Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie

Songs in Ursa Major

Songs in Ursa Major is a love story set in 1969 through today. It is about so much more than the music industry in the ’70’s. Although that is a story that never gets old.

Jane Quinn lives on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. She sings with her band along with her friends. She lives with her Grandma Elsie and her Aunt Grace. Where her mother is is quite a mystery.

When Jane meets folk singer Jesse Reid who is recovering from an accident at the facility her aunt works at she begins a relationship that will push and pull them for years. Jesse’s star is on the rise and the nasty record company has decided Jane will be his girlfriend and her band will open for him. Fine, looks good. Until it isn’t. Jane wants to sing her own songs in her own way and she will sacrifice love for that.

When she discovers Jesse’s dark secret she is out of there. Black balled by a nasty producer, she returns home and tries to make peace with all of the secrets in her own life. Starting with her mother.

Obviously the music industry is cutthroat. The record company owns you and your music. What Jane does is brave and I love her character. This was a book for music lovers. The lyrics, the emotions, the love, the sacrifice! Oh my I loved this book so much!

NetGalley Review/22 June 2021 Knopf Doubleday

The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

The Nobody People

After decades in hiding, a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities clashes with a world that is threatened by their power.

Great world-building in this tale! It has rather an X-Men feel to it. These are ordinary people that you wouldn’t look twice at. Nobodies. And yet not quite as ordinary as they seem.

They all have abilities. Emmeline was one of my favorites! Fahima was another. Ordinary people with extraordinary gifts. And with those gifts come the people who would use them or destroy them.

This time they will come together to fight the bigots, the small-minded, and the ones who fear what they can not understand. One of them tries to hold on to a shaky sort of peace while the others are ready to stand up and fight.

I see there will be a second in this Fantasy/Science Fiction book. The kids were really interesting and I’m sure this will be a hit with young adults!

NetGalley/  September 3rd, 2019 by Del Rey




The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

Grace Atherton is not only an exceptionally talented musician, she also creates beautiful works of art in her shop. Her dream was to play professionally but was devastated when a professor kicks her out of his class and tells her she has no talent.

Now her world is her violin shop and her boyfriend of eight years, David. David who is married with children. But he and his wife have an arrangement. Keep it quiet. So the day David jumps in to save a woman in the train stations, photos appear and David is keeping a low profile. Finding out that he has lied to her for years and she wasn’t the only one leads Grace down a destructive path.

Her saving grace will be an elderly musician and a smart mouth teen, Nadia. They all are broken in some way. Which made me love them so much.

I have to admit I didn’t like Grace. I don’t like adultery and I don’t like women who fall for lies wrapped in pretty packages. I was very happy with the way the book played out, especially all of the beautiful music you could almost hear. But for the most part I didn’t feel sorry for her and felt she was rather cold.

Netgalley/January 10th 2019 by Simon & Schuster



Royally Dead (A Stitch in Time Mystery)

#3 in A Stitch in Time Mysteries

A seamstress who specializes in historical detail, Daria Dembrowski is happy to welcome the Highland Games to town—it’s all fun and games until someone gets “kilt.”

This is one of my favorite Cozy Mystery Series! Daria is such a solid character.

Everyone in Laurel Springs, PA is excited about the highland games taking place and for a few days everyone is Scottish. With games, dancing and of course wonderful things to purchase.

Daria and Letty are sharing a booth and Daria’s tartan bow ties are a good seller. They even have a famous author on site promoting his book about Bonnie Prince Charlie and his missing ring. Even Daria’s roommate Aileen and her band are playing. With one of them taking up the bagpipes.

When one of the participants in the games is murdered, secrets come out and Daria needs to do two things. One is prove her roommate is innocent and two throw together an actual kilt plus a wedding gown in just a few days.

This series has everything I love. Great characters, a plot with a lot of historical information, some fact, some imagined. It’s a joy to read every time.

Well Done!

Netgalley/Kensington/Lyrical September 11, 2018

L’Amour de Moi


For Day Three of Blogmas  The Mediaeval Baebes    Enjoy!


L’amour de moi, s’y est enclose
Dedans un jolie jardinet
Ou croit la rose et le muguet
Y aussi fail le passerose

Ce jardin est belle et plaisant
Il est garni de toutes fleurs
On y prend son ebattement
Autant la nuit comme le jour

Helas il n’est si dous chose
Que de ce doux rossignolet
Qui chant au soir et au matinet
Quand il est las il se repose

Ce jardin est belle et plaisant
Il est garni de toutes fleurs
On y prend son ebattement
Autant la nuit comme le jour


My love is enclosed
In a lovely garden
Where the roses grow, and the lilies-of-the-valley
And the passerose

The garden is beautiful and pleasant
And garnished with every flower
We go there for our pleasure
In the day, but mostly in the night

Alas, there is nothing more sweet
Than the nightingale
Who sings in the evening and again in the morning
When he is there he brings us repose

The garden is beautiful and pleasant
And garnished with every flower
We go there for our pleasure
In the day, but mostly in the night