Am I The Only One?

I have had a list of industry specific books to read and review lately and since they are not available to the public, I won’t put them on here. So instead I am just going to share my unsolicited opinion on some topics….waiting with bated breath, are you?

How about you just stay the hell off my page if you have a problem with what I post! Keep your opinion about my opinion I post on MY page to yourself! lol #DA #mindyourownfuckingbusiness #Yourethenarcissist:

I think I am probably one of the only people who routinely goes through their Twitter account and deletes followers. Why? First off it is hard to keep up with so many people and all of their people and on and on.  I am not interested in getting followers just for the sake of numbers. I really need for you to have something in common with me. Books, Art, Music, Humor, and say hello once in a while, send me things you think I would like. And I do the same. If I follow you and you immediately DM me with all of your other sites and places I can buy your_______ ( fill in the blank).  That is an instant Block!

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This weekend I did the same with my FB pages and accounts. Strictly because grown ass men and women that I grew up with and went from first grade to graduation with were jumping on 1. #boycottNFL bandwagon. Uh, no, I don’t think so. I don’t give a rat’s ass about what those players do as long as my Fantasy team kicks butt. And no one else seems to either. You should look up how many current players were convicted of felonies and are still playing most Sundays. And I waited way too long for football season. And 2. The Trump vs. Hillary topic. When you are calling the President’s mother and Hillary a whore, we have a problem. Unless being a whore is your profession, but this was used as a slur.

I don’t care where you stand on the political race, but name calling, especially calling women whores, is not okay. It makes me not like you and think way less of you than I already do. As my Momma would say, those people are ignorant and don’t have the vocabulary to express themselves in any other way.

I am fed up with it. We teach our children not to be bullies and name callers and yet we accept it and participate in it on television and in conversation. It’s embarrassing as a woman and as an American. I keep expecting the Queen to hop across the pond and put us all in a time out until we can get our shit together!

So to all of those people who live to do and say offensive things…mind your own business and if you can’t say something halfway intelligent, well then zip it.

As Nikki over at A Kinder Way says…be kind to everyone. hellokind

Thanks for listening and being kind!  xxP

Penguin Random House Fall Debut Fiction 2016

I was really excited to see this! Debut Fiction is always fun. And this list is really good.

There are 9 different titles with a couple of chapters each to peek at.

And the winners are…..

  1. The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel by Katherine Arden (Jan.2017)
  2. The Mothers: A Novel by Brit Bennett  (Oct. 2016)
  3. Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black (Sept. 2016)
  4. The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart (Oct. 2016)
  5. The Nix: A Novel by Nathan Hill  (2016)
  6. The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies  (Sept. 2016)
  7. Behold the Dreamers: A Novel by Imbolo Mbue (2016)
  8. The Mortifications: A Novel by Derek Palacio ( Oct. 2016)
  9. First Light by Bill Rancic (Nov. 2016)

I am definitely adding The Bear and the Nightingale, The Mothers,The Education of Dixie Dupree, Behold the Dreamers and First Light to my TBR list!

Thank you to Penguin Random House!

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls
Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.

The story of three women, and their own experiences with WWII.

One, a wealthy young woman living in New York and doing the best she can for the orphans and other displaced persons in France. Caroline Ferriday, finds herself in a relationship with an actor, who is also married and has a wife in France.

In Poland, we find Kasia Kuzmerick, a teenager whose youth is about to be ended when Poland is invaded. Kasia has a strength unlike I have ever seen. No matter what horrors she endures, she still puts one foot in front of the other and survives. But along with the physical scars, the emotional scars are heartbreaking.

In Germany, Herta Oberheuser, a young idealistic German doctor, is looking for a place she can use and practice what she has learned. When she answers an ad, her life and the lives of many others will be impacted.

Based on real people this story is one we all need to read. No matter how many articles or books I read on the Holocaust, it never gets easier and yet it must be told. This story of hope, courage, love, and selflessness is one I will recommend to one and all.

This book was difficult to read but the story was much more difficult for those living it.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Martha Hall Kelly   Martha Hall Kelly

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Martha is a native New Englander but has become nomadic, splitting her time between New York City, Martha’s Vineyard and Atlanta, Georgia. She worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and raised three splendid children, while researching Lilac Girls, her first novel. When Martha is not chasing after her new puppy she is hard at work on her next book. You’ll find more info about the true story behind Lilac Girls at her website: http://www.marthahallkelly.com and lots of visual inspiration for the book on the Pinterest account she is madly in love with.

 

XXP

A Sad Day in Soonerville….

soonerslose1Right up to the moment they scored their first touchdown, faithful Sooner Fans were yelling “Boomer” and answering each other with “Sooner”.  And then radio silence! Where did they all go?sonerschooner

I am pretty sure they loaded up the wagon and made a really long trip back to Norman.

When OU Boy got home the game was over. And that is when it got really good! First I locked the door and told him only Winners can come in. And no, you can’t have a cupcake. Cupcakes are for Winners!  Oh my gosh look at OSU wiping the floor with some popcorn team from Louisiana! And still Silence.  

