Meet the Author: Kelley Armstrong

Meet the Author: Kelley Armstrong

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Last night Kelley Armstrong came to Dallas to do a book signing, reading, and Q&A session for The Reckoning.  It was a great session (even though I was a little late and only caught the tail-end of the reading). It was fantastic to see how many young readers are out there.  I know there is a huge debate going on about YA novels and are they appropriate for the age group they are aimed at but I have to say I like seeing so many young people excited about reading.  It is fantastic!  How many of these kids are going to be the next Stephanie’s, Kelley’s, or ….. While I was there I met 2 of her biggest fans!  I know because they had made shirts for the event and were telling me how she inspired them to write.  What I had to love was that Kelley spent time with everyone who came by to have her sign something so she talked to these two sisters for a good 5 minutes.  It made me respect her as an author and a person, to take time to acknowledge your fans is a huge thing!  Below are the two future authors I […]

Posted May 8, 2010 by Felicia S in Book Talk / 0 Comments
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Book 31: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Becca Wilcott

Book 31: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Becca Wilcott

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About:  “A mordant, funny, sexy show like TRUE BLOOD screams out for a mordant, funny and sexy analyst… Enter the admirable Becca Willcott, whose TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY is surely one of the coolest and most sheerly enjoyable books of its kind. Ardent fans of the series will be enthralled by the depth and range of her original research; newcomers will be seduced into checking it out for the first time. This is a beguiling and elegant debut from a gifted young writer: Brava!”— Kevin Jackson, author of BITE: A VAMPIRE HANDBOOK.This companion to the wildly popular HBO series TRUE BLOOD is at once an introductory guide to the first two seasons of the vampire saga and a treasure trove for the legions of true believers who follow the show. Created by Alan Ball, the Oscar-winning writer of AMERICAN BEAUTY and creator of HBO’s cult ensemble sensation SIX FEET UNDER, TRUE BLOOD surpassed THE SOPRANOS as the largest-ever audience for a cable show. It has revitalized the career of Oscar-winner Anna Paquin and has introduced international audiences to Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, and Ryan Kwanten and an extensive, award-winning cast. Exclusive interviews, in-depth biographies of cast members, an episode guide, and behind-the-scenes […]

Posted May 7, 2010 by Felicia S in 2010 Read / 0 Comments
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Meeting the Author: Marie Bostwick

Meeting the Author: Marie Bostwick

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Last night I attended a dinner and book signing hosted by Fresh Fiction , DFW Tea, and Legacy Books with author Marie Bostwick!  It was a wonderful evening that really introduced me to a whole new set of books. First a little about Marie from my perspective: She is spunky, personable,and really down to earth.  She laughs freely, loves her family, and shares her love of her characters with her fans.  She is supportive of other writers and loves talking to her readers. All of this was evident within 10 min of meeting her. Her presentation of the book A Thread So Thin was moving that even she almost had tears in her eyes while reading.  It was great to watch an author connect so deeply with their work. Fun Facts:  She has the most fantastic hair! As you can tell from the photo above both her and my new friend Gwen (from Fresh Fiction and DFW Tea) have the most fantastic hair on the planet.  She has a great approach to life and once you meet her, you feel as though you have been her friend for years.  She quilts though she will tell you that you don’t want […]

Posted May 6, 2010 by Felicia S in Book Talk / 0 Comments
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Book 30: Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

Book 30: Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

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About the book:  (instead of the back cover the opening paragraph)This is my life: The alarm goes off at five-thirty with the murmuring of a public-radio announcer, telling me that there has been a coup in Chad, a tornado in Texas. My husband stirs briefly next to me, turns over, blinks, and falls back to sleep for another hour. My robe lies at the foot of the bed, printed cotton in the summer, tufted chenille for the cold. The coffeemaker comes on in the kitchen below as I leave the bathroom, go downstairs in bare feet, pause to put away a pair of boots left splayed in the downstairs back hallway and to lift the newspaper from the back step. The umber quarry tiles in the kitchen were a bad choice; they are always cold. I let the dog out of her kennel and put a cup of kibble in her bowl. I hate the early mornings, the suspended animation of the world outside, the veil of black and then the oppressive gray of the horizon along the hills outside the French doors. But it is the only time I can rest without sleeping, think without deciding, speak and hear […]

Posted May 5, 2010 by Felicia S in 2010 Read / 0 Comments
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Book 29: Cooking from the Garden: Best Recipes from Kitchen Gardener

Book 29: Cooking from the Garden: Best Recipes from Kitchen Gardener

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About:  Rising food prices, the slow food movement, and the green movement have revived interest in finding delicious food close to home. The backyard vegetable garden is making a comeback even in urban areas. Why grow grass (that you have to mow) when you can pick the best tasting tomatoes right outside your door? Taunton’s Kitchen Gardener magazine was ahead of its time in trying to raise the bar on food prepared with home-grown food. The recipes collected here are innovative and tasty, and most are relatively simple to prepare. Not only do they help home gardeners find ways to make use of abundance, they show how to do it with style and expertise. The recipes apply equally to good seasonal buys in the supermarket or farmer’s market as to produce from a home garden. Review:I was lucky enough to get an advanced (before I buy) look at this book. I really enjoyed how each of the fresh ingredients used there was an explanation of what was unique about it. It helped to explain why things that might not sound like they should be in a recipe together, actually not only worked well but could ultimately enhance the flavor. The […]

Posted May 4, 2010 by Felicia S in 2010 Read / 0 Comments
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