Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
I just wanted to say thank you for choosing me for this contest. I was very
excited to receive the book, as it was one I had just placed on my reading list.
I've already received the book and can't wait to read it!
A random number generator actually chose you, but you are most
welcome :-). And itís a remarkable read, hope youíre enjoying it as much as I
Let the Devil Sleep by John Verdon
Like you, I had been put off by the weirdness of the second mystery towards its
end, but this one appears to be more along the lines of his first. I like the
random aspect for covering up a murder, which could be figured out when he first
mentioned the men with the black umbrellas. Not sure that I knew who the
murderer was, though!
I definitely liked this one better than the second, glad you did
too! I also liked the fact that all the violence heíd faced took its toll on the
protagonist Ė way too many mystery heroes and heroines bounce back incredibly
fast from the most horrendous experiences. This always irritates me as do the
constant concussions that leave no long term damage.
Georgette Heyer Birthday Giveaway
We asked for feedback on "why you love Heyer's novels & how you discovered
her"; here's a selection from your responses:
Casey: I fell in love with
her and her books by accident, my librarian introduced me. After you read one
you can not help but love them.
Yuka: I found out about Georgette Heyer's books at the library. I really enjoy
the setting and the characters. The Grand Sophy is my
Patti: Her books bring me to an era I wish I had lived in!
LeAnn: Found Georgette Heyer as an author by reading historical novels. She
writes intriguing stories with the historical background to piece it all
Susan: I love Heyerís novels because they are so wonderfully written. I
discovered them at the library. Once I read one I knew I needed to read them
Diana: I Love Georgette Heyerís historical novels, they make me really feel like
I have been transported back in time. I found her novel Royal Army
while browsing a bookstore for something to read on a flight to Europe last
summer. Although I am a new fangirl to Georgette Heyer, I love her style, and I
have shared her works with many friends and family members.
River Chick: I love Georgette's books because of the variety -- romance, mystery,
historical. I discovered her books at a thrift shop.
Kathy: A great way to
escape from the every day.
Anne: I discovered Georgette Heyer after I started posting on a forum devoted to
the 1995 BBC TV miniseries Pride & Prejudice. The
people there were all Austen fans, like me. But unlike me, many of them had read
Heyer's books and loved them. She was not Jane Austen, but then she didn't try
to be. Her historical novels are witty, entertaining, and historically accurate.
Present-day writers who try to emulate her don't have the style, the wit, and
especially her understanding of the past.
Irene: I love Georgette Heyer's
novels because they are witty and somewhat unpredictable. The heroines are
always engaging and never wimpy. I was first introduced to Georgette Heyer when
my mother brought some of her books home from the library nearly 40 years ago. I
was hooked from the first page.
Jason: Yes, I am a man and enjoy Georgette Heyer's novels. I was bored several
years ago and was at my mother's. She had Why Shoot a Butler.
I loved the style and the story. Exquisite I would say. Not my normal Clive
Cussler or Jack Higgins, so it was a fresh look on writing.
Ruth: Of course, like SO many others, the love affair began with Jane Austen. As
an adult, after I had read and re-read ALL the Austen works, I craved more.
After about 50 years, I can't even remember when I read my first Heyer, but when
I did, I was hooked for life. Like my collection of Austen, I already own MANY
of Heyer's works, and have read and re-read all my favorites. Because I also
dive into a good mystery now and then, Georgette does double duty.
April: I first heard about Heyer from Jo Walton at the Tor.com blog. She made me
interested in searching out something by the author. At the time, the only book
available at the library was False Colors. I fell in
love with her sweet, silly, clever and caring characters.
Don: They are
Nancy: I haven't read any of her books. I hope that doesn't count against me
because I have always had in mind to do so.
Lilian: I haven't read a Heyer book yet, but I would love to start. As for how I
"discovered" her: I am intrigued by her because I was chatting with a fellow
book blogger recently, and she commented that she thought Heyer's romance was
classy for their covers (looking like an Austen classic). And I ended up curious
about Heyer's work.
Laura: I discovered Georgette Heyer through these great re-issues that
Sourcebooks has been putting out recently. I read my first of her work last
year, and I was hooked! Her style really reminds me of Jane Austen-- so classy.
I haven't read any of her "modern" books yet, and I'm looking forward to it.