I finally figured it out. They were all crying. Ahhh the tears of my enemies…life is sweet sometimes and other times, well, you’re a Sooner Fan. Also Congratulations to my BHS Pirates!  Stay tuned for more Trash Talk Sunday! For now I’m working on my Fantasy Football League.    xxooP

Debut Fiction to pick up this Fall!

The Bear and The Nightingale   A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay. Early Reviews on this one are so good I can’t wait to get it!

 

The Mothers   A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community—and the things that ultimately haunt us most. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

“All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.”

It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a “what if” can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.

 

First Light   A father from Chicago takes a road trip to the city of Whitehorse, in Yukon Territory, with his wife and son. During the car ride, they reveal to the boy their harrowing experience surviving a horrific plane crash in the wilderness ten years before, which is how the boy, in fact, came to be born.
Set amid the deep, wild woods of the Yukon, First Light tells the story of Daniel Albrecht and Kerry Egan, young lovers leaving a work trip in Alaska to plan their wedding back home in Chicago. Not long into their trip, both engines of their plane catch fire and send them careening into a mountainside in the middle of a terrible snowstorm. Kerry is seriously injured in the accident, and it soon becomes clear that search-and-rescue teams aren’t going to find the survivors in time to save her. Daniel—the one person with survival experience amid the passengers—makes the courageous decision to find help and bring it back to the rest of the passengers, hoping against hope he might save the woman he loves. He leaves Kerry in the care of their coworker, Phil Velez, himself seriously injured in the crash, and takes off into the woods to find a town, a house with a telephone, a road. Something.
But Daniel’s choices are made all the more difficult by the presence of his boss, a stubborn man more interested in results than taking care of people. Only one man will come out of their trek alive, but it still may not be in time to save Kerry and the others back at the crash site, slowly dying from their injuries.
As the parents’ story draws to a close, the truth about the boy’s life, and the identity of his father, will at last be revealed.

These are 3 I have earmarked for Fall, and maybe the following:

The Education of Dixie DupreeBehold the Dreamers

Thanks to the Publishers for these!

A House Divided ( Living in Hostile Territory)

What a special Friday this is!  It’s Fall! And College Football is back! Let the smack talking begin!  In our house we have OU Boy. Self explanatory. And on the other side we have a real football team, FSU. The trash talk has already started among the Sooners and the Gators, two teams we have strong feelings for. When was y’alls last National Championship Title?

We have the coolest Mascot ever! Who else rides a horse out and plants a spear on that 50 yard line??

I am so sad to say that my very own brother is a (gasp) Gator! And he’s a lawyer so he is a big disappointment to the family.

Sooner fans are probably the strangest fans I’ve ever met! The first time OU Boy and I watched a Sooner game together and they lost. I came in the bedroom and he is on the bed with his pillow over his face. I’ve heard when he was little he would stick his head in the oven. It was an electric stove!  When my Daddy was alive we loved torturing Sooners. One day my Daddy called and said he had been at the Cracker Barrel and had seen a lot of people with red eyes and then he noticed their car tag….Sooners.

 

So all of you Sooner fans, tomorrow is your day with Houston. FSU will be playing on Monday, like the big boys….against Ole’ Miss. Sorry all my Mississippi loves, but it’s nothing personal!

Have a great weekend…as for me I’ve got my spreadsheet ready for the year!

Pirate Love xxoo

Gatekeepers of the Grapevine by Jane Paterson

Gatekeepers of the Grapevine

Gatekeepers of the Grapevine follows the lives of three very different women in Capetown,South Africa.
Elizabeth and Sarah are sisters who have almost nothing in common. Elizabeth has created a life for herself that has put her at the top of the pecking order in the gated community of Vintner’s Estate. She is in control of everyone and everything in her life and has no use for her artist sister Sarah, who is content with her simple life with her husband and child.

When Carolyn and her husband move into the exclusive community, Elizabeth tries hard to change her in to what Elizabeth feels she should be. But Carolyn isn’t as malleable as Elizabeth thinks. And things are about to change behind the gates.

When Sarah comes into her own and new residents move in to the estate, residents who don’t care who Elizabeth is and have no intention of being under her thumb, the numerous tiny cracks in Elizabeth’s life begin to shatter.

Ms. Paterson’s attention to detail is seen in every part of this book. Descriptions of the country and it’s beauty as well as the description of the homes and the characters were done to perfection.

A story of cultures, secrets, forgiveness and hope and maybe a little bit of karma, I wold happily read more from Ms. Paterson!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jane Paterson

Jane was born in South Africa and spent much of her early years traveling with her family, and later her husband. By her mid-20s, she had crossed the equator 8 times, visited 3 continents as well as several African countries and Indian Ocean islands. In 1999 she moved to the USA with her husband and two young children. After figuring out life in a typical New Jersey town, Jane started an etiquette business and began writing in her spare time. Her great love of reading, especially novels about Southern Africa, led her to set her first novel in Cape Town. When not writing, Jane is an active member of her local Toastmasters Club. She credits her high energy to rooibos tea and dark chocolate.

Check out her book here:http://goo.gl/toJY7d