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Giveaway: Butterfly Stitching by Shermin Kruse

[ 2 ] December 18, 2014

butterfly stitching book coverI have a copy of Butterfly Stitching by Shermin Kruse to give away!

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About the book

Butterfly Stitching is an intriguing ethnic fictional tale that explores post-revolution Iran through mixing narrative and screenplay formats, as well as changing perspectives and time periods. The tale follows two remarkable women, a mother and daughter, who must overcome political horrors, encounters with secret police and a forbidden romance, all of which increase their determination to flee the country in a nail-biting thriller.

An Iranian-American , Kruse, known for her work as a lawyer at Barack Ferrazzano along with her regular advice column for Chicago Lawyer, is passionate about creating awareness of the oppression in Iran while shedding light on the hypocrisies of Iran in American culture.

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Giveaway: The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal

[ 2 ] December 18, 2014

the anatomy lesson book coverI have 2 copies of The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal to give away!

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About the book

A single day in Amsterdam, 1632. The Surgeons’ Guild has commissioned a young artist named Rembrandt to paint Dr. Nicolaes Tulp as he performs a medical dissection. In the swirl of anticipation and intrigue surrounding the event, we meet an extraordinary constellation of men and women whose lives hinge, in some way, on Dr. Tulp’s anatomy lesson. There is Aris the Kid, the condemned coat thief whose body is to be used for the dissection; Flora, his pregnant lover; Jan Fetchet, the curio dealer who acquires corpses for the doctor’s work; the great René Descartes, who will attend the dissection in his quest to understand where the human soul resides; and the Dutch master himself, who feels a shade uneasy about this assignment.

As the story builds to its dramatic conclusion, circumstances conspire to produce a famous painting—and an immortal painter. Vividly rendered, masterfully written, The Anatomy Lesson is a story of mind and body, death and love—and redemptive power of art.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Little Things Long Remembered by Susan Newman

[ 0 ] December 17, 2014

little things long remembered book coverPlease join Susan Newman, author of Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day, as she tours the blogosphere with iRead Book Tours

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Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin

As parents, our days with little children are often a montage of routine tasks. We cook meals, wash laundry, go to work and chauffeur our kids to their various activities. If we aren’t careful, the days slip into months, and before we know it, eighteen years have passed. No parent plans to be boring or mundane. In fact, it’s usually quite the opposite. We want the best for our families, but making those good things that we dream into reality takes more than good intentions.

Finding endless hours to spend doing memorable activities with our kids may be a challenge. However, in her book, Little Things Long Remembered, Susan Newman encourages us to make use of those little snippets of time that are often wasted. Most of these activities are 5-30 minutes long and are easily accomplished with a little planning or a decision to be intentional. The activities range from really simple things like making sure you hug your little ones all the way up to fun ways to make birthdays and holidays special.

As a homeschooling mom, I am with my kids 24/7. One would think that equals a lot of quality time. But, I have found that often times, my mind goes blank when trying to think of something to do. I love that this little book of ideas has simple things that require no planning as well as activities that can easily be done with just a little bit of forethought.

I did wish that the book was organized a little more specifically so I can find exactly what I’m looking for. Rather than have all the holidays clumped together, it would be great to have each holiday separately in the table of contents. It would also be helpful to have the activities broken out by age…preschool, elementary school, middle school etc. The way it is formatted with only a few chapters makes it hard to go back and find ideas that you may have read about earlier but want to use at a later date. All in all, I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents who are trying to intentionally make memories with their families.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.

Review copy was provided by Iron Gate Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Giveaway: Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard

[ 2 ] December 16, 2014

moth and spark book coverI have a copy of Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard to give away!

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About the book

With stunningly panoramic prose, Anne Leonard’s debut novel, Moth and Spark, is simply an unforgettable tour de force. Set in the land of Caithen, a country on the brink of invasion by vicious Tyrekh, this breathtakingly imaginative fantasy packs every punch the genre requires—intrigue, war, sorcery and magic, dragons, and forbidden romance. For fans of the Game of Thrones series, Diana Gabaldon, and Anne McCaffrey, Moth and Spark is an elegant and compelling read.

