Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING: MAMBO IN CHINATOWN: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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MAMBO IN CHINATOWN
 Read By Angela Lin
BY JEAN KWOK
  
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
From the bestselling author of Girl in Translation, a novel about a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York’s Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie’s entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works—miserably—as a dishwasher.

But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down. Gradually, at the dance studio, awkward Charlie’s natural talents begin to emerge. With them, her perspective, expectations, and sense of self are transformed—something she must take great pains to hide from her father and his suspicion of all things Western. As Charlie blossoms, though, her sister becomes chronically ill. As Pa insists on treating his ailing child exclusively with Eastern practices to no avail, Charlie is forced to try to reconcile her two selves and her two worlds—Eastern and Western, old world and new—to rescue her little sister without sacrificing her newfound confidence and identity.

PRAISE FOR MAMBO IN CHINATOWN:
"Best Books of 2014: Mambo in Chinatown. Western convention clashes with traditional Eastern culture when a young, impoverished Chinese-American woman dips her toe into the glittering world of professional ballroom dancing—and finds love."— Woman’s Day 

"Best Books of 2014: One of This Summer’s Hottest Page-Turners. A riveting story about a young woman who ultimately finds her calling and manages to exceed everyone's expectations - including, most important, her own."— Real Simple

"New and Noteworthy Books: Mambo in Chinatown. [One of]... the hottest titles. A young woman who finds herself through ballroom dancing must make peace with her old life in New York's Chinatown. Charming."— USA Today

"In her winning second novel (after Girl in Translation, 2010), Kwok infuses her heartwarming story with both the sensuality of dance and the optimism of a young woman coming into her own.”— Booklist

"Summer Books Preview 2014, titles to keep you reading: Mambo in Chinatown. A young Chinese-American woman is torn between her family duties and tradition in New York's Chinatown and the contemporary life she discovers through ballroom dancing."— Los Angeles Times

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jean Kwok was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Brooklyn as a young girl. SHe is the author of the national bestseller Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Jean received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard and completed an MFA in Fiction at Columbia. She worked as an English teacher and Dutch-English translator at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and now writes full-time.

DID YOU READ THIS BESTSELLER BY JEAN KWOK?
MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
From the author who gave readers the best selling GIRL IN TRANSLATION comes her latest novel based on a Chinese immigrant family, MAMBO IN CHINATOWN. Jean Kwok enchants readers with a story that blends eastern and western cultures set in New York's colorful Chinatown community. Main character, Charlie Wong, a 22 year old daughter of a noodle maker and ballerina, is struggling to strike a balance between a modern American life while still honoring the traditions of her parents. Having lost her mother at a young age, Charlie must take on the responsibility of maintaining the home for her father and her younger sister, Lisa. Charlie fondly remembers dancing with her mother in their home as a young child but now she has to try out some new moves. She must try and find her own way and a measure of success in a career that will help with expenses at home and provide Charlie with a satisfying life. However, the poor girl fails miserably at each job she takes on whether it is because of her being a bit clumsy or that her reading and writing skills are hampered by dyslexia. She also has the responsibility of guiding her little sister Lisa, who is eleven years younger than Charlie. As close as they are, Charlie realizes she must set a good example. Charlie stumbles upon a job as a receptionist in a ballroom dance studio, leaving behind washing dishes in the noodle shop. The exciting new world and friends are good for Charlie but not something she can tell her father. However, like other jobs, Charlie fails but just happens to be in the right place at the right time when the studio is short an instructor for the beginning dance class. Noting Charlie's aptitude, they give her a chance to teach the class and her life is on a new path at last. When a puzzling illness hits Lisa, the war between customs, old and new, American and Chinese, begins. With Charlie's father's belief in ancient Chinese medicine, and with his brother who successfully practices it in their tight community, Charlie faces an uphill battle. Lisa needs to be seen by an American doctor and so the war of these two worlds begins. Meanwhile, Charlie's life takes a tiny step toward change. The narrative flows well by this time and readers are caught up in Charlie's world as we see how she learns to deal with her father and her new life choices. The supporting cast, especially from the dance studio, add colorful, nicely fleshed out characters readers will enjoy getting to know as they help to move the story along. The different, exotic lifestyles and customs, along with the fabulously described setting that Kwok creates for Chinatown, give readers a unique reason to keep turning pages. As Charlie moves up to be a dancer, I was backstage cheering her on. However, what will happen if her father finds out about her career? What is going to happen to little Lisa as her mysterious illness progresses in alarming fashion? MAMBO IN CHINATOWN is sure to dance it's way into your hearts as Jean Kwok once again gives readers a book and characters that they will enjoy long after the last page is turned.

