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An Update on Reading and Life

Did you miss me? I've been silent for two full weeks. I didn't intentionally take a break from blogging. Life just got busy and when I had a few minutes free, I just didn't feel like writing.

I'm still not back completely. One of the biggest things that has taken over my life is my son's participation in Odyssey of the Mind ~ and my role as one of the coaches for his team. We have been meeting for 5 hours per week for two months, and this past week it was 7 hours. Plus, I've been overseeing my son's work on the project in the evenings. Saturday is the tournament. We'll be leaving our house at 7:00 a.m. and will be at the tournament until about 5:30 p.m. Then we will be done. And I will have my life back. And perhaps I'll finally have the time and energy to read and write blogs again!


In the meantime, I don't have much to update in terms of reading. I've been reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. This is such an interestin…

Book Review: The Prophet by Ethan Cross

Marcus Williams and his team from the Shepherd Organization are trying to find a killer ~ a man known as the Anarchist who is killing women in a ritualistic ceremony where he burns them alive. Francis Ackerman, Jr., a serial killer himself, is once again following Marcus around. This time, he's trying to help Marcus find the killer, in his own special way.

The Prophet is the second book in the Shepherd Thriller series by Ethan Cross. I read the first in the series, The Shepherd, two years ago and loved it. This sequel does not disappoint. Once again, we're thrust into the minds of Marcus and Ackerman, but we also get to hear the thoughts of the Anarchist, which makes the story even more complex and engaging. Despite the fact that we see what's happening from each character's perspective, Cross never reveals too much; he continuously creates twists and turns that blind us to what's really going on.

In addition, Cross has a way of making the reader empathize with all…

Weekly Reading Recap

Good morning. I hope you've had a good week. I had a nice one but today is gray and rainy. I'm hoping the sun is back out tomorrow! At least it's warm here, though.

Recent Reviews and Other Posts
Last week, I didn't post much. I thought I'd get a review written, but I didn't manage to, so it's on my list for this week!

I did publish an interview with author Rena Fruchter. That's it, though!

What I'm Reading
I finished reading The Forever Year by Lou Aronica. This was a lovely story about the relationship between a man and his father, intertwined with two different love stories.

I'm currently reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It's an eye-opening look at the food we eat. It makes me glad that I buy almost all of my meat from a local farm!!

What C is Reading
C is in a bit of a funk with reading. I need to find something to peak his interest! We went to the library and he ended up choosing a couple Secrets of Droon books b…

Interview with author Rena Fruchter

Today, I'd like to welcome Rena Fruchter, author of the new crime fiction novel The Orchestra Murders.

Q. Thank you for stopping by! Can you tell me who or what inspired you to become an author?

A. I was born writing.  I was writing stories as a small child. Music and literature have always been important parts of my life and career. As a child pianist and child writer, it was a natural progression for me to begin writing about music.  I began interviewing musicians when I was in my teens, and was the youngest music critic at the Boston Herald. I spent many years as a music critic and music columnist, writing for several newspapers in New Jersey, including the Home News. For twelve years, I wrote a music column for the New York Times.

Q. 

Can you tell me a little about The Orchestra Murders?

A. The Orchestra Masters--A Cynthia Masters Mystery is a 'murder mystery' surrounding the exciting, high-profile, and cut-throat world of classical music.  Of course, cut-throat is not a…

Weekly Reading Recap

Happy Monday! I hope you're having a nice day. It's my birthday today, and I'm having a nice day so far. I'm really hoping to have some time to sit and read this evening. I'm looking forward to that!

Recent Reviews and Other Posts
Last week, I wrote a review of Crossing the Rubicon by R.C. Richter. I'm giving away a copy so be sure to enter before midnight tonight!

I also published an interview with author Patricia Bracewell.

What I'm Reading
I'm currently reading The Forever Year by Lou Aronica. I'm really enjoying this one!

What C is Reading
C read The Genius Files: You Only Die Twice by Dan Gutman last week. He really loves this series and is not happy that he has to wait another year for the next one to come out! He's also reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl at school. I read that one aloud to him a couple years ago. I have to say I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

What M is Readin…

Interview with author Patricia Bracewell

Today I'd like to welcome Patricia Bracewell, author of the debut novel Shadow on the Crown, which is being released on Thursday, February 7th.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I’ve wanted to be a writer from the time that I was a girl and first read Little Women. There was something terribly thrilling about the scene where Jo March sells her first story. I decided that I wanted to do that some day, so I’d have to credit Louisa May Alcott for inspiring me to write.

Can you tell me a little about your debut novel, Shadow on the Crown?
The novel covers three years in the life of a little known 11th century queen of England, Emma of Normandy. 15-year-old Emma is sent to marry the English king, Aethelred II, as a pledge of friendship between the two realms. She finds that, as a foreign bride, she is mistrusted by her much older husband and threatened by the schemes of a jealous rival who covets her crown. It’s a tale of treachery played out against the backdrop of ongoing …