Friday, April 17, 2015

Librarians

Dear Readers,

Tuesday was our annual spring Librarian's day and I know I have gone on and on about it before so I won't go into to many details, but I wanted to mention something that happened.

I had a couple of really nice books to give away and I thought I would see how long some of the librarians have been working in either church libraries or any library for that matter.  I started at 10 years and more than half of the audience stood up.  Amazing.  But what really amazed me was the number of years the two ladies that won the book have worked in a library.  They combined have worked 108 years in a library!  50 for one and 58 for the other.  I was in awe, to do something for 58 years, WOW!

Now neither lady wanted the glory or recognition of having worked that long as a librarian, in fact one of them told me that I shouldn't have, they are just doing what they love.  I know one of them has worked at the same church library for 50 years and her church loves that she is still willing to work for them.  For free by the way. :-)

It is such an honor to know these women and to work with them.  They have continued on through it all, because they believe in the importance of books.  The importance of reading.  One of the ladies always is challenging me to find more and more books for kids and teens to read as she believes it is so important to raise the next generation of readers, not because it gives her job security, but because reading and thinking for yourself is so important. 

I have known many librarians like these ladies over the years and they all hold a special place in my heart, even the ones who scared and intimated me as a young reader. :-)  They each have encouraged me to continue reading and I am a better person for having known them. 

In honor of National Librarian's week, I wish to thank librarian's everywhere for you work you do everyday.  Sometimes it is a thankless job and even one that some make fun of, but you are raising leaders of tomorrow.  Keep up the good work.

Happy Reading,









Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cliff Graham

Dear Readers,

Over the past week I have had the pleasure of reading Cliff Graham's newest release, Shadow of the Mountain - Exodus.  I have been waiting for a new book from Cliff ever since finishing his second book on David.  I know the other 3 are available online, but I just never got around to getting them as then I would have to read them on my reader.  No fun. :-)

Anyway, this time Cliff takes us to the time of Caleb and when Israel is on the cusp of taking over the promised land.  Caleb and Joshua have the battle all planned and they and their armies are ready to execute but the weather has other plans.  While the armies wait for the weather to clear one of the junior officers asks Caleb to tell his story. 

What we get is a wonderful story about what life was like in Egypt before the Israelites are set free.  Caleb rose through the ranks of Pharaoh's army until he becomes a palace guard, just in time for Moses and Aaron to show up in court and the power of Yahweh to be revealed. 

Now I have to mention that this book is written for guys, not me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next book in the series.  It is a battle, killing and warrior filled book that if you are not ready for might be a bit of a surprise to you.  It is one of those books that while sitting on the shelf can intimidate the books next to it just because it is full of testosterone. 

Cliff writes it that way and makes no apology for it either.  He wants to write books for guys to enjoy and remember what it is like to be a guy.  I recommend his early books over and over to men readers and I have yet to have any one of them come back and complain about the violence or battles in the books. I have a strange feeling that this book will have the same results.

So get your battle swords out and join the warriors around the fire and learn what it was like to fight in a war in early Biblical times.

Happy Reading.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Release - Hollywood Lost - Ace Collins

Dear Readers,

Ace Collins is one author that I keep my eyes open for.  His mysteries are fun and entertaining to read.  He usually keeps me guessing to the end and so when Hollywood Lost was announced I was waiting to get a copy and start reading.

During the Golden Age of Hollywood a murderer is on the loose.  He or she is killing off young starlets or at least hopeful starlets.  Detective Bill Barrister believes that Galaxy Studios is somehow involved.  They are the home of rivals Flynn Sparks and Dalton Andrews along with rising star Shelby Beckett.

Shelby arrived in town hoping to escape the Great Depression and is thrust into the lime light.  She is just trying to survive in a town fraught with dangers with her morals intact.  Now she also finds herself the target of a serial killer.  Will the killer find her first or will Bill be able to save the damsel in distress.

I think that is why I like Ace's books.  He right away puts you into a setting and makes you feel at home. Whether it is just a different town and area or a different time in history, it doesn't matter.  Ace does his research and includes those very interesting details to make it all the more real. 

I recommend this book to male or female readers because even though Ace includes romance in his books, the mystery is still the main storyline and that makes for a good read.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Release - A Sparrow in Terezin - Kristy Cambron

Dear Readers,

The much anticipated sophomore novel from Kristy Cambron is here.  A Sparrow in Terezin has been talked about by anyone and everyone that has read Kristy's first book, The Butterfly and the Violin.  To be honest, I was getting asked about her second book long before we had any details on it. People wanted to make sure she was writing a second one, they didn't care about what, just so long as they knew something else was coming.

