lizzi0915
  2. elaing8
  3. squiggles87
  4. theluckyladybug
  5. megalon22
When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
ozzie13316

Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
womackcm

The Survivor’s Club by Ben Sherwood

  1. cenya2
  2. justpeachy36
  3. nfmgirl
  4. walkerd
  5. steffanie771

Seduced by a Rogue by Amanda Scott
msboatgal
janie1215
kdhaney
gcwhiskas
tiramisu392

I’ve emailed the winners and they have until Friday evening to send me their mailing addresses.
Thank you for participating!

Book Blog Tour of Coming of the Storm: Book One of Contact: The Battle for America by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear


Coming of the Storm: Book One of Contact: The Battle for America

The blurb:
Black Shell, an exiled Chickasaw trader, is fascinated by the pale, bearded newcomers who call themselves “Kristianos,” and not even the wise counsel of Pearl Hand, the extraordinary and beautiful woman who has consented to be his mate, can dissuade him. It will unfortunately take a first-hand lesson in the Kristianos‘ unfathomable brutality for Black Shell to fully comprehend the dangers that these invaders pose to his people’s way of life.

While his first instinct is to run away with Pearl Hand, somewhere the Kristianos cannot find them. Black Shell has been called to a greater destiny by the Spirit Being known as Horned Serpent. With Pearl Hand by his side, Black Shell must find a way to unite the disparate tribes and settlements of his native land and overcome the merciless armies of de Soto, which will stop at nothing to attain wealth and power.

Review:
Coming of the Storm starts a unique series set in America just as De Soto and the Spanish explorers attempt conquest. The Gears weave in historical facts and details which give the story an additional layer. But the best part of Coming of the Storm is Black Shell’s awakening to the danger of the Kristianos. When Pearl Hand and Black Shell decide to face an enemy crueler and stronger than any they imagined possible, Coming of the Storm becomes a story of hope and courage.

While I wasn’t drawn to the scenes with dreams and visions and portents for the future, I enjoyed the passages where Pearl Hand and Black Shell interacted with the Kristianos. I look forward to learning what happens next – in Book Two of Contact.

ISBN-10: 1439153884 – Hardcover $26.00
Publisher: Pocket (February 9, 2010), 496 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Authors, courtesy of the publisher:
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear are the authors of over twenty international bestsellers that have been translated into 23 languages. Their novel People of the Raven won the Golden Spur Award in 2005. In addition to writing both fiction and nonfiction together and separately, the Gears operate an anthropological research company called Wind River Archeological Consultants, and raise buffalo on their ranch in northern Wyoming.

Participating Sites:

Frugal Plus: http://frugalplus.com/
Book Junkie: http://myfoolishwisdom.blogspot.com/
Book, Books Everywhere: http://bookbookseverywhere.blogspot.com/
Pam’s Private Reflections: http://hip2bhomeschooling.blogspot.com/
Reading at the Beach: http://ilratb.blogspot.com/
My Reading Room: http://myreadingroom-crystal.blogspot.com/
Starting Fresh: http://startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com/
Confessions of an Overworked Mom: http://confessionsofanover-workedmom.blogspot.com/
Just One More Paragraph: http://tweezlereads.blogspot.com/
I Read: http://sumanam.wordpress.com/
Simply Stacie: http://stacievaughansblog.blogspot.com/
Thoughts in Progress: http://www.masoncanyon.blogspot.com/
Jeanne’s Ramblings: http://www.jeannesramblings.com
Booksie’s Blog: http://booksiesblog.blogspot.com/
Pick of the Literate: http://bookrevues.blogspot.com
Blog Business World: http://www.blogbusinessworld.blogspot.com
The Book Tree: http://thebooktree.blogspot.com/
Cheryl’s Book Nook: http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/
Vision Quest Fail: http://visionquestfail.blogspot.com/
Rundpinne: http://www.rundpinne.blogspot.com/

Thank you to the authors, Sarah and Pocket Books for this review opportunity!

Book Review and giveaway of Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine


Adriana Trigiani’s just released the paperback edition of Very Valentine, the first in the series featuring Valentine Roncalli. Harper Collins is sponsoring a giveaway of 3 copies of Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine, the first in the series.
Very Valentine pb
“Valentine, I am eighty years old on my next birthday. How much longer can I…” She stops and reconsiders what she is trying to say. “You do most of what needs to be done around here in the shop, in the house, and even in the garden.”

