Ready to Boogie on Old Tune Tuesday?!

I little Tuesday pick-me-up compliments of the Andrew Sisters.

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If you want something doing, ask Edith Wharton

Christine Keleny:

Interesting piece on Edith Wharton. I didn’t know anything about her before reading this. (I see a book in my future!) I really enjoyed her “Ethan Frome” but I haven’t read anything else from her.

Originally posted on Hard Book Habit:


Edith Wharton, best known for her novel ‘Ethan Frome’, was one hell of a woman. Born in New York in 1862 to affluent parents, her equally affluent and well-to-do marriage didn’t work out, and she realised there was no hope of salvaging it, she found herself living in France. Then the first world went and broke out, and she stayed to help. Not just in the drawing rooms of the rich, raising funds and holding benefits, although she probably did that too, but she also set up work programs and did hands-on humanitarian work, at one point, taking charge of 600 children who had to flee their orphanage due to the German advance. I break into a cold sweat if I have to marshal and keep alive one child that’s not my own, let alone 600.

In 1916, Edith took six weeks off, and went to the Fountainbleu to work…

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Published in: on June 26, 2015 at 11:26pm06  Comments (2)  

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

16028966Another blind library find. I have not read any of Terry Pratchett’s other books (and there are many) so this was a surprise.

Stats: 11 discs for the audio, 360 pages for print, published in 2012

Blurb: (Goodreads) A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he’s…Dodger.

Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London’s sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He’s not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl–not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.

From Dodger’s encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.

What I liked: Most everything. I am a Dickens fan so when I started this, I thought I had started a book that was written in Dickens time. It was supposed to take place in the mid-1800s. I came to find out it was published in 2013! Pratchett does a wonderful job with the language – I enjoyed all the old English slang: tosher -a person of the sewers, Richard – from kind Richard the third, which rhymes with ____, Peelers – the name for a policeman after Sir Robert Peel, head of police in London… (As a writer, I would like to know how one finds out what the slang was in 1800 London!) Then Pratchett puts Dickens and Sweeny Todd in the story in such an artful way, it just ups the comedy. Much as Dickens novels, it’s a commentary of the hard times and inequities of the different classes, though he has you wanting to join Dodger in the sewers much more than hobnobbing with the upper class. It also has a happy ending. The book couldn’t go any other way for such an upstanding young man. I listened to this and I took it back to the library before I could note the narrator, but he does a wonderful job.

What I didn’t like: Honestly, I can’t think of anything. (See, Rachel, I can find books that I’m not critical of!)

Rating: 5/5    I’ll have to try more of Terry’s books, though I don’t think he has any more like this one from what I can tell.

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Next Nancy Drew Book Event and Giveaway

Nancy Drew

If you missed the Nancy Drew event in Dubuque at River Lights Bookstoremy next event is in Madison at

Mystery to Me Bookstore

1863 Monroe St., Madison

Saturday, June 28th

3 pm

Just like with all my other Nancy Events, there will be a costume contest and a trivia contest with prizes!

Hint: No one has dressed up yet, so if you want to win a prize, that’s a sure way to do it!

Hope to see you there!

Please feel free to share this with your friends

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Photo Phriday – Birdcam

from birdcam Italia

from birdcam Italia

Isn’t this amazing. I saw this on facebook. It is a tufted Coquette.

Published in: on June 19, 2015 at 11:26pm06  Comments (1)  
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New Nancy Drew Event With Giveaways!

The next chance to win one of my books or some other cool Nancy stuff is at River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque, IA this Saturday.
If you can’t make it, share this post with a fellow Nancy lover – they would appreciate it and so would I!

Nancy for 4

Photo Phriday – A Summer Night

This lovely picture was taken by my daughter – Rachel – on her cell phone. It is of the pier on the UW-Madison Memorial Union. A wonderful place to be on a summer night, as you can see! I can just feel the water tickling my toes and the beverage lighly fogging my brain.



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The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

This is another one of my library grabs in the YA section.

3388865Stats: Audio is 7 discs narrated by Julie Dretzin, published in 2007, book is 324 pages.

