Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Book Review: OLD MAN RIVER by Paul Schneider

#Mississippi River # American History #Waterway #Natural Wonder

Title: Old Man River by Paul Schneider
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

About The Book:
In Old Man River, Paul Schneider tells the story of the river at the center of America’s rich history—the Mississippi. Some fifteen thousand years ago, the majestic river provided Paleolithic humans with the routes by which early man began to explore the continent’s interior. Since then, the river has been the site of historical significance, from the arrival of Spanish and French explorers in the 16th century to the Civil War. George Washington fought his first battle near the river, and Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman both came to President Lincoln’s attention after their spectacular victories on the lower Mississippi.

In the 19th century, home-grown folk heroes such as Daniel Boone and the half-alligator, half-horse, Mike Fink, were creatures of the river. Mark Twain and Herman Melville led their characters down its stream in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Confidence-Man. A conduit of real-life American prowess, the Mississippi is also a river of stories and myth.

Schneider traces the history of the Mississippi from its origins in the deep geologic past to the present. Though the busiest waterway on the planet today, the Mississippi remains a paradox—a devastated product of American ingenuity, and a magnificent natural wonder.

"Parts of the river are older than the Atlantic Ocean. Parts of it were created yesterday."

Lynda’s Review:
With a little personal adventure mixed with a whole lot of history, author Paul Schneider gives us a book that sparks the imagination. After all, who wouldn't want to raft or canoe down a mighty and majestic natural wonder like the Mississippi River? Who doesn't love peering into the past, observing peoples and geological events? Who doesn't like finding answers to their questions and finding more questions in the process? This book is not a fast read, but for the time spent, there is compensation aplenty.

On the negative side, the one thing lacking for me after reading this book was a sense of the whole. Maybe I'm one of those nonfiction readers that needs a really good summary near the end of the book to put all the parts and pieces together in chronological order sense the book wasn't written in that strict format. But again, that's just one person's opinion.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Review: WHAT A BABE by Kathy Johnson

Length: 32 Pages
Genre: Children's
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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About The Book:
Welcome LIL' LILLY to earth - 

WHAT A BABE - gets lots of raves - as BABY LILLY, the newest member of the STARLETTE UNIVERSE crew - makes her sparkling debut. 

Lilly wears bows - from head to toes - and lives her life mostly - on a 'stroller' coaster. If you love 'sweet and frillly' - you'll love LIL' LILLY!

Breeze's Review:
~"But from head-to-toes - I'm the BABE-WITH-THE-BOWS!:~

This was a cute book with some creative illustrations. There were clever rhymes throughout the story that kept the attention of my daughters. This book would be good for younger audiences as the story follows the activities of a baby named Lilly. The illustrations were detailed which I think helped to add to the story line. My favorite line of the book was "But from head-to-toes - I'm the BABE-WITH-THE-BOWS!" my daughter kept giggling over the fact that Lilly had bows on her diaper.  

Explore more of the STARLETTE UNIVERSE and have fun with all the interactive features.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rainy Day Reads Blog Hop


Let's have some fun with a Rainy Day Reads Hop. Between the Pages Blog will be giving away the following prize:

You need to be 18 or older to participate and live within the continental US. After you've entered the Rafflecopter form below, please hop over to the other participating blogs for a chance to win more fun prizes. A digital copy of one of my books will be given away to one of our International entries.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Character interview with Corey Donovan of PAYBACK IN WAYBACK

Corey Donovan is the lead character in the story, PAYBACK IN WAYBACK. He’s a man with a bitter past and a doubtful future. He did consent to answering a few questions about his return to Wayback, Texas. Let’s hear what Mr. Donovan has to say...

You’ve just returned to Wayback, Texas after serving a twelve year prison sentence. You said at your trial that you were innocent and, in fact, had been framed. Do you still stand behind that statement?

I’ve just lost twelve years of my life for a crime I didn’t commit. Having said that, will it change anything, give me back those years? Lady Justice is said to be blind and impartial. But, in reality, she can be swayed by the weight of money and power. As I’ve learned, innocence can be bought and sold.

Since you’ve returned to the very town where the alleged crime was perpetrated, are you here to prove your innocence or to exact vengeance?

Wayback, Texas is my home. Where better to get on with my life? Vengeance is a strong word with a violent context. I’d be a fool to forfeit the rest of my life in such a pursuit. But justice, on the other hand, well...who of us doesn’t reach for that option when cornered?

Rumor has it that a girl was involved twelve years ago. Is that true, and if so, are you looking for her in Wayback?

Would you look for a woman who left you to rot in a Texas prison for the best years of your youth?

If you were to find such a woman, what kind of justice would you seek?

I’ve come home to Wayback to start over...however, a little payback would go a long way in removing the bitterness of twelve forgotten years.

You can read Corey Donovan's story and meet the woman who could have saved him those twelve troubled years. Why didn't she? And what secret has she hidden from Corey for the past twelve years? Find those answers Here.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spotlight With Gift Card Giveaway

Sleeping with the Lights On
Published by The Wild Rose Press
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An eccentric millionaire seems perfect for Sandra Holiday until ex-husband, Carson, drops back into her life. Can this handsome, country crooner stave off the millionaire and a vengeful stalker or will Sandra forever beSleeping With The Lights On?

