Month: February 2016

Feb 07
The Stitching Hour (An Embroidery Mystery #9) by Amanda Lee (review)

The Stitching Hour (An Embroidery Mystery #9) by Amanda Lee (review)

I think my favorite part of the book was the interaction between Marcy and her mother. It was sweet and believable. The town felt real too, even if we didn’t really get to see more than the street Marcy works on. Unlike some cozy mysteries, this one didn’t tell you a lot about embroidery or other stitching stuff. Even though Marcy owns and works in a store dedicated to all things stitchy. And I loved the name of her shop! I liked that even though Marcy and Nellie don’t get along, she went out of her way to visit with… Read more »

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Feb 06

Do You Tweet Reviews To Publishers?

If I receive a physical ARC, I almost always include the publisher when I post the review to Twitter. The exception would be when I post my cozy mystery reviews. Since I e-mail my publishing contact the review with the link and all, a week or more before the review goes live, I usually don’t think about including them in the tweet. And now that I am thinking about it, I think I would skip that particular addition thinking that I might be bothering them since they’d already have my review! (Which is most likely a silly thing to think,… Read more »

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Feb 04
Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #1) by M.A. Larson (review)

Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #1) by M.A. Larson (review)

There are dragons in this book! As well as witches, knights and princesses. Only, these princesses are unlike what you’re used to. Princesses in this book are not the daughters of Kings and Queens. They are from all levels of birth, from the poorest peasant girl right up to actual royalty. So what makes them princesses? Courage. Compassion. Humility. Kindness. And… the fact that they exist to defeat evil witches. There is a small element of romance, but it’s more like background to the central storyline of Evie finding out who she really is, and trying to make it through… Read more »

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Feb 03
The Masterharper of Pern (Pern #15) by Anne McCaffrey (review)

The Masterharper of Pern (Pern #15) by Anne McCaffrey (review)

I’ve always loved Robinton, so getting a look into his life before he was the MasterHarper was fun! Petiron was an awful father, I can see better why he and Robinton don’t get on well. But his mother was such a sweet woman. She easily made my favorite character list. I also loved seeing the characters we know as old or middle-aged, as children and young adults. We get to meet Lord Groghe before he became a Lord. C’gan as a young dragonrider, Lessa as a toddler, Jerint, Shonagar, Silvina, Manora, Sebell, and a host of others I’ve already forgotten…. Read more »

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Feb 01
January 2016 Wrap-Up

January 2016 Wrap-Up

  So this month I went back to California for my niece’s 11th birthday. It was a lot of fun! I also got to meet Pabkins in person, which was also a lot of fun! Being back in Cali made me miss it a bit, but I don’t miss the prices or cost of living. I also don’t miss the drivers. If you’ve never driven in Cali before, here’s a crash course: Green lights mean Stop. So do red lights. Yellow lights mean floor it! And if you happen to realize you’re in the wrong lane, it’s perfectly acceptable to… Read more »

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