Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ball by Mary Sullivan

Every once in a while I will run across a picture book that just makes my heart happy. As the Reference Librarian, I don’t typically deal with picture books. My first library job was in a children’s department and from then on my love of picture books was born.

I recently got my hands on Ball by Mary Sullivan, who also illustrated this one word picture book. Besides picture books, my other great love is dogs. Put these two together and you have one happy Reference Librarian.

Ball is a delightful story of a dog and his best friend (a little girl) who share a common love of throwing a ball. But what happens to this ball throwing obsessed dog when the little girl goes to school? Sullivan creates a day in the life of a happy dog who only wants for someone to throw his toy. Though this book isn’t the best for story time, it will be a delight to a child (or an adult) who love dogs. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Prejudice Meets Pride Book Blast

Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson Book Cover
Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson
After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome new neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.
Fun, compelling, and romantic, Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.
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Author Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Discard Friday

Bye Bye Dr. Phil. Last check out was in 2010. Though the regular diet book checks out frequently,  the accompanying cookbook has not fared as well.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Finding Haven by T.A. Foster

Power. Money. Control. Love.
He has all but one.

When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.

Is the cost of love, losing all control?

FINDING HAVEN  will be released on May 15th

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healey

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella, Snow White, Briar Rose, and Rapunzel. That’s grade school stuff. What about about the Prince Charmings? Yes, there is more than one and they are tired of being overlooked. The Princesses are getting all the attention and it is time for them to claim their rightful place as the famous heroes. Thus begins the tale of Frederic, Duncan, Liam, and Gustav in Christopher Healey's The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. What starts as a simple enough journey after Ella (aka Cinderella), leads Prince Frederic on an adventure that will change his life. Along his way he befriends several other Prince Charmings, who are all looking for something different. They battle a bandit king, tame a dragon, and hopefully foil an evil witch’s plot.

This “charming” tale is a wonderful and humorous companion to the traditional classics. All the characters are full of spunk and wit. They are each completely different and wonderful in their own way...except Briar Rose. Plenty of laugh out loud lines and I caught myself smiling plenty of time. If you have the opportunity, try the audio book out. The reader, Bronson Pinchot, does a wonderful job with all the characters. Though a little lengthy, this middle grade novel will be a big hit with kids and their parents. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lost in Thought by Cara Bertrand Book Tour

Sententia #1
Release Date: April 25th 2014
Publisher: Luminis Books

Perfect for readers who love books and series such as Vampire Academy, Spellbound, and Sweet Peril, Lost in Thought is a sure winner for young adult readers interested in the paranormal, romance, and action-packed twists

Lainey Young has a secret: she’s going crazy. Everyone else thinks she has severe migraines from stress and exhaustion. What she really has are visions of how people died—or are going to die. Not that she tells anyone that. At age 16, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey’s game to spend two years at a private New England boarding school. She doesn’t really think it will cure her problem, and she’s half right. There is no cure, but as she discovers, she’s not actually crazy. Almost everyone at Northbrook Academy has a secret too. Half the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted. A vision of another student’s impending death confirms Lainey is one of them. She’d like to return the crappy gift of divining deaths with only a touch, but enjoys spending time with Carter Penrose—recent Academy graduate and resident school crush—while learning to control it. Lainey’s finally getting comfortable with her ability, and with Carter, when they uncover her true Sententia heritage. Now she has a real secret. Once it’s spilled, she’ll be forced to forget protecting secrets and start protecting herself.


Cara is a former middle school literacy teacher who now lives in the woods outside Boston with: one awesome husband, two large dogs, one small daughter, and lots of words.LOST IN THOUGHT is her first novel and was one of three finalists for the 2011 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the Young Adult category

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr Blog Tour

I signed up for the Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr blog tour because I was intrigued by the synopsis. I hope you find it as interesting as I did. I have included an excerpt below along with a giveaway. Enjoy! 

