Three books in my near future


I’m looking forward to reading these three very soon:

Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky

Selene DiSilva returns as the modern-day Artemis in
Brodsky’s second crime mystery in Manhattan.

Click here to read all about Brodsky’s debut novel, The Immortals.

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Historical fiction – a post-World War II love story set in Scotland. My book club enjoyed Water for Elephants and we’re looking forward to this one too!

In the Woods by Tana French

Our library Whodunits group will be discussing this Dublin crime story in April.  In the Woods is Book 1 of 5 in the Dublin Murder Squad Series.

That’s what is on top of my pile.
What books are in  your future?

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Blog views and other obsessions – Facebook and the wayward herd


My Facebook feed is a mess and I don’t care anymore!  After months of trying to figure out why I wasn’t seeing posts in my Book Club Mom feed from groups I’d joined and pages I’d liked as BCM, I went into settings and clicked a bunch of options, hoping to wrangle my groups and likes back to Book Club Mom.

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Well, I rounded up the herd, but now they are grazing in my home page feed, mixed in with all my personal friend and family updates.  Pictures of cute kids, fabulous vacations, snaps of gourmet meals, fuzzy animals and the occasional political rant are in a big mish mash with book discussions, publishing announcements, book-worthy news and the occasional album of libraries around the world.

Talk about seeing it all – but I’ve given up and have accepted that these two worlds are now one.

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Who’s That Indie Author? Sojourner McConnell


Author name:  Sojourner McConnell

Genre:  Fiction

BookThe Path of the Child

Bio:  Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Sojourner McConnell continued to live in Pleasant Grove while raising her three children. In 2000, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She thrived in Phoenix, finding creativity. Now she lives in Winchester, Kentucky with one of her daughters and three of her thirteen grandchildren. She has six grandchildren in Alabama and four in Michigan.

The Path of the Child is Sojourner’s first book. While writing her second book, The Shepherds of Donaldson Park, she was a contributor to the anthology, 31 Days of October.

Sojourner is currently working on two children’s books due out during the latter part of 2017.    

Favorite thing about being a writer: Freeing the characters that are busy sharing their story with me.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Marketing and finding an audience are so difficult, but I continue to look for avenues to share my book and place it in the hands of new readers.

Favorite book:  That is so hard, as in writing I love reading different genres so I have quite a few favorites.  The Third Level by Jack Finney, A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux, and Jessica Lost her Wobble by J. Schlenker are three of the most loved books I have.

Contact Information:
WordPress Blog:  The Page Turner
Facebook: @SojournerMcConnell
Twitter: @ThePageTurner1
Goodreads Author: Soujourner McConnell

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Food for thought – books with food references in their titles

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Whether it’s a direct reference or a more subtle metaphor, there is no shortage of book titles that have something to do with food.  It’s always fun to organize collections this way.  These classics, thrillers, children’s books and modern fiction all have this common food trait:

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s memoir of his days in Paris, where he was part of the expatriate community of writers, artists and creative minds, known now as the “Lost Generation”

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Capote’s character sketch of Holly Golightly, a nineteen-year-old runaway in New York who tries to escape her sad past

Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin

Exciting medical thriller that tackles the subject of obesity and the food industry’s role in this serious health problem

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

In his guide to eating right, Pollan simplifies the dizzying task of figuring out what to eat:  Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.

One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes

Entertaining children’s book that uses hungry ants to teach math and a life lesson

Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig

Pete’s mad because it’s raining and he can’t go outside, so his parents turn him into a pizza in this quietly warm children’s story.

Taste by Tracy Ewens

Sophisticated and a little bit spicy romance about young professionals in the restaurant business

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Twisted tale about a seriously messed up and unlikable family with a terrible secret

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

One of the greatest American stories of endurance ever told.  When The Grapes of Wrath was published, Steinbeck said, “I’ve done my damndest to rip a reader’s nerves to rags.”

We the Eaters by Ellen Gustafson

An argument for ways “we the eaters” can change the world by fighting against big companies like Monsanto and Cargill and buying more organic and whole foods

What do your books in common?

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The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

the leftovers picThe Leftovers
Tom Perrotta


Two percent doesn’t seem like much, unless it describes the number of people who inexplicably disappear from earth one day.  The official name is the Sudden Departure, but what was it?  An apocalypse?  The Rapture?  In The Leftovers, the stunned citizens of Mapleton, New York are left behind to float and struggle as they adjust to a new emptiness.

To restore order, citizen Kevin Garvey becomes Mapleton’s mayor.  As he tries to help the town move on with their lives, others, including his wife Laurie, join a cult, the Guilty Remnant.  Their vow of silence, chain-smoking and passive aggression unnerve the rest of the town. In a small town defined by normalcy, all comforts go out the window and Kevin’s college age son and teenage daughter veer wildly off course.

One of the most interesting characters is Nora Durst, whose entire family vanishes while she is in another room. She suffers to understand and to move forward, just as the others, but I think her pain is the most tangible of all the characters.

Without spoiling the story, some of you may not like the open ending. I like it because it allows me to imagine what the characters will do. I also think it ends in a hopeful and positive way.

This is a very original story, and good for a book club because it is both heavy and light with plenty of discussion points.

If you want more Leftovers, check out the HBO series of the same name created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta.  Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman and Liv Tyler star in this creepy dystopian drama.  I’m in the middle of a very satisfying binge watch and can’t wait to see what happens next!  Lindelof and Perrotta develop strong characters in Season 1 who fall into their own in Season 2.  The series is full of strange surprises and anything is possible at the slightest turn.  But be warned, if you watch it right before bed, prepare yourself for some strange dreams!

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Who’s That Blogger? JP McLean


Blogmaster:  Jo-Anne, AKA JP (because hyphens are a nightmare)

Blog name: The Gift Legacy on WordPress

Type of blog: Author blog

Where in the world?  West coast of Canada

Blogging since when? July of 2012

What’s your story?  When I was writing my first book, I’d often seek out other authors I admired. I was curious. How did they come to write what they wrote? Where did they write? How had their career unfolded? I found inspiration on their websites and blogs, so when my book came out, I decided to do the same, and tell my own story.

What types of blogs do you follow?  I follow … authors, painters, poets, photographers, chefs, and humourists.  I also follow blogs about writing craft, indie book news, and book reviews.

Early bird or night owl?   I’m an early riser, but when I’m on a writing spurt, the clock loses its hold on me. Against all advice, I don’t keep to a regular posting schedule. It takes the pressure off so I never feel like I HAVE to post. It also means when I do post, it’s because something exciting, interesting or funny has happened, and those are the posts I love to write.

Coffee or tea?  Coffee in the morning, Tea in the afternoon.

Most recent binge watch:  Nashville

Check out these recent posts on The Gift Legacy:

February Has Lost Its Mind
An Uncommon Winter
Christmas Travel Challenges

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How one life fits into fabric of family – A Fortunate Life by Fred H. Rohn

Family memoir about growing up during the Depression shares how circumstances and personal decisions have led to A Fortunate Life.

image0-jpgAuthor Fred H. Rohn grew up on Hurden Street in Hillside, New Jersey, a place that played a pivotal role in his upbringing.

From bike rides and street games in Hillside, to marriage and children in the town of Madison, Rohn shares his experiences of growing up during the Depression, attending college, serving in the Navy, embarking on a business career, and marrying his best friend and high school sweetheart.

Offering an important historical perspective on growing up in the twentieth century, this memoir shares what Rohn considers to be the factors of a fortunate life. Interspersed with photographs from past and present, he shows how one small life fits, as a microcosm, into the fabric of family, friends, and an ever-changing world environment.

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