Once again a  beautiful blend of contemporary and historical, Sparrow tells the story in present day of Sera James.  She feels as if she has stumbled into a charmed life, but it all comes crashing down when a legal battle threatens not only her fiancĂ© but also her family.  She must try to fight the false accusations to have any future with the man she loves.

The historical part of the story once again takes us to WWII and the story of Kaja.  She escaped Prague in 1939, but left her half-Jewish family behind.  As the horror stories start emerging from Germany she knows she must go back to rescue her family. 

These two women are connected to each other because of a young child who is a holocaust survivor.  The women find a kinship that will help them through the darkest of time.

Kristy has a way of making you feel like you are walking right along side of her characters.  Her books touch on parts of history some or all of us may never heard of before.  Sparrow is book #2 in the Hidden Masterpiece series, with each book a complete story.  They will touch on some of the beauty in a very dark time in the world's history.

Happy Reading,

Monday, April 13, 2015

New Releases April 6 - 11


Dear Readers,

Tomorrow is a big day here at the store.  We are expecting 80 - 90 librarians and it is one of the best days of the year. (we do another one in October so that is the other best day;-) I will talk about books all day long and this list will be some of the books I will talk about. 

If you are a librarian you are so very welcome to come and if you know a librarian, please feel free to let them know about our event.

Happy Reading,

Hollywood Lost - Ace Collins - Hollywood's Golden Age is tainted by someone who is murdering beautiful women.  Shelby just wanted to have a job, but her job makes her a target for the murderer.  Will she survive with her morals intact or will the Hollywood strangler claim another victim. 

Whiskers on the Lion - P.L. Gaus - An Amish -Country Mystery - Fannie unwittingly becomes a witness to a drug crime and now must hid to survive.  So she hides in plain sight.  Sheriff Bruce Robertson is charged with finding her before the drug cartel does.

A Sparrow in Terezin - Kristy Cambron - Sera James feels like she is living a charmed life until a legal battle threatens everything.  She hastily weds her fiancĂ© and as the trial goes on, he is facing years behind bars.  Kaja escapes Germany before the rise of Hitler, but now her family is faced with death and the camps and she must return to help them escape.

Deception on Sable Hill - Shelley Gray - #2 A Chicago World's Fair Mystery - Eloisa appears have it all.  But she has a dark secret.  She was assaulted months ago and has told no one, that is until she meets Detective Sean Ryan.  Now with a person assaulting debutants, Sean makes it his mission to protect Eloisa from the killer.

A Heart's Obsession - Colleen Coble - #2  Journey of the Heart novellas - Sarah and her younger brother head to Fort Laramie, Wyoming after their father's death.  The reception they receive is far from what they expect from her beau.

Maggie Bright - Tracy Groot - Across the Channel the British Army is in full retreat.  Caught between the Blitzkrieg and the ocean, they face certain disaster.  When Churchill recruits the civilian brigade to come to their rescue. 


Friday, April 10, 2015

More Shelves


Dear Readers,

Here is a comic that I saw a couple of weeks ago and it describes the readers life very well. 

ShelfSpace

That is what is wrong with this world.  Not enough shelf space!  And not enough time to read.  Hmm maybe I will run for president on that platform.  "More book space for everyone and at least 3 hours of reading time a day, paid of course."

Okay enough silliness.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dan Walsh/Gary Smalley

Dear Readers,

Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley teamed up to write a series about different issues that couples and families are now facing.  The Restoration series, The Dance, The Promise, The Desire and now The Legacy, covered infertility, communication, empty nesters, and now a child who is slowly drifting away from his faith.

The+LegacyThe Legacy is the story of Doug Anderson who is slowly separating himself from not only his family and friends, but also his faith.  Everyone is trying to reach him to make him understand what he is doing, but nothing seems to work.  Even Christiana his one friend that stands by him, hopes that all that she is hearing or seeing is true. 

This is one of those stories that every parent worries about, a child that slowly moves into a life style that is destructive.  One that is making poor choices and seems to not care when parents and friends try to step in to help.  Sometimes no matter what is said, the child continues down that path.   It is hard on everyone, but it is sometimes difficult to know what to say or do for these families, but that is when books like this or even a series is so helpful. 

I know I have said it before, I love books that can help you through difficult times.  It is nice to know that you are not alone.  It is also great to be given the tools to walk along side others who are in situations that you may know or understand anything about.   Gary Smalley has done this before with a couple other authors and I have enjoyed those series also.  I hope he continues to add insight to fiction books and of course Dan can keep writing just like he is because his books are those wonderful books that you want to come home to.

Happy Reading,