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review 2018-08-20 21:19
Etta James could sing this book
Jazz Age Josephine - Jonah Winter,Marjorie Priceman

This book is about Josephine Baker pre-WWII, so the bit about her helping the French Resistance isn't here.  Her cheetah is, however.  

 

Told in lyrics that read like jazz, the story of Baker's young life and start in stardom is related without fanfare, yet the racism that she faced is presented quite clearly.  The art matches the setting.

 

It is quite wonderful.

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text 2018-08-16 15:53
Reading progress update: I've read 65 out of 190 pages.
The Solitary Summer - Elizabeth von Arnim

"... twenty degrees of frost Réaumur ..."

Interesting, I had no idea they used this.  That's really cold indeed ... -25°C (or -13F).

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review 2018-08-13 19:30
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
In the Midst of Winter: A Novel - Isabel Allende

A special thank you to NetGalley, Atria, and Simon & Schuster Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Three different people are brought together in an interesting premise that travels from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to Chile and Brazil in the 1970s.

 

The story opens with a minor car accident which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected relationship between two people who thought they were living in the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster is a 60-year-old American human rights scholar that had lived for a time in Brazil.  During a snowstorm, Richard hits the car that Evelyn Ortega is driving.  She is a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala working as a nanny in the city.  At first it seems like a just a minor fender bender, but when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house needing help, the situation becomes serious.  Richard doesn't know what to do with the young woman so he calls on his tenant, Lucia Maraz for her advice.  Lucia is a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile who is attracted to Richard but has given up any hope of a more intimate relationship.  

 

These three very different people are brought together in a captivating story.  Allende's narrative moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil and sparks the beginning of a long overdue love story between the two older characters, Richard and Lucia.

 

Allende explores the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees.  It is a much needed novel in these regards.  However, having the story unfold the way it does is a disservice to the weighty topics that she depicts.  The structure is disjointed—the life stories are much more interesting than the modern day storyline that binds the characters together and I felt that Allende should have used another narrative style.  The backstories are beautifully written and incredibly moving in their harsh realities but again, the present day plot takes away from this.  Perhaps this was done on purpose, to juxtapose a love story against the darkness.  

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text 2018-08-12 12:08
Reading progress update: I've read 32%.
Asylum - Robert Winter

He talked about things his father had said in their few conversations over the years so that he knew he’d never be able to come out to his parents.
And finally…
Finally he was ready. He reached out blindly to grab Colin’s hand, and he talked about being a little boy alone in his uncle’s store.

 

 

No, no, no - I don't think I need to read this in detail...

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review 2018-08-06 10:00
Recent Release Review! Winter Kiss (DragonFire #4) Deborah Cooke!
Winter Kiss - Deborah Cooke

 

 

One kiss can melt his frozen heart…

 

The mysterious Dragon’s Blood Elixir gives immortality to Magnus, the Pyr’s greatest enemy, and his minions. The Pyr must destroy this source of power, and outcast Delaney vows to complete the quest himself. Delaney was exiled because of his dangerous impulses, and success in eliminating the Elixir will either redeem him or end his suffering.

 

But his plans don’t take into account his sudden firestorm – or fiery Ginger Sinclair. The firestorm revitalizes Delaney, restoring him to his old self. And when Ginger learns about Delaney’s mission, she realizes she cannot resist a strong man with a noble agenda.

 

 

Delaney is determined to eliminate the mysterious Dragon’s Blood Elixir in the hopes of redeeming himself or ending his suffering. But the Great Wyvern has other plans for Delaney in the form of Ginger Sinclair and a firestorm.

 

The “Dragonfire” series just keeps getting better and better and the fourth book in this exhilarating series – “Winter Kiss” is a showstopper of a story. Delaney and Ginger are strong characters that readers can’t help but love as they demand attention and send hearts racing with one eventful romance. The sizzling chemistry burns hot enough to melt a frozen tundra but the relationship is full of hardships and turmoil, especially Delaney who is determined to carry one dangerous task alone in order to protect his fellow Pyr, unfortunately for him, no one else is on board with that plan, especially the bad guys as they plan to take advantage of his firestorm.