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 THANKS TO RICHARD AND THE FINE FOLKS AT
RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, I HAVE ONE COPY
OF THIS FASCINATING AUDIO BOOK TO 
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
  
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LET'S GET COZY! NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER
A Dream Club Mystery
BY MARY KENNEDY

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Dream Team

Business consultant Taylor Blake has returned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison turn her dream of running an old-fashioned candy store into a reality. Allison is also interested in dream interpretation and invites Taylor to her Friday night Dream Club, where members meet once a week to share and analyze their dreams.

When a local dance instructor, Chico Hernandez, is found dead in his studio, and the murder scene has an eerie resemblance to one of the dreams shared at their meeting, Taylor can’t help but be intrigued. And when her sister, who was briefly involved with the dance teacher, becomes the prime suspect, Taylor and their fellow club members can’t be caught napping. It’s up to them to dream up a solution to the murder before Allison faces a real-life nightmare.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary Kennedy is a national best-selling author, and a clinical psychologist in private practice on the east coast. She has sold forty novels, all to major New York publishers, and has made the Waldenbooks, BookScan and Publishers Weekly best-seller lists. Her early novels included middle grade fiction and young adult fiction for Scholastic and Penguin.

Currently she's writing an adult mystery series, The Talk Radio Mysteries, which is set in a fictional town in south Florida. The first title is DEAD AIR and was released in 2010. The Talk Radio Mysteries was pitched and sold as "Frasier Meets Murder She Wrote." The heroine is Maggie Walsh, a psychologist who closes up her Manhattan practice and heads to sunny Florida to take a job as a radio talk show host. And, yes, she solves a murder in every book! As a former radio copywriter and a practicing psychologist, Mary is uniquely qualified to provide realistic background for her books — although she hasn't personally solved any murders ;-). Mary's favorite vacation destination is South Florida and she makes an annual winter pilgrimage to Fort Lauderdale.

Mary won an award from the National Foundation for the Arts for "artistic excellence in literary fiction." A popular workshop presenter, she has spoken at over a hundred conferences, libraries and schools, all over the country. She also reviews for Book Page and has written articles for industry and chapter publications. When not writing, speaking, or traveling to exotic locales, she lives with her husband and eight neurotic cats. The cats have resisted all her efforts to psychoanalyze them, but she remains optimistic.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY MARY KENNEDY:

                       
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Monday, August 25, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING? SMALL BLESSINGS: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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SMALL BLESSINGS
Read by Lorelei King
BY MARTHA WOODROOF
  
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
Tom Putnam, an English professor at a Virginia women’s college, has resigned himself to a quiet and half-fulfilled life. For more than ten years, his wife Marjory has been a shut-in, a fragile and frigid woman whose neuroses have left her fully dependent on Tom and his formidable mother-in-law, Agnes Tattle. Tom considers his unhappy condition self-inflicted, since Marjory’s condition was exacerbated by her discovery of Tom’s brief and misguided affair with a visiting poetess. But when Tom and Marjory meet Rose Callahan, the campus bookstore’s charming new hire, and Marjory invites Rose to dinner, her first social interaction in a decade, Tom wonders if it’s a sign that change is on the horizon. And when Tom returns home that evening to a letter from the poetess telling him that he’d fathered her son, Henry, and that Henry, now ten, will arrive by train in a few days, it’s clear change is coming whether Tom’s ready or not. 

Martha Woodroof's Small Blessings is funny, heart-warming and poignant, with a charmingly imperfect cast of cinema-ready characters. Listeners will fall in love with the novel’s wonderfully optimistic heart that reminds us that sometimes, when it feels like life is veering irrevocably off track, the track changes in ways we never could have imagined.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MARTHA WOODROOF was born in the South, went to boarding school and college in New England, ran away to Texas for a while, then fetched up in Virginia. She has written for NPR, npr.org, Marketplace and Weekend America, and for the Virginia Foundation for Humanities Radio Feature Bureau. Her print essays have appeared in such newspapers as the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Small Blessings is her debut novel. She lives with her husband in the Shenandoah Valley. Their closest neighbors are cows.

