Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I got a slow start to today's kick off of A Winter's Respite Read-A-Thon hosted by the lovely and ever so sweet Michelle at The True Book Addict.

I have two books that I am hoping to enjoy and finish during this week's read-a-thon. Of course, I hope to complete more...but, we'll see how it goes. At some point I should probably take down the Christmas decorations. Yeah, they're still up. What can I say, I rather be reading!

I'm currently reading:

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird
* ARC release date April 18, 2011
In seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment—or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door. 
Betrayed by one of her own accusers, Maggie must try to save her uncle and his family from the king’s men, even if she has to risk her own life in the process.
FINISHED!  To read my review click on The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

February The Fifth by Derek Haines
Released January 6, 2011
In a remarkable turn of events, a young man with a lot definitely not going for him, somehow manages to come to terms with a startling reality. He has to grow up. Being handicapped by not only having rather nasty acne and an odd eye impediment, he also has to suffer the fact that his name is February. Or at best, Feb to his very limited number of friends. While not at all wishing to rush into this startling new reality, circumstances and a few elbow nudges from his very protective elder sister ensure that his ‘not at all wishing’ turns out to be a complete waste of time. Thrust totally and altogether unwillingly into a position of authority by early afternoon, February finds himself with a new appendage tacked on to the end his name. The Fifth. The new and very authoritative part of his name. Of course, as is the case in all such rapid and thrusting types of promotion to positions of power, there will be those who are not happy about it. In February’s case however, he finds that in fact these those amount to just about everyone apart from his three sisters. Undaunted by this reality, Feb accepts his new responsibility and by early evening sets about getting himself into a real tangle. His only true achievement being that he discovers that quite a few of these those who weren’t so happy, are in fact really very upset about the whole Fifth appendage deal. By bedtime, he thinks he is in trouble. Before lunchtime the next day, he is sure.

I became acquainted with Derek through writing networks and I follow him on Twitter.  He is a generous, entertaining, witty, fun and delightful tweeple to have -- I recommend following @Derek_Haines

He has 7 books currently available at Amazon and other retail book dealers.  To see author page click on Derek Haines
Excerpt from Bio:  The stories told by Derek Haines are about people, their feelings, regrets, hopes and struggles with life. Ordinary people, but with extraordinary qualities that makes their story worth telling. While some stories reflect his own thoughts and beliefs, others are told from the view of characters who are dark and complex. With splashes of sometimes black humour or simple satire, his stories can develop from the simplistic to the complex and back again leaving the reader to decide if it is time to laugh or cry. Or both.
Visit:  Derek's Vandal Blog

FINISHED!  To read my review click on February The Fifth


  1. You're very welcome Derek! Thank you for the ARC of February The Fifth, the mentions and #FF's you sent out. Thank you for all you've done to help writers around the world.

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  3. You sound like me with the Christmas decorations! I actually took them down and packed them up on the 6th, but have yet to put back in storage. I had a slow start myself with the reading...as usual. I had myself a little self imposed Bloggiesta signing up for reading challenges. That's what happens when you're a star procrastinator!

    Hope you accomplish what you set out to with your reading!

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