Ebook Sale!

Feeling a little chilly in Northern climes? Preparing for the weekend storm or frigid temps? Consider a warming romance book! I am reposting a message from an author which we have recommended, to help boost sales, but also as sales today will support a worthy charity “Dress for Success”. Consider purchasing a book today. Stay warm!!
(10 of my friends have received a copy today as I wanted to support both the author and the charity!)

From the author!
Question: WHAT CAN YOU GET FOR .99 Cents?
A A cup of coffee
B A bottle of nail polish
C A cupcake
D None of the above
And the Answer is: D None of the above.
HOWEVER, starting today through March 6th you can get 359 pages of sizzling romance for just .99 cents and support a great charity all in one fell swoop!
So, if you have the hard copy please consider buying the e-book for your e-reader.
OR you can gift it to a friend or family member. It’s easy. On Amazon, you just click on the bubble on the right hand side that says “Give as a Gift”. That will take you to a screen where you write in the email of the recipient. You can even add a note.
And this is the best part. If you buy the book(s) today I will donate 100% of my profit (up to $200.00) to the charity Dress for Success! I would love to get a boost on Amazon, B&N and iTunes today. A big sales number really make these Etail sites sit up and take notice.
Thank you so much for your support! Let’s spread some LOVE!

Dreaming Spires

Oxford and Japan
Russell complements Sherlock-
The game is a foot!

Title: Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
Publisher: Bantam Press, Random House
352 pp
Genre: mystery, Sherlock Holmes, adventure, series, crime, historical thriller
4.5 Stars ****
Laurie R King is a best selling author of the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, SanFran Homicide Inspector Kate Martinelli series, as well as stand alone suspense novels. She has been nominated for and won many awards for her writing, (including a Nero for A Monstrous Regiment of Women, (Russell/Sherlock) and a MacCavity for Touchstone, one of my favourite mysteries). The first Russell/Sherlock is The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (1994). But don’t miss Beekeeping for Beginners (2011), a novella written from Sherlock’s perspective. King has also written a number of short stories, which are all worth collecting. She is co-editor with Leslie Klinger (master authority on Sherlock!) of A Study in Sherlock and In the Company of Sherlock Holmes.
Visit her website at http://laurierking.com: enjoy her blog posts and facebook!
Story line:
This is the 14th Mary Russell (aka Mrs Sherlock Holmes) mystery, narrated again by Mary as an older woman recalling her adventures with Sherlock. As such they are very much historical novels, period pieces with intriguing mysteries. This book takes place after The Game and before Locked Rooms, in 1924 and 1925 (although 4 other novels are also before the ending). Mary is a strong female protagonist, intellectually formidable, equal with Holmes but with a subtle personal relationship that I find perceptive. She is one of my favourite bluestockings. This story also introduces Haruki Sato, a deceptive, memorable character, a respected shinobi. I would love to meet her again.
Part of this story is a flashback to their voyage to Japan aboard the Thomas Carlyle where Holmes spies a blackmailer /English clubman, whom he would like nothing more than to apprehend. There are memorable descriptions of this voyage and their exposure to the customs and traditions of Japan. A variety of mysteries and tests complete that adventure, but then Ms Sato appears in Oxford nearly a year later. We are back in The Bodleian to recover and replace forgeries of an ancient Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Basho.
It is an interesting puzzle, a fascinating travelogue, with intriguing layered characters, and detailed backgrounds, all making for a very satisfying read. I will no doubt buy a hard copy, and continue to recommend her earlier novels. You can read this independent of the others but why? Start with the first: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and enjoy the character development and progression (and adventures!) They often follow directly on from the previous book.
Read on:
If you like Sherlock Holmes you will enjoy this series. Make note of the authors with membership in The Irregulars, or books sanctioned by the Conan Doyle Estate. Read the short stories by various authors in A Study in Sherlock and In the Company of Sherlock Holmes.
Caleb Carr The Italian Secretary
Alan Bradley Flavia DeLuce novels
Leslie Klinger The Annotated Sherlock Holmes
Larry Millett Sherlock Holmes and the Red demon, the ice palace, the rune stones, the secret alliance (for Sherlock in Minnesota)
Anthony Horowitz The House of Silk, Moriarity, and short story The Three Monarchs
That sweet city with her dreaming spires,
She needs not June for beauty’s heightening. Mathew Arnold

