Archive | January 2013

Delivered to My Kindle 1/22/13

Looking for some free ebooks this week? Why not try these? Remember, they’re only free for a limited amount of time.

9781440437922Under the Same Umbrella by Meredith Kennon

Description: After her mother’s death and at her request, thirty-six year old Londoner, Carrie Townsend, travels to America to meet a stranger, Janet Larson, her mother’s long-distance friend of many years. Travel-weary and broken-hearted, Carrie knows only that she is to learn things from Janet that her mother, Rachel, could not bear to tell her herself. Carrie has always known that she was born on Long Island in 1969 to an unwed mother, but until now had never thought to question her mother’s connection to Janet and the history that they shared. This meeting is not easy for Janet either who has learned over time to put her past tragedies to rest and live peacefully in the present. Neither Carrie nor Janet can foresee that their future happiness hinges on their connection to each other and the past. In the safety of the small town of Settler’s Grove, South Dakota, Carrie finds comfort for her grief, balm for her guilt, companionship in the form of a six year old boy, and finally romance when she least expects it. Under the Same Umbrella is a gentle romance that will pull at your heart-strings again and again.

 

Pinocchio and the Dragons of Martoon  by Angelo Tropeapinocchio-dragons-martoon-angelo-tropea-paperback-cover-art

Description: Pinocchio and the Dragons of Martoon is a new Pinocchio story.

During his quest to become a “real boy,” Pinocchio travels to Martoon – a planet inhabited by warring aliens. Along with his new friends, Merlo the Martoonian, Tizzy the catgirl and Minimo the mouse – and the unwelcomed Ringmaster, he has many exciting adventures during which he learns a great deal not only about the aliens, but also about himself and his desire to become a real boy. Pinocchio and the Dragons of Martoon is an interesting blend of realism and fantasy, a charming and exciting read – with over 60 illustrations – and a book that people of all ages can enjoy.

In the classic story “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi, the carpenter Geppetto carves a block of pinewood into a boy puppet he names Pinocchio. As soon as Pinocchio’s nose is carved, it begins to grow whenever he tells a lie. When his feet are carved, they kick Geppetto. At first Pinocchio is certainly not a good puppet or a good son. He needs to learn many lessons about life. But as naughty as Pinocchio is, Geppetto still loves him and gives him room to grow. Through his many adventures, failures and successes, Pinocchio learns that many things in life are not free and have to be earned.

Although the Pinocchio in this new story is carved out of wood, he looks very much like a real boy and not at all like the Pinocchio drawn or imagined by artists of other books, films and television. One would have to look closely at this Pinocchio to notice the fine grains of polished wood. He also looks and speaks like a real boy, just like the one he dreams of becoming.

In his quest for this dream, Pinocchio has many adventures, including “Pinocchio and the Dragons of Martoon”, which starts when both he and Geppetto were swallowed by the whale….

 

13830602Never Say Spy by Diane Henders

Description: Despite her penchant for weapons and ripe language, Aydan Kelly’s resumé reads ‘bookkeeper’, not ‘badass’. She’s leaving the city to fulfill her dream of rural tranquillity when she gets carjacked by a man who shouldn’t exist.

When RCMP officer John Kane kills her would-be abductor, Aydan thinks her troubles are over. But Kane’s investigation implicates her in an international espionage plot, and criminal charges become the least of her worries when she’s targeted by the very spies Kane suspects her of aiding.

Pity her enemies. Because nobody’s tougher than a middle-aged woman who wants her dream back.

 

Noble Courage by Daisha Marie Korthfinal-hi-res-281x300

Description: The Darktower name held the power to make one shiver with trepidation as it rolled off the tongue. Thorne Darktower, Earl of Cliffehaven, stood tall and ominous, resentful of his own existence and plotting against his own family’s life-long enemy until he is touched by the heart of an angel and shown the promise of life as she lifts the wool of hatred from his eyes.

Aspen Tiller found herself as an unsuspecting pawn in a strategic game of self-preservation. With her innocence and child-like ideals held close to her, she reaches deep within herself to accomplish the impossible, command the respect of those around her, welcome the love of all who knew her and face the wrath of the devil who covets her…And still, embedded in her character, is a courage so noble that it refuses to allow her to give in to defeat as she trudges through the obstacles in her path to emerge anew…But does it destroy the woman so many love? You can also find book two and book three of the same series.

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui

6818019Overview: Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Flouting his oath to wait to have sexual relations with Nujood until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night. She was only ten years old.

Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled—not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for a taxi ride with a few precious coins of bread money. When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on Nujood’s case and fought the archaic system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age. Since their unprecedented victory in April 2008, Nujood’s courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has attracted a storm of international attention. Her story even incited change in Yemen and other Middle Eastern countries, where underage marriage laws are being increasingly enforced and other child brides have been granted divorces.

