Posted in Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday May 28, 2013

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Today’s teaser is from The Judgment Stone by Robert Liparulo.

“They ate him.” The voice came from behind them, and they both jumped.

Page 77.

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Posted in Blog Hop

Who Am I?

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Welcome to the Armchair BEA. So today’s topic is all about introductions. We are supposed to answer 5 questions. So here we go…

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

Myblogging alias is Bluestocking. My real name is Brooke. I have been blogging since May 11, 2007. I got into blogging because I wanted to write. At the time that I started I didn’t want to blog about my life because I thought it was too personal. Funny enough, I have a personal blog now. Books seem liked the perfect topic because it want too personal, yet it was something I cared about a lot. Books have been my truest friends over the years.


Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.
I’m blogging from a section of New Jersey known as the Pine Barrens. No, I have neve seen the New Jersey Devil. It’s pretty far out. In fact, Comcast wont run high speed Internet to my parents’ house. We get the lowest speed DSL. We’ve only had it for a little over a year! My town’s population is less than 10,000. Our crime rate is so low that we don’t have our own police. The state police services the town.

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
the first and only car accident that I had was between me and a tree in my driveway. Since there are 4 cars in my household, getting out of the driveway can be an obstacle course. I thought I had cleared everything. I cleared the cars, but not the tree.

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
J.K. Rowling. She still hasn’t written that HP encyclopedia! I want to know what the 12 uses of Dragon’s blood is. I really want to know what Voldemort did to give himself that rudimentary body. I have a hunch, but I want to know if I’m right.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
Bath. I just want to see why everybody and their mamas wanted to go there for vacation. I wouldn’t mind trying the baths; it might be relaxing. It probably won’t be as nice as it was during the Regency period, but still, it might be interesting.

Thanks for visiting! Please leave a ink to your post!

Posted in Monday Morning Update

Memorial Day 2013 Update

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This image is from The Plow and Hearth website. This is my idea of decorating a house for Memorial Day.

I just finished making a Memorial Day version of The Lovers, The Dreamers, and You cake from Bake It Like You Mean it. I’ll try to post pictures tomorrow. This is turning out to be a rather sad Memorial Day. My boss passed away suddenly this weekend. Everyone is in shock. I was feeling rather low, so I did some cooking. I feel a little bit better.

Mailbox Monday
I got three books.

1. Dead, White, and Blue by Carolyn Hart

Overview

Summer is a hectic time of the year for Annie Darling. Sun and scorching temperatures never fail to bring swarms of tourists to her mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, for the latest beach reads. But Annie still finds time to enjoy herself. The Broward’s Rock Fourth of July dance is just around the corner, and the island is buzzing with excitement—Shell Hurst included…
Shell is the kind of woman wives hate—for good reason—and most of them wish she would just disappear. But when she does, and a teenage girl is the only one who seems to notice, Annie can’t help but feel like someone should be looking for her. Last seen walking into the pine trees at the Fourth of July fireworks display, Shell has seemingly vanished without a trace.

The residents of Broward’s Rock grow uneasy when a second islander mysteriously disappears. Annie and her husband, Max, know something dangerous is brewing. They soon find themselves following a twisted trail marked by blackmail, betrayal, and adultery, winding from the corridors of the island’s lovely inn to a pier lashed by pelting rain, to a gathering on the terrace of a country club where a trap is set for a calculating killer…

2. The Judgment Stone by Robert Liparulo

What if praying became a curse instead of a blessing?

Former Army Ranger Jagger Baird thought he had his hands full with The Tribe—the band of immortal vigilantes fighting to regain God’s grace by killing those opposed to Him. But that was before he encountered the ruthless group of immortals known as The Clan. The Clan is after a prize that would give them unimaginable power—a piece of the Ten Commandments known as the Judgment Stone.

Those who touch the Stone can see into the spiritual world: angelic warriors, treacherous demons, and the blue threads of light that signal the presence of believers in communion with God.

By following the blue beam radiating from those closest to God, the Clan plans to locate His most passionate followers and destroy them.

