(Thank you, Bob Seger. )
There’s not much I care to reflect upon from 2013, but I do want to tell you about a few books. See, that’s the one thing that seems to be working for me, other than running. (Yes, running is bad for my back, but it’s good for my soul so… we’re running some.)
Heck, I don’t even know where I left off telling you about books, so I’ll hit the high points.
I bridged from 2013 into 2014 with our very own, darling Duck’s Cheesecake Queen. (Lookie there! She’s an Amazon author! Wooo!) It was just the thing I needed during a post-Christmas, difficult time in a not-friendly town.
Here’s her publisher’s link for more information, but what you really need to know is that it’s a sweet little read with characters who will make you laugh, make you grunt (okay, maybe you’re too ladylike to grunt when a character is annoying, but …), and definitely, it will make you crave creamy, rich cheesecake in flavors you haven’t imagined before.
It’s really exciting to have a friend who is PUBLISHED. It’s even more fun when she asks you to review her book AND give away a free copy. So, in the spirit of the Sugar sisters and Miranda by any of the other names you might know her by, all you have to do to be eligible for the drawing is make up your own cheesecake – or pie, if you are sure you don’t love cheesecake – fusion blend. The combination of flavors that tickles me the most (good, bad or for reasons I can’t imagine right now) will get a digital copy of this delicious book.
CONTEST COMMENTS MUST BE POSTED BEFORE 9 PM EASTERN TIME, FEBRUARY 2, 2014. Winner will be contacted by email, so make sure I have an email address for you.
After such a sweet treat, I wanted something meatier, so I opened All Roads Lead to Austen via my Kindle app on my trusty iPad. I quickly realized I’d never read Pride and Prejudice, so when I discovered it was already on my Nook (app) waiting to be read, I flipped right over and read that, then finished ARLtA. If you haven’t read anything by Austen, you should. I’m definitely no Janite (rabid fan), so don’t look for me to wax poetic telling you how much like Lizzy I am. The Knight’s no Mr. Darcy either, in case you were wondering, although one of my co-workers did joke today and ask what kind of bet I lost to end up married to a man so different from me. Still, I enjoyed Ms. Smith’s account of an Austen South American sabbatical, but I’m pretty sure I’ll never re-read it.
After that, I gave in and started on another classic I’ve never read – Stephanie Plum. I read the first three and have already ordered 4-6, and predict the rest of the series will float on in too. Given that my father worked for a company with a service center in Trenton (New Jersey), I was willing to give the series a chance. Add in a rather non-traditional, female, untrained bounty hunter and two manly men watching her back, and I have yet another series to devour.
If you’re a Plum fan… Morelli or Ranger?