“And I love it so much I’ll be a burden to you all your life,” I joke. “The last single woman in our family sleeping in your spare room.”

“Not for now and forever. You will fall in love again.” She raises her glass to me.

My grandmother has a way of encouraging me that is so gentle, it is only when I’m alone and reflective that I am able to recall her small turns of phrase that eventually shore me up and help me move forward. When she says, You will fall in love again, she means it, and also recognizes that I was once in love with a good man, Brett Fitzpatrick, and it was real. I had planned a future with him, and when it did not work out, she was the only person in my life who said it wasn’t supposed to. Everyone else (my sisters, my mother, and my friends) assumed he wasn’t enough or maybe he was too much, or maybe ours was a first love that wasn’t meant to go the distance,but no one else was able to put it in perspective so I might make it a chapter in the story of my life, and not the definitive denouement of my romantic history.

-Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

In Very Valentine, Adriana Trigiani first introduces us to Valentine Roncalli and her lively and memorable Italian American family. The book opens at Valentine’s sister’s wedding and predictably, Valentine is surrounded by pitying looks for her unmarried state and compliments on her decision to “help her grandmother” with the family business. But these are the impressions of outsiders – Valentine loves her life.

Valentine, the self-described “Funny One” of the three Roncalli sisters, takes us to the beautiful building in the middle of Greenwich Village that serves as her home and the center of the Angelini Shoe Company. The workshop, the upstairs apartment, and the gorgeous roof deck all have the details and handmade improvements that have served the Angelini family for over 100 years and are used well everyday. It’s in this workshop and home that Teodora Angelini teaches her granddaughter Valentine the techniques and skills to design and create one-of-a-kind shoes using the same tools and methods that she learned from her Italian husband and his family. Valentine loves her work, so when she discovers that the company is facing insolvency, things come to a head.

While Valentine’s brother pushes Teodora to sell the building in Greenwich Village and to live comfortably off of the proceeds, Valentine solicits the help of an old friend to find other ways to pay off the looming bank loans. Valentine’s solution is to expand Angelini Shoe Company’s product line – to find a shoe that will go beyond their custom line and that can reach out to ordinary women. When Valentine and her grandmother are invited to participate in a design competition at Bergdorf Goodman, things start to pick up.

Valentine’s love life has started to blossom as well with the attentions of gorgeous and charming Roman Falconi, chef and owner of a hot new restaurant in Manhattan. The only downside is that Roman, like Valentine, runs his own business. They don’t get to spend enough time with each other – she’s busy at their workshop and he’s constantly at his restaurant.

Teodora invites Valentine on her annual trip to Italy – she can meet the suppliers and other shoe designers and makers. And Roman has planned a special week in Capri so that they can focus on each other for a change. The trip in la belle Italia turns Valentine’s life upside down and brings her much more than she could have imagined.

Very Valentine was my first Adriana Trigiani novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Valentine and Teodora take us to those cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village and give us a glimpse into what it must have been like to live there before it became fashionable. As Valentine takes us to her haunts in Manhattan, it’s easy to get drawn into the magic of her life. I found myself hoping that she’d somehow prove her brother wrong and turn the company around.

I love the way Valentine describes her early relationship with Roman, just as she tries to keep things together:

“Despite the depth of my feelings (and his), I sometimes wonder how we can build a relationship when we hardly see each other. I remember reading an interview with Katherine Hepburn. She said that a woman’s job in a relationship with a man was to be adorable. I attempt to be a no-fuss, stress-free, supportive girlfriend who is more than aware of the pressures he has at work, so I don’t pile on more. To be fair, he does the same for me. I figure as long as we’re both in the same place, I imagine this arrangement will work just fine and get us to the next level (whatever that is).”

Very Valentine gives us a story of self discovery, sisterhood, friendship, love, and New York. Very Valentine is a witty, touching, and satisfying read!

ISBN-10: 0061257060 – Paperback $14.99
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 5, 2010), 416 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher and TLC Book Tours.

About the Author, courtesy of the publisher:
Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series and the bestselling novels Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo; as well as Viola in Reel Life, the first book in a new young adult series. She has written and will direct the big-screen version of her first novel, Big Stone Gap. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. Learn more on Adriana Trigiani’s website at http://www.adrianatrigiani.com/

Listen to Adriana Trigiani discuss Very Valentine on Blog Talk Radio.

The second in the series, Brava, Valentine was released hardcover on February 9, 2010.

