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Friday, December 30, 2011

Guest post: Deborah Bryan

PLUS a giveaway of Deborah's new book The Monster's Daughter.

Today, I'm excited to feature Deborah Bryan, one of my blogging buddies from the mommy blogging world, and author of The Monster's Daughter (The Glass Ball Trilogy). Deborah has been my guest previously on Cookie's Chronicles, my personal blog. She wrote a beautiful piece entitled Mother, Child, Mother that I highly recommend you read if you are or intend becoming a mother.

Today, Deborah is here with a most appropriate end of year guest post.

Stay tuned following Deborah's guest post to enter the giveaway for her new novel, The Monster's Daughter.

Every single blessed rung
by Deborah Bryan
Books were the magic of my youth. No matter how rocky the waters outside their pages, I could always find the solace of hope within them.

Books whispered to me, "What's to come needn't be a continuation of what is."

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy New Year!
Giveaway Hop

It's time to ring in the new year, and what better way to do it than with a giveaway! I'm teaming up with I am a Reader Not a Writer and Babs Book Bistro to bring you some incredibly good reads.

Several authors have generously offered to give away copies of their books. This blog hop is open from December 30 to Jan 3. Hundreds of bloggers are participating, so there's something for everyone!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Good Things Come in Small Packages
Guest Post from Patricia Sierra

PLUS a giveaway you don't want to miss!

Today, I welcome Patricia Sierra to Cookie's Book Club, co-author, with John Philpin, of The Prettiest Feathers and Tunnel of Night. Sierra has written many other books including J.D. The Plot to Steal J.D. Salinger's Manuscripts, which I enjoyed and reviewed earlier this year. Click here to read my review and interview with Patricia Sierra and co-author John Philpin.

Stay tuned following Sierra's guest post for a fabulous giveaway. The winner will receive three books: The Prettiest Feathers, Tunnel of Night AND a bonus book. Read on to discover which one!

Good Things Come in Small Packages
Thoughts on the short story
from Patricia Sierra
     There’s a saying that good things come in small packages, but as a child I was always more excited about the big boxes under the Christmas tree—those wrapped in red foil or green paper and tied with a huge bow.
     The year I turned ten there was one box too large to fit under the tree. It was half as tall as I, and three times as wide. I remember how excited I felt, tearing off the wrapping and lifting the lid. But inside all I saw was yet another box.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Guest Post: André Jute on Dalziel & Pascoe

PLUS a Giveaway of one of my favourite books of the year: IDITAROD A Novel of the Greatest Race on Earth by André Jute

Got a gift card burning a hole in your pocket? Check out today's recommendation from guest blogger André Jute!

And stay tuned following André's guest post for a giveaway of his book, IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth. Click here to read my review of IDITAROD and interview with André.

Fat & Thin, in Yorkshire, how likely is that for the best detective series in English?
André Jute on Dalziel & Pascoe

 Image source: bbc.co.uk
The chief policeman in the series is a fat slob with all of the sensitivity and none of the timing of a cuckoo clock. He is a bully, he is sexist, he scratches his backside in public, he belches, he farts.

His sidekick is a fast-track graduate with a stalled career. Mind you, he isn’t much more sensitive. When he shoots someone dead, he knocks up his estranged wife, the pinko bleeding-heart, to tell her he feels good, that this is what he was made for. And then he is surprised when she takes his child and runs off to America with another man.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Review of STIEG LARSSON Man, Myth & Mistress by guest Matt Posner

PLUS A Giveaway!

Today, I welcome author Matt Posner, author of the School of the Ages series, to Cookie's Book Club with his review of STIEG LARSSON Man, Myth & Mistress by Andre Jute and Andrew McCoy.

Stieg Larsson: Man, Myth, and Mistress by Andre Jute and Andrew McCoy was my introduction to an entertaining, tough-minded, and courageous man with a world of fascinating life experiences. No, not Stieg, though this might be said of him also, perhaps -- but I mean Andre Jute. Clearly, Andre Jute is not one to steer away from a conflict where truth and integrity are concerned. He was certainly not afraid to take on legions of Stieg Larsson fans in this book. The cliche that truth is a harsh mistress is demonstrated in this volume, which I read in its Kindle edition shortly after finishing Larsson's three books. I read them with great relish, appreciating the quirks and peculiarities of Larsson's style (digressions into Swedish history, Lizbeth Salander's grocery lists) and driven by the fascinatingly suspenseful narrative, and then I came across Jute and McCoy's analytical book and thought it was just the thing to help me appreciate the adventures of Lizbeth and Mikael even more.

Best of 2011 Giveaway Hop!