Amanda in the Summer

Three generations of women…and the secret that strengthens their love.

A line of women, all named Amanda, stretches back for generations. Each with her hopes, her joys, her pain—each pouring out her heart in correspondence with a dear family friend who shares their lives, understands their loves, and joins in their sorrows.

But within the correspondence lies a secret. And as the youngest of the Amandas retraces the journey through the years—beginning in post-war America and following through to modern day—the letters reveal, layer by layer, the Amandas who came before her. Soon, the truths and lies hidden in the letters lead her down a path of self-discovery that forges a bond between her past and future.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Raining Romance Books Giveaway Hop

WIN some great books just right for reading on a bright and beautiful Spring day. This hop is hosted by Stuck in Books. After entering the Rafflecopter giveaway form, you may continue to hop through the list of participating blogs by clicking here.

Between The Pages is giving away the following prize package. The Joy of Romance Prize Package consists of a digital copy of Payback in Wayback, a matching set of mug mat and eyeglass holder, floral pin to embellish your book bag, and a paperback copy of  When She Was Gone.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Book Review: AND THEN I FOUND YOU by Patti Callahan Henry

#Adoption #Forgiveness #Reunion #Secret

Title: And Then I Found You
Author: Patti Callahan Henry
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Length: 273 pages

About The Book:
Kate Vaughan is no stranger to tough choices.

She's made them before. Now it's time to do it again.

Kate has a secret, something tucked away in her past. And she's getting on with her life. Her business is thriving. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend whom she wants to love with all her heart. If Kate had ever made a list, Rowan would fill the imagined boxes of a perfect mate. But she wants more than the perfect on paper relationship; she wants a real and imperfect love. That's why, when Kate discovers the small velvet box hidden in Rowan's drawer, she panics.

It always happens this way. Just when Kate thinks she can love, just when she believes she can conquer the fear, she's filled with dread. And she wants more than anything to make this feeling go away. But how?

When the mistakes have been made and the running is over, it's time to face the truth. Kate knows this. She understands that a woman can never undo what can never be undone. Yet, for the first time in her life she also knows that she won’t fully love until she confronts those from her past. It's time to act.

Can she do it? Can she travel to the place where it all began, to the one who shares her secret? Can the lost ever become found?

Lynda's Review:

~ They'd talked. They'd summarized the past. What was left? The truth of course. ~

The book is crafted well with good dialogue that deepens characterization and moves the story forward. However, the story fell a little flat for me. I didn't find Kate's character to be all that sympathetic, so it was a little hard feeling any type of emotional connection. It does, of course, cover the elements of forgiveness, redemption, and starting over that inspires a lot of readers. Adoption and family reunion are key parts of this story that will add another layer of interest as well.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Title: When She Was Gone
Author: Gwendolen Gross
Publisher: Gallery Books
Length: 304 pages

#Teenager #Secrets #Missing #Searching

About The Book:
What happened to Linsey Hart? When the Cornell-bound teenager disappears into the steamy blue of a late-summer morning, her quiet neighborhood is left to pick apart the threads of their own lives and assumptions.

Linsey’s neighbors are just ordinary people—but even ordinary people can keep terrible secrets hidden close. There’s Linsey’s mother, Abigail, whose door-to-door searching makes her social-outcast status painfully obvious; Mr. Leonard, the quiet, retired piano teacher with insomnia, who saw Linsey leave; Reeva, the queen bee of a clique of mothers, now obsessed with a secret interest; Timmy, Linsey’s lovelorn ex-boyfriend; and George, an eleven-year-old loner who is determined to find out what happened to his missing neighbor.

As the days of Linsey’s absence tick by, dread and hope threaten to tear a community apart. This luminous new novel by the acclaimed author of The Orphan Sister explores coming of age in the shadows of a suburban life, and what is revealed when the light suddenly shines in. . . .

Lynda's Review:

Quote: (Page 190)
"And do they think houses are anonymous at night?"

Made Me Want To Read More (Quote):
What they were after was buried in the side yard beneath the slowly dying dogwood, wrapped around the tiniest of bones...

Get ready for a new, or somewhat strange reading experience due to the format decision and writing style of 
Author Gwendolen Gross. I'm not saying that it's bad, just different. So strap yourself in for the long haul and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I'd suggest reading other reviews of this book since I think opinions are going to be all over the place with this one.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Book Review: THE NEW CROWN by Jason Sandberg

Genre: Children's
Length: 29 Pages
Amazon Buy Link

About The Book:
Julietta the Carpenter can build almost anything using wood, metal or fabric. Her skills are put to the test when she runs afoul of her corrupt King. This new fairy tale introduces a resourceful heroine to the boys and girls of today.

Breeze's Review:
This was such a creative story. I really appreciate the story line because it shows that being good and doing the right thing always prevails. As a parent, when reading books to my children I can almost always figure out how the story will end but this book
took me by surprise. I couldn't predict the ending. The illustrations were very helpful in making the story come alive. I enjoy sharing books like this with my daughter because, not only does she stay engaged because the story isn't too wordy, but it was also written to teach a lesson about good vs. bad. I liked this author's work and hope to read more of their books in the future.