Monday, June 3, 2019

A Review for Writing Gloves contacted me and asked if I would be interested in receiving and reviewing a pair of writing gloves.  As someone who has butchered regular gloves in the past with scissors due to freezing hands, I was all in on this offer.

I was allowed to pick any color I wanted from the 13 choices and I went with a nice brick red.  When they arrived I realized they aren't really "gloves" so much as hand socks.  There are no fingers at all, but there is a thumb opening. 

They come up high on the wrist, which is nice for the warmth, though my multitude of bracelets didn't agree with me.   :)

These are really nice for reading, typing, scrolling on your phone, etc., giving you the extra warmth you need in your hands without looking like you angrily attacked a pair of cheap gloves. 

Nicely made, I believe there will be no unraveling and the such with these anytime in the near future.

The only drawback, to me, is the price. For me, even with the cashmere (they don't feel like they have any in them, but it does say Cashmere wool so....) I would be hard pressed to talk myself into paying 52.00.  But if you need a gift for a writer, and don't balk at the price,  these would be great.

I am happy that I was offered a chance to review these, and plan on enjoying them quite often once the cold weather returns.

You can purchase them by clicking  here. 

Retails at 52.00

13 colors

35% Cashmere Wool

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Summer Southern Titles and an International Thriller

The Gentrification of Rural Texas
The Gillespie County Fair, the oldest fair in Texas, looms insistently over the shoulder of Marc Hess's new novel. As rampant land development and tourist money begin to transform the old German farming community of Fredericksburg, two intermarried pioneer families lock in a life-and-death struggle over the sale of their homestead. Their vicious feud in an otherwise harmonious and bucolic community leads to the demise of two pioneer families and culminates in the triumph of one hard-headed, young girl.

This book delves into the clash of new wealth and ingrained poverty as rural Texas grapples with a changing world. In a short period of time, the town of Fredericksburg has morphed from a rock-rimmed farming community into the chic tourist destination that it is today. While the town itself has blossomed, this is the story about a family that destroys itself.
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (April 30, 2019)

Trouble the Water

Based on the life of an unsung American hero and slave, Trouble the Water navigates the rich tributaries of courage, betrayal, and redemption. In his inspiring journey, Robert Smalls witnesses great privilege and suffering alongside his owner's daughter and the dangerous son of a firebrand secessionist. At the age of twelve, he's sent to work in Charleston, where he loads ships and learns to pilot a cotton steamer. When the Civil War erupts and his cotton steamer becomes a confederate warship, Robert seizes the opportunity to pursue freedom for himself and the people he loves.
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Koehler Books (June 4, 2019)

The Emancipation of Evan Walls

EVAN WALLS IS TERRIFIED by the birth of his first child because he doesn't want her to suffer the isolation he had as a child. Seeing his torment, his wife, Izzy, prods him to explain. He tells of being a black child growing up in the racially charged 1960s. Inspired to overcome the racism and class status imposed on blacks, he dreams of a life bigger than that lived by most everyone he knows in the small Virginia town of Canaan. He is resented by friends and family for desiring a life better than theirs. Among the smartest in his class, Evan becomes a target of white kids threatened by the forced integration of their schools. Caught in a crossfire of hate from whites and his own people, who question whether he is black enough, Evan is often alone and bewildered. Only the love of his great grandmother, Mama Jennie, and his mentor, Bojack, keeps him on track. Together, they help Evan find perspective and peace.

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Koehler Books (June 15, 2019)

No Right Way

The fall of 2015. It s been four years since the civil war in Syria started and over a year since ISIS took over major parts of the country. The refugee stream into Turkey has swelled to unprecedented numbers. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is scrambling to offer services and shelter to the multitudes. The Turkish government is doing what it can. Money from the rest of the world and European governments is flowing in to help alleviate the crisis. Numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are using UN funds to do the on-the-ground work to house and feed refugees.
Valentin Vermeulen's job is to make sure that all those funds are spent for their intended purposes. As he digs into his task, he learns that some refugees have not received any aid at all. Figuring out why that is quickly lands him in trouble with organize crime. 
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Coffeetown Pr (June 11, 2019)

Monday, May 20, 2019

During the Event - Spotlight

For D.E., only two certainties exist: his grandfather is dead and life will never be the same.

During-the-Event is a dystopian adventure that roams across a fallen United States, introducing an unforgettable cast of characters along the way. In the near future, climate change has ravaged the United States, leading the government to overcorrect through culls and relocation. Those who survive the mandated destruction are herded into “habitable production zones,” trading their freedom for illusions of security. The few who escape learn quickly that the key to survival is to stay hidden in the corners of the country. For seventeen years, During-the-Event, or D.E., has lived free in a pastoral life with his grandfather in North Dakota. But when death reaches their outpost. D.E. is forced on a journey that will change his life—and reveal surprises about his past.

Once taught that strangers are only sources of pain, D.E. must learn to trust the people he meets on his journey. During-the-Event is a soaring coming-of-age story that grapples with achingly familiar issues: coming to terms with loss and loneliness, finding what our identities really mean, and searching for love in an often strange and bewildering world.

  • Series: Permafrost Prize Series
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: University of Alaska Press (May 15, 2019)

Such a Perfect Wife - Spotlight

Blonde. Beautiful. A loving mother. And missing since Monday. New York Times bestselling author Kate White returns with another thrilling page-turner starring true crime writer Bailey Weggins in SUCH A PERFECT WIFE (Harper Paperbacks; on sale May 7th). 

On a sunny morning in late September, Shannon Blaine sets off for a jog along the rural roads near her home in Lake George, New York.  It’s her usual routine, her “me time” after dropping the kids off at school…except on this day she never returns.

Bailey Weggins, now working for the online magazine Crime Beat, is called in to investigate Shannon’s disappearance. She assumes the person responsible must be someone close to Shannon, and there are plenty of possibilities: a bitter sister, an unfaithful brother-in-law, a creepy local motel owner, and an evasive church deacon. And, of course, the husband. Because when a wife disappears, the husband is almost always “a person of interest” in the investigation. Is her husband lying when he says he has no clue where she is? Could Shannon have split on her own, overwhelmed by the pressures of her life? Or is she the victim of a sexual predator who had been prowling the area and snatched her before she knew what was happening?

An anonymous tip soon leads Bailey to a grisly, bone-chilling discovery. Every town has its secrets, Bailey reminds herself, and nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. She keeps digging for answers until—when it’s almost too late—she unearths the terrifying truth.

Packed with twists you won’t see coming and the signature wit found in the Bailey Weggins series, SUCH A PERFECT WIFE is as addictive as it is thrilling to read.