Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday Reads, Happy Thanksgiving, and It’s My Blogiversary!

I don’t blog on Thursdays anymore, but I did on Thanksgiving 2009. Yep, it’s my sixth blogiversary (and post #852). I had one book under my belt and had just joined RWA (that would be the Romance Writers of America), so I thought the next suitable step would be to write a blog. Had no idea what I was getting myself into. Certainly didn’t think I’d have any followers. Think I’ve gotten the hang of it yet? Yeah, I don't either. Guess I'll have to keep working on it.

Here's what I read this week (#84 & #85 of my goal of 90!!):

Nov 21: “Life and Death (Twilight Reimagined)” by Stephenie Meyer, a young adult paranormal romance at 387 pages. Blurb from book: When Beaufort Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edythe Cullen, his life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With her porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edythe is both irresistible and enigmatic. What Beau doesn’t realize is the closer he gets to her, the more he is putting himself and those around him at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back… I liked the story. Not as much as Twilight, though. Probably because I’d read Twilight four times and saw the movie more than that, that it was hard for me (at times) to remember that Beau was a GUY. At least the names of the characters had the same first initial as their counterparts, so I could relate to who was who (which wouldn’t have been an issue if I’d never read Twilight). Still, it was fun to read and the ending actually surprised me.

Nov 24: “Playing With Fire” by Tess Gerritsen, a suspense/thriller at 250 pages. Blurb from book: In a shadowy antiques shop in Rome, violinist Julia Ansdell happens upon a curious piece of music—the Incendio waltz—and is immediately entranced by its unusual composition. Full of passion, torment, and chilling beauty, and seemingly unknown to the world, the waltz, its mournful minor key, its feverish arpeggios, appear to dance with a strange life of their own. Julia is determined to master the complex work and make its melody heard. Back home in Boston, from the moment Julia’s bow moves across the strings, drawing the waltz’s fiery notes into the air, something strange is stirred—and Julia’s world comes under threat. The music has a terrifying and inexplicable effect on her young daughter, who seems violently transformed. Convinced that the hypnotic strains of Incendio are weaving a malevolent spell, Julia sets out to discover the man and the meaning behind the score. Her quest beckons Julia to the ancient city of Venice, where she uncovers a dark, decades-old secret involving a dangerously powerful family that will stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light. I love Tess Gerritsen’s books, especially her Rizzoli & Isles series. This isn’t one of those, though. As I started reading, I thought maybe it was the makings of a paranormal or horror story (because, hey, that’s where my mind automatically goes when strange things happen), but it’s nothing like that (so now I feel comfortable giving it to my hubby to read). It’s more like a mystery, but not a who-done-it kind. More of a what-is-it kind. What the blurb doesn’t mention, is that part of the book tells how Incendio came to be written. I became hooked on both Julia’s and Lorenzo’s stories and easily read this in two days. It certainly made walking on the treadmill enjoyable.

Oh, and I found out yesterday that Tess Gerritsen will be at the Centerville library on Dec 4th. Whoo hoo! I made sure to register for the free event (so did hubby). Perfect timing, huh?

So… What are your plans for Thanksgiving? We’ll be going to our friend’s house in Columbus. I’m so happy she’s home this year. Thanksgiving just isn’t the same without Mary! Now, if I can just get rid of this blasted cough!

Happy Reading and Happy Thanksgiving!



The Happy Whisk said...

I don't celebrate American Thanksgiving but I'm wishing you a mouthful of yummy food, lots of laughter and a swell time.

Happy Blog Birthday !!!!

JeffO said...

I'm reading the blurb for 'Playing With Fire' and I'm thinking, "Wait, I thought Tess Gerritsen was a mystery writer!?" It sounds interesting.

Thanksgiving for me with the kids home--Yay! Enjoy yours!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - I'll definitely get the mouthful of yummy food. Mary's cooking! :)

Jeff - I never thought Tess wrote mysteries. More like crime-dramas (and before that medical dramas and before that romances). Ah heck, every book is a mystery though, right? Happy Thanksgiving!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Congrats on 6 years of blogging - I do think you have the hang of it!

Have a great Thanksgiving, too!

dolorah said...

I'm just gonna eat and nap tomorrow. Reading would be nice, if I can stay awake, lol.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - Thanks! It's nice to know someone thinks so.

Donna - Eat and nap. Sounds like a good plan to me!

Maria Zannini said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Stacey! I made the pie yesterday and put the turkey in marinade. I'll start cooking in a couple of hours.

The Happy Whisk said...

I can't imagine loving to eat as you do, but then not having any fun making foods in your own kitchen. Especially when cooking and baking are SO MUCH FLIPPIN' FUN.

Anyway, I'm all caught up with your posts now. Have a great new week and boogie boogie.