Jagger quickly realizes his high-tech gadgetry and training are no match for these merciless immortals. But how can he defeat an enemy who hunts believers through their prayers . . . and won’t stop until they’ve annihilated all those close to Him?

In this high-action thriller, best-selling author Robert Liparulo examines the raging battle between good and evil on earth . . . and beyond.

3. Bake It Like You Mean It by Gesine Bullock-Prado

Gesine Bullock-Prado says it’s what’s inside that really counts, and in this visually sumptuous book, the author of Sugar Baby and Pie it Forward showcases cakes that are beautiful from the inside out. Each chapter is devoted to a technique of making different types of cake, beginning with the easiest recipe and moving to the more technically difficult as the chapter progresses. When the cakes are cut, they will reveal intricate layers of patterns and designs, such as hearts, checkerboards, helixes, and colorful stripes, that will bring a smile to everyone who enjoys them. This compendium of gorgeous cake recipes and techniques will yield glorious meringues, sponge cakes, pound cakes, cheesecakes, and tarts for all levels of bakers. With her trademark wit and enthusiasm for the world of confections and baking, Gesine’s latest book will delight her fans.

What Are You Reading no Mondays?
I finished Star Wars Dawn on the Jedi: Into the Void and Dead, White, and Blue. I’m currently reading The Judgment Stone.

Guess what? I finally finished the baby blanket I was knitting. Mystery Stitch Baby Blanket

Posted in Teaser Tuesday

May 21, 2013 Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser is from Dead, White, and Blue by Carolyn Hart

Last time I saw Maggie, she looked like hell. I guess she really loves the sorry jerk.

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Posted in Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday May 14, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser is from Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void

Lanoree walks to her, and as she approaches, the Master starts talking quietly. Remember, the Force does not lies, although if you’re out of balance you can make es from it.

Page 107

Posted in Monday Morning Update

Monday Morning Update May 13, 2013

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Mailbox Monday

This week I got two books.
1. Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon

On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force—and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.

Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key—risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je’daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved—and whose life she must now fear.

2. The Complete Series Gluten-Free

having food allergies doesn’t mean you should miss out on delicious meals, snacks, breads, and desserts. With these recipes you’ll find a variety of foods that will satisfy your stomach, and your taste buds.

What are you reading on Mondays?
I’m currently reading the Star Wars Into the Void.

Posted in Liked It, Sci-Fi Friday, Star Trek

Star Trek Vanguard: What Judgments Come

What Judgments Come

Author:   Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

Genre:    Science Fiction

Rating:    LI

Spoiler Filled Synopsis:  This book takes place immediately following Precipice.  As you know, Diego Reyes, the Commodore of the station, was court-martialed. for allowing Tim Pennington to publish a report about what was really going on in the Taurus Reach.  Reyes was supposed to be sent to a penal colony with the Federation, but ended up being captured by the Klingons and then finally was with the Orions- specifically he was being housed on the Orion ship that was docked to Vanguard station.  Starfleet couldn’t do anything about it.  So in order to extract Reyes, the Orions would have actually had to harm him.

Anyway, as you know the character Bridy Mac was killed in Declassified.  She and Quinn went to a planet where the Shedai Apostate existed.  The Apostate told them that the TKon empire had developed some devices that could capture the Shedai.  Bridy sacrificed her life to keep this knowledge from falling into the hand of the Kingons.  Quinn is still mourning.  T’Prynn decides to use Reyes as a spy.  The Orions had a device that could imprison the Shedai, and Starfleet wanted to know where they obtained the device.  Reyes agreed to be the spy to get the information.    T’Prynn does manage to extract Reyes.  They discover the world where the Orions found the devices and dispatch a ship to obtain more.

Meanwhile, some of the crew attempt to communicate with the Shedai Wanderer who had been imprisoned in one of the devices.  The reader discovers that the Wanderer is imprisoned with the Progenitor.  The attempt at communication disrupted the device to the point that the Wanderer was able to escape.