PRAISE FOR SMALL BLESSINGS:
“In Small Blessings, Woodroof displays a lovely gift for inventive plot turns and glittering moments. The novel brims with life and complexity and characters who never stop surprising themselves, and each other. This is a delightful and splendidly intelligent comedy.” —Margot Livesey,  New York Times bestselling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

“Small Blessings is a comedy of manners that will capture your heart. Woodroof's prose is tart and sweet — smart enough to make you laugh, but with an aching soul that will make you cry. I loved these characters even as I was chuckling at them, and I know Rose and Tom are a couple you'll relish rooting for. If Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh collaborated on a story about a small academic community in the South, and Woody Allen directed, Small Blessings might be the result. Get ready for pure pleasure shot through with moments of illumination: maybe this is how love really is.” —Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine 

"In the world of Small Blessings, to choose happiness is to take a risk... Optimistic, wise, and beautifully written, this book about love in all its colors, hope, and the glory of third chances will stay with you long after you close the cover."—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of A Grown Up Kind of Pretty

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
I have been waiting for Martha Woodroof's new novel to come out as what I read about it in previews had me intrigued. I am happy to say I was not disappointed! 

SMALL BLESSINGS by Martha Woodroof is truly an excellent character study with such well-developed personalities that one can really enjoy getting to know them. The fast moving narrative held my interest from the start and I read it in barely two days, as I couldn't put it down. Woodruff gives readers major characters they want to follow like the professor, Tom Putnam, and his wife Marjory, long suffering from a mental illness of sorts. Add a new character to the mix when Rose Callahan comes to town to work in the campus bookstore. She elicits a response from Marjory that everyone is puzzled by. 

Then Professor Tom receives a letter that will be the catalyst for a major change in his life, and he is suddenly faced with how to deal with this new challenge and his wife. Add to this quirky mix, Marjory's mother, Agnes, who moves in with Tom and her daughter to help care for her; Henry, who comes to live with Tom claiming to be his son, complete with birth certificate; and Russell, Tom's friend who really believes he is Henry's dad and SMALL BLESSINGS shows why it is a very different sort of a romantic tale. 

The lives of all these characters and more are woven together expertly by Martha Woodruff who adds just enough twists and turns to tantalize readers and entertain at the same time. SMALL BLESSINGS is a breath of fresh air among the more serious, thriller mysteries I normally tend to gravitate to. A sheer delight...especially with the audio book being read by Lorelei King! You won't be disappointed!
GIVEAWAY

 THANKS TO ESTHER AND THE FINE FOLKS AT
MACMILLAN AUDIO, I HAVE ONE COPY
OF THIS DELIGHTFUL AUDIO BOOK TO 
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
  
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

LET'S GET COZY! DEATH IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

DEATH IS LIKE A
BOX OF CHOCOLATES
A Chocolate Covered Mystery
BY KATHY AARONS

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Whether it’s to satisfy a craving for chocolate or pick up the hottest new bestseller, the locals in charming West Riverdale, Maryland, are heading to Chocolates and Chapters, where everything sold is to die for…

Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town’s Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street’s portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle’s signature truffles.

As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before the future of their dream store melts away…

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES

Includes Scrumptious Chocolate-Making Recipes!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
DEATH IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES is Kathy Aarons' first novel and the first in this series. I hope we will see more of her talent very soon. It is always fun to start off with a new offer and be able to follow her. I am sure lots of you will enjoy doing that.

PRAISE FOR DEATH IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES:

“Any lover of chocolate and books will find this story the perfect combination of savory, sweet, and deadly.”—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of Sugar and Iced

“Kathy Aarons’s deft blend of delicious chocolate and tasty mystery will delight the reader’s palate.”—Victoria Hamilton, national bestselling author of Muffin but Murder
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING? THE GIRLS OF AUGUST: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THE GIRLS OF AUGUST
BY ANNE RIVERS SIDDONS
  
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
THE GIRLS OF AUGUST is Anne Rivers Siddons's 19th novel. Her previous bestselling novels include Burnt Mountain, Off Season, Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King's Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox's Earth, The House Next Door, and Heartbreak Hotel. She is also the author of a work of nonfiction, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their home in Charleston, SC and Brooklin, ME. For more information, visit www.anneriverssiddons.net. 