Imaginary Lines Synopsis:
Tamar Rosenfeld has been in love with New York Leopards linebacker Abraham Krasner since they were twelve years old. She'd always considered it destiny that they'd end up together…until Abe was drafted and she professed her feelings in a moment of blind excitement. The sting of his rejection was like nothing she'd ever felt before, and it's nothing she'll ever forget.
Older and wiser, Tamar has landed a dream job as a reporter for one of New York's premier athletic websites. Determined to stop being the safe, boring girl she's felt like for most of her life, Tamar makes a list of all the things she wants to do and see in her new city, and Getting Over Abraham is priority number one.
 But destiny has finally chosen to interfere. Just as Tamar's decided to move on, Abe's realized she's the only woman for him. When he confides the truth, Tamar has to decide if she can put her crush behind her, or take a chance on the very man who's been holding her back all these years.

In this scene, Abe plans to meet Tamar at her office so they can head over to dinner together. However, as soon as he steps into the lobby the office, goes into a whirl of excitement as they try to figure out why Abraham Krasner’s stopped by.

Carlos was already out of his chair and grabbing up his keycard. He patted me on the head fraternally as he shook his head, in a clear mimic of Tanya—I just couldn’t tell if it was intentional or not. “Sorry, kid. You have to earn the honor of running after celebrities later.”
I smiled awkwardly and nodded. And tried not to look super conspicuous as I grabbed up my cell. One of my coworkers is coming down to take your pic.
There was a pause, and then to my shock, my cell phone rang. I almost dropped it. Who called in response to texts? Beside my mother.
I mean, unless you texted something really bad. “Hello?”
Abe’s voice came across tinged with displeasure. “You set me up?”
What? No! “I didn’t! Someone must’ve spotted you and called up to my boss.”
“I’m not giving an interview right now.”
“I don’t think they want an interview,” I mumbled into my cell as I walked into the corner. “Just a pic. Maybe to tweet it.”
He groaned. “Fine. If you do it.”
Oh, God. “Abe, no. I’m the rookie reporter—I don’t cover celebrities.” Another silence stretched, and I squeezed my eyes shut. “Don’t let that go to your head.”
“What if I say you or no one?”
Carlos had to be almost to the lobby by now. Or he could already be there, watching Abe talk irritably into his phone. “I’d say you’re not that stubborn.”
Now surprise flavored his words. “You don’t think I’m stubborn?”
I shrugged. “You’re go with the flow-y.”
“And you don’t think rivers are stubborn?”
Huh. Come to think of it, rivers were incredibly stubborn, as long as everything flowed in their direction. This was a problem. “Please don’t do that. I’ve only been here a month. It’ll be weird.”
“What’s in it for me?”
Um, nothing really. Abe’s existence didn’t contain blackmail material. “I won’t tell your mom you were the one who broke the Wedgewood vase when you were sixteen. Be there in two minutes.”
“Wait, don’t hang up, you’re my excuse—”
I hung up with a smile.
Shrugging on my coat, I waved goodbye to the guys. Mduduzi gaped at me. “Don’t you want to stay for the Krasner gossip?”
I made what I hoped was an expression of great reluctance. “I would, but…”
He nodded. “Right. You’re late for your friend.”
Please, don’t connect the dots. “That’s right.”
I hopped in the elevator and buttoned up my coat, anticipation speeding through me and making my fingers tremble. When I stepped into the lobby, I saw him immediately—or more, saw the direction all the heads were turned in.
Abe stood in the corner, holding his cell in a loose grip, a polite smile on his face as he spoke to Carlos.
Then Abe caught sight of me and his gaze brightened.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

#HazelGaynor Interview & Giveaway

I don't know about most of you, but I have always been fascinated with the Titanic. Maybe it was because I was at the right impressionable age when Leonardo DiCaprio dazzled the masses in 1997 or because I have always been a big history buff. No matter what the reason, I know many people are still fascinated over 100 years later. Seriously, I get at least 2 reference questions a week from kids who are wanting Titanic books. 

I was lucky enough to interview Hazel Gaynor, who wrote The Girl Who Came Home. This Titanic novel focuses more on the 3rd class passengers, which can be often over looked. 

Author Bio (which I admit to stealing from her website)
Hazel Gaynor is an author and freelance writer in Ireland and the UK. In addition to writing historical fiction, Hazel writes a popular guest blog, Carry on Writing, for national Irish writing website She also writes feature author interviews for the site and has interviewed Philippa Gregory, Sebastian Faulks, Cheryl Strayed, Daisy Waugh and Mary Beth Keane, among others. In October 2012, Hazel was awarded the Cecil Day Lewis Award for Emerging Writers. She appeared at Waterford Writer’s Weekend in 2012 and 2013 and will be speaking at the Romantic Novelists’ Association conference in 2014.

