10 Statements – Beth Aldrich

 

Beth Aldrich’s non-fiction book, Real Moms Love to Eat (Penguin/NAL, 2012), won a Nautilus Book Award, and four Beverly Hills Book Awards. She published For Her Information, a Chicago magazine for women, and produced/hosted the PBS-TV series, For Her Information, in sixty markets across the United States, in addition to distribution in Israel and Turkey. She’s a proud member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Chicago Writer’s Association, and Chicago Off Campus Writer’s Workshop. Like her debut fiction protagonist, she studied culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago and her dogs are always at her side. Her author website is BethAldrich.com.

Find me…

http://www.BethAldrich.com

http://www.PinkSlipsNovel.com  (on this site, you’ll find my book trailer and buy buttons for iBooks, B&N)

https://www.facebook.com/bethawrites

https://twitter.com/BethAld16

https://www.instagram.com/bethaldrichwrites/

https://www.pinterest.com/bethaldrich/  (soon I’ll be posting ideas for my holiday book)

Amazon – Beth Aldrich

 

My personal mottoes:

“If you take care of yourself, you can better take care of others.”

“Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, thank God for your blessings–Give Gratitude.”

“Think Positive…everything is possible.”

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… waking up at 6am, getting my sons out the door/dogs walked, write, write, write, walk the dogs, social media, email, lunch, write, write, write…workout (maybe)…make dinner, write, write, write, walk the dogs…fall in bed.
  2. I lose track of time when I’m sitting outside working; and when I’m with my sons.
  3. I have always…loved running, ever since 7th grade cross country.
  4. I have never… been to China, but really want to go. I love the culture.
  5. Home means to me… watching movies and eating popcorn with my husband and sons.
  6. I am inspired by… women who adore their kids!
  7. I would like to meet… Debbie Macomber. I just love her books!
  8. My worst character trait… tenacity. I know that’s a good trait, but it keeps me up all hours of the night…I never want to quit.
  9. My best character trait… finding the best in every person I meet, even if it’s just a cute pair of shoes.  😉
  10. The best advice I was given… “Don’t take anything personally. It’s usually not about you.”

Pink Slips

Betsy Ryan is pregnant with her third child, and receiving threatening notes from an anonymous person. During what should be a joyful time in her life, she’s forced to face a decade old memory, and relive one of the most devastating nights of her life.

In order to uncover the mystery behind the threats, she enlists the help of an unlikely, but oddly reliable source, her dog Barney. As the menacing notes continue to arrive, her husband is called out of town for work, and she struggles to keep her composure while shielding her two young sons from danger. She trusts no one except her parents, best friend Misty, and her extraordinary dog—who has proven to literally understand everything she says. Is this person out to harm her? And how do they have so much personal information about Betsy? She can’t help but think it’s the same person who attacked her at the train station almost a decade ago, and changed the course of her life forever. To save herself and her unborn child—Betsy must face her fears and find her strength, to reveal who is after her and most importantly…why.

Print length:  267 pages

Published:  2017-06-09

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/mgKA9z

 

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The World Behind Us by Thomas Trang #RBRT #BookReview @heyThomasTrang

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Ray Ranglin thought he was done with The Corporation, but it turns out they weren’t done with him.

So when his old boss makes him an offer he can’t refuse, Ranglin finds himself in Paris for the art heist of the century.

Last century, that is.

This is the Paris of smoky jazz clubs and black market politics, a city where people move in the shadows of Nazi occupation. Django Reinhardt and Hermann Göring make brief appearances.

This is the story of time-travelling thieves and assassins who have quietly shaped the course of history, plus the CIA agents hot on their trail. There’s action, romance, chain-smoking and guns. Lots of guns.

This is . . .The World Behind Us.

Genre(s): Books
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Heist
Kindle eBooks
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Crime
Series: n.a.
Length: 131 pages
Release date: 2016-11-07

 

Teaser


But then she walked out on stage from the shadows of the crushed velvet curtains and everything changed. It hit him, that thing the old Sicilians call un colpo di fulmine. The lightning bolt. He sat there watching her on stage singing in a raspy tone, the words passing straight through his body.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Ray Ranglin who is once again contacted by The Corporation – to travel back in time and “obtain” some pieces of art.

With The World Behind Us, Thomas Trang has created an interesting mix of time travel and crime. It took me the first chapters to get into the story; Ranglin is of sufficient depth, quite likeable. Thomas Trang created a story mainly focussed on Ranglin and Paris during WWII, therefore the other characters do not require the same depth. The plot turns slowly but surely into a thrilling story, comprising some interesting turns, and developing a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like the combination of time travel and crime in novella length, and stories which might one day be filmed.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some hints)

 

About the author

Thomas Trang is an author currently based in London, UK.
He can be found on Twitter at: @heyThomasTrang.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The World Behind Us?  Or – if you did not yet read The World Behind Us – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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Dear Lisa Vol. 3, on #LisaBurtonRadio

Dear friends and readers,
You certainly know C. S. Boyack and Lisa Burton. If you have not come across the Lisa Burton Radio series yet – this is your opportunity to enjoy today’s special edition. 🙂

Entertaining Stories

“Welcome to a special edition of Lisa Burton Radio. We run these out every once in a while, when I find myself without a guest. This time, it worked out to my advantage, but I never planned it that way.

