Posts Tagged ‘new arrival’

Oh wow, what a great few days it has been, new arrivals left, right and centre, I am one lucky gal!  The latest two to arrive at their new home are Heavy Bags of Soul by K.D. Rose and Old Boys by Charles McCarry.  So, once again, two thank yous must go out at the same time – thank you, K.D., for a copy of your work and thank you, Katherine, of Duckworth Publishers for a copy of Charles McCarry’s work – thank you!

Heavy Bags of Soul

It is half past dark and we are in a graveyard orbit.  Travelers have lost their way.  Mankind is hard of hearing.  We have abandoned insight and revelation for commerce and merry-go-rounds of distraction.  But wonder is still in the palm of our hand.  Wisdom is everywhere when we pay attention.  We hold the key to orchards in camouflage and we are charged with the task of taking vision and making it into reality – beyond anything that exists and beyond what others say can be done.  Learning this is an absolute requirement to our survival.

Old Boys

Retired master spy Paul Christopher goes missing a day after a family dinner.

Months later a Chinese official delivers his ashes to the American consulate in Beijing, and a memorial service is held in Washington.  But the Old Boys of the CIA are not convinced that their ex-colleague is dead and embark upon a thrilling search that takes them from Xinjiang to Brazil, from Rome to Moscow and a secret more dangerous than any of them expected.


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Yippee, it’s here, Playing Havoc by Steve Morris arrived safely and is now waiting for me to pick it up as soon as possible and get started on Steve’s first novel!

Regular readers of this blog would know I am a fan of Steve’s short stories and I was just so excited to receive an email from Steve saying he would like to send me a copy of his first novel.  Of course I said yes!  Of course I was excited!  When reading Steve’s short stories I (and many other readers) wished I could read beyond the end of the short story, get to see how the characters lived outside of the few pages they occupied.  Well, now I get the chance and I can’t wait to begin!

I must thank Steve for sending me a copy of Playing Havoc – thank you, Steve!

BANG! Lights out!

Just how would we cope in an event where every electronic device on our planet was rendered useless in an instant? If all electric power, industry, basic utilities, transport and the very communications that we all take for granted were zapped in a single moment, how would life carry on? What survival skills do we have to help us rebuild life from its very foundations?

Playing Havoc, partly based on fact, partly a black comedy, describes one small British Island’s battle to maintain some normality in the chaos after a coronal mass ejection through the eyes of one man who had only recently moved there with the very intention of getting some peace. A reluctant man with enough problems of his own to deal with finds that the longer the havoc goes on, more and more of the islanders turn to him for help.

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Okay, I wasn’t lucky enough to have Mr Postman leave me a package three days in a row but three days within a very short amount of time is nothing to complain about!  I must say thank you to Charlie Clouse for providing me with a copy of Poems that Might or Might Not Change Your Life – thanks, Charlie!

This ground breaking collection of poetry holds nothing back as it grabs you by the heart and doesn’t let go. Discover for yourself how poetry can transform your life.

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Another present dropped off by the mailman, that’s two days in a row – I must be dreaming!  Nope, not dreaming, I really did receive Crack the Spine Spring 2012, it really is now sitting on my bookshelf with its brothers and sisters.  I must say thank you to the editor, Kerri Farrell Foley for sending me this lovely present – thanks, Kerri!

Crack the Spine. Go ahead, you know you want to. Just bend a fresh book until your hands meet beneath its stressed strings. Feel the weight of words snap free.

This anthology includes the best poems and stories from Crack the Spine Literary Magazine’s weekly publications.

“Forget arsenic, trains and Eros.  Flauberts and Tolstoys dipped their pens in black tongues and railroad tracks.”
– Alessandra Bava

“I am the recipient of a blown kiss from a friend and that is all I’m left with at that particular moment, standing on the sidewalk. There is a light on in the kitchen, one that I imagine will burn until end times.”
– Thomas Mundt

“When we kiss our eyeglasses clink like we’re toasting…”
– Alan Passman

“She collects books with questions of provenance, reads the inscriptions as if she were psychic as much as she reads the text…”
– Tobi Cogswell

Authors: Susan Adams, Suzanne Allen, Rosemary C. Anderson, Alessandra Bava, Rich Boucher, Valentina Cano, Tobi Cogswell, Kyle Hemmings, Steve Klepetar, Zack Nelson Lopiccolo, J.W. Mark, Peter Marra, Joan McNerney, Ben Nardolilli, Amit Parmessur, Alan Passman, Deana Prock, David Spicer, John Stocks, Les Wicks, Laura Bogart, Chris Deal, Lily Dodge, Len Kuntz. D.N.A. Morris, Thomas Mundt, M.Y. Pastorelli, Richard Peabody, Luca Penne, Eric Prochaska, George Sparling, Christi R. Suzanne

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Oh, joy of joys, the mailman has been!  I just love when he leaves me little packages containing books!  Alison Wonderland travelled far and made it safely to her new home.  I must say thank you to Helen Smith for the new addition to my family – thanks, Helen!


‘I need some information. Can you help me get it?’

‘OK.’ I’m opening my post but I have a pen and pad ready.

‘I need some statistics about which part of the country babies are abandoned most often, what time of year, and where to find them – outside hospitals or police stations or under hedges or in phone boxes.’

‘Oh, OK. Yes, of course.’ I move the phone receiver into my left hand and hold it against my left ear so that I can make some notes. Mad cow, I write.

After Alison Temple discovers that her husband is cheating on her, she does what any jilted woman would do: She spray-paints a nasty message for him on her wedding dress and takes a job with the detective firm that found him out. Being a researcher at the all-female Fitzgerald’s Bureau of Investigation in London is certainly a change of pace from her previous life, especially considering the characters Alison meets in the line of duty. There’s her boss, the estimable Mrs Fitzgerald; Taron, Alison’s eccentric best friend, who claims her mother is a witch; Jeff, her love-struck, poetry-writing neighbor; and – last but not least! – her psychic postman. Together, their idiosyncrasies and their demands on Alison threaten to drive her mad…if she didn’t need and love them all so much. Clever, quirky, and infused with just a hint of magic, Alison Wonderland is a literary novel about a memorable heroine coping with the everyday complexities of modern life.

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Woohoo – Mandy’s happy – the postman’s been and has left a present.  The latest addition to my bookshelves is In Leah’s Wake and to go with that a gorgeous In Leah’s Wake bookmark.

Thank you, Terri, for the book and bookmark!

The Tylers have a perfect life—beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest daughter, Leah, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine, more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years, just wants her sister’s approval. With Leah nearing graduation and Justine a seemingly together kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life…until Leah meets Todd, a high school dropout and roadie for a rock band.

As Leah’s parents fight to save their daughter from a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties, their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage, leaving Justine to observe her sister’s rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family.

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Okay, this is a not so new arrival – it actually arrived a few weeks ago but I have not been online in that time and so have not posted about it.

I do so now and must say thank you to Katie Robison for providing me with a copy of Downburst – thanks, Katie!

Kit’s only goal is to stay alive. Right now, that means dodging brutal gangs while peddling fake I.D.s on the back streets of Winnipeg. But things get complicated when Kit sells a license to a girl named Aura—a girl who could almost be her twin. Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, Kit is plunged into an underground society with heart-stopping surprises at every turn. To protect herself, she’s forced to assume Aura’s identity. But storm clouds are gathering on the horizon, and when Kit learns the truth about Aura, she knows she has to get out before the storm breaks. There’s only one problem: escape isn’t an option.

Suddenly, staying alive just got a lot harder.

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