Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Memes: Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City ReaderThe Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Beginning:
The plane was a well-cared-for Cessna 182T owned by a retired American couple. Their bodies lay on the airstrip at their ranch in Mexico as their plane flew west toward the orange sunset.
Friday 56:
"A bomb exploded in the bar area when you were in the bathroom. You and another boy are the only survivors."
This week I am reading a book I got from Kindle First. Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell is a thriller from Thomas & Mercer. Here is the description:
While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentless search for the bomb maker.

When the FBI suspects his friend and disgruntled former drone pilot for the blast, Grale thinks they’re getting it all wrong. Propelled by deep personal loss and an intense need to do the right thing, he picks his way through the smallest of leads and into a maze of twists, turns, and sudden dead ends. When he uncovers another threat, time is already quickly running out. With the lives of so many at stake, Grale won’t let himself fail—and he won’t rest until there’s justice for his family.

Adrenalized, gripping, and all too timely, Signature Wounds brings terror to Vegas and introduces FBI special agent and bomb tech Paul Grale, a man whose specialized skill and fierce determination are a lethal combination.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Review: Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey

Dragongirl
Author: Todd McCaffrey
Series: The Dragonriders of Pern
Publication: Del Rey; 1 edition (July 27, 2010)

Description: Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen Talenth, has returned from the past, where she and a group of dragons and riders fled so that the wounded could heal from their previous battles with Thread and the younger dragons could safely grow to fighting age. Gone only three days, yet aged more than three years, Fiona is no longer a child but a woman prepared to fight against the Thread that threatens to destroy her world.

Fiona’s life takes a pivotal turn when a shocking tragedy thrusts her into a position of authority. Now she finds herself leading weyrfolk who have a hard time trusting a senior Weyrwoman who is both young and an outsider.

My Thoughts: DRAGONGIRL takes place right after DRAGONHEART. Fiona and her group of dragonriders have come back from the past to just three days later. The problems she left are still problems. There is an illness that is killing dragons and thread is starting to fall and there are not enough dragons or dragonriders to battle it.

When a tragedy takes all the dragons and riders from Telgar in a horrible event, Fiona is sent with her gold queen Talenth to be the new weyrwoman there. She brings along T'mar and his wing. She also brings her young friends. Fiona has a remarkable talent for managing her weyr and a remarkable talent for inspiring loyalty.

When Kindan and Lorana find a cure for the dragons, part of the problems are solved but they are still facing a major shortage of dragons old enough to fight thread. Talenth clutches and provides 22 eggs as does the other queen at Telgar. These clutches are light - many too small - and they don't know if it is because of the cure or just coincidence.

Kindan, T'mar, Lorana, and Fiona forge a partnership for their emotional support with Fiona at the center. She has such a big heart that she wants to love everyone. She also takes her responsibility to keep up morale at the weyr very seriously and tries to hide her fears for the future of Pern.

This was an exciting story with lots of growth for Fiona but it is clearly part of a much larger story arc. Both a cliffhanger ending and unresolved plot threads will have to wait for the next book.

Favorite Quote:
"All relationships take work," Cisca said. She shrugged. "Really, when you think about it, anything you care to do well takes work."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WoW: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for. I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!

Becky Chambers
March 14, 2017

Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space opera—the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for—and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to that beloved debut novel, and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect, and Star Wars.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. 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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser:
Talenth grumbled irritably as they emerged from between into the early morning heat of Igen. Fiona could hardly blame her; the heat was so great it felt like a physical blow and she wasn't straining her wings to keep them airborne.
This week, to further my goal to read all the Pern books, I am reading Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey. Here is the description from Amazon:
Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen Talenth, has returned from the past, where she and a group of dragons and riders fled so that the wounded could heal from their previous battles with Thread and the younger dragons could safely grow to fighting age. Gone only three days, yet aged more than three years, Fiona is no longer a child but a woman prepared to fight against the Thread that threatens to destroy her world.

Fiona’s life takes a pivotal turn when a shocking tragedy thrusts her into a position of authority. Now she finds herself leading weyrfolk who have a hard time trusting a senior Weyrwoman who is both young and an outsider.