Recruited by the Firekeepers, Prince Corin has been given an impossible task—to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire, though no one, not even the dragons or their riders, understand the bonds that hold them. Given their power, but none of the knowledge to use it, Corin is torn between his new quest and his royal duty to defend his country from the Sarian invasion.

Before arriving in Caithen for Summer Court, Tam, the unassuming daughter of a well-respected doctor, has no idea she was born a Seer, someone gifted with visions. After a rainy afternoon leads Prince Corin and Tam to a chance encounter in the palace library, they meet for dinner where sparks fly, but it’s not all happily ever after. Never mind that the prince isn’t allowed to marry a commoner, Caithen is falling to the Sarians. When an attack on the capital forces the lovers to flee, Corin and Tam must figure out how to master their newly discovered powers in order to save Caithen and themselves. With the help from a village of secret wizards and a rogue dragon rider, they might just pull it off.

Leonard began Moth and Spark while attending the University of California-Hastings College of Law (where she graduated cum laude) eking out a few hours on weekends or a half hour on the bus, or wherever she had the chance. After 3 years, she had a draft, but ultimately decided to practice law first.  At last readers will be introduced to the deadly harsh steppe lands of Sarian, to the white-barked tree-lined streets of Caithenor.  Every last element of Leonard’s lush, extraordinary world carries the heft of cinematic detail with pitch-perfect vision.

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Giveaway: The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin

[ 7 ] December 15, 2014

the novel cure book coverI have a copy of The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin to give away!

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About the book

Bibliotherapy: the prescribing of fiction for life’s ailments. It does not discriminate between pains of the body and pains of the heart. And unlike most prescriptions, their recommendations require no trips to the store for refills and will not cause harm to your liver (unless of course you suffer from Addiction Issues: See alcoholism). From anxiety to pessimism, from appendicitis to stubbed toe, from loneliness to losing your marbles, the authors do not judge; they simply direct you to the novel which is most likely to speak to you in your hour of need.

In The Novel Cure, authors and bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin present a  witty and irresistible A-Z of literary remedies that recommend works of classic and contemporary fiction as  cures for ailments of the mind and body.

To create this apothecary, Berthoud and Elderkin have searched through 2,000 years of literature for the most brilliant and engrossing reads. Structured like a reference book, readers simply look up their ailment and are given the recommended novels to read as the antidote. Suffering from anxiety? Pick up The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. A broken leg? Get Johanna Spyri’s Heidi. Had a falling out with your best friend? Try William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow.

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Giveaway: Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

[ 14 ] December 12, 2014

lizzy & jane book coverI have 3 copies of Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay to give away!

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About the book

Sometimes the courage to face your greatest fears comes only when you’ve run out of ways to escape. Katherine Reay, author of the critically acclaimed novel Dear Mr. Knightley, returns with Lizzy & Jane, a novel about confronting your past, following your dreams, and moving forward.

At the end of a long night, Elizabeth leans against the industrial oven and takes in her kingdom. Once vibrant and flawless, evenings in the kitchen now feel chaotic and exhausting. She’s lost her culinary magic, and business is slowing down.

When worried investors enlist the talents of a tech-savvy celebrity chef to salvage the restaurant, Elizabeth feels the ground shift beneath her feet. Not only has she lost her touch; she’s losing her dream.

When her mother died, Elizabeth fled home and the overwhelming sense of pain and loss. But fifteen years later, with no other escapes available, she returns home. Brimming with desperation and dread, Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places, by her sister’s side in Seattle as Jane undergoes chemotherapy.

As her new life takes the form of care, cookery, and classic literature, Elizabeth is forced to reimagine her future and reevaluate her past. But can a New York City chef with a painful history settle down with the family she once abandoned . . . and make peace with the sister who once abandoned her?

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