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review 2018-05-05 02:23
A fun humor collection looking at family and life
Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies - Barb Taub

Barb Taub, a former Midwest newspaper columnist turned blogger, has released a collection of (I think) previously published and/or posted columns and blog posts around the family-related themes -- kids, relationships, life, travel, holidays, pets, and death.


You know how there are hard-boiled mysteries, noir mysteries and cozy mysteries? This feels like cozy humor. (I'm sure there are better designations/genre labels, but I don't know them). There's nothing offensive, nothing boundary pushing, nothing upsetting -- just amusing anecdotes, a slightly off-kilter look at life, and a way with words. Simple entertainment -- pretty much what you're looking for in a collection of humor, right?


I wouldn't recommend sitting down and reading this cover to cover. Sample from it, a little here and a little there over a few days. Taub has a couple of phrases that she really likes, anecdotes that she returns to often (for different ends sometimes) -- and I don't blame her for doing so, when it works, it works. But when you read them too close together, it takes a way from the moment. But that's a minor quibble.


This is a simple, straightforward, collection of amusing, occasionally heart-warming, pleasantly humorous pieces. I feel obligated to say something else about it, but I can't think of anything else to say. Taub's a funny woman, if you like reading funny things, you should read this book.


Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest opinion and this post. I appreciate it, but this simple act didn't impact my opinion.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/05/04/life-begins-when-the-kids-leave-home-and-the-dog-dies-by-barb-taub-a-fun-humor-collection-looking-at-family-and-life
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text 2018-02-04 23:57
68 New in book series out Tuesday
A Choice of Crowns - Barb Hendee
Child of a Mad God - R.A. Salvatore
Into the Fire (Vatta's Peace) - Elizabeth Moon
Look for Me (D. D. Warren) - Lisa Gardner
Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One) - Tamora Pierce
This Fallen Prey - Kelley Armstrong
Witch's Reign (Desert Cursed Series Book 1) (The Desert Cursed Series) (Volume 1) - Shannon Mayer

REMINDER:  booklikes has scheduled maintenance next Tuesday so posting early.


See https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar for all the books.  Usually more than 80% of the new releases shown will need to be added to booklikes (maybe something Tuesday's maintenance will help resolve?).

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2017-06-30 00:00
The Book Blogger Platform
The Book Blogger Platform - Barb Drozdowich Straight to the point. Lots of useful information. Great tips. A precious tool for book bloguers and authors. I haven't seen the videos yet (the book as links to author's videos), but I'm sure they will add value to the book.
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review 2017-06-22 00:00
The Complete Mailing List Toolkit: A box set
The Complete Mailing List Toolkit: A box... The Complete Mailing List Toolkit: A box set - Barb Drozdowich,Jah Kaine I am impressed by Barb Drozdowich’s books and this box set in particular. It has four extremely useful books:
Book 1 – Strategies to grow your list
Book 2 – The nuts and bolts of MailChimp
Book 3 – Get your emails delivered
Book 4 – Newsletters that rock

I just discovered this author through this box set and I already have a list of other books by her to read. In fact, I just bought one yesterday. She writes mainly for book authors but the content she conveys can also benefit bloggers.
This box set has surely given a lot of work to write. It’s comprehensive, it’s detailed, it’s accessible to read. It makes complex technicalities easy to understand. It’s an extensive how-to set of books for those who want to build a mailing list and establish quality relationships with their readers through newsletters. The second book has detailed instructions about how to work with Mailchimp and I found it useful and simple to follow. It helped me so much since I had just created a MailChimp account with the purpose of starting to create a mailing list for my new blog. These books came just at the right time for me!

I was provided with an arc of this book by Netgalley and the publisher, so I could give an honest review.
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review 2017-06-10 18:47
The Dead Seekers by Barb Hendee & J.C. Hendee
The Dead Seekers (A Dead Seekers Novel) - J.C. Hendee,Barb Hendee

In the New York Times bestselling Noble Dead saga, Barb and J.C. Hendee created an engrossing mix of intrigue, epic fantasy, and horror. Now, they present a bold new series set in the same world, where the destinies of two hunters shaped by the shadows of their pasts are about to collide... 

In the dark reaches of the eastern continent, Tris Vishal travels from village to village, using his power to put unsettled spirits to rest. He works alone, having learned that letting people close only leads to more death. Still, he finds himself accepting the help of the Mondyalitko woman who saves his life a woman whose gifts are as much a burden as his own. 

Mari Kaleja thirsted for vengeance since the night her family was taken from her. She has searched far and wide for the one she thinks responsible, known only as The Dead's Man. But before she can kill him, she has to be sure. Mari hopes traveling with Tris will confirm her suspicions. But as they embark on a hunt where the living are just as dangerous as the dead, she learns the risks of keeping your enemy close... 

Because it's no longer clear who is predator and who is prey."
The Dead Seekers is the first book in a new series and that is something that I'm bloody happy about since I really loved this book! And, now I will try to write a review about a book I love which I hate to do since I just want to say read it, it's brilliant. But, I will try to be a bit versatile than that.
The book starts off with Tris Vishal being born. But, he never breaths and the midwife has to tell his poor parents that the baby is stillborn. Then, the midwife notices that he starts to breathe when she carries him away, but there is something strange about him that will mark him as different from others. He has the ability to send spirits back to where they come from. But, he also risks the lives of everyone who is close to him. Mari Kaleja learns this the hard way as a child when her whole family is slaughtered by spirits. Now she first for revenge, and it's The Dead Man she is after. But, when she finally finds Tris must she be certain that he is the right one. But, traveling with him may not be the best idea. She watches him, and he is not as she had expected. Could this really be the man she has been chasing all these years?
I found myself really enjoying this book, both the setting and the characters. Trish whose gifts are a burden for him and Mari who has spent years looking for revenge. I'm usually not much for romance in books, but one can't really say it's any romance in this book since it's more two lonely people getting to know each other (with a hint of romance). And, that's probably one of the reasons I love the book so much. There is no lusting or instalove. 
As for the story itself. I loved getting to know more about Tris power, and Mari's own secret is interesting and very handy. It was also great reading about how their relationship developed from an uneasy alliance to more of a worry about each other, although Mari still wanted to kill him. But, she is a bit conflicted. The last part of the story is the best when they have to figure out who is killing soldiers. Is it a spirit or a revengeful man/woman?
I loved the ending of the book. It's the kind that put a smile on my face and I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!
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