My thoughts: Nujood’s family is plagued by problems, and some of those problems are poverty and the fear of adultery. To counter these issues, Nujood’s Aba decides to marry her to a 30-year-old man, whom promises to wait until she hits puberty to consummate the union. That man doesn’t keep his promises, and Nujood is left with nightmares, bruises, and anguish.

This book delves further than just Nujood’s terrifying marriage, it also follows up with her siblings’ struggles. It’s interesting how the book gives you an idea of other problems Yemen has, like trafficking, poverty, lack of education, early marriages, and so on. I know now more about Yemen than I did before.

I think the book is very good at depicting some of the problems, like poverty, but it doesn’t fully explain village customs or why those themes matter. As a non-Muslim reading this book, I don’t understand how honor works in Islam, and this book fails to put Islamic practices into perspective for others.

The book does provide notes at the end of the story, and so some things are explained further. I think it’s cool how links are provided in the text to the notes at the back of the kindle edition, but then you can’t get back to the section you were reading in the story unless you scroll back or jump there by entering the page or location number.

The biggest problem I have with this story is that there seems to be two narrators, and their voices don’t converge even though Nujood is the only one telling the story. On one hand, there’s ten-year-old Nujood, and then there seems to be a more mature educated Nujood. Maybe it’s a translation issue, but for a 10-year-old girl who’s barely literate, there are too many larger words and too many complex sentences. Maybe Nujood really does speak that way, but it doesn’t logically make sense to me. I think the journalist had more to do with the writing than Nujood did. The journalist tries to see things from Nujood’s 10-year-old girls, but then switches back to her older eyes. It causes the writing to seem jagged in some areas.

I borrowed this book from the library and read it on my kindle.

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Delivered to My Kindle 1/15/13

Here’s a books that’s free on Kindle right now. It’s in the historical fiction genre.

13601874To Kill the Duke by Sam Moffie.

Description: It was the 1950’s. The white-hot Cold War was raging between The USA and The USSR. And, in Joseph Stalin’s mind, nothing would be quite as hot as assassinating the ultimate symbol of Western machismo culture – the actor John Wayne. Thus, the elite Russian spy squad of Zavert, Boris Gila, Alexei Aleksandra and Ivan Viznapu start on a dangerous (and hysterical) mission that brings them in contact with gangsters Mickey Cohen and Johnny Stompanato, the billionaire Howard Hughes, the producer/director Dick Powell, the actress Susan Hayward, countless others and the big man himself – John Wayne.

What transpires is as zany as John Wayne playing a role that was written for Marlon Brando… whoops! That really happened, and the result was ‘The Conqueror,” which plays a prominent role in to kill the duke, Sam Moffie’s fifth novel. Brilliantly satiric, the book also captures political duplicity and amorality, which makes it all too relevant to today’s world. The Cold War, more than ready for prime time satire, lets Moffie keep the heat on the establishment and most of all, those in authority.

Delivered to My Kindle 1/1/13

Another round of DTMK! Just three fiction books today:

the-aspen-account-book-coverThe Aspen Account by Bryan Devore

Description: After a colleague at Denver’s top accounting firm dies in a mysterious skiing accident, Michael Chapman is assigned to replace him on an audit of software behemoth X-Tronic. At the same time, rookie journalist Sarah Matthews of the Denver Post starts nosing into rumors that may connect X-Tronic to her brother’s death. And the reclusive Aspen billionaire who founded X-Tronic thirty years ago begins to fear that events unfolding at his company will finally make him pay for a past he would love to forget: when he sold out friends and neglected family in his single-minded pursuit of success. Soon all three will discover just how much they are willing to risk to uncover the truth behind a conspiracy that will shock the world.

 

 

Executive Privilege by Phillip Margolinexecutive-privilege-phillip-margolin-paperback-cover-art

Description:When private detective Dana Cutler is hired to follow college student Charlotte Walsh, she never imagines the trail will lead to the White House. But the morning after Walsh’s clandestine meeting with Christopher Farrington, President of the United States, the pretty young coed is dead—the latest victim, apparently, of a fiend dubbed “the D.C. Ripper.”

A junior associate in an Oregon law firm, Brad Miller is stunned by the death row revelations of convicted serial killer Clarence Little. Though Little accepts responsibility for a string of gruesome murders, he swears he was framed for one of them: the death of a teenaged babysitter who worked for then-governor Farrington.

Suddenly nowhere in America is safe for a small-time private eye and a fledgling lawyer who possess terrifying evidence that suggests the unthinkable: that someone at the very highest level of government, perhaps the president himself, is a cold and brutal killer.

 

alwaysthebakerAlways the Baker, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker

Description:They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

But who would want a cake they couldn’t eat?

Just ask Emma Rae Travis about that.  A baker of confections who is diabetic and can’t enjoy them.  When Emma meets Jackson Drake, the escapee from Corporate America who is starting a wedding destination hotel to fulfill a dream that belonged to someone else, this twosome and their crazy family ties bring new meaning to the term “family circus.” The Atlanta social scene will never be the same!