Originally from North Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband, two young children and an accident-prone cat. The Girl Who Came Home is her first novel.
Hazel Gaynor Interview Questions

1.      What inspired you to write about The Titanic?
I was a teenager when the wreck of Titanic was discovered by Robert Ballard in 1985 and have been fascinated with the ship and the events of April, 1912, ever since. I always said I would write a novel about Titanic – it just took a little time! My interest in the ship and her passengers has grown as I’ve learned more about them. I especially loved Walter Lord’s incredible book, ‘A Night to Remember’ and, of course, the 1997 James Cameron movie started a whole new phase of Titanic fever. When I started my research for THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME I came across the record of a survivor from a small parish in County Mayo, Ireland. From there, I discovered the history of a group of Irish emigrants – now known locally as the Addergoole Fourteen - and I knew I’d found the inspiration for my novel.

2.      What do you hope readers will come away with after finishing The Girl Who Came Home?
The novel explores the experience of a third class passenger on Titanic, the aftermath of the disaster (for those on board and for family and friends back home) and how an event such as this can have far-reaching repercussions on a survivor’s life. Through Maggie confiding her story in her great-granddaughter, Grace, I hope to have shared that survivor experience and allow readers to immerse themselves in an aspect of the Titanic disaster they might not have considered. Maggie and Grace are both strong women, full of spirit and determination. I hope readers will enjoy getting to know them and their stories as much as I enjoyed writing them. While the book it is an emotional read, I hope readers will feel genuinely moved and uplifted by it.

3.      Do you have a strict writing process for your work?
At the moment, I write in my attic. It is a light, airy room and when I close the door I can forget all about everything else. I write from early morning after my two boys have gone to school and stop when they come home, between 1pm and 2.30pm. I tend not to do any creative writing in the afternoons but focus on admin and social media (in between building Lego rockets and cooking the dinner). It’s hectic and chaotic, but it seems to work - somehow!
I don’t have a strict writing process (the word ‘strict’ scares me, to be honest!). I always start with research, so I have a clear sense of the character, the period and the story I’m telling. Then I dive in and write the opening chapters. I’m far too excited at that stage to make myself sit down and plan everything out. I just want to get started! I often write an idea for the ending – but that will change many times before the final version. I also like to polish my first 3-5 chapters during the first draft stage, so I get a really good sense of character, voice and place.

4.      What is the scariest thing you have found about writing a novel?
Empty pages! The realization, when you’ve written 40,000 words, that you’ve probably only written about a third of the novel (or not even half, at best). Those 60,000 or so unwritten words are a terrifying thing. I doubt myself every time, but somehow, with plenty of coffee and the support from my family and friends, they get written.

5.      What was the last book you read?
WAKE by Anna Hope. This is a wonderful novel about the Great War. It is set around five days during the journey of the Unknown Soldier from France to the Cenotaph in London. The novel tells the story of three women, affected by the war in very different ways. It’s a fascinating take on this historic event.

6.      What book could you read over and over again?
There are so many! In terms of a contemporary book, I absolutely loved Rose Tremain’s RESTORATION and MERIVEL and would happily read both over and over. The character of Robert Merivel is brilliant – he is funny, sad (and quite risqué!). I could also re-read lots of the classics again and again. My copies of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Pride & Prejudice are very well worn.

7.      Right Handed or Left Handed?

8.      Were you always destined to be a writer or did you dream of another vocation as a child?

My greatest ambition as a child was to play tennis at Wimbledon. No, it didn’t happen! I’ve always loved books and have always written creatively in one way or another, but I went straight into a corporate career in the finance and legal sectors after university. It was only when I left my job in 2009 to look after my children that I began to tap back into my creative side. Initially, I wrote a parenting blog in the few moments I snatched while I was at home with my two children. This led to writing freelance for the local and national press and my writing began to get noticed. Eventually, that long-held ambition to write a novel finally felt like something I could achieve. I consider myself very lucky to have found something I love working at.

9.      What can you tell us about The Daughter of the Flowers, your next novel which is set to be released in 2015?

My second novel is about two sets of sisters and is set around a charity for orphaned flower sellers in Victorian London. The story spans several decades across the late 1800s and early 1900s. I love the Victorian and Edwardian eras and the streets of Victorian London were a wonderfully haunting place to explore in my imagination. I am very excited about the book’s publication early next year.