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY ANNE RIVERS SIDDONS:
                    
                    

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
In best selling author Anne Rivers Siddons latest novel, THE GIRLS OF AUGUST, readers will immediately be drawn into the lives of four women who become friends while their husbands are attending medical school. With so much in common, it didn't take long for Maddy, Barbara, Melinda, and Rachel to bond and so begins a story that covers decades of the relationship between these women. They share the ups and downs, the happy and sad, and all the emotions that go into the lives of these "girls". As time moves on, they decide to spend a week at the beach each year, no matter what is going on in their lives, or where they are, so they can catch up and keep their friendship alive and fresh. Their time at the oceanfront escape is one they hold dear, filled with fun and excitement at first, and maturing as years go by. However, as the yearly meetings go on, tragedy strikes this group and the loss of one of the quartet leads to apathy and doubts about how long this tradition will, and should, go on. 

Siddons wisely moves the narrative along by drawing readers into the lives of each of these well-developed characters, and by injecting some new players into the picture, readers are hooked. Theirs is an extraordinary bond and thus only natural to want to see where the new member will take them. Will she fit in? Will they allow her to fill the void left when their friend died? How will the beautifully drawn setting and local inhabitants play a part in the story of these women? Wanting to see where this takes THE GIRLS OF AUGUST makes for a memorable and enchanting read. When the last page is turned, Anne Rivers Siddons leaves readers with characters you care about and think of long after the book is closed, or the audio turned off.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

LET'S GET COZY! THE WEDDING SOUP MURDER: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

THE WEDDING SOUP MURDER
An Italian Kitchen Mystery
BY ROSIE GENOVA

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Victoria Rienzi came home to the Jersey Shore to write a new book, learn the family restaurant business, and practice the fine art of Italian cooking. But when delicious dishes are paired with murder, Vic has a little too much on her plate…

When Vic asked her nonna for more responsibility in the kitchen, she didn’t mean forming a thousand tiny meatballs by hand for the family’s famous wedding soup. The dish is to be served at the reception for a close family friend at the exclusive Belmont Country Club. And once there Vic has to deal with a demanding bridezilla and clashes in the kitchen—between the staff and servers, between two egocentric head chefs, and between the country club president and…well…everyone.

The wedding comes off without a hitch—until the body of the club’s president is found on the beach below a high seawall. Now Vic will need to use her noodle to find out who pushed whom too far…before she’s the one who lands in the soup!

INCLUDES RECIPES

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Jersey girl born and bred, Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. The atmosphere of the Jersey shore is present in the details, whether it’s the smell of the sea, the sound of a Springsteen song, or the taste of Kohr’s custard from the boardwalk. And no summer is complete unless she has sand in her shoes.

A bookworm from the time she could sound out words, Rosie spent many happy hours in her home town library where she hid behind the stacks reading the titles she was too young to check out. She earned two degrees in English from Rutgers University, where she discovered to her delight that reading Jane Austen was actually considered homework. Though she’s always considered herself a writer, she didn’t pen her first novel until ten years ago, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Her new series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, is informed by her deep appreciation for good food, her pride in her heritage, and her love of classic mysteries, from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. An English teacher by day and novelist by night, Rosie also writes women’s fiction as Rosemary DiBattista. She lives in central New Jersey, fifty miles from the nearest ocean, with her husband, two of her three sons, and an ill-behaved fox terrier.

A LITTLE EXCERPT FROM THE WEDDING SOUP MURDER:

“What are you doing in here, Vic?” The deep, familiar tones of my ex’s voice still had the power to set my heart pounding. But I didn’t look up.

 “What does it look like I’m doing, Tim?” I released the scoop, gently dropping the thirteenth meatball onto the sheet pan. That left a mere 987 to go. At the rate I was going, I’d be spending my thirty-fourth birthday in the Casa Lido kitchen, still scooping ground meat from this bottomless aluminum bowl.

 He stood with his hands on his hips, frowning. “Who said you could make the meatballs?”

“I’m not making them.” I tried to keep the impatience out of my tone. “I’m forming them.” I held up the scoop, covered in flecks of raw meat. “Nando mixed them up.”
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