Nancy: I like the way she brought the past alive along with the romance.
Laura: The first Heyer book I discovered was totally by accident when I was 15.
It was The Masqueraders, which I still have a copy of
and read at least once a year. The book had been cast aside by someone who
thought it was a modern romance. It set me off on a mission to find more by her!
I have discovered many other fine authors on the way.
My introduction to
Georgette Heyer was in my teens. My father recommended her books and my aunt had
most of them. I have read and re-read my own complete collection over the years,
and have always appreciated her witty dialogue, grand romances, and strongminded
heroines. She will never be dated,
Teens Reading Online
I just wanted to send you a quick e-mail to say thank you
for your web page (Teens
Reading Online). I work for an after school program for
a middle school, and we usually have an allotted read-aloud
time with the kids. Before we select certain materials, we
have to do some background research on the topic and get the
topic approved by all the parents. Our most recent topic is
mythology. Your site had some links to great information for
this. Thanks so much!
One of my colleagues shared a great mythology resource that
we've been making use of with the kids,
The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Mythology. If I was
technologically capable, I'd make a web page and put this
link on there, but I'm not, so I thought it could be of use
on your web page for yourself and your viewers. Let me know
what you think. :-) Thank you again for making a difficult
project much easier. :-).
Thanks very much for the kind words as well
as the link (which I just added to our Teens Reading Online
page). Sounds like a great topic for read-aloud.
All the very best,
The River of
Just finished reading the River of Doubt
and I thought it was excellent. The further along I got, the
more it reminded of a modern day suspense novel. I couldn't
wait to see what would happen next on their expedition, all
the while hoping for a happy ending. I passed it on to my
father, who is enjoying it now.
I grew up in Oyster Bay,
NY, where my parents still currently reside. I live about 30
min. away. I had visited Sagamore Hill on many occasions and
was always fascinated by it. Today I'm still fascinated every
time I take my two young sons there for a visit.
novel about Sagamore Hill would be another interesting story
for Ms. Millard to take on.
That book seems to have impressed a lot
of people, including our reviewer! You made me wonder what
Candice Millard is working on currently and I found a comment
thread on Amazon, which says sheís Ďworking on a book about
the assassination of James Garfieldí.
ĎNo nature in this one, but lots of science. Alexander Graham
Bell and his induction balance--invented in a desperate
attempt to save Garfield's life--are a large part of the
story, as are Joseph Lister and antisepsis.í
Sounds like another great read and one that you might enjoy.
Thanks for taking the time to write and all the very best,
I'm glad you have done this interview. If I wasn't
inspired by Mrs. Pierce before I really am now. You did a
nice job. A big fan of books,
Thanks for writing to tell me so -
Tamora Pierce is indeed a wonderful author. In my family, my
niece Alanna read her books first, then introduced them to my
father, who got me started reading them too. Even though
these books are aimed at young adults, weíve had three
generations (so far!) hooked on them.
The River of
I recently finished reading this incredible story of
Teddy Roosevelt and the cast of brave souls that dared
venture into the South American wilderness. I was enthralled
by the detail of the adventure and deeply moved by their
bravery, endurance and lastly gravely saddened in the end
when I learned that Kermit, whom I also had considered the
hero of this enduring trek had taken his own life.
I realize the interview between Josephine A. K. Locke and
Candice as recorded on this
is over 2 years old. But I am also an admirer of Theodore
Roosevelt and just finished reading Candice's book. I was
hoping if you have the opportunity you could pass this note
of thanks and appreciation on to Candice for writing such a
grand story. She touched my life and I want to extend a note
of thanks to her.
That story seems to have affected many
people strongly as we get quite a few enthusiastic comments
about it from readers. I'm not in direct contact with the
author but have forwarded your email to her publishers who I
hope will pass it on.
The River of
I just finished reading The River of Doubt
by Candice Millard. It is one of the best books I've ever
read, fiction or non-fiction. I rarely read the
Acknowledgment section of any book, but I did this time. Her
extensive research provided her with the knowledge of this
ninety-three year old daring and dangerous adventure, but as
a talented superb writer she imparts her knowledge in
descriptive detail. She chose to conclude her book with an
emotional moment, when one of Teddy Roosevelt's beloved
friends, George Cherries, speaking to a group of socialites
and dignitaries, began to weep. 'I was in the consulate
at La Guayra, Venezuela when the Consul received the cable
announcing Colonel Roosevelt's death. He handed it to me
without a word. When I read that message, the tears came to
my eyes', and after a lingering pause, he finally said
'As they do now.' My eyes filled with tears as well.
