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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My New Best Friend The Kindle3

Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology
A few months ago my friend Leslie got herself a Kindle Since she was like me finding her shelves over stuff with paperback books.I was still on the fence about ereaders I love to go in to the book store and browse the shelves and look at the cover art.I didn't know If I could see my self reading from a machine. Over the last few months I have enjoyed listening to Leslie tell me all the neat books she found for free and how much fun it is to use. The instant gratification of having a new book dowloaded is really the key here. Once I decided I wanted one the question was Which one? The Nook had just come out with the Nook Color and it had some cool features such as coupons for Starbucks when you go to the localB&N and free books as well. But the downside for me was I don't like touch screen devices. So when hubby asked me what I wanted for Christmas I said I just want a Kindle. He wasn't able to get it ordered in time for Christmas,due to his work schedule so it arrive today. I did recieve a Amazon gift card from my in laws which I saved it for the big day. Once I got it all set up I went to work downloading the free books I wanted from the free list, such as The Traitor's Wife, Heidegger's Glasses, Sweetie and The Year She Fell.
With the gift card I purchased a few books that have been on my wish list for awhile such as For the King's Favor, Royal Flush, Royal Blood, The secret of Elizabeth Tudor the Vampire slayer, and Alison Chase's new book Outragesly Yours.
This little guy will be going with me everywhere from now on having some many books to choose from away from home is just bliss.
Needless to say I am just in love with this little gadget it's light weight, easy to figure out and fun to use.If you are on the fence about purchasing one I wouldn't wait much longer jump right and join the fun!
Saturday, December 18, 2010

Book of the Year 2010


It's the end of the year and time to share my favorite reads of this year.




This years pick is a classic among those who read historical fiction. I have to admit when I picked the book out at Barnes and Noble I really didn't expect to finish all 972 pages. It took me exactly one month to complete it and when it ended I was sad to say the least.

Forever Amber
There are several books  that I thoroughly enjoyed this year but Forever Amber is one of my major faves.  The others that I really enjoyed this year I decided to give them a Honorable Mention.
The Founding (The Morland Dynasty)The Queen's DollmakerHealer: A Novel (The Brides of Alba Series)





  

By Royal Decree By Kate Emerson

Secrets of the Tudor Court: By Royal DecreeCharming. Desirable. Forbidden. Brought to court with other eligible young noblewomen by the decree of King Henry VIII, lovely Elizabeth "Bess" Brooke realizes for the first time that beauty can be hazardous. Although Bess has no desire to wed the aging king, she and her family would have little choice if Henry's eye were to fall on her. And other dangers exist as well, for Bess has caught the interest of dashing courtier Will Parr. Bess finds Will's kisses as sweet as honey, but marriage between them may be impossible. Will is a divorced man, and remarriage is still prohibited. Bess and Will must hope that the king can be persuaded to issue a royal decree allowing Will to marry again . . . but to achieve their goal, the lovers will need royal favor. Amid the swirling alliances of royalty and nobles, Bess and Will perform a dangerous dance of palace intrigue and pulse-pounding passions.
My Thoughts: Bess Brook was a interesting charcter in the beginning of the book she seemed more like a child than a yong woman but as the book progress she  grew up  and the story became more interesting.
Emerson's Secrets of the Tudor Court series is getting better with each book.  She really has  the talent to find some of the most interesting people to write about in the Tudor age and bring them to life.  Her next book will be  At The King's Pleasure  the story of Lady Anne Stafford. Thank you Ms Emerson for the chance to review this book it was a  pleasure to read.

FTC:book was sent to me by the Author

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mailbox Monday



    
From the author Kate Emerson for review
Secrets of the Tudor Court: By Royal DecreeThank you Kate for sending this beautiful book I can't wait to start this one.

A Royal Likeness By Christine Trent

Sumamry:As heiress to the famous Laurent Fashion Dolls business, Marguerite Ashby's future seems secure. But France still seethes with violence in the wake of the Revolution. And when Marguerite's husband is killed during a riot, the young widow travels to Edinburgh and becomes apprentice to her old friend, Marie Tussaud, who has established a wax exhibition. When Prime Minister William Pitt commissions a wax figure of Admiral Nelson, Marguerite becomes immersed in a dangerous adventure - and earns the admiration of two very different men. And as Britain battles to overthrow Napoleon, Marguerite will find her loyalties under fire from all sides. With a masterful eye for details, Christine Trent brings one of history's most fascinating eras to life in of a story of desire, ambition, treachery, and courage.
My Thoughts:
Christine has really done a beautiful job introducing the world of Madame Tussauds to me through this book. it had every thing from fascinating history about Wax works, fabulous historical characters and who could forget all those long sea voyages that Marguerite had to take.
I loved this book as much as I loved the Queen's doll maker. Marie Tussaud is such a fascianting woman I can't wait to find out more about her life.Thanks Christine for sending me this book to review.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Paperback Weekend Review: Death at Buckingham Palace By C.C. Bension

