Literary Friday ya’ll…..

It’s Friday! What are your plans for the weekend?

 

1. Deep South Mag and their #literaryfriday: Flannery O’Connor and money, James Franco and “As I Lay Dying”, Gatsby Companion Reading List, Top 10 references to Faulkner in Pop Culture and much more!

 

2. Book-Alicious Mama has posted Week 3 Questions for Astor Place Vintage, our September Book Lovers Unite selection.  Join in the fun ( it’s a great book!) Don’t forget, Book Lovers Unite fans- we’ll be back at Traveling With T in October for The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman!

 

3. Bookmagnet’s Fall for These October Titles is filled with interesting sounding books! Two have caught my attention even before she posted her list- The Last Winter of Dani Lancing by P.D. Viner and Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding.

 

4. Another AWESOME blogger- Rhiannon @ Ivory Owl Reviews! See Rhiannon’s #literaryconfessions for 2 #literarygiants she cannot stand!

 

5. Reviews posted this week on Traveling With T: A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woods, The Stranger You Know by Andrea Kane,  and The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore.

 

6. My #fridayreads: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty ( from Sept 30-Oct 6th, come discuss at She Reads!), Wedding Belles by Beth Albright, and  Grounded by Angela Correll (look for my review and interview next week with Angela Correll!)

 

Happy Reading!

 

 

3 books that make me happy September is almost here!

 

Normally, September approaches and I’m not a happy camper. The days are getting a bit shorter. The pool is getting ready to be closed down.  Kids are back to school.  And on and on….

However this September, there are 3 books that are making me count down the days!

 

murder of stacked librarianMurder of a Stacked Librarian by Denise Swanson  (September 3rd)

In Denise Swanson’s latest, Skye is getting married. Maybe. With wedding plans still needing completing, a groom that is too busy to help, and May being suspiciously tight-lipped about things- Skye wonders if she’ll be ready to walk down the aisle- and if she is, will the groom be there? Or will he still be at work at the police station?

Murder, shenanigans, and other things happen in Scumble River. Visit this small town for fun, nice mystery and good characters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

you knew me when   You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert  (September 3rd)

Kitty and Laney. Best friends. Laney has a plan for their future- going to college together, then moving to NYC. But life happens and changes the plan.

Years later, Katherine is now living in NYC, head of cosmetics line, Blend. Katherine is a workaholic- but she loves her life. Then Katherine gets a letter that brings her back home- back to face her old best friend, Laney. A person she has not spoken to in 12 years.

Can the old friends find common ground? And what happened 12 years ago?

 

 

 

 

 

w is for wasted

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton (September 10th)

 

Sue Grafton’s latest book has Kinsey Millhone digging into the lives of 2 dead men- one she knew and one she’d never met until she saw him in the morgue.

Kinsey wonders several things, and as she looks into the case- she knows she could be opening a box that is best left closed. But Kinsey wouldn’t be Kinsey if she did not get to the bottom of the mystery.

Join in on the latest adventures of Kinsey!

 

 

 

 

Need more book recommendations? Bookmagnet has several that are VERY good sounding!

 

 

Bloggers Who Are Made Of AWESOME: Jaime @ Bookmagnet

Jaime B blogs as Bookmagnet- her blog is pretty fabulous- or better yet, AWESOME. Bookmagnet gets the best interviews- her posts are something else.

Jaime @ Bookmagnet- Bloggers Made of AWESOME

Jaime- when did you begin blogging?

I had to go look at my archives to answer this question! I actually began blogging about books in 2009. I can’t believe it’s been that long. The way I read, review books, and blog has changed since then. It’s much more serious and in-depth now. When I first started, I don’t think many people even know what blogging was. It was so new.

 

 

How did you come up with the name Bookmagnet?

I do remember this! I joined Twitter in 2009 and was trying to figure out a cute and interesting user name. Since I love the beach, I tried to get something like aquatic like agua or beach girl, but everything I came up with was already taken. Then, suddenly, I had an epiphany: I’ll talk about books. What would a good name be for that? It hit me—bookmagnet. And it was available, to my delight.

