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My favorite August 2017 book…

Hi Everyone,

I read several historical fiction books in August 2017, even one alternative history book. The best book that I read was…

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July 2017 New Releases

Hi Everyone,

These new books, should be on your To Be Read list:

(3rd) Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty (#3 in the series. Middle school historical fantasy, set at the Biltmore Estate)

(11th) The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry (Southern literature)
Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

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Author Interview

Hi Everyone,

Please welcome Kristy Woodson Harvey! She is the author of Dear Carolina, Lies and Other Acts of Love, and Slightly South of Simple.

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

 

Thank you so much for having me, Nicole! You know you have one of my favorite blogs around, and thank you to all of you fabulous Aries Girl readers for letting me be here today. You are all amazing!

Hi Kristy Woodson Harvey! Thank you very much for participating in an interview today. Could you please tell everyone a little bit about yourself and your books? I am a North Carolina girl, a UNC grad (Go Heels!) and have the cutest husband and son J I love, love being an author and still pinch myself every day. This is my third novel, but the first in the Peachtree Bluff series, and I am thrilled to be here with you today!

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My Sister’s Books Review #105

Raymie Nightingale

By: Kate DiCamillo

 

Raymie Nightingale’s world was destroyed when her father ran off with his dental hygienist. Now to correct everything, Raymie must win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition, so her picture will be in the paper and bring her daddy home. There is only a minor problem with this plan and that is the fact that Raymie doesn’t know how to twirl a baton. When she signs up for classes, she meets Louisiana and Beverly. Louisiana lives with her grandmother and is determined to win the prize money so she can get her cat back and provide food for her family. Beverly is so sick of competitions that she wants to sabotage this one, so no one will win. This unlikely trio forms a friendship that will see them through difficult times.

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My Sister’s Books Review #69

First Frost
By: Sarah Addison Allen
Waverley #2
The Waverley Women are out of sorts as they wait for Fall to end.  Claire is running a successful and overwhelming Candy business, but doesn’t have any free time left. Sydney wants to give her husband a son. While Bay has fallen in love with a boy and unfortunately the whole school knows. Add in a mysterious man and it is beginning to look like the first frost will never arrive.

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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

~Harper Lee

 

Did you hear the news??? Author Harper Lee will be publishing a new book this summer. It seems this book was her original idea for a story, but due to suggestions she changed the POV and age of the main characters to create one of my absolute favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird! This story will about an adult woman named Scout who travels to her hometown to visit her father. I am so excited!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see this “new” book. I feel like even though I have read To Kill a Mockingbird a dozen times, I should re-read it again this summer.

How many of you are as excited as I am about this news? Who was your favorite character from To Kill a Mockingbird?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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Book Trailer Thursday

Hi Everyone,

This week’s trailer is an extra-special treat. Nicki Leone from SIBA, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, has posted several Book Trailers featuring authors reading selections from their work. Click here to view those videos.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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My Sister’s Books Review #40

Guests on Earth

By: Lee Smith

 

Highland Hospital is located in North Carolina and is the famed institute that treated Zelda Fitzgerald. Evalina Toussaint is a young girl who loves her Mom and her hometown of New Orleans, but when her Mom tragically has an affair with the wrong man, Evalina’s world is torn apart. Sent to the institute to receive treatment for her grief, she meets Zelda and finally begins to feel like she is at home again.

This book states that it is about the famed and mysterious Zelda Fitzgerald, but in reality it is the story of this young woman trying to find a way to survive her grief. Though there is never a true diagnosis for Evalina, readers will feel her pain as though it is their own. The cultural back drop of New Orleans and the Appalachian Mountains is beautiful.  The book starts out slow and has several long moments throughout the book. However, it does provide an insider’s view into the treatment for patients during the beginning of the century.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Notes:

This review was written for My Sister’s Books Bookstore. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

This author recommends:

Lynn York, Abigail DeWitt, Angela Davis-Gardner, Jean Reynolds Page

 

Blio ebook Link:

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Epub ebook Link:

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My Sister’s Books Review #34

The Union Street Bakery

By: Mary Ellen Taylor

Daisy McCrae was abandoned at the bakery when she was just three years old. Thankfully the owners of Union Street Bakery took her in and made her a member of their family, but she still doesn’t feel like she belongs. Now that she has lost her job in DC and thanks to a handful of her mom’s margaritas, she is back at the family’s bakery. Living in her old room, still haunted by ghosts, she is forced to face her painful past, while using her money management skills to save the bakery from bankruptcy. Things get even more complicated when an old customer passes away and leaves her a journal that once belonged to a slave. Daisy has to rely on the help of her sisters in order to solve the mysteries of this ancient diary and continue the legacy of the Union Street Bakery.

Mary Ellen Taylor weaves a graceful and poignant tale within a tale in this book. She manages to balance several characters’ lives from the 1800s to present day. Chocked full of metaphors, readers will laugh and cry as they experience life in the McCrae bakery. Mary Ellen Taylor makes sure to include her readers in on each fascinating detail as the characters discover new truths from the past. At the end of the book, it contains a few of the characters’ famous recipes. Readers will only be disappointed by the fact that this book has to end, because they will feel as though they are a part of the McCrae family. A must read for those who want a little bit of historical mystery set during modern times, with a few morsels of family drama.

Notes:

This review was written for My Sister’s Books.
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A Year in Review #3

Good Morning Everyone,

It is hard to believe that we are already on week #3 of the celebrations. I hope you all are enjoying the look backs, as much as I am. Later this week the American Flag will be celebrated on June 14th. What better way to celebrate the rich history of our nation’s flag, than by reading a story that takes place during a pivotal time in American history. Plus, who wouldn’t want the chance to stand beside the ghosts of 4 American Rock gods while fighting the forces of evil?

Rockapocalypse:

The moment Peter Travers was born, the soul of Buddy Holly was ascending into Heaven. Fifteen years later, Peter was having a wonderful summer with his friends, and his girlfriend, Margie. That dreamy summer turned into a nightmare as their small town of Harper’s Mill learned what hate and evil could do. As people start disappearing and the Ku Klux Klan make their presence known, these five children discover their true destiny. Four famous dead rockers and five teenagers combine forces in order to rid their town of hatred. However unbeknownst to Peter’s friends, a plan is in motion that will have them all reuniting thirty-seven years later, while Peter lies close to death in a coma. As Peter relives his past, will his friends and the rockers be able to save his soul in the present, or will it cost them everything?

Byron Suggs has created a superb and flawless tale of love versus hate. Two stories and two time periods combine into one powerful adventure. A classic coming-of-age story with a magical rocker twist will introduce a new set of readers to the genre of Southern Literature. For fans of Southern Lit, this book will be a must-read! Suggs demonstrates an unbelievable talent as he flawlessly changes dialect between the characters and the time periods. This book will surely give readers goosebumps. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

Author Byron Suggs will be giving away a paperback copy of this book to one lucky commenter!!! In order to be entered for your chance to win a free copy of Rockapocalyspe, leave a comment below between now and 11:59pm EDT on Friday, June 14, 2013! Winner will be selected using Random.org on Saturday morning and will be announced later that day.

Want another chance to win a copy of Rockapocalypse? Head on over to the Big Giveaway page and click on the Rafflecopter link. The winner of the Big Giveaway will win a paperback copy of Rockapocalypse and bookmarks, courtesy of author Byron Suggs!

Good luck to you all!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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