"Hi, I came across your blog, and I thought you would be the perfect person to contact.
My name is Jay Siva, the founder of EZBuyButton.com, an easy 'buy book' widget for authors. I'm contacting you today because I think you and your…"
One Maryland One Book, a community reading program, is about to select a book for 2010. The goal is spark discussions about race and identity in reading groups across the state. The targeted age group: high school and older. As part of the selection committee, I'm looking for advice. Here's the list -- any recommendations? (Post it here or on my blog.) Thanks for your help. Dave[How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents] by [[Julia…See More
A publicist recently emailed me, wondering why I hadn't reviewed a book she had sent. She said: "I realize that you may have read the book, but don't have time to write a review so I've included some mock reviews below that you may find possibly fits how you feel about the book. Feel free to choose one if this helps."Then she listed 10 blurbs, including: "Great page-turner! Couldn't put it down!"At first, I thought it was a joke. Then I realized she might be serious, believing that I can't come…See More
Tom Clancy, king of the techno-thriller, has a new home. He combined three penthouses overlooking Baltimore's Inner Harbor into a 12,000 square foot residence that sold for $12.6 million this week.Recession? What recession?For more: http://bit.ly/1uQTOaSee More
To raise awareness for libraries, a New Jersey man is pushing Ben & Jerry's to name an ice cream flavor for them. Librarian Andy Woodworth has more than 4,000 followers for his Facebook campaign, which has sparked names such as Gooey Decimal System and Sh-sh-sh-Sherbet.My suggestions include Overdue Chew (stale brownies in pistachio ice cream) or Dumbledore S'Mores (bits of graham cracker and marshmallows in chocolate fudge).Do you have a suggestion?…See More
As someone who often reads in restaurants and other public places -- and is curious about what others are reading -- the inwardness and anonymity of the e-book reading experience seems very odd.I don’t mean that we should brandish the latest “hot” book in public like some designer handbag. “Look, the new Picoult!” I think we should approach books with intellectual honesty, and not use them simply as a signal for companionship and conversation.But I’m happy to chat about a book with fellow…See More
Is it just the Read Street blog, of does everyone get these bizarre requests? A week or so ago, I noted that a publicist had sent me a some pre-packaged blurbs, just in case I didn't have time to write my own review.Now, my blogging partner has received an email from the author of a kids book who is "willing to pay $175 in advance for a short, one paragraph review… 10-15 minutes work, total, if you can scan and read fast. ... The idea to write the book came to me in a dream to help children,…See More
This isn't a new issue, but it's relevant as Father's Day approaches. A recent Washington Post review cited polls showing that only 20 percent of fiction readers are male. The reviewer suggested that men have dropped novels (if they ever held them to begin with) for narrative nonfiction such as The Perfect Storm and Into Thin Air.Book Blogs is obviously dominated by women, though a few hardy men soldier on. And in my conversations with friends, women are usually flush with recommendations about…See More
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Dave: You might be interested that George Mastras, author of Fidali's Way, has a show that has been nominated for an Emmy. George is a member of Book Blogs. He told me my recommendation for his book for Father's Day was in the Baltimore Sun's webpage. Details below:
From George Mastras's Goodreads post:
Breaking Bad" was nominated for five Emmy Awards on July 16th, when the 2009 Emmy Nominations were announced, including the prestigious nomination for Best Drama!
George Mastras, author of "Fidali's Way," is one of the writers and producers of "Breaking Bad."
Hi Dave, I want to introduce you to you my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. I was wondering if you would like to review my book for your blog or sites such as Amazon. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. If you would like to read it I can mail an advance readers copy to you. Make sure you visit the website to read more reviews.Thanks for your time in advance.
Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”
Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."
Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"
The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.
The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
I found a copy of Le Flaneur on Amazon and look forward to taking a "stroll" through Mr. White's Paris. Thanks for the recommendation! Let me know about the Eiffel tower book. My daughter and I head over to Paris in June and are so excited!
Thanks Dave for your kind words on my blog, and really accurate comment on Cecilia Ahern's "PS I love you." Your blog on Baltimore Sun is great, and I especially loved the post, "Spelling is ded." As a former English teacher, I find myself repeating the same errors I once used to red-ink my students for, and I can only blame SMSes, and chat applications for that! Please keep up the good work, and I am loving Book Blogs so far