 

 

What are your thoughts on blogging today in an ever-changing book-ish world? Are blogs helping other readers connect with good books?

I think bloggers today wear many hats, and that’s a good thing. We’re not only bloggers and reviewers but we let fellow readers know what to read. We tell them what’s bad, what’s good, and what’s great. We get the word out. We’re big promoters. What’s more—publishers and authors are noticing. Think about how many novels come out every week? It’s inevitable a few worthy books fly under the radar. We have to recognize those novels that are still gems; they just may have escaped notice.

 

 

When you are not blogging (or reading!)- what do you like to do?

I love going to the beach, I love swimming, I love my dogs. I collect signed books, old postcards, vintage perfume bottles, and art.

 

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

Okay, here’s a shocker. I read all of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

 

Do you have a #literarycrush? 

Jay Gatsby, without a second thought.

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2013?

I’m looking forward to Margaret Atwood’s third book in her MaddAddam trilogy titled MaddAddam, Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement, Janice Clark’s The Rathbones, James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird and a whole slew of others. So many of the year’s biggest books are released in the fall.

 

In your opinion, what book has been the best book you have read (so far!) in 2013?

The one that managed to capture my heart and not let it go has been Julie Wu’s The Third Son.

 

You have a beach vacation planned. What are the 3 books that you must bring?

Beatriz Williams’ A Hundred Summers; Karen Brown’s The Longings of Wayward Girls, and Liza Klaussmann’s Tigers in Red Weather

 

 

Are you an e-book or tree book lover? Or does it not matter?

I read a lot of galleys on my Kindle, but I also read hard copies. If I read a galley of a book or if I purchase a book on my Kindle and end up loving it, I purchase a signed copy at my favorite indie bookstores—Lemuria Books in Jackson, MS; Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA; and Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C.

 

You are a member of She Reads- an organization that helps women find great books. What is the experience like- helping authors get the word out about books and connecting women with great books?

I love She Reads. To be part of a wonderful community of female bloggers, all of whom are intelligent and driven and bookish, is simply amazing. Men authors tend to get more press and praise for their“serious” fiction, and I think that’s a tragedy. Women are writing important stories, too, and She Reads helps showcase that. And bravo to them!

 

*Liked Jaime @ Bookmagnet? Thought she was made of AWESOME? Check out her blog, Bookmagnet’s Blog

Thursday Mashup

Mashup- Giveaways, 36 hours spent in Jackson, MS, 30 Hot Books for Summer and more…

#giveaways

She Reads is giving away Marybeth Whalen’s newest book, The Wishing Tree!

Love At First Book is giving away A Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon!

The Book Wheel is giving away A Complicated Marriage by Janice Van Horne!

Book-Alicious Mama is giving away Letters from a Whoremonger’s Wife by Danita Clark Able.

#travel

Jackson, MS was featured in the NY Times Travel section- 36 Hours in Jackson, MS!

For more information on planning a visit to Jackson (or other place in Mississippi)- check the website Visit Mississippi

#bookrecommendations and #hotbooks

USA Today reveals it’s list of 30 Hot Books for Summer. Bookmagnet has revealed her list of books for June in it’s It’s a June Books Boon– and 1 of the books she lists, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls by Anton Disclafani, also made the USA Today list! Two of the books I listed for Beach Bag Reads (The Tao of Martha: My Year of Living or Why I’m Never Getting All the Glitter Off The Dog by Jen Lancaster and Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger ) also made USA Today 30 Hot Books for Summer.

Literary Friday ya’ll……

Today, The Great Gatsby releases. And the people have been excited, the tv has shown the trailer multiple times, and everything’s a-buzz foe The Great Gatsby! In related news, Erika Robuck’s latest, Call Me Zelda, was released earlier this week (I’d like to know who the marketing genius was who saw a prime opportunity to release CMZ the same week as TGG came out in theaters- because that person- that person has their game face on!)

 

1. Deep South Mag has been counting down to Gatsby all week long! Their #literaryfriday is basically filled with Gatsby! So sit back and read and enjoy!