10.  Your website reveals that you live with an accident-prone cat. What is the most ridiculous situation your cat has gotten into?

Ah, Puffin (named by my five-year-old). She once climbed out of the Velux window in the attic and froze when she realized she was on a very steep, slippery roof. Luckily, my son (then only three) had seen her escape and called for me. I managed to coax her back in, much to her - and my - relief. She’s probably used up most of her nine lives at this stage through one scrape or another. She is very much one of the family – and a great writing buddy.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sparky by Jenny Offill

I love sloths as much as the next person…well maybe not as much as Kristen Bell.

But I do love sloths a lot, which means I will check out any picture book that features a sloth. I lucked up on Sparky by Jenny Offill and illustrated by Chris Appelhans while searching for holds the other day. This new picture book centers on a young girl who wants a pet. Her mother turns down every suggestion, but finally agrees only if she finds a pet that doesn’t have to be walked or bathed or fed. Guess what fits that description? After a quick trip to her school library, which features a librarian that knows everything, the girl soon finds a pet that her mother cannot say no to.

After receiving her new pet, the girl discovers that a sloth isn’t a typical pet. It doesn’t fetch, roll over, speak, or perform other tricks that most pets do. In this sweet tale, the young girl must learn to accept her new friend for exactly what he is.

Chris Appelhans, who hopefully you have heard of as an illustrator, did an amazing job. This book is currently in the lead for the 2015 Mock Caldecott list on Goodreads and there is a reason why. The images have a magical feel that will make you fall in love with this story. Oh, and there is a sloth! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Trending Now Books

Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes  by Julie Languille


Published Date: 3/19/13

22 checkouts in 11 months

COVER REVEAL: #LondonFalling by @ChanelCleeton

Have I got a cover reveal for you today! I read the blurb for Chanel Cleeton's New Adult romance, London Falling, a while back and I thought "This is something I want to read!". Mark your calendars for July 7th! 

We weren't a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb...

Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London—and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch—she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama … the heartbreak.

She can’t help but want him even more.

Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It's his senior year—his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps—not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences … and find a future together.

Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

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Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel Cleeton moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that followed, she received her bachelor's and master's degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet.

Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband.
Chanel is the author of the New Adult books I See London and London Falling with Harlequin HQN. Learn more about her on her website at Keep up with Chanel's latest news, book giveaways, and more on her monthly newsletter at

Monday, April 7, 2014

Thrift Store Tuesday

I'm a big fan of these books. I remember seeing this book in a catalog and getting one of the librarians to order it at an old job. Now that I'm in charge of collection development at my own library, I ordered this book along with the 2 following books. They are very popular among patrons and my staff loves them as well. 

So I was very excited to find this little gem for $1. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Project Read All the Books is Back!

Last fall I decided to start a project called Read All The Books. Why? I have a whole bookcase dedicated to books that I own but have not read. My TBR bookcase is getting full. So I decided to document weekly how I was coming along with reading those books. I did ok for about 5 weeks then I lost interested. My friends have been gently teasing me about getting back on the project.

I counted this morning at there are 113 books that I own but have not read. I have decided to pick back up with the project, but make it monthly instead of weekly. My goal for April is to read 10 books from this bookcase.

The main reason I have decided to try again is because I have I’m attending the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans in May (just for the MAJOR author signing though) and I will be attending a local Romance Writers of America chapter annual luncheon in June. This means probably an additional 20 to 30 books. So I have to make room on the TBR bookcase.

Wish me luck!  

@CoraCarmack Excerpt - All Lined Up

We're big fans of Cora Carmack around here! If you haven't already, please check out the interview I did with her in March - Cora Carmack Interview.

I have been really looking forward to her new book, All Lined Up, which comes out on May 13th! Here is a little about All Lined Up:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

Sounds pretty great, right? Well I have a treat for you today! An excerpt of All Lined Up. I have to give props to Carmack and her PR team. They are doing an amazing job with social media and using it to promote Cora and her work. 

Now for the excerpt....

Go ahead and pre-order your know you want to!
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Don't forget to add it to your Goodreads! 
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