It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Sept. 13th)

Read:

Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland — this is the second book in Rowland’s Demon series. The third is due out in January. I really like the way the characters are developing. Kara, the main character, feels very real to me in her interpersonal reactions. The world building/demonology is cool too, different from a lot of other paranormals I’ve read.

Slacks and Calluses: Our Summer in a Bomber Factory by Constance Bowman and Clara Marie Allen — This book was very awesome! It is about two young school teachers who spend their summer vacation building B-24’s during WWII. It is told with great humor and though a little repetitive it paints a vivid picture of an aspect of the war that I hadn’t read a lot about.

This book completes my Women Unbound Challenge! I said that I’d read five books, at least two of them Non-Fiction. I read 3 non-fiction, 1 picture book, and 1 poetry book.  I’ve actually read a few others, which I need maybe 50 or 100 pages here and there to finish. The curse of reading too many books at one time is a few (even if you are enjoying them) always slip through the cracks.

I think that what was best about the Women Unbound Challenge is that inspired me to start the Women’s Book Salon which has met 4 times since the beginning of the year. Each meeting we select a topic and everyone reads a book of their choice around that topic.  Slacks and Calluses is the title I read for our latest meeting about Women During World War II.

I am behind on my Science Book Challenge, but hope to catch up soon.

Reading:

I am in the middle of so many books now I’ve no idea what I’ll be reading this week! Just to name a few:

Blood Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar
Trouble in Triplicate by Rex Stout
Comfort Prayers collected by June Cotner
Beauty and the Beast by Arnold Arluke and Robert Bogdan

Acquired:

How To Sue A Telemarketer arrived in the mail today. I won this title in a giveaway at My Book Retreat.  Thanks Julie!

A reading copy of The Power by Rhonda Byrne arrived. Shh, don’t tell anybody, but I haven’t read The Secret.

All the Things We Didn’t Say by Sara Shepard was on my Book Mooch wish list, so when it became available I had it sent to me. Though when I received it and read the back, I have no idea why I wishlist-ed this book. It sounds so depressing and I hardly ever read depressing unless I don’t know it before hand.

Other News:

Missouri School Board bans Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: http://www.semissourian.com/story/1663154.html I simply don’t understand this. This is a great book! It is smart and funny. It is a little messy and crude, but hey so is life, and so are the boys who’d probably get a kick out of reading it and it’s funny cartoons. Girls too! When will people get it through their heads that banning a book isn’t the answer. This is a story about a kid struggling to break free of a difficult environment and to do better for himself despite all the challenges put in front of him by life.  It is full of heartache and humor. If you haven’t read it, I would recommend it.

Also, check back on Tuesday for my very first author interview, 5 Minutes with Pamela Binnings Ewen.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

( On a personal note I’d like to thank St. Jude, St. Rita, the Blessed Mother, and Heavenly Father for all the prayers they’ve answered in the last month and to continue to ask for their help and blessings.)

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Sept. 6th)

Read:

This week I reread Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland. This is  a good paranormal police procedural that involves the hunt for a serial killer. I rarely reread book, so I was surprised to find myself caught up in the action all over again. This is the first book in a series and is set in Louisiana. Diana is a friend of mine and if you haven’t checked out her books, you should.  Visit: http://www.dianarowland.com/

And speaking of writer friends… Another dear friend and local author Pamela Binning Ewen‘s title The Secret of the Shroud just hit the shelves on September 1st. She is currently touring, so if you see her out and about say hi. She’s a great lady.

Reading (or should I say rereading):

Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland — This is book two. Book three comes out in January.

Trouble in Triplicate by Rex Stout — I finished the first “case”, there are three stories in this book, and I loved it! The plot felt familiar so I am thinking they used it for the A&E TV show. I am such a Nero Wolfe fan, I have the whole series on DVD, lots of old radio programs on CD, and I am working my way through the novels.

Other News:

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi won the Hugo Award for best novel. Actually it was a tie, but this is the one I’ve read. I really liked it because it was one of those scifi novels that made me want to dig into some of the idea presented. I talked about it here.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

( On a personal note I’d like to thank St. Jude, St. Rita, the Blessed Mother, and Heavenly Father for all the prayers they’ve answered in the last month and to continue to ask for their help and blessings.)

Upcoming events!

4 Events

Saturday, Feb. 27th @ 2pm
Diana Rowland will be signing her new book Blood of the Demon @ Barnes & Noble in Mandeville, LA.

Sunday, Feb. 28th @ 4pm
Northshore Literary Society presents Christa Allan and Toni Orrill. The event will be held at Friends Restaurant in Madisonville and is $10 for non-members.

Wednesday, March 3rd @ 7pm
Erica Spindler will be signing her new book Blood Vines @ Barnes & Noble in Mandeville, LA.

Sunday, March 7th @ 4pm
Louisiana Women’s Histoy book salon. Read a book about any Louisiana Women and they come and discuss her with the group, @ Barnes & Noble in Mandeville, LA.

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Blood of the Demon – Diana Rowland

February 27th  @ 2pm — Barnes & Noble, Mandeville

Diana Rowland, f/sf author from Mandeville, LA, will be signing her second book Blood of the Demon on Saturday, February 27th 2010 @ 2pm.

Rowland is a friend and fellow member of the Northshore Literary Society. I enjoyed reading her first book in the Kara Gillian series, Mark of the Demon, and look forward to reading Blood of the Demon.

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edited to add link to Book Smuggler’s Review above