Friday, September 19, 2014

TGIBF (Thank Goodness It's Book Friday) #1

(By Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires from Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina (Torre de Babel) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons) - and a heads up as well to PicMonkey where even people as tech illiterate as I am can make a spiffy looking button!

I thought nothing could top yesterday, 3 print books coming by different means (pickup at post office, in the regular mail and by UPS.  Then I go out to the mail box just now and I have three packages shoved in there, and one of them looks like it has more than one book (or a really big one)!  Wanna join me as I unpack?



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Baseball may be America's official favorite pastime, but for Martha Rose and her friends, quilting is far more fun. . .and a lot less dangerous.

A diamond brocade pattern is more quilter Martha Rose's style than a baseball diamond--especially when it comes to the new eyesore of a stadium ruining her lovely San Fernando Valley neighborhood. Martha doesn't know a bunt from a bundt cake, but when she stumbles upon the battered body of baseball coach Dax Martin, she doesn't need a scorecard to know it's foul play. LAPD homicide detective Arlo Beavers is convinced one of her neighbors is responsible. But Martha and her fellow quilters Lucy and Birdie soon discover a whole field of suspects who might have wanted to take the coach out of the game permanently. . .

I received a this book via Lori at Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, and will have a review of this book on the blog on Friday, November 7, 2014.  If you have written a cozy mystery and are looking to get a blog tour, you really need to contact Lori.  Her blog sponsors and paid blog tours that she arranges allows her to tour cozy mysteries for FREE!  Lori also offers wonderful reviews and many, many book giveaways at her blog (also accessible through the link above).




A teenage drummer finds out what life is really like on tour with a rock band in this funny and bittersweet YA novel. For anyone who loved Almost Famous or This Is Spinal Tap.

After being dropped from one band, sixteen-year-old drummer Zach gets a chance to go on tour with a much better band. It feels like sweet redemption, but this is one rocky road trip—filled with jealousy, rivalries, and on-stage meltdowns.

Mark Parsons has written a fast-paced, feel-good novel about a boy finding his place in the world, in a band, and in the music. Zach is a character teens will stand up and cheer for as he lands the perfect gig, and the perfect girl.

I received this book in a giveaway hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  Anyone who reviews that many books and loves caffeine as much as I do is on my A-list!  She recently celebrated her 3rd blogaversary!  HUZZAH!  If you don't already subscribe, you really need to go give CBR a look-see.




Regency London knows Constance Tyrone as the conspicuously celibate founder of the St. Catherine Society, dedicated to helping poor women. One wet November evening a carriage mows down Constance outside her office. Curiously, while her corpse's one foot is bare, the other is shod in a clean satin slipper despite the muddy road. Why was a gentlewoman abroad in the night? And if she died under the wheel, whose hands bruised her neck and stole her monogrammed crucifix?

Dismissing the idea of an accident, Bow Street Runner John Chase forms an unlikely alliance with Penelope Wolfe, wife of the chief suspect. A young mother paying the price for an imprudent marriage, Penelope is eager to clear her husband Jeremy, a feckless portrait painter whose salacious drawings of the victim suggest an erotic interest. Chase's first task is to learn the identity of the mysterious benefactor who goes bail for Wolfe while Penelope traces the victim's last movements. Barrister Edward Buckler, intrigued, shakes off his habitual lethargy and joins their investigation.

As horrifying murders on the Ratcliffe Highway claim all London's attention, the trio discovers that it won't be easy to unravel the enigma of Constance Tyrone, a woman who revives the legend of martyred St. Catherine.



In the spring of 1812, the Luddites are on the march, Lord Byron is taking London drawing rooms by storm, and Penelope Wolfe has become a lady's companion. When one of the footmen turns up dead with a knife to the heart, Penelope and Bow Street Runner John Chase are entangled in a web of family secrets and political conspiracy that stretches far beyond luxurious St. James's Square.

With the help of barrister Edward Buckler, Chase follows the trail of a mysterious mad woman caught peeping in the window at the corpse. Penelope struggles to fit into the fashionable world, encountering people who hide resentment and deceit under smooth smiles.

Set against a backdrop of millennial fervor with thousands awaiting the end of the world, BLOOD FOR BLOOD explores the simple truth that every drop of blood spilled will be avenged.



Unhappy wife and young mother Penelope Wolfe fears scandal for her family and worse. A Tory newspaper editor has been stabbed while writing a reply to the latest round of letters penned by a firebrand calling himself Collatinus. 

Twenty years before, her father, the radical Eustace Sandford, wrote as Collatinus before he fled London just ahead of accusations of treason and murder. A mysterious beauty closely connected to Sandford and known only as N.D. had been brutally slain, her killer never punished. 

The seditious new Collatinus letters that attack the Prince Regent in the press also seek to avenge N.D. s death and unmask her murderer. What did the journalist know that provoked his death? Her artist husband Jeremy is no reliable ally, so Penelope turns anew to lawyer Edward Buckler and Bow Street Runner John Chase. As she battles public notoriety, Buckler and Chase put their careers at risk to stand behind her while pursuing various lines of inquiry aimed at N.D. s murderer, a missing memoir, Royal scandal, and the dead editor's missing wife. 

As they navigate the dark underbelly of Regency London among a cast driven by dirty politics and dark passions, as well as by decency and a desire for justice, past secrets and present criminals are exposed, upending Penelope s life and the lives of others."


I received Die I Will Not from the author via the Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.  If you like history and historical fiction, this is the go-to book tour company.  They have 13 tours running as if this writing, and more than 40 in the works.  And they are very helpful and professional.  If you are an author of a historical fiction, or enjoy reading such books, you really need to go check them out!

I will be posting a review of Die I Will Not on Monday, November 17th, 2014, to be followed on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by an interview with author S. K. Rizzolo!

So...FIVE (5) BOOKS in 1 day.  That's a new record for me!  WOOHOO! :O)

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1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your new stack. The historical novels sound interesting. Enjoy.