Month: September 2018

The City of Brass

I did it … I went and bought myself a copy of The City Of Brass, by S.A. Chakraborty. Why? Because so many of you have already read it, and reviewed it and … love it! After reading one to many duds this last couple of months that resulted in my either putting aside and or outright DNFing a number of novels, I wanted something completely different. A change from reading crime fiction, and or suspense novels. Even though I’ve read some excellent books this last month, FORCES OF NATURE by Jane Harper and THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley (review coming on Monday), I decided I wanted to read a sprawling fantasy, something filled with magic for October and Halloween. Not that I’m a big fan of Halloween, but that aside. Chakraborty has created a mammoth 500+ pages of a world filled with magic, and Djinns … a world akin to Arabian Nights, Excuse me while I take flight on my Persian carpet!

First Impressions Friday: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

It’s that time of week, again, which means, it’s First Impressions Friday. For those of you who are unfamiliar, #FIF is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading then, share your first impressions, predict what you think will happen, and say whether you think you’ll enjoy it. “It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my …

Flora Incognito

Sometimes, when words fail you, or you are simply too busy to write a post, it’s better to go with something that speaks a fabled 1000 words … and what better way than with a picture of flowers! So here, in lieu of a post about writing, or books, or authors, or anything bookish (as I’ve had a screamingly busy day) here’s a photo I took of a Peony, from earlier this summer. Enjoy!

Stone • Cold • Dead!

I have another WIP and another excerpt chapter to tease you with. Stone Cold Dead is a military-based action thriller that opens with a fire-fight about to go down in Iraq, involving a number of clandestine alphabet agencies. And, as the bullets fly, everyone’s first reaction is to shoot first, and ask questions afterwards. “CIA Agent, Karen Stone, crouched down in the tight confines behind the huge boulder leaning in against the solid safety listening to the Special Forces team leader, Sergeant Johnny ‘Jack’ Daniels, whisper instructions to the rest of the group. Simmons spread out the tactical data across his knees as others peered in over shoulders, scanning the topography on the aerial and hi-res shots. Stone wasn’t a part of their team. Just an observer. An unofficial, official observer. She had supplied the Intel and, as such, had come along for the ride, which was the official line— confirm the kill for the Agency. That was the supposition. At least, as far as the craggy-faced Sergeant Daniels was concerned. But she had her …

Top 5 Tuesday: Cozy Fall Reads

Ah, another Tuesday, so it must be Belgium … what? Oh, no, I mean that it’s Top 5 Tuesday, you know, from Shanah over at, Bionic Book Worm. And this week’s topic in keeping with the season is, Top 5 Cozy Fall Reads. Though “cozy” is wide open to interpretation. Anyway, here goes nothing: #1 : CITY OF BRASS — S.A. Chakraborty I’ve been hearing so many good things about this fantasy, that I’m convinced, it’s on my to Buy List. Personally, the Fall is that time of year to read a really good fantasy, or anything about magic, as it’s that mystical, mythical time of year. #2 : TIGERHEART — Peter David I’ve had this book—which was a gift—for ages and this is probably the perfect time of year to read it. It being all about fairies, leprechauns, and magic mirrors people can go through to Fairytale lands. And what’s better, it’s written by Peter David who has great wit. #3 : THE PERPLEXING THEFT OF THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN — Vaseem Khan …