Teaser Tuesday – Little Island

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is courtesy of Miz B’s Should Be Reading Blog. Each Tuesday I will post a snippet from a book I’m reading, or just finished reading. The name and author of the book as well a brief synopsis of the book is included.

Little Island
Katharine Britton

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By the water
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These are Joy’s grandmother’s last words—left behind on a note. A note that Joy’s mother, Grace, has interpreted as instructions for her memorial service. And so, the far-flung clan will gather at their inn on Little Island, Maine, to honor her.

Joy can’t help dreading the weekend. Twenty years ago, a tragedy nearly destroyed the family—and still defines them. Joy, Grace, her father Gar, and twins Roger and Tamar all have their parts to play. And now Joy, facing an empty nest and a nebulous future, feels more vulnerable than ever to the dangerous currents running through her family.

But this time, Joy will discover that there is more than pain and heartbreak that binds them together, when a few simple words lift the fog and reveal what truly matters…

The Teaser:

Little IslandI didn’t think my mother would have chosen this weekend for my grandmother’s memorial service had she remembered that Friday was the twentieth anniversary of the crash, and yet I couldn’t imagine that she’d forgotten. No mother could forget such a thing. So, I’d begun to believe it was a sign: all of us together again, with the “outlaws,” as Daddy humorously (if unoriginally) refers to my husband, Stuart and to my sister’s husband, Daniel. I took a large gulp of coffee but couldn’t swallow. My throaat felt constricted, something hard lodged there, as each passing moment carried my son further away, and my journey to Little Island closer.

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Katharine is the guest author for The Writer’s Connection this month. Stop by on Thursday to read her guest post.

Let me know what you think of the teaser.   Did it encourage you to put in on your to be read list? or to do some more reasearch?  Are you ready to purchase your own copy? If you use one of the links below I get a small fee that helps feed my addiction to books and offsets the small blogs costs.

 

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Book Club Love

This past week at work a few friends from work and members of my IRL book club showed up with a gift. Susan said, “We saw it and thought of you.” So I open it up and see this:

 

toasterI’m thinking, “Wow, how do they know I toast a rye bagel every morning?.”

Susan says, “Don’t assume anything by the box.”

 

So I open the box and take out four individual letters.

 

evil Wow they saw this and thought of me?

 

 

They noted that I set it up wrong. So…

 

Vile

Yikes, this is worse…

“Nope still wrong.”

 

live“Oh, books that spell out live. Thanks ladies. I appreciate you too.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contemplating November

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I first need to apologize for not posting anything last week. My first major holiday as a blogger and it all fell apart. Hopefully this blogger will do better for the next major holiday.

November was a very quiet month. This is due in part to a new venture in my life that is not book related. I’ve decided to take on a small business and because I love jewelry, I’ve started selling Origami Owl necklaces and bracelets. So this has taken some of my attention. However, I do foresee myself creating book related lockets so keep an eye out. Afterall there is a charm that says, “I love reading”. There a few other, book related things to highlight for this past month.

the wishing HillFirst, Holly Robinson, author of The Wishing Hill was my guest poster for “The Writer’s Connection” this month. She did a wonderful job and if you haven’t read, Reading As Conversation, yet, please do. It made me think about my own conversations with authors.

 

I also discovered a few new features on other’s blogs which you might be interested in. The first is “Love at First Book’s Spread the Love Linky Party.  There is a new page to share any links that this blog contributes.  The Spread the Love weekly feature is an opportunity for bloggers to share their best post from the last week or earlier.  Rebecca then has a page with all the links. It’s a wonderful idea and it gives bloggers another opportunity to share a favorite post.  It’s also a gret change for blog readers to find some wonderful posts all in one place.   Please check it out.

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Secondly, please take a gander at a new meme that I hope to participate in time to time.  Feminist Sundays is hosted by Books and Reviews.  As described by Elena, the blogger at Books and Reviews,

Feminist Sundays is a weekly meme created at Books and Reviews. The aim is simply to have a place and a time to talk about feminism and women’s issues. This is a place of tolerance, creativity, discussion, criticism and praise. Remember to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although healthy discussion is encouraged.

For those who celebrate the Thanksgiving tradition, I hope you had an opportunity to spend it with the people you love.  Best to you.

Karen

 

World Book Night

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World Book Night 2014

A few weeks ago I asked my fellow book bloggers about campaigns or fundraising being done in the book blogosphere to increase literacy.  Soon after I learned about the World Book Night.  This is a campaign to spread the love of reading to people who have no or reduced access to books.  Every year 30 – 35 titles are chosen to be given out to these individuals.  Member of the public can apply to give out 20 copies of one of these books to members of their community.  On April 23 of each year those chosen, give out books to the public.  Why April 23rd?  April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday.