And, if I understand correctly this is her first book.
Bravo!! Is there any possibility that The River of
Doubt might be made into a movie?
I havenít read the book myself (Josephine
reviewed it), but you make me want to. Did you also read our
Interview with the author? I havenít heard of any movie
plans either, but it certainly sounds like this would make an
exciting and inspiring one!
Patterson in Person
I also went to a James Patterson Booksigning at
Books-A-Million in Charleston, SC in 2001. I was really
impressed and told everyone how friendly and down to earth
Mr. Patterson is. I remember that day when I had a camera, a
security guard came to me and told me no pictures could be
taken. He saw what was going on and he not only allowed it,
he even posed for a few pictures. Then as I was standing in
line to have my book autographed, a gentlemen ahead of me
actually handed him a book that was not one he wrote, and of
course by a different author. Mr. Patterson looked at the
book, smiled at the man and then back at me, rolled his eyes
a little and then signed it. When I handed him my book, he
took time to say a few words to me then asked me how I
wanted my book signed. He was very personable and I only
wish that everyone could get the chance to meet him in
person and come away with the perception I have. Iím sure
you came away with the same impression. He leaves one
wondering about his state of mind sometimes with some of his
Alex Cross novels I must say, but after meeting him I found
that he is a really kind man. I wonít miss the next
booksigning when he comes back to SC.
I have to agree with you. I was very
impressed with his professional manner and how he tempered it
with a laid-back talk that had everyone either smiling in
agreement or laughing at some quip. I also enjoyed hearing
that he truly enjoys what he does. He loves to write. He
mentioned another author (canít remember his name) who feels
compelled to write but doesnít like it and finds it
difficult. Itís evident Patterson is happy in his occupation
- look at his output. Prodigious.
The Name of the
I have also read most of the same authors you mentioned
interview. I just wanted to say there is no better
painkiller for a herniated lumbar disc than a big, fat,
intricate, multifaceted novel. Thanks for a most
entertaining and involving read.
What's in a Review?
The saddest aspect of Richard Schickel's acerbic comments
is his dismissal of the fact that people are reading and
sharing their views, in short communicating about what they
read. Surely that is the goal of any writer. There will
always be vast differences in the quality of both the oeuvre
and the review, but this is true of all creative projects.
And for one individual to assume that he is the epitome of
quality/intelligence and that all others are inferior is
I totally agree that there's room for -
and benefit from - a range of reviews and reviewers, and that
what matters most is spreading the word about great reading.
The Internet has played a big part in the success of series
like Harry Potter, and its power to boost books and
authors is, if anything, still very much on the rise.
Steve Hamilton Book
I have heard he is coming out with a new book in
September, something with Night in the title. Could you
confirm this to me?
I just queried the publisher (St. Martinís
Minotaur) and they tell me that itís called Night Work
and will be on sale 9/18,
C. J. Critt
I was searching the internet to find more information on
C. J. Critt and came upon your page. You are so right that
the person who narrates talking books makes or breaks the
book and C. J. Critt is wonderful. I will take a note of the
other names you have mentioned as well. Living in France not
only do most people not know what an audio book is it would
be impossible to borrow them in a library, whether in French
or English. As I can't really afford to buy them either I
have had to find other means to get some. I really enjoy
listening to them though, it is a whole new experience at 50
to discover this pleasant experience after a life time of
You're so right that a skilled narrator
can make a huge difference. I tend to read printed books very
fast, so find the speed of audiobooks a little frustrating.
But I love to listen to them on long car trips, especially
when I find a talking book that all the family can enjoy. And
they're great for passing time on the treadmill as well :-).
You might want to look through a few more of our
Audiobook Columns. And have you looked into some of the
online sites where you can download audiobooks, like
Audible.com? Just search for audiobook download and you'll
find different options. Happy listening!
River of Doubt
My book Club chose this for April - tough to find it at
the library - excellent! I could not believe it was written
by a woman! I would love to know more about the author.
