Children’s Book Week: “Nest”–Esther Ehrlich’s Debut Novel Now for Sale at Bookstands!
Uncategorized / August 31, 2014

This book, Nest, by Esther Ehrlich, comes to book stands on September 9, 2014. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      A dog-eared field guide is gripped in one hand while the other grips his binoculars and the man peers through them. He watches the birds–one and then another. His eyes searching… searching…searching. All his long waking hours sitting quietly…observing.       Hour upon hour, he is “in the grip of an ornithological frenzy.” Night comes and, reluctantly, he goes to his bed–surrounding himself with his books about birds. He reads about trips he can take to observe, yet more birds. He looks at the “field markings of species”–those birds he hasn’t yet observed through his binocs. He studies the markings. And, studying the markings, he falls into slumber.  He dreams of birds.  [2]      Who is the man in the “grip of an ornithological frenzy”? What man would spend hour upon hour with his binoculars watching birds? James Marcus of the Los Angeles Times, tells us in a book review that he did of The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History, that it was none other than the author, Jonathan Franzen.  This is just one guide to the birds of Cape Cod….

Far As The Eye Can See: A Novel by Robert Bausch Comes to Bookstands on November 4, 2014–You Can Preorder it Now!
Uncategorized / August 26, 2014

Far As The Eye Can See: A Novel, by Robert Bausch. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      A man stands in the midst of boulders and peers out across the terrain. His eye follows the trail stretching out before him, out across the landscape for as far as his eye can see. The vast spaces meet distant mountains, rolling clouds of purples and blues fading into the distance so far that it is difficult to see where the land begins and the sky ends.      Trying to stay cool in the meager shade of the boulder, sweat soaks his shirt as he considers his lame horse standing next to him. He sees someone far down the path moving in his direction. Whether Indian or soldier, he knows they spell trouble for him. He waits as the other approaches and realizes the fellow is either hiding or sneaking up on him.       He pulls out his carbine and climbs the boulder, scouring the landscape, trying to spot the guy. Finally, he sees him wiggling his way among the bushes towards his position. It’s an Indian. Carefully, he takes aim and fires. This is probably similar to Bobby…

One Year Blogiversary Post: My Top Ten Favorite Books! Look Behind the Scenes at Sharon’s Love of Books! and More…Let’s Celebrate!
Uncategorized / August 19, 2014

[1]      Welcome to a very special post. Today, I’m happy that you’ve come to help me celebrate my first year Blogiversary! Thank you, so much, for being part of this milestone for my blog.      I never dreamed that I would write a blog. It was only after my son, John, and my husband, Carl, nudged me in that direction, that I even considered it. They have watched me with my books, reading, and entering my book lore into my “Reading Journal.” They thought it would be wonderful if I could share my love of books with others and told me I should do it. They know that the only thing I like as much as reading is writing, and told me I could do it. So, after giving it serious thought, I began my journey and started this blog. I feel so blessed to have two such wonderful men in my life. Thank you John and Carl.      Today, you will get to see a lot of what goes on behind this blog. Also, I’ve promised to renew my original blog post and give you my brand new listing of my Top Ten Favorite Books….

Dark Places: A Novel by Gillian Flynn; Book-to-Movie Comes to Theaters in U.S. 09-01-14! DEDICATION of this Blog Post is to Robin Williams and His Family.
Uncategorized / August 12, 2014

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. This is the hardcover edition. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers. __________________________ DEDICATION: This blog post is dedicated to Robin Williams who passed away today, Monday, August 11, 2014 (as I am drafting this post), at approximately 11:55 a.m.–Please see full dedication below. __________________________      “The sun was shining when he started, but it was as dark as night in the tunnel. The light from the door, almost closed, soon faded as he went down….’Old Smaug…can’t see me and he won’t hear me. Cheer up Bilbo!’ He had forgotten or had never heard about dragons’ sense of smell….Then Smaug spoke. ‘Well, thief! I smell you and I feel your air.        I hear your breath. Come along!’…[Bilbo thought] if Smaug hoped to get him to come nearer so easily he was disappointed.’No thank you, O Smaug the Tremendous!’ he replied…I only wished to have a look at you and see if you were truly as great as tales say. I did not believe them.’ ‘Do you now?’ said the dragon somewhat flattered, even though he did not believe a word of it. ‘Truly songs and tales fall utterly short of the reality, O Smaug…

Tomb of the Golden Wolf by D.K. Cowling–This brand new book release is now available to all readers!
Uncategorized / August 7, 2014

Tomb of the Golden Wolf by D.K. Cowling. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Does this sound familiar to you? A young man falls head-over-heels in love with a beautiful girl. Sexual urges prompt the two young people to begin a sexual relationship that causes the girl’s family concern, so her father orders the boy to stay away for thirty days–to cool things off.      The boy, trying to impress the girl’s family, sets a fire on the front porch of the family’s home, so he can rush in and save everybody–becoming the hero. It was a bad decision, and when confronted, he confesses to starting the fire and is sentenced to a mental hospital.  (Sound familiar, yet?)       Here’s one last hint. The young man’s love is “endless,” so when he gets out of the hospital several years later, he violates the stay away order, and goes looking for the girl, who has since moved to New York.  Endless Love, one of the many book covers. [2]      Following the girl to New York, the boy is observed stalking the girl by the girl’s father who rushes into traffic in an attempt to chase…

If I Stay by Gayle Forman Came to Theaters as a Book-to-Movie, 08-22-14!
Uncategorized / August 1, 2014

If I Stay by Gayle Forman. [1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      “What would you do if you had to choose?” (2402)      Fairy Tales begin, “Once upon a time…” and so it did for one special mom, dad, a little boy, and his baby brother. In the fairy tale, once upon a time, “there was a snow day…and a drive in a car.” Then, like most fairy tales, an evil King or witch, goblin, or troll appears and story takes on aspects of a horror story. Red Riding Hood’s grand- mother is eaten, Hansel and Gretel are abandoned by their parents in a forest, an innocent girl pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls into an unwakable slumber.  [2]      Then, to everyone’s horror, the beautiful, enchanted family are prey to mysterious powers and the family find themselves in a terrible car crash. The mom, the dad, the baby die, but the little boy is alive…hanging on…no one knows why. Why is he hanging on tenaciously? Does he have a choice to make? Will he stay? Will he go? No one knows what happened in the little boy’s dream world. We only know the…