In March of 2012 I converted over to www.closedthecover.com and reviews will no longer be posted here on my WordPress blog in their entirety. This blogsite will remain operational and I will continue to share news, pictures and updates as well as links to my reviews but reviews will only be posted on my primary site.
It’s time for my weekly update. Here’s a synopsis of everything that has been going on in the CTC world over the last week.
There are 18 days left for my giveaway of “The Bohemian Diaries.” It’s a memoir about a young Jewish boy growing up in a home full of eclectic artists. It sounds pretty interesting to me. I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my list of books to be read soon. Check out the synopsis and giveaway here.
I have another giveaway for a book called “Of Blood and Brothers.” It’s a historical fiction (my favorite genre) about a researcher who discovers the story of two brothers who fought on opposing sides of the Civil War and then uncovers more to their story than he expected. Sounds pretty enticing doesn’t it? I absolutely adore Civil War fiction! It’s on my to-read list too. This giveaway ends July 3rd at 8pm.
Have I mentioned giveaways yet? I have a two giveaways running right now too. One is for a mystery called “Broken Strings.” The other is for another historical fiction called Buried Treasure. The giveaway widget for this one is on the general giveaway page too. Go check it out. It runs through mid-July.
My reviewer, Rachel, shared her review of “Freedom and Loneliness.” It’s a memoir about surviving World War II. She really enjoyed it. According to Rachel, “Freedom & Loneliness” mainly focuses on Avremele and his journey to reach Eretz Israel. We are given the back story of others that he comes into contact with along this journey. The novel begins with Avremele exiting a train, very ill, with other survivors.”
I shared a review of a really amazing new thriller mystery called “The Forth Conspiracy” by Thomas Thorpe. This book is exactly the reason why you should never judge a book by its cover. The cover of this book is lacking but the story is amazing. I really enjoyed it.
I also reviewed a book called, “The Last King of Ireland.” It is an account of the life of Daniel O’Connell who was, literally, the last (although uncrowned) King of Ireland. Since I am such a fan of history it was a book I adored. I can’t say that I honestly believe that all readers will love it but readers who enjoy the genres and styles that I do will probably enjoy it.
I also want to introduce you to a new blogging friend of mine. Jovon Tucker runs the book review blogsite Book2Buzz which is hosted over at blogspot. She wrote a guest post for me and shares a bit about herself as well as how you can get in touch with her on various networking sites. She’s a cool blogging friend!
In honor of the summer season and summer holidays such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day, I also shared a blog post recommending my top 5 military / war novels of the past year. There are a few memoirs and a few fictional books. They are not all American military or war but they are war-themed nonetheless.
Enjoy! I’ll check back in next week with a new weekly summary. In the meantime, visit me at my .com and we’ll talk books and blogs and giveaways!
Confession: I really miss WordPress! It’s fun having my own .com site but I still miss having my awesome network of friends over here too. So, what do I do? Do I keep pushing on and leave WordPress behind or do I come back under new terms? I can’t continue to publish everything I publish on my .com over here. It’s just too much and I haven’t figured out how to push a post to both locations. Maybe someone more tech-y than me can help me with that?
So, maybe I can post a weekly update here. Something that will let me share what’s going on with me and interact with you without having to maintain two completely separate sites. Let’s try it. Here’s what’s up:
I have a brand new giveaway that started two days ago. It’s for a book called, “The Bohemian Diaries.” It’s a memoir and it sounds pretty interesting. I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my list. Check out the synopsis and giveaway here.
I have another giveaway for a book called “Of Blood and Brothers.” I haven’t written a separate post about it yet but I do have the giveaway widget up on the general giveaway page. It’s a historical fiction about a researcher who discovers the story of two brothers who fought on opposing sides of the Civil War and then uncovers more to their story than he expected. Sounds pretty enticing doesn’t it? It’s on my to-read list too.
Have I mentioned giveaways yet? I have a third giveaway starting tomorrow for a mystery called, “Broken Strings.” A woman is found, dead, dangling like a marionette. When her friend finds her she sets off on her own investigation to solve the murder. The giveaway widget for this one is on the general giveaway page too. Go check it out. It runs through mid-July.