CONTEST DETAILS:

To enter, tell us if you enjoy historical fiction. If so, please share which period you particularly enjoy reading about or a time period that you’d like to learn about. If you don’t like historical fiction, what period of history or historical figures do you enjoy reading about?

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win. No email address, no entry.
2. You must be a follower to join the contest.

The contest is limited to US and Canada. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at noon on March 21, 2010.

Book Blog Tour of Coming of the Storm: Book One of Contact: The Battle for America by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear


Coming of the Storm: Book One of Contact: The Battle for America

The blurb:
Black Shell, an exiled Chickasaw trader, is fascinated by the pale, bearded newcomers who call themselves “Kristianos,” and not even the wise counsel of Pearl Hand, the extraordinary and beautiful woman who has consented to be his mate, can dissuade him. It will unfortunately take a first-hand lesson in the Kristianos‘ unfathomable brutality for Black Shell to fully comprehend the dangers that these invaders pose to his people’s way of life.

While his first instinct is to run away with Pearl Hand, somewhere the Kristianos cannot find them. Black Shell has been called to a greater destiny by the Spirit Being known as Horned Serpent. With Pearl Hand by his side, Black Shell must find a way to unite the disparate tribes and settlements of his native land and overcome the merciless armies of de Soto, which will stop at nothing to attain wealth and power.

Review:
Coming of the Storm starts a unique series set in America just as De Soto and the Spanish explorers attempt conquest. The Gears weave in historical facts and details which give the story an additional layer. But the best part of Coming of the Storm is Black Shell’s awakening to the danger of the Kristianos. When Pearl Hand and Black Shell decide to face an enemy crueler and stronger than any they imagined possible, Coming of the Storm becomes a story of hope and courage.

While I wasn’t drawn to the scenes with dreams and visions and portents for the future, I enjoyed the passages where Pearl Hand and Black Shell interacted with the Kristianos. I look forward to learning what happens next – in Book Two of Contact.

ISBN-10: 1439153884 – Hardcover $26.00
Publisher: Pocket (February 9, 2010), 496 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Authors, courtesy of the publisher:
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear are the authors of over twenty international bestsellers that have been translated into 23 languages. Their novel People of the Raven won the Golden Spur Award in 2005. In addition to writing both fiction and nonfiction together and separately, the Gears operate an anthropological research company called Wind River Archeological Consultants, and raise buffalo on their ranch in northern Wyoming.

Participating Sites:

Frugal Plus: http://frugalplus.com/
Book Junkie: http://myfoolishwisdom.blogspot.com/
Book, Books Everywhere: http://bookbookseverywhere.blogspot.com/
Pam’s Private Reflections: http://hip2bhomeschooling.blogspot.com/
Reading at the Beach: http://ilratb.blogspot.com/
My Reading Room: http://myreadingroom-crystal.blogspot.com/
Starting Fresh: http://startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com/
Confessions of an Overworked Mom: http://confessionsofanover-workedmom.blogspot.com/
Just One More Paragraph: http://tweezlereads.blogspot.com/
I Read: http://sumanam.wordpress.com/
Simply Stacie: http://stacievaughansblog.blogspot.com/
Thoughts in Progress: http://www.masoncanyon.blogspot.com/
Jeanne’s Ramblings: http://www.jeannesramblings.com
Booksie’s Blog: http://booksiesblog.blogspot.com/
Pick of the Literate: http://bookrevues.blogspot.com
Blog Business World: http://www.blogbusinessworld.blogspot.com
The Book Tree: http://thebooktree.blogspot.com/
Cheryl’s Book Nook: http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/
Vision Quest Fail: http://visionquestfail.blogspot.com/
Rundpinne: http://www.rundpinne.blogspot.com/

Thank you to the authors, Sarah and Pocket Books for this review opportunity!

Book Review and giveaway of Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine


Adriana Trigiani’s just released the paperback edition of Very Valentine, the first in the series featuring Valentine Roncalli. Harper Collins is sponsoring a giveaway of 3 copies of Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine, the first in the series.
Very Valentine pb
“Valentine, I am eighty years old on my next birthday. How much longer can I…” She stops and reconsiders what she is trying to say. “You do most of what needs to be done around here in the shop, in the house, and even in the garden.”

“And I love it so much I’ll be a burden to you all your life,” I joke. “The last single woman in our family sleeping in your spare room.”

“Not for now and forever. You will fall in love again.” She raises her glass to me.