Presentation is this coming Monday night - too bad I just
found this website!
Our reviewer also interviewed the author,
Candice Millard - you might like to read the
e-Interview. All the best,
Shaara's Civil War Battlefields
Thank you so much for the great book - Jeff
Shaara's Civil War Battlefields. He writes well, and
I love Civil War and World War two documents. I found it
interesting that he [Shaara] mentioned Israel Richardson at
Antietam's battle. Israel Richardson was from Pontiac
Michigan; he was a Union General who fought in many battles.
He didn't die in Antietam Maryland; he died of battle wounds
later, but was then brought back to Pontiac where his men
and himself are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. I see his grave
almost daily; you can see it from the main roadway,
University Drive, but most people who drive by it have no
idea who he is or what he and his men did.
Hopefully this summer I will be able to visit some of the
'New England' battlefields - Gettysburg and Antietam. I
often ponder what our American heroes did for us in the
past. I am thankful for all Veterans no matter what war or
frontier they were/are engaged in. It seems many Americans
don't realize these men and women are only in their late
teens and early 20's. What courageous souls they are. Just
like your brothers [my uncles] were.
Sergeant Jeffrey Peterson,
Pontiac Police Department, Michigan
(writing to his Aunt Josephine, who reviewed the book)
Re: Started reading again after sickness
My name is David Johnson and I came out of a coma to find
myself enjoying reading again - something I have not done
for years. Whose books did I happen to discover? Mr.
Patterson's. They are great. I have to go to the library
every few days to get another one. Tell him thanks.
James Patterson certainly seems to have a
universal appeal. Try to get hold of his new one -
Step on a Crack.
Itís one of his best!
Mary Higgins Clark's
No Place Like
On page 410 she states "The Biblical phrase 'I will
vomit you from my mouth,' ran through my mind and I felt a
powerful urge to ..." Is this really a quote from the
Bible, and if so please quote the scripture for me? I never
heard that one before!! Thank you.
I just looked it up on the Internet and
it's apparently in World English Bible, Revelation
3:16: "So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor
cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth." Quite an image!
I really enjoyed
by Anne Frasier.
Me too Ė Iíll pass on your comment to the author, thanks for
Re: The Magic Pumpkin
I like your story. My favorite part is when Jacko came to
life and Kevin made a wish. I liked when Kevin wished for
Katie's daddy to get well.
Hi Katherine! Itís awfully nice of you to write and tell me
you like my story. I think my favorite part is the very end
but I like the wish part too.
I'm hoping you can forward this email to Tim Davis. He
reviewed my book The Second Perimeter on
Bookloons, and I just wanted to thank him for the nice
review. New authors are pretty insecure animals and a review
like Tim's is very much appreciated.
Mr. Lawson, thank you for the note of appreciation. As a
freelance book reviewer (and as a university instructor of
undergraduate literature and writing courses), I escape the
too frequent tedium of the classroom (and the reading of
undergraduate writing assignments) by reading and reviewing
as much new fiction and nonfiction as I can in my spare
time. And I especially look forward to reading debut works
in which I occasionally "discover" new and noteworthy
writers. Your work in
Perimeter was just such a pleasant discovery. Of
course, with my energies too heavily committed to the
classroom (and to writing book reviews), I remain more than
a little envious of anyone who can successfully negotiate
the rigors of novel-writing, the perils of finding an agent,
and the uncertainties of publication and promotion. So,
although I remain envious of you, I wish you well in your
future as a published writer. I hope your publisher gives
you the kind of promotion your book deserves.
Re: Winter's Child
I've read all of Margaret Maron's books in both the Judge
Deborah series, and my special love the Sigrid books (wish
there were more). Winter's Child sounds like
it's going to be a bit darker than usual, but definitely not
dark enough to scare off cozy readers. Since I read
everything from the coziest of cozies to noir, I'm looking
forward to Winter's Child. Ms Maron's books
have afforded me many, many hours of pleasurable reading.
I also enjoy Judge Deborah (and look forward to Winterís
Child which Iím about to open next), but donít recall
reading the Sigrid books - thanks for bringing them to my
Hilary, the two series are totally different.
