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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Book Review:The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Harer Collins, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


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Synopsis:

With the dead of a bitter Vermont winter closing in, evil is alive and well …

Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective's badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an '89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace.

Soon Rath's investigation brings him face-to-face with the darkest abominations of the human soul.
With the consequences of his violent and painful past plaguing him, and young women with secrets vanishing one by one, he discovers once again that even in the smallest towns on the map, evil lurks everywhere—and no one is safe.

Morally complex, seething with wickedness and mystery, and rich in gritty atmosphere and electrifying plot turns, The Silent Girls marks the return of critically acclaimed author Eric Rickstad. Readers of Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbø, and Greg Iles will love this book and find themselves breathless at the incendiary, ambitious, and unforgettable story.

Review: 

Be prepared to NOT put this one down! It is a fast paced mystery that will have you eagerly turning the pages! Frank is the anti-mystery hero. He doesn't want to be back into solving crimes, but the mystery sucks him in and he can't let it go once he is on the case.He's a complex hero-broken, beaten, yet like your older favorite gristled uncle. He's a hero you want to get to know (here's hoping Eric turns this into a series!). If you're looking to shake up your mystery reading- check out this smart new voice in the genre!


About the Author:

Eric Rickstad's first novel, Reap, was a New York Times Noteworthy Book. His short stories and articles have appeared in many magazines and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He holds an MFA from the University of Virginia. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.

History Corner / Book Review: I am Sophie Tucker by Susan and Lloyd Ecker

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Prospecta Press, via netGalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Since I wont be blogging tomorrow, but enjoying the holiday with my family, I'm giving you this week's History Corner book today!

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Synopsis:

Meet the real life “Forrest Gump” of the first half of the 20th Century
Part fairy tale, part crime novel, part rags to riches Hollywood myth, I Am Sophie Tucker tells the outrageous story of one of showbiz’s biggest personalities.

From 1906 through the beginning of television, Sophie Tucker and her bawdy, brash, and risqué songs paved the way for performers such as West, Monroe, Midler, Cher, Madonna, and Gaga.

Sophie was like the Forrest Gump of the first half of the 1900s,” says co-author Susan Ecker. She was close friends with seven presidents, King George VI, young Queen Elizabeth, Chaplin, J. Edgar, Capone, Garland, Jerry Lewis, Sinatra and every other notable of her era.


Sophie TuckerTucker tried to get her story published for nine years, without success. Undaunted, Sophie hired half a dozen ghostwriters, but she still had no takers for her no holds barred autobiography. Eventually, Doubleday published a sanitized version in 1945.



After immersing ourselves in Sophie’s papers and surviving friends,” says co-author Lloyd Ecker, this initial volume is what should have been the actual autobiography of Tucker.”



Though she obsessively documented her life, Sophie loved to exaggerate for dramatic effect. Over the years, she told multiple versions of each important event. At the end, not even Sophie knew the difference between truth and tall tale. 



This volume is 85% fact,” Lloyd explains. The other 15% who knows?” 

Excerpt:


You can read the prologue HERE, just click the Read a Sample Buttion.


Review:

There is actually a movie coming out, based on this book and the wonderful research the Eckers did on a larger than life personality, many people who may never have heard of, except in passing, and not given more thought to. Yet, Sophie was responsible for helping so many people that later came to be fundamental in the modern entertainment industry, with every change that technology brought.


This was an amazing read! It was so wonderful to read about a woman who literally wanted something and went after it, even if she wasn't model thin or pretty. And she achieved the fame and fortune she sought, even if it came in a circular manner. There is a reason that so many older entertainers speak so highly of her- they owe her a debt for taking chances and going where women were not seen, much less heard from. You may find yourself shaking your head, wondering how she achieved so much! 
For anyone who loves reading about how the entertainment industry got started and about the early entertainers, this will be a read they can't put down! It is a fun read and you'll find yourself off to find out more about Sophie!


About the Authors:

In 1973, Ithaca College students Susan Denner and Lloyd Ecker went on their first date to see an up-and-coming new singer named Bette Midler. Over the course of the evening, the couple fell in love with the Divine Miss M., her Sophie Tucker jokes, and each other.
Over the last forty years, the Eckers got married and had three children, and developed Babytobee.com. The sale of that business in 2006 allowed Sue and Lloyd to pursue their passion for bringing Sophie Tucker’s life to the page, stage, and screen.
With one book, the first in a trilogy about Sophie Tucker’s life, and a documentary already under their belts, the Eckers now intend to take Sophie's story to Broadway with a musical, to Hollywood with a film version of that musical, and to the small screen in a long running television drama based on her unbelievable sixty-year showbiz career. Stay tuned to our website for these—and other!—exciting developments.




Giveaway: Personal Slimline Bible, NLT Version from Tyndale!


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this certificate, free of charge, as a Thank You gift and am donating it for giveaway purposes for this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about the book.

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow and that means the holiday onslaught is about to hit in ernest.

We're less than 30 days away
(scream now)....

SO I thought I would share a certificate to purchase this NLT bible
with my wonderful readers, to help us remember
the REAL reason for the holiday season
that is about to onslaught us 24/7:


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The Premium Value line of NLT Bibles delivers top quality at a great price, featuring the new and exclusive Life Application Life Topics Index and the One Year Reading Plan. The Bible's deluxe, long-lasting LeatherLike cover with fine Bible paper, gilded edges, a Smyth-sewn binding, ribbon marker, maps, and a presentation page make it perfect for personal use or gift-giving.

The New Living Translation is an authoritative Bible translation, rendered faithfully into today's English from the ancient texts by 90 leading Bible scholars. The NLT's scholarship and clarity breathe life into even the most difficult-to-understand Bible passages-but even more important are stories of how people's lives are changing as the words speak directly to their hearts. That's why we call it "The Truth Made Clear."

Features:
  • Leatherlike Cover
  • Smyth-sewn, lay-flat binding
  • Ribbon Marker
  • Full Color Maps
  • Life Application Life Topics Index
  • The One Year Bible Reading Plan

This giveaway is ONLY running for ONE week, so I can get the certificate to you in time for you to get your bible before January 1st, when it expires!

Giveaway 
One BTHM reader will win a certificate to receive a FREE copy of this wonderful bible,
at your local Christian bookstore.
(Must be redeemed by January 1st).


Thanks for entering!


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