My grandmother has a way of encouraging me that is so gentle, it is only when I’m alone and reflective that I am able to recall her small turns of phrase that eventually shore me up and help me move forward. When she says, You will fall in love again, she means it, and also recognizes that I was once in love with a good man, Brett Fitzpatrick, and it was real. I had planned a future with him, and when it did not work out, she was the only person in my life who said it wasn’t supposed to. Everyone else (my sisters, my mother, and my friends) assumed he wasn’t enough or maybe he was too much, or maybe ours was a first love that wasn’t meant to go the distance,but no one else was able to put it in perspective so I might make it a chapter in the story of my life, and not the definitive denouement of my romantic history.

-Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

In Very Valentine, Adriana Trigiani first introduces us to Valentine Roncalli and her lively and memorable Italian American family. The book opens at Valentine’s sister’s wedding and predictably, Valentine is surrounded by pitying looks for her unmarried state and compliments on her decision to “help her grandmother” with the family business. But these are the impressions of outsiders – Valentine loves her life.

Valentine, the self-described “Funny One” of the three Roncalli sisters, takes us to the beautiful building in the middle of Greenwich Village that serves as her home and the center of the Angelini Shoe Company. The workshop, the upstairs apartment, and the gorgeous roof deck all have the details and handmade improvements that have served the Angelini family for over 100 years and are used well everyday. It’s in this workshop and home that Teodora Angelini teaches her granddaughter Valentine the techniques and skills to design and create one-of-a-kind shoes using the same tools and methods that she learned from her Italian husband and his family. Valentine loves her work, so when she discovers that the company is facing insolvency, things come to a head.

While Valentine’s brother pushes Teodora to sell the building in Greenwich Village and to live comfortably off of the proceeds, Valentine solicits the help of an old friend to find other ways to pay off the looming bank loans. Valentine’s solution is to expand Angelini Shoe Company’s product line – to find a shoe that will go beyond their custom line and that can reach out to ordinary women. When Valentine and her grandmother are invited to participate in a design competition at Bergdorf Goodman, things start to pick up.

Valentine’s love life has started to blossom as well with the attentions of gorgeous and charming Roman Falconi, chef and owner of a hot new restaurant in Manhattan. The only downside is that Roman, like Valentine, runs his own business. They don’t get to spend enough time with each other – she’s busy at their workshop and he’s constantly at his restaurant.

Teodora invites Valentine on her annual trip to Italy – she can meet the suppliers and other shoe designers and makers. And Roman has planned a special week in Capri so that they can focus on each other for a change. The trip in la belle Italia turns Valentine’s life upside down and brings her much more than she could have imagined.

Very Valentine was my first Adriana Trigiani novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Valentine and Teodora take us to those cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village and give us a glimpse into what it must have been like to live there before it became fashionable. As Valentine takes us to her haunts in Manhattan, it’s easy to get drawn into the magic of her life. I found myself hoping that she’d somehow prove her brother wrong and turn the company around.

I love the way Valentine describes her early relationship with Roman, just as she tries to keep things together:

“Despite the depth of my feelings (and his), I sometimes wonder how we can build a relationship when we hardly see each other. I remember reading an interview with Katherine Hepburn. She said that a woman’s job in a relationship with a man was to be adorable. I attempt to be a no-fuss, stress-free, supportive girlfriend who is more than aware of the pressures he has at work, so I don’t pile on more. To be fair, he does the same for me. I figure as long as we’re both in the same place, I imagine this arrangement will work just fine and get us to the next level (whatever that is).”

Very Valentine gives us a story of self discovery, sisterhood, friendship, love, and New York. Very Valentine is a witty, touching, and satisfying read!

ISBN-10: 0061257060 – Paperback $14.99
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 5, 2010), 416 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher and TLC Book Tours.

About the Author, courtesy of the publisher:
Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series and the bestselling novels Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo; as well as Viola in Reel Life, the first book in a new young adult series. She has written and will direct the big-screen version of her first novel, Big Stone Gap. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. Learn more on Adriana Trigiani’s website at http://www.adrianatrigiani.com/

Listen to Adriana Trigiani discuss Very Valentine on Blog Talk Radio.

The second in the series, Brava, Valentine was released hardcover on February 9, 2010.

CONTEST DETAILS:

To enter, tell us if you enjoy historical fiction. If so, please share which period you particularly enjoy reading about or a time period that you’d like to learn about. If you don’t like historical fiction, what period of history or historical figures do you enjoy reading about?

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win. No email address, no entry.
2. You must be a follower to join the contest.

The contest is limited to US and Canada. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at noon on March 21, 2010.