Deborah comes from a large, close family. Sigrid only has her
mother who isn't around much. she's a closed in loner in the
beginning of the series, but as the books continue, Maron
allows her to grow and open up to relationships. Sigrid
Harald, a police lieutenant in New York City, is featured in:
One Coffee With (1981); Death of a
Butterfly (1984); Death in Blue Folders
(1985); The Right Jack (1987); Baby Doll
Games (1988); Corpus Christmas (1989);
Past Imperfect (1991); Fugitive Colors
(1995). Some of the books are out of print and difficult to
find, but if you check out both online and used bookstores
you might luck out with the whole series.
Just finished reading the interview with
Lois Duncan ...
very well done. Ms. Duncan is such an interesting person and
writes so well. Our local HS instructor assigns one of her
books each year to his classes. Thanks again for the
Thanks for taking the time to write to us Ė Iíve passed on
your comment to the author and to Josephine who came up with
the interview questions.
When I enter your contests, I greatly appreciate being
referred to by name - even though your computer is doing it.
And thank you for taking the time to tell us! My husband
wrote the code for that, so Iíve passed on your message to
him, nice to know his work is appreciated :D,
Book Review, Richard Powell /
My sister, Dorothy Quigley, recently sent me a copy of
your review of Don Quixote, U.S.A., in which
you asked "if anyone hears about plans to reissue Richard
Powell's excellent novels, please let me know as I'd love to
acquire more of them." Well, I'm lettin' you know.
Dorothy is in control of the copyrights for all dad's books,
and has been VERY active in attempting to get them
reprinted. She has already gotten A Shot In the Dark
out, and is working on several others. BTW, I enjoyed your
review. but then what's not to enjoy when you say such nice
things about our dad?
That's wonderful news. Your father is one of my all-time
favorite authors Ė my dad introduced me to his books and I
was quickly hooked, and enjoyed many hours of reading (and
re-reading) pleasure. Thanks so much for writing,
Thank you for the review of Journey Between Worlds.
I'm happy that the reviewer pointed out that it is really
not science fiction, but a teen romance. I have been trying
to make that clear ever since the original edition was
published, but anything set on another planet automatically
gets labeled "science fiction" and is promoted that way by
publishers -- and as a result, it is put on science fiction
shelves in libraries and bookstores, where the girls most
apt to enjoy it don't find it. I hope this edition will
reach those who don't ordinarily read science fiction, as
they are the readers I intended it for.
Iíve passed on your email to Anise who reviewed Journey
Between Worlds. She has daughters, so understands what
they like to read :-). I hope her review helps a little to
match the book with the audience you intended. Your comments
remind me of one of my favorite YA science fiction books,
Heinleinís Podkayne of Mars, which I read as a teen
and remember much more for its depiction of its young
heroine than for her technological surroundings.
Would you please tell me where I may buy the Christmas
wafers. I am going to try your recipe for kompot. I have
heard of it, but have not tasted it. You said to
refrigerate, does that mean overnight? Thank you for your
Happy New Year to you and yours, may it be happy, healthy,
and loving. Thank you for reading
Memories of a Polish Christmas. It is heartwarming
to hear from our website readers.
The following urls are for website(s) that provide Polish
products, and the oplatek (wafers). You might also check
the area you live in for Polish parishes, as they most often
provide the oplatki for their congregation and anyone else
interested in same. (There is a Polish church in Manchester,
NH, about 25 minutes from my residence, which keeps the
tradition each Christmas.)
I have purchased oplatki through website Poland by Mail,
which features everything from books to movies, etc. Here is
the url connection direct to the oplatek page:
Other websites of interest include the POLISH AMERICAN
JOURNAL, newspaper published in the United States, a source
for American, and Poland news from many communities:
The following features the Kompot recipe you inquired
In answer to your question about the length of time to
refrigerate, the recipe does not stipulate a specific
time frame. But I suggest overnight refrigeration. However
that is flexible. It really comes
down to taste, and to be honest - I like to eat it warm! :-)
Sto Lat (live a hundred years - a greeting & song for
birthdays and other occasions) as well as Na Zdrowie (to your
Josephine's column was just marvelous. Evoked memories of
my own (Irish-American) Christmases. Bravo!!!!
I thought so too, loved the feeling in it! Thanks for
writing to tell us, and I wish you a wonderful
Irish-American holiday and a fantastic year to follow,
Re: Great Site!