What is it about Oxford that puts one in a poetical state of mind?
The house was silent, weighty with the comfort of a thousand books.
This was far from the first time I had stood on the terrace with a cup of tea, appreciating not being elsewhere.
(It was just a pub) Heaven lay within, an ancient gathering space that could only be in England, every breath testifying to its centuries of smoke and beer, damp dogs and the sweat of working men.
We watched Bombay recede, then went below to arrange our possessions, and our bribes.
Twenty four and a half days Bombay to Yokohama. Five hundred eighty six hours pressed about by humanity, one hundred eighty hours spent sweating amongst the bedsheets; eighty-four hours in the dining room; nineteen and a half hours of language tutorials with Miss Sato; ten hours reading Shakespeare aloud with an extremely mixed group of amateurs; and seventeen hour- long afternoon salons on topics from tea to theatre; … Some forty hours spent pacing the decks to keep from leaping off them, twenty or so hours on the cycling and rowing machines…
The face he lifted to me held that bright optimism I have learned to dread.
Allowing the world to think I am a character in some stories is the only way to obtain a degree of freedom.
We slept in hard cotton mattresses laid on the floors, our heads perched on pillows stuffed, apparently, with gravel.

Read as an ARC from NetGalley

You need books!!!

I have seen the forecast….

When the weather outside is frightful, you want to be indoors reading! So head to the library, go into the Friends’ Bookstore (remember all proceeds benefit the library!) and get a stash, or start reading that bag of books you got in the Winterfest Booksale! (And thanks again for supporting the library!)
I was going to be writing a series of book reviews this week (5 are half written) to entice you into the bookstore and library, BUT:
I just received a long awaited sequel from a favourite author and am about to lose myself and a few days.
So, instead, I thought you might like a heads up on a previous author and post. First because of the weather and the flu/cold season, I love this post from Vignette a la Mode that included a copy of The Dressmaker’s Duke tucked into a lovely gift basket!

This gift basket with tea and other get well or comfort foods, would also work nicely for Valentines!
Second, the library does have a copy of Jess Gibbon’s The Dressmaker’s Duke, although you might have to reserve it as it has been circulating, OR wait til the 20th February when it will go on sale! 99cents February 20th-March 3rd. It has remained a bestseller in historical romance.
And remember if you read it, or purchase it, give the author a heads up and review it (at either or both Amazon or GoodReads). This helps future books sales- and note she is already working on her second novel Mad for the Marquis!
Third, this is a multitalented author and you should check out her website
Each month she does a “trash to treasure” transformation: don’t miss this month’s taking a 70’s bridal gown and reinventing it into a new 2015 evening gown, from Wedding to Wearable!


Mistletoe and Second Chances

Title: A Matchmaker’s Christmas by Donna Lea Simpson
Publisher: Beyond the Page, Amazon digital services (December 2014)
230 pp
Genre: regency romance, classic romance
3 Stars ***
Donna Lea Simpson is a Canadian bestselling author. She writes romance and mystery novels, some with a paranormal twist (the Awaiting series looks intriguing). This romance was a delightful read, evocative of the rural English countryside in Regency times. I found a few modern attitudes, actions and language but enjoyed the gentle, poignant and satisfying romances.
Story line:
Lady Bournaud, an elderly widow, hosts a Holiday party, resolved to do some good before she passes happily on, waiting to be reunited with her beloved late husband. The unsuspecting couples gather, not necessarily in correct social order, but through much character development, introspection and doubt, find love. Second chances for all ages, in changing social times.
Read on:
To Georgette Heyer, Anne Perry
Mark it for next holiday, with the true spirit of Christmas or enjoy during this winter season.
It’s going to be a long cold winter. Been a miserable summer and it is not likely to get any better now.
But each season had its own sorrows and rewards and she learned a long time ago to take each day as it came….looking ahead was too bleak and looking back was unthinkable.
I hate this present age of music I don’t understand, prissy young folk allowed to marry wherever they wish, and a mad old king,
You cannot mean that you intend to match these poor unsuspecting young people? A reverend and a hoyden?
I have outlived disease. I begin to fear I will live forever…..Lady Bournaud did not like closed books.
As the life I live is my own, and the only one I have been given, I think it behooves me to be careful with it ma’am.
I have taken the elegant affectation of staying in bed until luncheon.

Read as an ARC from Netgalley