Monday, February 21, 2011

MONDAY'S MUSINGS: Adventurous Odds And Ends

Magic happens when you open a book...

This is going to be a quick post. Mainly because the brain just isn’t up to anything particularly entertaining and I think Theraflu, on the whole, isn’t conducive to clarity of thought. Or at least mine isn’t. Hmmm, maybe I should have added some bourbon or a good scotch…Nah, I’d probably fall asleep over my keyboard, or start babbling in a foreign language. But then given my week that might not be such a bad thing.

I’ve read a few really good books and will be posting some reviews soon. Some four and five star reads too. Like the laugh out loud Linda Wisdom story, Demons are a Girls Best Friend, or the fabulous love story from Olivia Cunning, Rock Hard. Elaine Coffman gave me a real treat with The Return Of The Black Douglas and I had a grand time visiting renaissance Scotland. Didn’t want to come home, either.

I also have some other *adventures* lined up to go on as well. And isn’t it a grand thing to have books take one to different points of history and introduce you to the culture and the people of the time. I love a well done, richly detailed historical and I’ll be visiting Renaissance Italy, with The Second Duchess, Elizabeth Loupas, and going back in time to visit North America of the early 1400’s, with The Dawn Country Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear—love their stories. Both Elizabeth and the Gears will be guests later next month.

Wednesday, you’ll want to stop by and visit a bit with Anjali Banerjee—and her darling cats. I’ll be sharing an excerpt of her latest adult fiction, Haunting of Jasmine. Friday, Jane Odiwe will be visiting with some discovered letters, which harbor some dark secrets in Mr. Darcy’s life— Mr. Darcy's Secret.

Your turn.

Where have you *been* recently via a good book? Any fun books you’d recommend?


Kat Sheridan said...

Sia, sorry you're feeling poorly (Hint: Bourbon, my dear. Or Nyquil.It doesn't make you well, but it makes you not care so much!)

Sounds as if you have some grand authors coming up and I can hardly wait to hear about them! Lately I've been "wandering" around Renaissance Italy, thanks to author Sarah Dunant (who writes extraordinarily about the period!), and Area 51, thanks to author Glenn Cooper's Library of the Dead and Book of Souls novels. Hope you're feeling better soon!

Tonya Kappes said...

Sounds like a great week. I'm currently reading Vida for book club:)

Olivia Cunning said...

I'm glad you enjoyed Rock Hard! Can't wait to read your review.

I just finished a book that I thought would be excellent but turned out to be meh... So I won't mention that one, but I am about 1/3 through an erotic romance called Bound to Please and am loving it so far. Rock star hero. Yeah, can't resist a rock star. Yum!

Jo said...

I am sorry to hear you are sick Sia, personally I would drown my sorrows in Scotch with a shot of ginger wine in it. Not sure you can buy that in the US though. Stone's Ginger Wine is good for what ails you.

As for books, I have been doing some re-reading of Glenda Larke's novels starting with the Watergiver series in preparation for the final book due in August. Then I thought I would re-read The Mirage Makers trilogy. Will have to go to the library if I want to read her Isles of Glory trilogy again, unless I splash out and buy them. I do love her books.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jo, Glenda does have a good series there. I've enjoyed it.

Stone Ginger Wine. I'm going to have to look for that.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat, I ran out of Nyquil back a couple of months ago and forgot to get more. I never run out of bourbon and really it does make a good hot toddy.

Kat, you'd really like Elizabeth's book, The Second Duchess. She tells a great story and puts the reader right there. I'm enjoying it now.

Kat Sheridan said...

Sia, just looked it up and very happily added Second Duchess to my wish list! Looks like it's coming out just in time to be a lovely birthday present to myself!

Helen Ginger said...

I think they took the alcohol out of Nyquil, but you could try it and see. So sorry you're feeling down.

I just got back from vacation, so I got quite a bit of reading done. I'm working on writing reviews so I can get them up before I start another book.

VA said...

I am 34 books into my Goodreads 2011 pledge. Some have been better than others. Still loving Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and I just started reading JD Robb's Eve Dallas series, out of order--awesome. JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, yum. Let see then there's Lisa Kleypas's Travis series. A new author? Diana Francis Pharoah's "Bitter Night" the first in her Horngate witches series was an entertaining urban fantasy read. Nalini Singh's series, both the Psy-Changeling and the Guild Hunter novels. I'm desperately waiting for June and "Kiss of Snow".

Other than that I'm suppose to be reading and writing my master's thesis--see a trend. Yeah, I'm procrastinating and reading fun fiction instead. SIGH...I really should get back to my other reading.