This entire story is told flash back style by Reyes.  Starfleet gave him a new identity and banished him from the Federation.  Tim Pennington tracked him down.  The last book is called Storming Heaven, and it is told from Pennington’s point of view about the last days of the station.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion:  This is definitely not one of my favorite series.  There is a lot of set up in this series.  I am imagining that some of these events will play a bigger part in books to come.  I enjoyed learning more about the Tkon Empire.  There was a 3 story arc featuring this empire.  In that arc, Q takes Picard on a tour of his life to show him why he tests humanity.  Q meets another non-corporeal entity who appears to be Shedai.  From what was revealed by the Apostate, the Shedai caused the Tkon sun to go nova.  In that arc, that non-corporeal entity destroyed the Tkon sun.  The Tkon were very advance.  They had built a huge transporter device to replace their sun with a new star.  I will be interested in seeing the last book.  Capturing the Shedai just does not seem like a very good idea at all.

Posted in Meme

Book Beginnings May 10, 2013

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Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebron.

She is a little girl, the sky seems wide and endless, and Lanoree Brock breathes in the wonders of Tython as she runs to find her brother.

This is a very unusual beginning for a Star Wars book because it begins with a child. The books deal with adults mostly. A couple of the books have dealt with pre-teens, but most don’t.

The other thing that is interesting about this sentence is that it references a world that doesn’t appear in any of the Star Wars books. Tython doesn’t play a part in the Star Wars universe proper. It’s almost a lost world which is surprising considering the fact that it doesn’t appear to be overly far from Coruscant. The earliest world that I had heard that housed Jedi was Ossus. So I’m looking forward to learning about the founding if the Je’daii Order.

Posted in Chick Lit, Liked It

Austenland

AustenlandAuthor:     Shannon Hale

Genre:    Chick Lit

Rating:    LI

Synopsis:  The story is about a young woman named Jane who is obsessed with all things Pride and Prejudice.  One of her great-aunt, who recently died, gives her an all expenses paid trip to Austenland. It is a period hotel.  They give you a persona, wardrobe.  You are expected to abide by all of the rules of the Regency era.  Jane’s persona is Miss Jane Erstwhile.  She starts interacting with the people.  As is in most Austen novels, there are a few single men.  The one that captures Jane’s fancy is a Mr. Nobly.  There is also a gardener named Martin.  The other characters are Miss Charming, Amelia…  Throughout the book, we see Jane trying to fit into her character.  Also the reader gets a little bit of flashback into Jane’s dating life to see what went wrong in her past relationships.  She has had many “boyfriends” over the years.  I put the term in quotation marks because many people would not qualify her romantic interests as boyfriends.

Anyway, after a number of romantic disappointments, Jane turns to Pride and Prejudice.  (You know where this is going right?)  Like many women, she wants Mr. Darcy and expects the men she meets to live up to that expectation.  As you know, these expectations cannot be met.

Jane feels that her great-aunt gave her the trip to help her get over her obsession with Mr. Darcy.  I guess to a certain extent, she does; but she does meet her own Mr. Darcy.  What I thought was funny was that as she stay in Austenland, the lines between life and fiction blurs.  She believes that the characters are a certain way, but when her time ends she finds out that the other women are married.  They just view this as a little vacation for the women.  By the end, Jane feels that she has a new lease on life.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion:   This was an interesting book. It took me a long time to read it.  Not because there was anything wrong with the writing, I had a lot going on the week that I read it.  It was a fun read.  Austenland seems like it would be a great place to vacation.  I mean the guests were actually taught how to do the Regency dances.  (Sign me up!!)   I think the best part of a Regency vacation would be the complete lack of telephones.  **sighs**  The next book is called Midnight in Austenland.  That review will be up shortly.

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Cinco de Mayo Update

Monday Morning Update

I made lemon buttermilk donuts tonight!!! They were quick and easy!! I got the recipe from the cookbook Homemade with Love. Seriously, it took me maybe 10 minutes to put everything together.

Mailbox Mondays
I didn’t get a single book last week. Pooh!!!!!

What Are You Reading on Mondays?
Last week I read Seraphina. I’ve posted my review. I’m re-reading Star Trek Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn. I’m going to read The Innocents by Francesca Segal next.