Not enough Gatsby for you? Well Deep South Mag has more: Gatsby Companion Reading List!

Is Zelda more your thing? Deep South Mag has the answer to that as well: Zelda Gets Her Day

2. Amy Sue Nathan and her debut novel- The Glass Wives, has been twirling around the book world for a bit- early readers of The Glass Wives have been tweeting and blogging very positive things about Amy’s debut. When she’s not writing or getting ready for a book launch- Amy Sue Nathan has a website called Women’s Fiction Writers. It’s smart, funny interviews and talks with interesting women (this week alone- she had Wendy Francis, Three Good Things author and Erika Robuck, Call Me Zelda author.

Here are the 3 posts I read this week that I really felt needed to be shared: Three Good Things (ok Many More) from Wendy Francis, Author Natalia Sylvester Says the way to Support Women’s Fiction Is to Keep Writing It, Writing Words and Book Banter with Erika Robuck.

Specifically, pay attention to Natalia Sylvester’s article- women’s fiction is much harder to define than I’ve ever thought- but it needs to be supported. Needs to be bought, read, enjoyed. Natalia has some insightful thoughts.

3. She Reads announced this week that Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline would be the May Book Club Selection. It’s a fascinating book- fast read, interesting characters, and has a historical aspect to it. Join me and others at end of the month as we discuss Orphan Train at She Reads!

Orphan Train: Featured Recipe

May Book Club Selection: Orphan Train

Bookmagnet’s review of Orphan Train

Love At First Book’s review of Orphan Train

The Book Wheel’s review of Orphan Train

Traveling With T’s review of Orphan Train

Want to read more reviews of Orphan Train? Use #srblog on Twitter- and you’ll see tons of reviews!

4. Looking for a non-fiction book to read with a great online book club? Join Rebecca (Love at First Book) and Allison (The Book Wheel) as they read A Train in Winter. Details, sign-up and more are posted already.

5. My #fridayreads is Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman and Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol by Gyles Brandreth. What is your #fridayreads?

6. Looking for books? Like Pinterest? I have 2 Pinterest boards that might interest you! Beach Bag Reads 2013 and The TBR List that Ate an Entire Town

7. ICYMI: 3 reviews I posted this week- Big Daddy’s Rules: Raising Daughters is Tougher Than I Look, Deadly Harvest, and Game Drive

8. And look today for more info about Traveling With T’s online book club- beginning in June!

 

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

Wednesday Mashup…

Got A LOT to catch up on! Read on for articles you need to be reading, giveaways you should be entering, and more!

Articles You Should Be Reading:

1.Dana Bate, author of The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs, has this to say about writing: Find Your Voice. It’s an article that asipring writers should read!

2. Randy Susan Meyers poses the question: Are Writers Badgering Readers?  It’s an interesting question, because in the land of social media- a person can promote their book till the cows come home- and it costs little to nothing. And does that help or hurt the writer? While Randy’s article takes a lot of other things in consideration- my thoughts on the social media aspect is this: I LIKE to see the author interact with fans, bloggers, and more on social media. It makes for a pleasant experience. I know that the bottom line of being an author is selling books. I get it. I don’t dislike you for wanting to make a living. In fact, as I’ve said before- authors are some of my favorite types of people.  There are some things I don’t like about social media for authors- but for the most part, it’s a good fit.  But remember- social media is not your personal platform for selling- if you think that, you’ve missed out on the “social” part of social media. And just like your mama taught you- if you see someone that has bought a book, or is talking positive about the book- a simple “thank you” goes a long way.

3. Wendy Francis writes about A Letter to the Author You’re About to Become– advice and more for people in the process of becoming an author.