I'm very excited today to review my Best of 2011 Indie Author Recommendations! Once again, I am participating in a multi-blogger, multi-prize giveaway, hosted by I am a Reader Not a Writer.

Several authors have generously offered to give away copies of their books. This blog hop is open from December 27-31. Hundreds of bloggers are participating, so there's definitely something for everyone!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Essay:
Guest Post from Christopher Bunn

I have another wonderful guest post for you today on the topic of Christmas from Christopher Bunn, the author of The Tormay Trilogy. I have so far interviewed Christopher Bunn twice about this series. You can read my reviews and interviews here:
The Shadow at the Gate - guest post for Kindle Obsessed

Christopher is visiting today with a guest post and to offer his short story, The Christmas Caper, to three lucky readers.

Be sure to enter the giveaway following Christopher's essay.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Weeks Before Christmas:
Guest Post from Lin Pardey

Today, I am pleased to announce that Lin Pardey has returned to Cookie's Book Club! Lin is the author of Bull Canyon: A Boatbuilder, A Writer and Other Wildlife.

Earlier this year, I reviewed Bull Canyon and spoke with Lin. You can read the review and interview here.

Lin is here today with a special guest post, AND to award two lucky readers hard copies of her fabulous book! Typically my giveaways are for electronic copies of books, but in this case, the hard copy is a must for it's gorgeous photos.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mid-Winter's Eve Blog Hop!

I am thrilled to be participating in the Mid-Winter's Eve Blog Hop hosted by I am a Reader Not a Writer and Oasis for YA.

Several authors have generously offered to give away copies of their books. This blog hop is open from December 21-27. Hundreds of bloggers are participating, so there's definitely something for everyone!

Coming Soon on Cookie's Book Club

I am excited to announce a number of very cool things that are going to be happening at Cookie's Book Club over the next month.

I have a number of authors coming by to guest post and loads of great books to giveaway!

Be sure to subscribe to my RSS feed so you don't miss a thing!

Here are some of the authors who will visit Cookie's Book Club this month:

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Introducing Dakota Franklin
PLUS a giveaway:
Be one of the first to read Le Mans!

For the past several months, I have been involved as a co-editor of a new series of books by first-time author Dakota Franklin.

Today I am proud to have Dakota as my guest and to announce the release of the first in her Ruthless to Win series, Le Mans.

‘In the lower classes some auto racers are jumped-up mechanics. But in Mallory's class you need to be a near-genius. It is not just reflexes. Great intelligence and will-power are the minimum prerequisites, and a certain disdain for the lives of others. Most of them do not believe they are mortal, that they can die. To be a champion, a racer needs to be a near-sociopath’
“On the track a racer has no friends”

Mallory is a crashed-out, half-dead, never-has-been auto racer. Triple Le Mans winner Charlie Cartwright gives this human wreck an engineering job at Cartwright-Armitage because nobody can take an MIT degree away from her. Now, Mallory is on her way up. As an engineer, as an executive, as a driver — in a winning car! She has a man in her life.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Celebrating Christmas Through
the Magic of Storytelling

Guest blogging at Spanish4Kiddos


The proprietor, Barbara, has asked me to share a favourite story that my family reads together to celebrate Christmas. We have so many Christmas favourites it was hard to choose just one... so I didn't!

Come on over and see what we are reading this holiday season!

Comments are off here. Please stop by Spanish 4 Kiddos and share your favourite Christmas stories!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Jakarta Pandemic
Book Review and Interview
with Steve Konkoly


I’m pleased today to bring you a review of The Jakarta Pandemic and interview with the author, Steve Konkoly. Stay tuned following the interview for an excerpt from his newest book, Black Flagged.

Steve has also graciously offered to give away two sets of his books, The Jakarta Pandemic and Black Flagged to two lucky winners!

Description (Amazon.com):

In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them. He particularly knows that strict isolation is the only guaranteed way to protect his family from the new disease.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Nate Rocks the World
Book Review and Interview with Karen Pokras Toz


Today, I am pleased to welcome children's author Karen Pokras Toz to Cookie's Book Club, along with a special guest reviewer and interviewer, my nephew J!

Karen is the creator of the popular character, Nate Rocks.

So, who is Nate Rocks?

From Karen's website, http://www.karentoz.com:
Nate Rocks: Part Super-Hero, Part All-Star Athlete, Part Rock-Star… Part Fourth-Grader?

Ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge cannot catch a break. After all, life as a fourth-grader can be hazardous - what with science projects to deal with and recess football games to avoid. Everyone, including his best friend Tommy, seems to have bad luck when hanging around Nathan. Throw in an older sister who is a royal pain, a dad who is stuck in the past, and a mom who keeps trying to poison him with her awful cooking, and poor Nathan’s life as a fourth-grader appears to be completely doomed.

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