Blurb: It is 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father, but no one, not her father nor the military guardians who accompany her, will tell her exactly where he is. When she reaches Los Alamos, New Mexico, she learns why: hes working on a top secret government program. Over the next few years, Dewey gets to know eminent scientists, starts tinkering with her own mechanical projects, becomes friends with a budding artist who is as much of a misfit as she island, all the while, has no idea how the Manhattan Project is about to change the world.

What I liked: It was an interesting perspective of life in Los Alamos in 1943. Most people will know what was going on there in 1943 but children won’t. As with the last kids book I reviewed, this is a book that a teacher might use to discuss what was going on at the time and what created the “green glass sea,” which you don’t learn about until the very end. The writing is well done and appropriate for a child’s perspective. I like that there were woman scientist at the Los Alamos facility. That was something I didn’t know and interesting for the time.

What I didn’t like: It takes quite a while for me to get into it – it wasn’t until the third disc that I actually cared to listen on. Not the best for a book for youth. Klages also does something with a significant character that I don’t understand. (I won’t say so as not to give anything away). And she doesn’t really resolve this issue in the end, which is odd, especially because it involves the the main character – Dewey. The narrator, Julie Dretzin, does a fine job.

Rating: 4/5  – It’s a good book but I’m not sure a child would read it unless they had too. It’s a bit slow for kids.

Clusters: Case of the Missing by T.M.Williams

There is a new book out there that is a little different than most: Clusters: Case of the Missing by T.M. Williams


It is fiction but it is based off of real cases of missing persons. I have had time to read the whole thing so I can’t tell you much about it, but here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Seven year old Olivia Baxter and her dog vanish while playing in the front yard of her family’s home. After a week of searching, Olivia’s body was suddenly found in the closet, even after the police had thoroughly investigated the home.

Ethan Franco is a troubled journalist working for the Washington Gazette. His inability to move on from the past has deflated the passion he had for his career, causing him to lose his edge. Frustrated with Ethan Franco, but not wanting to lose his once star journalist, Editor-in-Chief, Jameson Stone assigns him a story to cover as a last chance to prove he could be the reporter he once was.

Ethan Franco begins his investigation into the mysterious death of Olivia Baxter and other unexplained disappearances, believing there may be a connection in the cases. No sooner did Franco begin his investigation then he realizes he is being tailed by government agencies.

Large footprints in the woods, strange sounds, foul stenches, and a looming government presence become pieces of the puzzle in cases of the missing.

Inspired by real events, the author of the Bohemian Grove trilogy and the Apocalypse brings forth a story that has been kept a secret for over a century — a story that a large group of people are still trying to keep under wraps.

This is a bit about Ms Williams:

AuthorT.M. Williams began her writing career by accident when a song inspired a story. Once she discovered the writing bug she couldn’t stop. Since starting her writing career late in 2012 she has gone on to write several more novels, including two Amazon best-sellers.

Genre: Experimental Fiction and Non-Fiction

To stay up-to-date on her work, book-signings, and events, you can follow her on her website or her blog; www.theaccidentalwriterblog.wordpress...

She is published by AZ Publishing Svcs. Undead Winter, the novella, is a self-published piece.

There is also a giveaway associated with this book, which is current part of a blog tour. So if you’d like a copy of one of William’s other books “Anna Hyde in Jekyll Park,” sign on up by clicking on the link!

Clusters Banner

Give away link

Books and Company Book Event

Here I am at the Books and Company book event in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on Thursday.

books and co.

I’m wearing my Nancy outfit – can you tell?

I met with some very nice Nancy fans, and we gave away a copy of “Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up” and a store gift certificate with our trivia contest, since I was the only one who dressed up.

river lights

My next event is at River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque
1098 Main St.
Saturday, June 20th at 1pm.

We will again give away a book and bookstore gift certificate, so pull out those Nancy or Ned Nickerson outfits, brush up on your Nancy trivia and I’ll see you there!

p.s. Both are independent bookstores and need your support (just like us indie authors!)!


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