Death at Buckingham Palace: Her Majesty Investigates


Summary:When Jane Bee ends up at her aunt's in London, having exhausted her money while traveling through Europe, she's not sure what she'll do next. She hadn't thought it would be as housemaid in the Royal Palace. Polishing the china and sweeping the floors-however royal-isn't much fun, but Jane likes the people and even talks to the Queen, who enlists her help when a footman apparently commits suicide in the Royal Apartments.
My Thoughts:
Jane is a hilarious Character her interactions with the Queen and the palace staff will keep you laughing through out the book. Interesting tidbits of  royal stories from 1996  are sprinkled through out the book.
Friday, November 19, 2010

Paperback Weekend: This weekend it's to Buckingham palace I go.

                           It's time for the weekend that means time to grab a paperback off the shelf.
                          With all the exciting news this week it seems fitting to read
                                                something with a Royal theme. So I chose  
Death at Buckingham Palace: Her Majesty Investigates


                                     This Is the first in the Her Majesty Investigate's Series
featuring many members of today's Royal family.
I am anxious to get in  to this series. 
With all the exciting news this week it seems fitting to
read something with a Royal theme
 I am sure this will be an exciting read. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kate Gets Her Prince


A friend called me this morning and said it's official it's on the news!
 It took me awhile to realize  what she was referring to then it hit me WILLIAM! He Finally Did it! I am So excited for these two I am sure they are going to bring joy to the Monarchy and I for one will be setting my alarm to watch the royal wedding like I did all those years ago when his mother walked down the aisle  30 years ago. Hold on tight Kate it's going to get really crazy from here on out.
Congratualtion's to them both



Monday, November 15, 2010

The Virgin Widow By Anne O'Brien

The Virgin Widow
Summary:Anne Neville, daughter of the powerful Earl of Warwick, grows up during the War of the Roses, a time when kings and queens are made and destroyed in an on-going battle for the ultimate prize: the throne of England. As a child Anne falls in love with the ambitious, proud Richard of Gloucester, third son of the House of York. But when her father is branded a traitor, her family must flee to exile in France. As Anne matures into a beautiful, poised woman, skillfully navigating the treacherous royal court of Margaret of Anjou, she secretly longs for Richard, who has become a great man under his brother's rule. But as their families scheme for power, Anne must protect her heart from betrayals on both sides-and from the man she has always loved, and cannot bring herself to trust.
My thoughts:
I have to confess I didnt know much about Anne Neville other than She was a Princess of Wales and that she married Richard III. O'Brien's book was an interesting look at this often forgotten Queen of England.The love story between Richard and Anne is one you will never forget.
Thanks to Library Thing Early Reviewers for my copy.

Mail Box Monday

It's Monday and time see what made its way to my mailbox.
A Royal LikenessFrom the Author Christine Trent A beautiful signed copy of A Royal Likness.
from Paperbackswap
All three books in the Her Majesty Investigates trilogy by C.C. Benison
Death at Buckingham Palace: Her Majesty InvestigatesDeath at Windsor Castle: Her Majesty InvestigatesDeath at Sandringham House: Her Majesty Investigates


Sunday, November 14, 2010

1st Paperback Weekend Review: The Christmas Sweater By Glenn Beck

Paperback Weekends is a new feature  that you can read more about here




 
      The Christmas Sweater

Eddie is twelve year old boy who just wants a bike for Christmas.
But with his Mother struggling to make ends meat since his father passed away all he could do was pray and hoped that his mother would finally be able to afford his dream bike. But instead he recieves a sweater from her. A sweater that he leaves crumpled up in a ball in the corner of his room.
But then something horrible happends to Eddie that Christmas that would change his life forever and forces Eddie to grow up and be thankful for the gifts around him.
My Thoughts:
WOW was all I could say after reading Beck's first novel. This was not you typical Christmas tale it was much more than that. With out giving much away all I can say is Eddie's story reminded me very much of my own. Beck captured the essence of what a child feels when they lose a parente and things just dont seem like they used to be. His out look on how children see thier friends So called " Normal Life" and comparing it to his was spot on. I would reccomend every one pick upa copy this year and read it. You will never forget Eddie and his sweater.