I wrote a book review of a book called, “First World Problems in an Age of Terrorism and Ennui.” Originally, based on the title, I thought it was going to be a non-fiction about developed countries in an “age of terrorism” but it’s not. It is, in fact, a fiction book about a disgruntled 30-something who is so bored with his own comfortable mundane life that he starts a blogsite about how to commit acts of terror and lives in this fantasy world. When 9/11 happens he becomes afraid that his blog can be associated with the events and he’s forced to hide and re-evaluate his own life. It was a lot better than I expected. You can read my review here.
Then I have a random post about different characters I’ve felt a kinship with over the years. You can read it here.
Only to WordPress. The RSS feed for Closed the Cover is finally working properly (thanks to Google Feedburner and Yahoo Pipes) so the time has come for me to be adieu to WordPress and focus on the primary .com site. I hope that you will all visit me over there and/or subscribe to my RSS feed.
The RSS feed will only e-mail you once per day (between 7pm – 9pm) and it will include all of the most recent updates to my website including book reviews, author interviews, and other random postings. This account will stay open for a while but it will not be updated.
Also note that those of you I currently follow I will continue to follow. I will still be using WordPress because I host another blog, a personal, blog here over at My Happy Dance.
Thank you for making my time on WordPress so amazing. I love you all!
Historical Fiction author G.L. Tysk was kind enough to write a guest post for Closed the Cover. (Thanks again!) Her debut, self-published, novel The Sea-God at Sunrise easily climbed to the very top of my “Best of 2013″ list. The year is young but it’s going to be very, very, very hard for any book to knock her out of that number 1 spot.
Here is an excerpt of her post:
“I was born in Chicago to Hong Kong immigrants, and as with all Chinese immigrant families, I was encouraged to pursue science and math. My poor parents probably didn’t know what to do with me when they discovered that all I wanted to do was write fiction. In elementary school, inspired by Black Beauty and The Black Stallion, I wrote 10-page “novels” about wild horses. As I got older, I got sucked into Lord of the Rings and started churning out really awful fantasy ripoffs. In high school, I was a huge Star Wars fan and decided that I wanted to write Star Wars fanfiction for the rest of my life. Hey, we all make mistakes.
I got into historical fiction purely by accident. In 2006, just back from living abroad for three years in Japan, I discovered Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick on audiobook.”
Chicken Feathers and Garlic Skin is the inside story of what happens in a real life garment factory told by Chun Yu Wang. I gave this book only 4 stars because as it is considered a diary and gives a lot of inside information, I expected more feelings to be expressed in Chun Yu Wang’s life. Even though she talked about a variety of scenarios that happened in the factory and I could connect to those feelings, I wanted to know how she was feeling in other aspects of her life.
Chun Yu Wang was a young 25 year old wife and mother to a 2 year old son in China when she decided she wanted to do something to better her and her family’s life. Chun Yu was unhappily married to her husband, but both her parents and her in-laws did not want her to get a divorce. She heard about an opportunity to go to the island of Saipan to work as a garment factory girl where she would be able to make more than double in a year than she would in China. The contract required Chun Yu to take a sewing test, make a large deposit to secure her employment (which she had to borrow from friends and family), and agree to work in the factory for only 3 years. All her family and friends were against her going to Saipan. They didn’t like the idea of her being so far away and leaving her small child behind. They also feared it was a scam. Chun Yu reassured them that she would only be gone for 3 years and repay everyone from whom she borrowed money.
G.L. Tysk’s passion for Japanese history, whaling and nautical fiction are evident in the details in The Sea-God at Sunrise. The meticulous research that went into this novel is impeccable. I remain shocked that not only is this Ms. Tysk’s debut novel but it is also self-published.
Shima and his little brother, Takao, find themselves isolated on an island off the coast of Japan after being shipwrecked during a typhoon. A few days have passed and the boys are suffering from dehydration and starvation when they are discovered and rescued by crew members of the American whaling ship, The Archer. Unfortunately, it is 1841 and during the Shogun rule of Japan. Feudal Japan does not allow outsiders to reach their shores and these two Japanese boys are considered tainted and dishonored after being aboard a ship with foreign devils. The young boys, despite their desperate yearning to return to the shores of Japan, are forced to take refuge on The Archer and try to find ways to embrace their new lives.
Review by Ashley LaMar Read Full Review