Friday, November 27, 2015

Ashley Bell

 Idgie Says:

I wanted to like it, I really did.  Dean hooked me years ago with Strangers and I religiously read his books for a few years after that.
But this story is a hot mess, chaotically written with a story line that rambles on without focus.

Some years back I started saying that I felt Dean Koontz wrote one book from his heart every year and a secondary book just to meet the publisher's demands.  To me, this is the book to meet the demands.   It appears to me as if he is writing as he is typing, with no actual thought as to where the story is heading. While acceptance of not necessarily factual things is needed while reading a book of this nature, this one just has me scratching my head wondering what in the hell is going on, and why.  

The saving grace of this novel is the lead character, Bibi.  She is a lovely girl, full of spunk and life. She sparkles with wit, charm and intelligence.  Too bad she's stuck in this book.


Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Bantam (December 8, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345545966
ISBN-13: 978-0345545961

Book Description:
The girl who said no to death.

Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman—whose doctor says she has one year to live.

She replies, “We’ll see.”

Her sudden recovery astonishes medical science.

An enigmatic woman convinces Bibi that she escaped death so that she can save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell.

But save her from what, from whom? And who is Ashley Bell? Where is she?

Bibi’s obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats both mystical and worldly, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions.

Here is an eloquent, riveting, brilliantly paced story with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious plot filled with staggering surprises. Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dog Medicine - A Shout Out

Dog_Medicine_cvrJulie Barton's memoir about how adopting a dog helped her battle depression -  Think Piece Publishing will release Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself on November 10th.  
**First print run sold out! Second print now available!**
You can also find out more about Julie Barton and the book on her website, and the Facebook page for the book:

Dog Medicine

At twenty-two, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in Manhattan. She was one year out of college and severely depressed. Summoned by Julie's incoherent phone call, her mother raced from Ohio to New York and took her home. 

Psychiatrists, therapists and family tried to intervene, but nothing reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker. 

Dog Medicine captures in beautiful, elegiac language the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, and the astonishing way animals can heal even the most broken hearts and minds.


JulieBarton_AuthorPhotoJulie Barton is a writer, mother of two and animal lover who lives in Northern California. Her memoir, Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me From Myself was published in November of 2015 by Think Piece Publishing.

Julie has a B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a M.A. in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State University.

Julie’s writing has been published in Brain Child MagazineThe South Carolina ReviewLouisiana Literature, Two Hawks Quarterly, Westview, The Huffington Post, and more.

Mostly she just tries to be kind to people and animals, avoid judgement, appreciate nature, and write every chance she gets.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Furies - Excerpt included

The FuriesIdgie Says: 

Lonely, difficult, semi-abandoned children who wonder about their sad, reclusive teacher.  Hidden hurts and sorrows revealed. Affections formed.  A bitter Scottish winter.What else is there to do but practice revenge?

The following words have NOTHING to do with recent events. It has to do with paragraphs that grip and grab...... "Stowaways landing on West London from the flight path overhead, Get in the tube and make sure no one looks too bomby", Walking into the malice of a stranger." This book has fantastic wordplay.

This is the story of children grasping at straws for affection and want, a teacher who cannot overcome her loss and wreaks of bitterness and pain.  Eventually the children, full of struggle for their own lives, decide that perhaps another life can be made better if theirs cannot.  

Gripping and at times painful to read.   


St. Martin's Griffin
November 17, 2015

Book Description:
"Steady pacing paired with well-timed foreshadowing and fully realized characters make this one compelling from the beginning. Fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History (1992), Erin Kelly's The Poison Tree (2011), and Tana French's The Likeness (2008) will likely enjoy the new perspective Haynes' conversational style offers to similar material." —Booklist
After losing her fiancé in a shocking tragedy, Alex Morris moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Formerly an actress, Alex accepts a job teaching drama therapy at a school commonly referred to as "The Unit," a last-chance learning community for teens expelled from other schools in the city. Her students have troubled pasts and difficult personalities, and Alex is an inexperienced teacher, terrified of what she's taken on and drowning in grief.

Her most challenging class is an intimidating group of teenagers who have been given up on by everyone before her. But Alex soon discovers that discussing the Greek tragedies opens them up in unexpected ways, and she gradually develops a rapport with them. But are these tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge teaching more than Alex ever intended? And who becomes responsible when these students take the tragedies to heart, and begin interweaving their darker lessons into real life with terrible and irrevocable fury?

Natalie Haynes' The Furies is a psychologically complex, dark and twisting novel about loss, obsession and the deep tragedies that can connect us to each other even as they blind us to our fate.