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March 9, 2019

An Interview with Kathy Curto


Kathy Curto is the author of NOT FOR NOTHING: Glimpses Into a Jersey Girlhood. Be sure to read MK French's review.

March 8, 2019

Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly ~ a Review & Teasers

by Susan Roberts

"A shiver of contentment raced through Claire's veins, overshadowed only by a strange feeling left by that dream."  (loc 86)

"Claire staggered toward the front of the station before her right foot knocked into her left and she crashed to the ground.  Forcing herself back onto her heels, she thought the outline of her palms looked like photo negatives in the gritty dirt.   She managed to stand even as her legs liquefied beneath her,  adrenaline alone keeping her afloat.  She faced the pumps and cried out 'My car!  It's gone!  My Girls!  (loc 382)

March 7, 2019

A Review of Two Books by Mandy Mikulencak

by Susan Roberts

Even though I have stacks of books to read, I still enter every contest for free books on Facebook.  I 'm not very lucky but every once in a while I win a book.  I was lucky enough to win two books by Mandy in a giveaway on a book site called 'A Novel Bee'.  This author was new to me but after reading her books, she's been added to my list of favorite authors.

March 6, 2019

Not For Nothing: Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood by Kathy Curto ~ a Review & Excerpts

by MK French

Kathy Curto grew up in a very Italian household in New Jersey during the 1970s and 1980s. This is a memoir comprised of many different vignettes, all full of sensory details and almost visceral memories. Some are happy ones, such as dancing around when she's four years old in her father's gas station, as well as upsetting ones, like her parents' fights that involve cursing and name calling.

March 5, 2019

A Testament to Murder by Vivian Conroy ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

First Chapter, First Paragraph

It isn't often that I get to start a cozy mystery series with book 1, but Vivian Conroy has created a new series, Murder Will Follow, and A Testament to Murder is the first book in the series. I discovered Conroy a year and a half ago when I read book 4 in her Lady Alkmene Callender Mystery series, Fatal Masquerade (read my review). I fell in love with her writing in that historical cozy and was glad to see this new book at Netgalley.

March 4, 2019

Bookstore Event: Movable Feast 2019



by Susan Roberts

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I attended the Movable Feast at Bookmarks this week.  It was a great event and lots of fun.  There were 18 authors there and 10 authors came to each table.  They had 10 minutes to talk about their book and answer a few questions before the bell rang and they moved to another table.  It was great fun to meet some new authors and to see some authors that I knew.  They had books for sale by each author and even though I told myself before the event that I wouldn't buy any books, I ended up buying 4 new books.  Another interesting part of this event was that I went by myself and didn't know anyone at my table of 8 people.  But book lovers are never strangers for long and it didn't take much time before we were chatting like old friends.

March 3, 2019

The Art of Power Reading

by Donna Huber

It is the weekend before my book club meets and as usual, I'm just now starting the book. Thankfully it is a relatively short read - about 220 pages. But still, with only 5 days (I started yesterday), I knew I would need to employ a bit of power reading.

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