My goal is to apply and if chosen give the books to people where I work.  I  work in a community mental health facility.  One of my co-workers just started A Little Free Library in our lobby so I hope to add to the books available to our clients through WBN.  I plan on focusing on adults and I haven’t yet chosen the book I’d like to give away.

If you’re interested in applying to be a volunteer you can apply here.  Take a look at the wide variety of books that were chosen this year.  It’s an exciting program and an opportunity to share my love of reading with others.

The Writer’s Connection: Reading as Conversation

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Reading as Conversation
by Holly Robinson

“We’re all strangers connected by what we reveal, what we share, what we take away–our stories. I guess that’s what I love about books–they are thin strands of humanity that tether us to one another for a small bit of time, that make us feel less alone or even more comfortable with our aloneness, if need be.”

            It’s easy to think of reading as a solitary pursuit.  After all, we’re usually snuggled in bed, hunched on a subway, or lying in the tub when we fire up our e-readers or open a book.  But the truth is that reading is a conversation.  The author is trying to communicate and connect with readers, and readers, more often than not, have plenty to say to the writer.

            This point was hammered home to me as both a reader and writer recently.  In the first instance, I was reading Elizabeth George’s new tome, Just One Evil Act, and found myself wishing I could not only converse with her, but possibly shout at her, too. 

            I’ve been a loyal George fan through the years, buying every one of her novels in hardcover (and, occasionally, as digital books, too, when a book is too heavy to take on a trip and I want to finish it on vacation).  Sadly, this book did not deliver.  In fact, it made me furious.  It’s set in Italy, in large part, and that should have been a point in its favor, but instead George ladles out so many unnecessary details about the Italian setting and sprinkles so many (untranslated) Italian phrases throughout the novel, that frankly it reads like a research paper, and not a very interesting one at that.

            “How can you do this to me?” I hissed in frustration as my husband came upstairs to bed.

            “What?” he asked, baffled.  “I told you I’d do the dishes, and I did.”

            I scowled at him.  “Not you.  Her.”  I jabbed a finger at the author photo of Elizabeth George.  The book was so heavy I had to hold it on my lap on a pillow.  “I don’t even care what happens to any of these people anymore.  I’m just bored!”

            Yes, I’d connected with Elizabeth George, all right.  But I was ready to end the conversation.

            Likewise, recently I was visiting a book club at our local library.  The members had read my new novel, The Wishing Hill, and we were having a conversation about it.  One astute reader commented about one main character “always looking through binoculars or windows.  That’s a great device for showing how removed she’s feeling from her own life.”

            Huh.  I’d never thought of that while actually writing the book, but wow, I must be brilliant!

            Another reader was less complimentary.  “Why are all of the men in your book so damn nice?” she asked.  “You must have good relationships with the men in your life.”

            I do.  On the other hand, I certainly don’t want to write two-dimensional characters.  I made a mental note to give the characters in my novel-in-progress some more flaws.

            As a reader and as a writer, too, I love discussing books because they offer windows to new ideas and intense emotions that I can share with my friends—or with total strangers online.  Books keep the conversation going about politics, culture, language, and the affairs of the human heart.  Talking about what we read can connect us to our own emotions—and to each other—in profound ways.

            Next time you open a book, think about what you’d like to say to the author—and, as you finish reading it, find a friend to share the book with, so those pages can serve as a pathway to a deeper, more intimate connection with the people in your life.            

 

Holly Robinson

Author Holly Robinson

              Holly Robinson is a celebrity ghost writer and journalist whose work has appeared in a variety of national magazines. She is the author of The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter:  A Memoir  (Crown 2009) and two novels published by NAL/Penguin, The Wishing Hill (July 2013) and Beach Plum Island (April 2014). 

            Ms. Robinson holds a B.A. in biology from Clark University and is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She and her husband have five children and live on the North Shore of Massachusetts, where they’re rehabbing an old Colonial one shingle at a time. 

Find Holly at her website, www.authorhollyrobinson.com and follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.

 

About The Wishing Hill

the wishing HillWhat if everything you knew about your life was wrong?

Years ago, Juliet Clark gave up her life in California to follow the man she loved to Mexico and pursue her dream of being an artist. Now her marriage is over, and she’s alone, selling watercolors to tourists on the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk.

