Monday, November 4, 2013

Musing Mondays - November 3rd

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

You would think with the sheer number of books I have in my office and on my devices, I wouldn't need to buy any books. Yet, I simply can't resist some. And if someone sends me a gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble, you know I'm rushing right out to use it on books.

Not that this will surprise any of you by now, but I really can't turn away from a good seasonal story. With Christmas coming up, I purchased Some Enchanted Season by Marilyn Pappano. Pappano is also the author of Season for Miracles, which I ended up borrowing from the library after I saw the Hallmark Channel movie of the same name.

Some Enchanted Season is a story of miracles. Here's the official blurb:

Sometimes miracles do happen.

When Maggie left her husband Ross that fateful Christmas Eve, their marriage was over. But a near fatal accident on an ice-slick road changed everything.

Now another Christmas approaches. While Maggie hasn't regained all her memory, she's ready to test her strength at home--with Ross as her only companion. Sharing a house with him once more, putting on the best face for their neighbors, Maggie knows she's living a lie.

Then she glimpses Ross as he used to be: playful and passionate, the man of her dreams before ambition changed him. She couldn't know he's feeling the same regrets, the same heartache...or that he fears the return of her memory. What will happen when she remembers the reason she fled from him last year?

It will take a miracle to send the walls of anger and secrecy tumbling down and reunite the divided couple. But in the small town of Bethlehem, miracles do happen....

My in-laws are big Rush Limbaugh fans. As soon as Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims was available for pre-order, they asked me to order them a copy.

Okay, okay, my name’s really Rusty—but my friends call me Rush. Rush Revere. Because I’ve always been the #1 fan of the coolest colonial dude ever, Paul Revere. Talk about a rock star—this guy wanted to protect young America so badly, he rode through those bumpy, cobblestone-y streets shouting “the British are coming!” On a horse. Top of his lungs. Wind blowing, rain streaming. . . .

Well, you get the picture. But what if you could get the real picture—by actually going back in time and seeing with your own eyes how our great country came to be? Meeting the people who made it all happen—people like you and me?

Hold on to your pointy triangle hats, because you can—with me, Rush Revere, seemingly ordinary substitute history teacher, as your tour guide across time! “How?” you ask? Well, there’s this portal. And a horse. My talking horse named Liberty. And—well, just trust me, I’ll get us there.

We’ll begin by joining a shipload of brave families journeying on the Mayflower in 1620. Yawn? I don’t think so. 1620 was a pretty awesome time, and you’ll experience exactly what they did on that rough, dangerous ocean crossing. Together, we’ll ask the pilgrims all our questions, find out how they live, join them at the first Thanksgiving, and much more.

So saddle up and let’s ride! Our exceptional nation is waiting to be discovered all over again by exceptional young patriots—like you!

Free eBooks are going to be my downfall. If I love the cover art and the synopsis, I usually download the book. Should I admit I have over 300 of those right now. Yikes!

What are the Sketches from the Spanish Mustang?
Mighty Chief Chappose Picks Berries was the third released novella in the Sketches from the Spanish Mustang series. Combining elements of horror, thrillers, family dramas and fantasy, each novella in the series has been combined into a novel-length work, with each story woven together by a final narrative: that of an artist, her sketchpad and a rather unique ability.

Dan shook a memory from his jarred head. Iron Horse. He replayed the man's voice, the inflection, the words. It was all familiar, even after two years out of the big house and on parole, the voice was familiar . . . chilling. Synapses connected, neurons engaged, electric impulses flashed across Dan's brain, coalescing into a twisted vision of a thickset man festooned with Aryan tattoos across his chest and arms, a scowl that never failed to reveal yellowed teeth, a hideous scar from a burn that covered half a shaved head. The twisted vision of the man resolved into a yard bounded by a tall fence and concertina wire, by guards with their backs turned, by unfocused figures jeering and taunting and yelling and forming a ring of no escape.

-- From Mighty Chief Chappose Picks Berries (now available for 99 cents)

This meme is sponsored by Should Be Reading.


Anonymous said...

Great post I hadn't heard of any of these books - thanks for sharing! Here is my MM

Anonymous said...

or even here... sorry bad day at the office ;-)

Anonymous said...

I am a shameless book buyer as well--and I have long stopped apologizing for it! There are a lot worse things that you can spend your money on than books is the way I look at it!

John Forrester said...

Hope you enjoy. Here is my link

Daystarz Books said...

These are all new to me. Here's my musing