 

Magnus is one persistent and diabolical enemy, one that has hidden depths and plans that endanger the world which keeps readers glued to the pages and coming back for more as the suspense builds and the intrigue thrills in this fast paced plot full of excitement and danger. The author’s creative writing brings all of this to vivid life and sparks imaginations with epic and stunning dragon battles and heartfelt and searing emotional turmoil that makes readers feel as if they are part of each and every scene and that they understand the motivations of each of the characters.

 

The “Dragonfire” series is fascinating and exhilarating world of dragon shifters with unique elements that make it enjoyable, believable and undeniably awesome. I don’t think I will ever get enough of these extremely hot Pyr and their firestorms, and while love them all, I must confess that Delaney’s firestorm just may be my favorite.

 

 

Winter Kiss

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39341204-winter-kiss

 

Author - https://dragonfirenovels.com/dragonfire/winter-kiss/

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/winter-kiss-by-deborah-cooke-2018-07-12

 


Winter Kiss is the 4th book in the Dragonfire series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/45034-dragonfire

 

Author - https://deborahcooke.com/dragons/dragonfire/

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F42NMYF?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 


The Dragonfire novels now have their own website at http://dragonfirenovels.com

 

which includes
Kiss of Fire #1 (re-release June 26, 2018)
Kiss of Fury #2 (re-release June 26, 2018)
Kiss of Fate #3 (re-release June 26, 2018)
Winter's Kiss #4 (re-release July 10, 2018)
Harmonia's Kiss #4.5
Whisper Kiss #5 (re-release July 24, 2018)
Darkfire Kiss #6 (re-release Aug 14, 2018)
Flashfire #7 (re-release Aug 28, 2018)
Ember's Kiss #8 (re-release Sept 11, 2018)
Kiss of Danger #9
Kiss of Darkness #11
Kiss of Destiny #12
Serpent's Kiss #13
Firestorm Forever #14


Here Be Dragons: A Dragonfire Companion (re-release Oct 23, 2018)

 

The story of the Pyr continues with the DragonFate series.
https://dragonfirenovels.com/dragonfate/

 

.5 An Elegy for Melusine


1 Hot Blooded (coming Feb 19, 2019)

 

There is also a spin off series The Dragon Diaries
https://dragonfirenovels.com/dragon-diaries/

 


& is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C3TPJ8Z/?tag=authdebocook-20

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/winter-kiss/id1335774881?mt=11&at=11lqeS

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1100315544?ean=2940155573418

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/winter-kiss-1

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Deborah_Cooke_Winter_Kiss?id=4H9jDwAAQBAJ

 


Please see the authors Winter Kiss page (link above) for print options.

 

 

Deborah Cooke also writes under the names Claire Delacroix and Claire Cross.

 

Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels. She writes as herself, Deborah Cooke, as Claire Delacroix, and has written as Claire Cross. She is nationally bestselling, #1 Kindle Bestselling, KOBO Bestselling, as well as a USA Today and New York Times’ Bestselling Author. Her Claire Delacroix medieval romance, The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

 

Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, the first time TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre, and she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award in 2012.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and of Novelists Inc.

 

Currently, she’s writing paranormal romances as Deborah Cooke, and medieval romances as Claire Delacroix.

 

Be sure and visit Deborah Cooke at the following locations:

 

Website - http://deborahcooke.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005984.Deborah_Cooke

 

Blog - https://deborahcooke.com/blog/

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/Cooke_Delacroix/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Cooke_Delacroix

 

SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/debclaire

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeborahCookeFanPage

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DeborahCooke_writer

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/deborah-cooke

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/deborah-cooke/author,391126

 

Claire Delacroix -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12694.Claire_Delacroix

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorClaireDelacroix/

 

Claire Cross -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/74485.Claire_Cross

 

 

 

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