I love your website and all the links to contests! This
is such a fabulous site for book lovers! Thanks!
Thanks for the kind words and have a wonderful holiday and
Re: Congratulations on your 5th anniversary!
What an accomplishment! I discovered your web site a few
years ago and visit at twice a week. I use it for reviews,
your wonderful columns, features and the fun contests. As a
children's librarian, I often pass this resource along to
patrons and colleagues. Kudos on having the ingenuity and
initiative and most of all dedication in creating this
wonderful web site dedicated to book lovers!
Thanks, it's very kind of you to write and I'm delighted
that you visit so often and find useful content. As an avid
reader, you must love your job, and it's such an important
one. Take care and all the very best for the holidays!
I was at the dentist's office and found a copy of
Along Came a Spider and starting reading it, I was
hooked so I took the book with me as I left. I have gotten
several friends reading his books now, I am specially
engrossed with Alex Cross I feel as though he is part of my
family. I am awaiting Mary, Mary. James was in
NJ but just a little to far for me to travel to see him. I
was disappointed but I am a senior citizen and walk with a
cane and just could not get to meet him. Hopefully went he
comes back he will be closer to my area. Tell him to keep
those Alex Cross books coming, I even picked out the
murderer in one of his books boy was I excited.
Mary, Mary as Alex Crosss humanity comes across
even more strongly than before in this one, and its a great
twisty plot (and tough to spot the villain)!
Re: On Books & Loons
Newsletter Issue 37
Thanks for the idea in your e-mail but I did just that
yesterday. I went to my favorite used book store and found
my favorite "mysteries" and also found a wonderful book,
Naturalist by Edward O. Wilson. I read 45 pages
while under the dryer at my beauty shop today. He is, of
course, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-Winning author. I never
heard about this man but I am deeply absorbed in this book.
I also love history and autobiographies.
Being retired I am able to read before my nap every day and
at night before going to sleep. I also tutor children and
tell them to always be reading something, even if they
cannot pick it up every day. Most of them tell me they do it
too and that makes me proud.
Great minds think alike (yours and Joyce Carol Oates' :-)).
I often receive books to review that I would not have picked
up myself, and am also often surprised and delighted by how
much I get from them. And I'm impressed by your encouraging
kids to read, you have every right to be proud of that.
Re: The Ha-Ha
I received this book in the mail yesterday. I was so
happy. I have never actually listened to an audiobook
before, but it was very nice to just sit in a chair with the
headphones on and my knitting in hand while someone read to
me. Thanks for the book. I am enjoying it immensely!
Glad to hear it - I found it a wonderful read. I enjoy
audiobooks in the car, but can see that they would work well
with knitting too. All the best!
Re: James Patterson
I just wanted to say that I have a reading problem
(dyslexia) and I started reading the ladies mystery clubs
books and I actually am reading much better since I started
with your books. I just wanted to say keep up the good work
and I am trying to get 3rd Degree. I just
started collecting all of your books. GREAT JOB, WELL DONE
I've passed on your email to James Patterson's publishers.
I'm so glad you're enjoying his books. Though the topics are
often horrific, I think he writes in a very simple style
that makes his works widely accessible. Happy reading!
Thank you for Your editorial on
Books on Tape
Really appreciate your referral to rental options - will
Glad you found it useful - I love audiobooks for long car
The Twelve Days of Camping
This is great. I got this web address from the girl scout
council in Mobile, AL where my daughter-in-law lived when
she was in Girl Scouts.
I'm making a memory quilt from my daughter-law's girl scout
shirts ... I'm going to print this for her too. She loves
Christmas and this is perfect for a former Girl Scout. Thank
you for another idea for her photo album that's going with
I'm really glad you like it. Most of the poem came to me in
the middle of the night in a tent in the woods; I grabbed a
flashlight and a pen :-). I've had people write to tell me
they were going to use the poem in a Christmas play, or sing
it in the woods, but this is the first quilt appearance. I'm
Johnny Cash Tribute
Nicely said and appreciated. Wish we had a politician in
Washington we could say that about.
