If you are looking for a clever cozy to while away an afternoon, look no further than Murder Past Due. Charlie Harris, a people-friendly librarian, al...moreIf you are looking for a clever cozy to while away an afternoon, look no further than Murder Past Due. Charlie Harris, a people-friendly librarian, along with Diesel, a people-pleasing Maine coon cat, find themselves entrenched in a murder of a best-selling author that everybody loves to hate. Charlie is really new at the amateur sleuth game, and commits a few (legal) errors of his own, all with good intentions. Diesel has no supernatural cat powers: He doesn't talk to other animals or people, or point out clues to solve the crime. He is a pretty amazing cat, though: He walks with a leash, meows to people as if he is actually talking to them, senses when they need extra comfort and attention, and responds to commands, mostly those he wants to do, anyway. With a cast of lovable characters, author Miranda James sets up a intriguing mystery, provides clues for the reader along the way, and sums up her tale with a satisfying conclusion. This is the first in a series that hopefully will continue for a long time.
This book reminded me of many of my own Christmases: The anticipation often exceeded the actual event. That being said, I have enjoyed all my Christma...moreThis book reminded me of many of my own Christmases: The anticipation often exceeded the actual event. That being said, I have enjoyed all my Christmases, and I enjoyed reading this book, too. And, yes, I found toys I had when I was a child, some of which were still around when I started buying toys for my own children. No doubt, my kids will some day buy some of these same toys for their kids. This book covers toys and treats from 1930 to 1970 in 112 pages, and therein lies the problem: Not enough detail. If you are looking for your favorite toy, you'll have to flip through the book, because there is no index. You will discover a lot about toys, but you will search in vain for your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal. You find out when that first Easy Bake Oven hit the shelves and what it cost. (Note: If you still have it, you better stock up on incandescent light bulbs while they are still available!) If you don't already know it, you'll find out how Silly Putty came to be. You will enjoy looking at the numerous and colorful illustrations, even though the captioning could be better. This is a book you can toss on your coffee table and enjoy looking at from time to time, but remember, this book just skims the surface of the toy world. (less)
This classic sci-fi novel is a fascinating combination of mystery and romance is a sci-fi setting. Simon Morley seems like an average advertising arti...moreThis classic sci-fi novel is a fascinating combination of mystery and romance is a sci-fi setting. Simon Morley seems like an average advertising artist, but in reality he is very special. He is able to travel back in time better than anyone else in the project run a secret government agency. This fascinating tale is enhanced by numerous illustrations. With historical tidbits and clever writing, you will find yourself immersed in late 19th century New York and loving it. (less)
Emily Hill is one smart cookie. In her book, All Smart Cookies Can Self-Publish, she details the steps from manuscript to marketing, in a clear, conci...moreEmily Hill is one smart cookie. In her book, All Smart Cookies Can Self-Publish, she details the steps from manuscript to marketing, in a clear, concise manner. Included in her book are URLs to helpful websites and advice concerning things you should and should not do. You can take advantage of Ms. Hill's own experiences in the field of self publishing, as she relates what worked well and what did not. While the back cover of the book states that there is no technical jargon, formatting a manuscript to ePub may be a stretch for some authors unaccustomed to dealing with such things. A consultation with someone from your local school or library should help you over that small hurdle. Ms. Hill guides you on how to set up a budget and helps you decide exactly what you want from your book - distribution to family and friends only or mass marketing - and what you need to do to accomplish your goal. The book is current, having been updated in March of 2011, and is a resource I’m handing over to my English major daughter, for when she writes her first book. I received this copy free from Goodreads First Reads.(less)