“At the time of this broadcast, I’m working with Sean Harrington to make promotional posters for The Yak Guy Project. We already have some cool ones for The Enhanced League. I’m super excited to share these with you, but we have to wait for Craig to get some things accomplished.

“On episodes of Dear Lisa, I answer listener questions on the air, and today we have some doozies. Let’s get to the mail.”

Dear Lisa,

My dad ran over all my video games with his lawnmower! What a jerk. Just because I’m 30 years old and still live at home with no job, he thinks it’s okay to destroy my…

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3 Quotes – John Edgar Wideman

 

John Edgar Wideman, American writer
(fiction, non-fiction, short stories)

born:
June 14, 1941 in Washington, D.C., USA

known for (among others):
A Glance Away, Reuben, Philadelphia Fire

Amazon:  John Edgar Wideman

 

When I wake up in the morning, I need the writing to go to. I begin there. And that’s not an accident, I mean, that habit of getting up in the morning and going to my writing first thing.
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My mother was a reader; my father was a reader. Not anything particularly sophisticated. My mother read fat historical or romantic novels; my father liked to read Westerns, Zane Grey, that kind of stuff. Whatever they brought in, I read.
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I write what I want to write, and then, when it’s finished, I use my judgment to see whether or not I think it’s intrusive. If it is problematic, then I ask those involved. I won’t necessarily do what they say. But I do consult. I haven’t had too many problems. Nobody’s really gotten angry at me. Nobody, as far as I know, has felt betrayed.

 

Which is your favourite quote by John Edgar Wideman?  🙂

 

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The Felix Chronicles: Tides of Winter (#3) by R.T. Lowe #BookReview @TheRTLowe

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

What do you do when the lesser of two evils is evil itself?

Felix stood at her graveside, eyes burning with sorrow, voice trembling in the winter cold. “This isn’t a kids’ story. The bad guys aren’t evil for the sake of being evil. The good guys fight for a way of life that benefits the privileged at the expense of everyone else—hell, they tried to kill me. So who’s good and who’s evil? Is one side any better than the other? And what’s more important, individual freedom or the right to live without fear? How can I choose for myself when everyone’s trying to choose for me? I only know one thing for sure: when I decide, people are going to die. Good people? Bad people? How will I know until it’s too late? Maybe there isn’t a right answer, and that’s why I’m afraid—why we all should be afraid.”

Genre(s): Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Dark Fantasy
Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Horror
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Horror > United States
Series: The Felix Chronicles, #3
Length: 342 pages
Release date: 2017-02-03

 

Teaser


“Freedom from fear.” Harper sounded as if she was reading, and when Felix spotted the sign, he realized she was. “What’s that one say? ‘Rejectionists are the disease.’ Is that what is says?”

“Yeah,” Allison confirmed. “There’s a bunch of signs down there. ‘A hundred generations.’ Freedom from fear.’ ‘Rejectionists are terrorists.’ ‘Reject the Rejectionists.'” She laughed. “That one’s super clever.”


My Opinion

This book reunites the readers with Felix, Allison, their friends, and Bill. Disturbing acts of violence occur throughout the country, not sparing Portland College.

With The Felix Chronicles: Tides of Winter, R. T. Lowe has once again created a thrilling combination of mystery, paranormal, and urban fantasy. It is a compelling read, drawing you even closer than before to Felix and Allison – sometimes a little too close for comfort. In his first book, R. T. Lowe created a broad variety of believable and complex main characters, still leaving enough room for the personal imagination; in the second book, you learned more about them as they were facing new challenges, and this third book seamlessly continues Felix and Allison’s endeavours. Expertly woven situations and thrilling interactions kept me glued to my E-reader. There is violence, gore, magic, a bunch of interesting characters, and an intriguing story for you to enjoy. A topic that certainly not only keeps the protagonists’ minds busy: Even if good versus evil seems outdated – isn’t the lesser evil still evil?

This is for you if you like intense characters with a mission, thrill with great twists, urban fantasy, masterly combined plot-lines, and food for thought.

The awesome third book in The Felix Chronicles series; I am eagerly waiting for the fourth book!

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

 

About the author

R.T. Lowe is the author of The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen (Book 1), Five Days In January (Book 2) and Tides Of Winter (Book 3). R.T. is a graduate of Willamette University and Columbia Law School. Originally from Oregon, he now lives in Newtown, Connecticut with his wife and four sons.

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  R. T. Lowe

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Felix Chronicles: Tides of Winter?  Or – if you did not yet read The Felix Chronicles: Tides of Winter – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Book review:  The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen by R. T. Lowe

Book review:  The Felix Chronicles: Five Days in January

10 Statements – R. T. Lowe

 

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