Thank you for your comment regarding Johnny Cash, and yes we
could use more like him in all parts of society. The Man In
Black's life and legacy is inspirational and will be for
generations to come. The admission of faults and weaknesses
is a strength within itself. Hope you get a chance to read
Johnny Cash the Songs edited by Don Cusic. Thank
you, too, for visiting BookLoons.com,
I found your site the other day, and I was deeply touched
by the beautiful review you gave to my new book,
Breast Cancer Husband. I can't thank you enough for
such a wonderful and accurate characterization.
Re: James Patterson
I love James Patterson's books. I read them on the way
back and forth to work. I just finished reading Big
Bad Wolf which my sister wants. She hooked me on to
James Patterson. I really love the way he can really just
have me in another place with Alex Cross. My sister and I
have read all of his books and he is getting better and
better. I think that he is the best that I have ever read. I
have to run to get London Bridges.
If you loved
The Big Bad Wolf you'll be even more thrilled by
You have an exciting read in store!
Re: James Patterson
Love all of your book. Have read all of them. I can read
them as fast as you can write and can't get enough of your
work. I live in South Florida also. Write faster! Let us see
more of you in Broward County.
I've passed your enthusiastic comments on to Mr. Patterson's
publisher. Have you started reading London Bridges
JamesPatterson.com? And he's putting out a kids'
book too, that looks like lots of fun,
SantaKid. Lots to look forward to :-),
The Magic Pumpkin
I read your story to my little sis and she says that she
really likes it.
Thanks for telling me, and please wish your little sis a
spooky, happy Halloween,
Re: James Patterson
Mr. Patterson, I have read all your novels and I would
really love to see you in Raleigh, North Carolina to get a
signed copy of London Bridges. Every book you
write, I stand in line to make sure I get one of the first
copies hot off the press. I love your work and you are a
brilliant author. Your books keep me on edge and ready for
I understand there will be information soon on James
Patterson's November tour on his
Website. I too love Alex Cross and am looking forward to
London Bridges, which sounds like a super-thriller!
Column on bullying (Books
Love all the Bookloons features, but as a children's
librarian, I particularly enjoyed this one.
has been on my list to read for a while, will now pick it
What I liked about The Revealers is that kids looked
for (and found) creative solutions that involved community
awareness - I'd love to know what you think when you read
Re: A Daughter of Liberty
I was just reading your interview with
Allan Cole about his book
A Daughter of
Liberty. From that interview, I could not tell
if the Shannon Family about which he says this book is
written is a fictitious family or is it a real family by the
name of Shannon. Was there really a Shannon Inn in Cherry
Valley, NY? He says the story is based on diaries, letters,
interviews, etc. so I wondered just how true to facts it is.
By the way, the reason I am interested is that my elderly
mother-in-law grew up in Cherry Valley, NY and her family
has lived there for 200 to 250 years.
The Shannon family is fictitious. The members are the
fictional ancestors of Major Dennis Shannon in the Vietnam
novel, A Reckoning For Kings. There was one line in
the book from Major Shannon's grandfather where the old man
says that the Shannons have fought in every American war
since Queen Anne.
The Shannon family is loosely based on my own Irish family.
They have also fought in every American War. The grandfather
in Reckoning is based loosely on my own grandfather
Frank Guinan, who chased Poncho Villa, lost a lung to
Germans in WWI and was one of the founders of the famed
Philadelphia Boxing Assn. (Where Rocky came from). In the
Navy he was fleet champion. In the Army he was division
champion. In the Marines he was also division champion.
(light weight) In civilian life he fought through the
Depression - with only one lung - to put food on the table
for his family. Quite a guy.
The Cherry Valley
material was checked out by the Cherry Valley historical
association, who were most helpful. I think they still carry
the book in the museum gift shop.
Re: Lindsay Boxer
Please!! We need more of Lindsay Boxer. Will James
Patterson be writing more of her stories? She and her
friends are exciting to read about.
I understand that the next Women's Murder Club novel
will be out next summer and called 4th of July. I'm
looking forward to it too!
I would never have found the wonderful book
Star of the Sea
by Joseph O'Connor if it hadn't been reviewed in your
newsletter. I have found it to be a wonderful book about
Irish history during the time of the Irish famine. I highly
recommend this book! Thank you for bringing it to my
That's why we're here :-). I'll let Barbara (who wrote the
review) know how much you liked the book - and thanks for
taking the time to let us know.