Sunday, March 25, 2012

My Emily by Matt Patterson

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

This book tells the story of a hurting family, an amazing little girl and a mysteriously faithful God.

Emily wasn't born perfect - so one might think.

She was born with Down Syndrome and many would jump to the conclusion that she would have very little hope for a life with any significance. Two years later came the diagnosis of leukemia. What little hope remaining turned to no hope whatsoever - or so one might think.

The life of this little girl, with all its perceived imperfections, had great meaning. Her loving nature and courage touched the hearts of everyone she met. She also taught them how to value their own lives - even with their many "imperfections."

Note: A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will help families with special needs children, those who are battling pediatric cancers, as well as parents grieving the loss of a little one.

About the Author

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Matt Patterson is an award-winning writer, editor and communications professional. His two-plus decades of experience include public and media relations, as well as print and broadcast journalism. He volunteers his time to helping organizations and charities dedicated to assisting families with children who have special needs or those battling pediatric cancers. Matt resides in Arizona with his wife, Bonnie, and two daughters, Lauren and Kimberly.

Very inspiring story,  it feels like you know Emily and that you cry and laugh with her family and her , such a beautiful soul and Angel. You see it through her father's eyes that wrote his story and it touch you very much, keep the kleenex close! I highly recommend it especially when you have a special Angel yourself. 

Matt's page  click on his name.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Duma Key by Stephen King

From Publishers Weekly
In bestseller King's well-crafted tale of possession and redemption, Edgar Freemantle, a successful Minnesota contractor, barely survives after the Dodge Ram he's driving collides with a 12-story crane on a job site. While Freemantle suffers the loss of an arm and a fractured skull, among other serious injuries, he makes impressive gains in rehabilitation. Personality changes that include uncontrollable rages, however, hasten the end of his 20-year-plus marriage. On his psychiatrist's advice, Freemantle decides to start anew on a remote island in the Florida Keys. To his astonishment, he becomes consumed with making art—first pencil sketches, then paintings—that soon earns him a devoted following. Freemantle's artwork has the power both to destroy life and to cure ailments, but soon the Lovecraftian menace that haunts Duma Key begins to assert itself and torment those dear to him. The transition from the initial psychological suspense to the supernatural may disappoint some, but even those few who haven't read King (Lisey's Story) should appreciate his ability to create fully realized characters and conjure horrors that are purely manmade. (Jan. 22) 

Great book, but I am a big Stephen King fan, I love his way of writting, he pulls you into the book, you are there, and just want to read more and more and feel sad when the story ends, that is what happened to me in this book too, I could not lay it down.
Edgar Freemantle is an construction worker who has a terrible accident and lose his arm and many more injuries, he goes to Florida  where he rents "Big Pink" and he meets the wonderful Wireman and picks up drawing again and later also painting, his paintings come to life as he made them to me, question is, does he paint them or ???  curious?? read it!

Three sisters Island book One, Dance upon the air by Nora Roberts

Book Description

Publication Date: November 25, 2003

Library Journal Best Genre Fiction of 2001

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—hailed by Publishers Weekly as “a storyteller of immeasurable diversity and talent”—presents the first book in her mesmerizing new Three Sisters Island trilogy. Set on a remote, rocky island off the coast of Massachusetts, steeped in history, romance, and legend, Dance Upon the Air is an unforgettable tale of friendship, fate, and the mysterious ways of the heart…

When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she’s finally found refuge from her abusive husband—and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago… But even in this quiet, peaceful place, Nell never feels entirely at ease. Careful to conceal her true identity, she takes a job as a cook at the local bookstore cafĂ©—and begins to explore her feelings for the island sheriff, Zack Todd. But there is a part of herself she can never reveal to him—for she must continue to guard her secrets if she wants to keep the past at bay. One careless word, one misplaced confidence, and the new life she’s created so carefully could shatter completely. Just as Nell starts to wonder if she’ll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers under a terrible curse—one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692. And now, with the help of two other strong, gifted women—and with the nightmares of the past haunting her every step—she must find the power to save her home, her love…and herself…

It is a fun read, about  Nel and 2 other females on the island, they both become the "new sisters" of the island , I can't wait to start the second ook, since this is a trilogy. 

I do like Nora's books, they are fun, easy reads, when you want some lighter material this is it! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Fraction of the whole by Steve Toltz

Meet the Deans

“The fact is, the whole of Australia despises my father more than any other man, just as they adore my uncle more than any other man. I might as well set the story straight about both of them . . .”
Heroes or Criminals?
Crackpots or Visionaries?
Families or Enemies?

“. . . Anyway, you know how it is. Every family has a story like this one.”

Most of his life, Jasper Dean couldn’t decide whether to pity, hate, love, or murder his certifiably paranoid father, Martin, a man who overanalyzed anything and everything and imparted his self-garnered wisdom to his only son. But now that Martin is dead, Jasper can fully reflect on the crackpot who raised him in intellectual captivity, and what he realizes is that, for all its lunacy, theirs was a grand adventure.
As he recollects the events that led to his father’s demise, Jasper recounts a boyhood of outrageous schemes and shocking discoveries—about his infamous outlaw uncle Terry, his mysteriously absent European mother, and Martin’s constant losing battle to make a lasting mark on the world he so disdains. It’s a story that takes them from the Australian bush to the cafes of bohemian Paris, from the Thai jungle to strip clubs, asylums, labyrinths, and criminal lairs, and from the highs of first love to the lows of failed ambition. The result is a rollicking rollercoaster ride from obscurity to infamy, and the moving, memorable story of a father and son whose spiritual symmetry transc
ends all their many shortcomings.
A Fraction of the Whole is an uproarious indictment of the modern world and its mores and the epic debut of the blisteringly funny and talented Steve Toltz.

This is an well written book, lots of plots and sub-plots but good to follow, also hilarious at points. I loved the characters, (father) Martin & (son) Jasper, I so lived with them, the book kept me on my toes and all I wanted was reading more and more, I sure do hope that Steve will write another book about how the son is doing..... Great red, I can recommend it.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Final Price by J Gregory Smith

Book Description

August 21, 2009
Buying a new vehicle is a big decision, but frustrated sales associate Shamus Ryan makes it a matter of life and death. He unleashes a rash of killings that wraps the Wilmington, Delaware region in fear. The homicide cases fall to State Police Detective Paul Chang, formerly with the NYPD. Never Chinese enough for his domineering mother, yet too different to be accepted as traditionally American, he's spent his life straddling two cultures. From a young age, bullying in New York's Chinatown gave rise to a vigilante-inclined alter-ego he calls "The Dragon." His ex-partner, Nelson Rogers, is his closest friend and biggest burden. Always a misfit, Nelson left the NYPD following a nervous breakdown. When the bodies pile up and the pressure mounts, Chang calls in Nelson to apply his uncanny insight that made the two an effective team in New York. Seen through the eyes of both the killer and detective, Final Price follows a car salesman's murderous rampage.

Paul Chang detective and the really disturbing car salesman Shamus Rayn.
Paul clearly between two worlds (Japanese & American culture) fighting to be accepted, he has a good way of thinking that leads him to this killer, a good story I read it in almost one breath .