When her brother asks her to come home to wintery New England and care for their ailing mother, a flamboyant actress with a storied past, Juliet goes reluctantly. She and her self-absorbed mother have always clashed. Plus, nobody back home knows about her divorce—or the fact that she’s pregnant and her ex-husband is not the father.

Juliet intends to get her mother back on her feet and return to Mexico fast, but nothing goes as planned. Instead she meets a man who makes her question every choice and reawakens her spirit, even as she is being drawn into a long-running feud between her mother and a reclusive neighbor. Little does she know that these relationships hold the key to shocking secrets about her family and herself that have been hiding in plain sight.…

 

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Teaser Tuesday – The Wishing Hill

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is courtesy of Miz B’s Should Be Reading Blog. Each Tuesday I will post a snippet from a book I’m reading, or just finished reading. The name and author of the book as well a brief synopsis of the book is included.

Today I’m doing something a little different. I’m offering you a teaser from a book I’ve already read and reviewed. This Thursday, author Holly Robinson, will be the guest writer in The Writer’s Connection. So please come back to read what she had to say about books fostering connections.

The Wishing Hill
Holly Robinson

From Goodreads:

What if everything you knew about your life was wrong?

Years ago, Juliet Clark gave up her life in California to follow the man she loved to Mexico and pursue her dream of being an artist. Now her marriage is over, and she’s alone, selling watercolors to tourists on the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk.

When her brother asks her to come home to wintery New England and care for their ailing mother, a flamboyant actress with a storied past, Juliet goes reluctantly. She and her self-absorbed mother have always clashed. Plus, nobody back home knows about her divorce—or the fact that she’s pregnant and her ex-husband is not the father.

Juliet intends to get her mother back on her feet and return to Mexico fast, but nothing goes as planned. Instead she meets a man who makes her question every choice and reawakens her spirit, even as she is being drawn into a long-running feud between her mother and a reclusive neighbor. Little does she know that these relationships hold the key to shocking secrets about her family and herself that have been hiding in plain sight.…

The Teaser:

the wishing Hill“Later, I will.” Juliet drew a deep breath, trying to fill her lung despite the sudden tightening of her chest and throat. “Right now I’m just trying to explain why this isn’t a good time for me to come. If I had to take care of Mom right now, I’d fall apart. You know how we are together,” she added, already feeling guilt seeping into her apartment like damp fog creeping along the floor board. Will had never asked her for anything. All he had ever done was try to take care of her.

 

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Let me know what you think of the teaser.   Did it encourage you to put in on your to be read list? or to do some more reasearch?  Are you ready to purchase your own copy? If you use one of the links below I get a small fee that helps feed my addiction to books and offsets the small blogs costs.

 

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Don’t forget to come back on Thursday and read this author’s guest post. 

Giving Thanks

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There are many things I’m giving thanks for this year. Today I’m focusing on the joy of reading and books. In February of this year, I read the book, The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. This book spoke to me in so many ways. It was a revelation to see a family who talked books. There was some envy on my part because I didn’t really have anyone to talk books with growing up. It also reminded me that I had become lazy in my reading in the last few years. I learned about a great many books and authors and it was the beginning of the end as it was the start of what to grow to be a TBR list of over 1500 books. For those who have not read the book yet, Will tells the story of his and his mothers conversations about books, often discussed in the oncology department while his mother is being treated for cancer. As a cancer survivor myself, it was another point of connection for me. After finishing the book I had a great desire to talk about this book with someone else who had read it. When I Googled The End of You Life Book Club book clubs, I discovered Goodreads.

The book group had really dwindled down by the time I found them.  Yet there were a few diehards still there, including the author and a woman by the name of Elyse.  The two of us connected over this book but we also discovered in ourselves kindred spirits.  We’ve never met in real life but we talk frequently on the phone and some day I hope we have the chance to meet, sip coffee (me) and Tea (Elyse) and have our own mini book club.

 

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Eventually, I began moving around the site and discovered some really fun groups and meeting some great people. I found a second home at The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book.  What a crazy and fun group of women (and a few men) I discovered here.  They welcomed me with open arms and coaxed and nudged until I was writing book reviews for them.

And here it is November and I’ve been writing a book blog for almost three months.  It’s been a wild ride.  I am so grateful for beginning this journey.  How wonderful is it to meet kindred souls on the way.  And to those reading this thanks for stepping on the path and walking with me thus far.  I give thanks for your company.

 

I am grateful

 

What are you giving thanks for this year?