Sunday, March 22, 2009

Casting Spells By Barbara Bretton

I just picked up this book from the Library, I can't wait to read it, it looks really good. :)

Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Tongue-in-cheek humor lifts this weird but fun hybrid, part knitting cozy, part paranormal romance, from romance veteran Bretton (Just Desserts). After a classy female tourist drowns mysteriously in an icy lake in remote Sugar Maple, Vt., the Montpelier authorities ask Boston homicide cop Luke MacKenzie to investigate. As Sugar Maple's temporary police chief, Luke soon notices the village's odd ambience. Originally a haven for witches who fled the Salem witchcraft trials three centuries earlier, Sugar Maple is now home to witches, vampires, fairies and trolls. Luke is also attracted to Chloe Hobbs, the half-human owner of the knitting shop Sticks & Strings, who must find Mr. Right if she's to preserve the spell that sustains the town's unusual residents. As sparks literally fly between the two, Chloe's "magickal" side stirs into life. Bretton charmingly depicts how love empowers Chloe and awakens Luke to some major surprises.

Product Description
Magic. Knitting. Love. A new series and a delightful departure by the USA Today bestselling author of Just Desserts.

Sugar Maple looks like any Vermont town, but it’s inhabited with warlocks, sprites, vampires, witches—and an ancient secret. And Chloe Hobbs, owner of Sticks & String, a popular knitting shop, has a big secret too. She’s a sorcerer’s daughter in search of Mr. Right—and she’s found him in Luke MacKenzie, a cop investigating Sugar Maple’s very first murder. Bad news is he’s 100% human, which could spell disaster for a normal future with a paranormal woman like her.

About the Author
Barbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award- winning author of more than forty books. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in more than twenty countries.

Now I am reading...

The Diva Runs Out Of Thyme By Krista Davis
This is the first book in a new series, so far I am up too Chapter Four, and I am really liking it, I plan to spend the afternoon reading. :)

Oolong Dead

By Laura Childs I read this book on Wed night! And I loved it, when I start a Laura Childs Book I can't put it down until I have finished it. I love her books :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I just finished reading.....

Murder is Binding, ByLorna Barrett It was the first in a new mysrery series, and it is FANTASTIC! I loved it!, So now I am reading the second book in this exciting new series...Bookmarked For Death.
I bought the first book, but hadn't seen this second book in any of my local bookstores, so I put in a suggestion at my local library for them to get it, and they e-mailed me this morning to say they had it for me. :) I will still look for a copy of it though as I want it for my Mum that lives in Australia, she will love this series.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Family Murder...

A while ago I was reading a book called... Bitter Blood, By Jerry Bledsoe. And my father in law was visiting, he was looking at my book and said, "You do know this book is about a family member of my family?" I jusdt looked at him, the woman who comitted all the murdefs in the book is a relative of my father in law! Not one he personally knows, but he has met her at family reunions, in the early 70's.

Jerry Bledsoe - Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder.

I found this on Amazon about the book

Jerry Bledsoe - Bitter Blood: A True Story of Sout...
Shortly after I moved to Greensboro in 1985, a tragedy unfolded. A single mother, her male cousin, and her two little boys were killed when the truck in which they were riding exploded. The explosion came at the end of a low-speed chase.

The "chase" began in an apartment complex that adjoined the residence hotel in which my husband and I were temporarily residing. We were out of town when this happened, but the news reached us 500 miles away, with chilling video footage from the intersection nearest our temporary home. From the day I heard the news of the bizarre deaths in Greensboro to the present, this story has fascinated and sickened me.

The investigation was followed closely by local news reporter Jerry Beldsoe, who ran a very detailed series about the case in the Greensboro News and Record. I believe his series was the best example of investigative reporting the News and Record has ever published.

These four deaths, we soon discovered, were the last four in series of nine deaths.

Jerry Bledsoe eventually left the newspaper to focus on writing Bitter Blood, which told this story. Later made into a TV movie, Bitter Blood is one of the most haunting true crime stories I've ever read.


Susie Sharp Newsom Lynch was the divorced mother of two young boys. She was living with her first cousin, Fritz Klenner, in an apartment in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her ex-husband, living in New Mexico, was seeking full custody of the children, convinced that their living arrangement was dangerous. He had observed odd behavior in his children, changes in their demeanors, and was alarmed by stories they told about activites with Klenner. Susie was estranged from her own family, who may have been supporting her ex-husband in his action, and she, Klenner and the boys were apparently living in their own little world.

Susie's former mother-in-law and sister-in-law were murdered in their home in Kentucky. Not long after that, Susie's parents and grandmother were murdered in their Winston-Salem home. Klenner became the prime suspect for the Winston-Salem murders, then when a tie to the Kentucky murders was found he became the prime suspect for those as well. Police from both states moved slowly, trying to protect Susie and her boys while keeping Klenner under surveillance.

Story Telling

Jerry Bledsoe's book digs deep, deep into the crimes, deep into the investigations, and deep into the history and behaviors minds of Susie and Fritz. The result is chilling and disturbing. As the story unfolds, Bledsoe combines documented history with supposition to explain gaps and inconsistencies, and also to explore the unanswered questions which remain. His examination of Fritz Klenner and a young man he befriended is chilling.

This is an excellent true crime story, told with emotion and clarity, suspense and revelation. A true tragedy, Bledsoe examines the loose ends, the conflicting stories, and speculates as to the final answers.

The tragedy, especially for the two lost boys and their father, is that those answers may never been found.

@ Bitter Blood @ Amazon

Susie Sharp is the relative of my father in law.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Does anyone keep a Reading Log.../Journal?

I bought one from Indigo Books a few years ago, and since then I have had to buy a few more and a few more, I read so fast that I fill them up in a few months sometimes in only a few weeks! Dependng on how big they are. I keep a small one in my handbag at all times with just a list of books I have read each month so I have it on hand all the time :) Plus at the back of it I list new books I want to buy or read, it depends how fast the library gets new books in sometimes I just can't wait to read a book and I give in and buy it no matter what the cost, (Thank goodness for credit cards ) LOL!
The bigger reading log/journals I make comments in similar to my posts here, about the Authors and then comments on if I liked the book.

Now I am Reading....

The Public Confessions Of A Middle Aged Woman...(Aged 55 3/4 )
By Sue Townsend.
I am really looking forward to reading this book, Sue Townsend has such a fantastic sense of humor she is an Author I would love to meet one day.