4. The Affair by Colette Freedman was April’s #gr8books online book club discussion. And Colette was fun- letting the online book club know some future work she has planned, and talking extensively of the plot of The Affair. After the Twiiter chat, she wrote this blog post about it. Colin Firth, Brad Pitt and why I love book clubs is funny and a great summary of the amazing people who participate in the #gr8book chat.  As I read the article, I was touched to see that 2 of my comments that I made in the post was listed in the “Some of my favorite tweets from the discussion” section- I’ll let you guess which 2 sound like me 🙂

Giveaways:

1. Great New Books is giving away Priscille Sibley’s book, The Promise of Stardust.

2. Lilmommareader’s blog, Read Baby Read is giving away The Good Woman by Jane Porter.

3. Bookmagnet is giving away The Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussman.

She Reads:

As you know, I’m a She Reads blogger, Twitter chat hoster, and online book club leader- so I like to make sure other readers are aware of what’s going on at She Reads. April’s book club pick is AND THEN I FOUND YOU by Patti Callahan Henry- it’s fiction; but based on the real life experience of her sister. Beautifully written, heart-tugging and so much more- it’s a book that begs to be read.

I’ll be hosting the Twitter chat with Patti Callahan Henry on April 29th from 2-3pmEST. Use #srchat to join in. There will be a giveaway- and you’ll need to be particpating in the chat to be considered for the giveaway. Hope to see you there!

But, wait, there’s more! Can’t make it to the Twitter chat? No problem! April 29th- May 6th will be the online book club discussion at shereads.org/forum. Come, talk, tell me what you loved about the book. Or what you didn’t like. The discussion will last all week- and I love to hear from readers!

1. Dear Reader: A Note from Patti Callahan Henry

2. Featured Recipe for AND THEN I FOUND YOU

3. Release Day and launch party for AND THEN I FOUND YOU

Looking for Spring Thrillers? She Reads has a list! Spring Thriller Round-up

 

 

 

Literary Friday ya’ll!

Friday AND St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities happening- some people will be having a great time! I do believe that I’ll be going to see Oz, do some shopping, and just enjoy this pretty weather we’ve been having!

A note about next week: Going to apologize in advance- the blog posts will be sporadic- I’ll be out of town the latter part of the week, and the early part will be finishing work projects so I can enjoy my 4 day weekend & not worry about the things left behind.  Don’t miss me too much 🙂

1.#literaryfriday and Deep South Mag go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? This week’s round-up has news from Joshilyn Jackson (sequel news!),  Alice Walker and Wendy Wax While We Were Watching Downton Abbey news about her Georgia promotion tour. And,naturally, much more!

2. #giveways! Bookmagnet is giving away Family Pictures by Jane Green, A Woman, a wife, and mom is giving away The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, A Utah Mom’s Life is giving away Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler, Goodreads is giving away a copy of Erika Marks new book, The Guest House,  and Drey’s Library is giving away Allie Larkin’s Why Can’t I Be You?

3. Julie Kibler’s getting more good news: Not only is Calling Me Home a pretty big deal- but Warner Bros. picked up the rights to “Calling Me Home”. So, how long till we it on the screen? I’m not sure- but Warner Bros.- CALL ME. I discussed all last month who would make a great cast for a movie!

4. My #fridayreads is The Mermaid of Brooklyn– it won’t be in stores till April 2nd- but so far, I’m enjoying it. Looking like a great book to give your “mom” friends! What is your #fridayreads?

5. This article was on HuffPost this week- and I saw a group on Twitter discussing it. Planning a Blog Tour? Think Twice. is the name of the article. I’ve read it- and my take is this: A blog tour CAN be a good way to get attention for you book- but I don’t think a blogger is required to love the book. Now, does that mean a blogger should trash a book? No. It means they can give their opinion, can say why they did not like it, and things of that nature.

I was thinking about the last line of the article- talking about real life book signings that books get sold, people attend and more- I guess we have not always attended the same type of book signings. I have been to signings where I’m the only person there- or there are so few people there, it’s almost sad. I always feel a bit of sadness for the author when I see turn-outs like this; but it happens.

Read the article- and tell me what you think. Would love to hear your thoughts. And, if you’ve been to a book signing- let me know how well attended it was.

6. Don’t forget- Twitter Chat with Rita Leganski on Wed, March 20th, 2-3pm EST. Use #srchat to join in and tweetchat.com. And Rita Leganski is on Twitter now- follow her @ritaleganski!

Happy Reading!