Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gift Ideas for readers

I'm sure most of you have friends and family that love to read. I've made up a list of some fun and unique gift ideas for those readers on your Christmas lists. Make sure to check out the last one *wink wink*

Personal Library
Cost: $16
I think this is an adorable library set! I don't loan out books too often because I read a lot of ebooks, but it's a great gift for people who still buy paper backs.

Book shaped plates and serving platters
Cost: $6 - $18
When I first saw these, I thought they would be perfect for ladies who hosted a book club. Even if you don't go all the way with plates and everything, the platters and coffee sets are super cute.
Cost: $25

I love this pillow. I have a rubber "spider" that I received as a gift that holds up my phone. I've loved it, but some of the legs have broken. This pillow would be the perfect replacement. And I think if you give this, you should give two, because I can totally see my husband stealing this from me!

Cost: $13.95
There are a ton of reader type charm necklaces on sites like etsy.com. I like the simplicity of this one. Although, I think I'd prefer a different chain. But for $14, I could get it and swap out the chain with a nicer one.
Famous author dolls
Cost: $43
Just kidding! Crreeepy!
And last but certainly not least:
A book gift basket.
Cost: $30
This basket comes with a "Reading is Sexy" coffee mug, a bag of gourmet coffee beans or tea (your choice), a bag of godiva chocolates and a digital copy of Lucky for Him. The basket comes with instructions on how the recipient can download their gifted copy of the book. They can download it onto any reading device! There's also a coin just like in the book tied to the basket.
You can also purchase this basket. The only difference is the mug says "Shhhh I'm reading."
If you're interested in purchasing a gift basket for yourself or as a gift, email me at { tinleyd @ hotmail dot com }.
I hope this lists helps with your holiday shopping!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Book Review: Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

ISBN-13: 9780425259856
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 10/29/2013


With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.
County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.
Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.
When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.
Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…

If you've read my blog, you know that I used to love Nora Roberts. But then, as I read more and more romance and romantic suspense authors, I started to get irritated with her books.

The last few books have been difficult for me to even get through mostly because of the stilted dialogue. I know she writes characters from a different part of the country, but her overwhelming lack of pronoun usage in her characters speech throws me for a loop. Instead of getting lost in the story, I want to scream "People don't talk like that!!"

BUT, this newest release, the Dark Witch, is more like the Nora Roberts I used to love to read. She's developing a three part series, her usual, with a magical suspense plot winding us through the romance. While some of the dialogue was still lacking in pronouns, I found I could still believe it because several of the characters are from Ireland. I don't know why that helps me, but it does.

The characters are very well developed, with unique personalities like in all her books. The romance plots for future books is set up nicely in this first of the series. This is where Roberts shines. I am hooked on the future characters. I really want to know what's going to happen with them!! So I will wade through the unrealistic conversations just to see the couples all get together. I'm a sap like that.

So, while this isn't the best book I've ever read by this author, it was a throwback to the books that propelled me into the romance genre. I look forward to the rest of the series.