Review: Blood Ties by Kay Hooper

February 3, 2010 reviews 0

So I just finished Kay Hooper’s latest release in the Noah Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series and if I had to give it a number ranking it would be 3 out of 5 stars. I was really glad that I had picked up my old copy of Blood Sins and read it last week prior to reading Blood Ties. In Blood Sins several of the Special Crimes Unit characters played a key role so I was re-introduced to Galen, Hollis, Bishop, etc. Blood Ties is the 12th book in Ms. Hooper’s series and the one where she pulls almost the whole unit into the book. I think what bothered me about this book is that there was not a “main” character, rather the Unit was the main character. I had to try to remember all of her other books to recall the personality of each Unit member. Luckily, she did footnote each book as the Unit Member was brought into this story with the title of the book they were from originally. Once I read the whole book I found in the very back a list of the characters and their special abilities. I wish I had found it before I read the book! It would have been quite helpful!

What I did like about the book is that the paranormal activity I’ve come to expect from her characters is evolving. And, the good versus evil is only getting more and more serious as each crime takes place. There is a twist at the end I did not expect which Ms. Hooper is famous for with her books. Trying to figure out the suspect before the Unit Members did was entertaining and kept me reading even though I was frustrated with the lack of a main character. The ending happened way too quickly and seemed rushed, but all in all it was a good read. I only wish I had waited for the paperback version rather than paying full price for the hardback! Let me know if there’s anyone else who is a Kay Hooper fan and if you’ve read Blood Ties. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book! Until next time……

Happy Reading!

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Favorites at the Indie Bookstore

January 27, 2010 Uncategorized 3

I have this list of “do’s and don’ts” for my bookstore that I’ve started, and as I prepare to travel through GA & FL checking out other independent bookstores I thought I would ask for some feedback as to what YOUR “do’s and don’ts” might be.

The bookstore I envision will have comfy armchairs scattered throughout so customers can read, talk, or bring their laptop in for usage of the free wi-fi.  I will be accepting trade-ins of all genres except textbooks and the store will keep track of the credit (no itsy-bitsy pieces of credit slips to carry around or lose!).  I want a kickin’ children’s section that will be both kid-friendly and mommy/daddy friendly.  We’ll have story-time each week with professional storytellers and authors.  Definitely must have bookclubs! That’s my favorite!  I’d love to start both a teen and an adult bookclub.  If I can swing it, I want to be able to serve coffee and light desserts.  That may be biting off more than I can chew from the beginning and might simply be an add-on to strive toward.

So how about you – what are your favorite services at your local bookstore? And do you have any bookstore sites you’d like to share?  Comment away…….

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Review: Character Makeover by Katie Brazelton & Shelley Leith

January 26, 2010 reviews 0

This is my second time going through the Character Makeover, and I have to say that it only gets better and better. What the authors have discovered and shared in the most intimate of ways creates an atmosphere of sitting with your closest, most comfortable friend and sharing your innermost secrets. It doesn’t feel like they just wrote a book to sell it; I felt after completing the “Humility, Confidence, Self-Control, and Contentment” Chapters that Katie and Shelley wrote the book just for me….especially after the “Contentment” chapter! That was a rough chapter, personally! But the authors stood by me through it, talked me through it with their Virtual Message on Day 2, and prayed me through it each and every day. Good character traits seem to be a lost commodity these days. What a valuable and wonderful treasure this book will add to the lives of the many, many women who read “Character Makeover”!

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Chance of a Lifetime!

January 26, 2010 Uncategorized 2

I have just discovered this great new site http://www.inkpop.com Introduced by publishing company HarperCollins.  This site is for teens to have their writing reviewed by peers and adults alike, voted on each month, with the top 5 in each category to be submitted to the editors of HarperCollins for editing & possible publishing! Where were these sites when I was growing up?!?! 

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Dilemnas…………..

January 20, 2010 Life Well Lived 0

I had a bit of exciting news yesterday….a friend of mine from my book club mentioned that a location for a bookstore was still available of which I had looked at a couple of years ago! This location would be a fraction of the cost of what it will be if I open a bookstore in my hometown.  It is directly across the road from the main entrance to a small community college and the actual population of the county is twice the size of where I am right now.  Of course my dilemna is….do I seek out this location for “The Novel Source” bookstore OR do I continue working on it where I’m at???  There are so many pros to the location in another county, but the main con is that it would be at least 40 minutes away from where I live.

I keep thinking about the potential I would have for succeeding if I go with my friend’s location.  Most of my book club friends are in that area and have promised to promote the bookstore.  The rent is about 25% of what it would be if I continue looking where I’m at.  The population is twice what it is here…..ahh, location, location, location!  And then I think, “wow, 40 minutes away…”  I do not really have the option of moving to that county because I do not wish to change my son’s school.  Aaargh! Decisions, decisions, decisions!

I believe what I shall do is go look at the place again, sit down with some numbers and go from there.  I’m so excited about the option, yet also incredibly nervous!

Have you ever been so close to seeing a dream realized and once you got to that point you think “oh my gosh! it’s really happening! can i do this?!?”  My tummy has the butterflies, I’m all excitedly nervous….if that makes any sense at all.  I welcome your comments and suggestions!

Stacy

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