Monday, February 20, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Feb. 20, 2017)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Other Than Reading... 

Yay for another normal week! This school year is just flying by. It is almost mid-quarter time of the third quarter of the year. I really enjoy all of my classes. The only thing I don't like about this whole teaching gig is getting up at 6 AM. That will certainly change in retirement.

I am very gradually getting rid of stuff as I sort through each room prior to my move this summer. Today's errands include a trip to the Salvation Army donation center to get rid of 14 pairs of shoes that I don't wear, don't like, or have outgrown.

We have been having wonderful weather for February with temperatures consistently above normal but not quite record-breaking. Of course, the long term forecast is predicting what could be a Snowmageddon for next weekend. It's a long way out still. I'm hoping that it misses us entirely. I couple more nice days should melt all the snow that wasn't piled up by plowing.
Read Last Week
The Cutaway by Christina Kovac was an intense thriller set in a Washington, DC, newsroom Intriguing characters and a twisty plot kept me reading. My review will be published on March 18.

A Twist of the Knife by Becky Masterman was also an intense thriller with lots of twists and turns. Brigid Quinn is in a race with the clock that is clicking down on the execution of a man convicted of killing his wife and children. She becomes convinced that he is innocent. But can she prove it before it's too late? My review will be posted on March 16.

The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller is the 20th Liaden novel and follows Theo Waitley and her self-aware space ship. I couldn't wait to read this one but it won't be released until May 2. My review will be posted on April 27.

Currently
Next up is Gauntlet by Holly Jennings. This is near future science fiction.

Next Week
Next week I hope to read
  • Break Me by Tiffany Snow from my review stack
  • The Sight by Chloe Neill from my TBR mountain
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I added these to my Kindle:
I bought The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter by reading about it on someone's blog. It sounded like an interesting historical mystery.

I also added two more to my Kindle late this week:
To see what Young Adult books I have been reading and plan to read, check out Ms. Martin Teaches Media - my other blog.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Review: Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb

Echoes in Death
Author: J. D. Robb
Series: In Death (Book 44)
Publication: St. Martin's Press (February 7, 2017)

Description: Echoes in Death, the chilling new suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman―dazed, naked, and bloody―suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”...

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

My Thoughts: Coming home with Roarke after an evening being his wife complete with the fancy dress and killer shoes, Eve Dallas finds herself in a new murder investigation when a naked, disoriented woman stumbles out in front of their car. They rush her to the hospital and then Eve and Roarke go back to see where she came from. There they discover her dead husband.

Daphne Strazza is convinced that she and her husband were attacked by the devil. Her husband was assaulted and she was assaulted and raped. Eve gets vibes that all wasn't right in the Strazza marriage as she interviews Daphne and has flashbacks to her own childhood when she was assaulted and raped by her own father. She has to put her memories aside to find out who assaulted the Strazza's and killed Dr. Anthony Strazza.

Her investigation leads to two other cases that were eerily similar. Eve and her team including Peabody and McNab are in a rush to find the criminal before he strikes again since he seems to be escalating the violence each time he attacks.

This was an excellent police procedural as we follow the many threads of the investigation. It was also a wonderful romance as we see the relationship Eve and Roarke have built for themselves. I enjoy the mysteries in these stories but I think I like seeing Eve and Roarke's relationship best of all. I can't wait for their next adventure.

Favorite Quote:
"Goes without saying. I'll be home as soon as I can."

"I'll be there," he said, and kissed her.

And that, she thought as he left her, summed up the miracle of her life. She had a home with him, and he'd be there.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Memes: Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City ReaderThe Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Beginning:
Was she dead?

She felt like a ghost, untethered and insubstantial.
Friday 56: 
"Where'd you get that?"

"I just popped off to the cake factory." He set the dessert plates down on her command center. "Your AutoChef, Lieutenant."

"I had chocolate cake?" She took a bite, made a sound not dissimilar from one she'd made during sex. "I had really amazing chocolate cake?"
This week I am reading Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb. This is the 44th book in the In Death series and I have loved all of them. Here is the description from Amazon:
Echoes in Death, the chilling new suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman―dazed, naked, and bloody―suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”...

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?