Monday, September 10, 2012

That's A Wrap: Indie Read-A-Thom



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Welcome to Bitsy Bling Books!  This weekend, I participated in the Indie Read-A-Thon. I didn't do too bad.  I finished one book and I am half way through my second.  Admittedly, I had a rather long break due to college football---my bad, but I had to watch some very important games (even if my team lost by 1 point!  Yes!  1 point!) What a heart breaker.

I read all of The Legend of Rachel Petersen, posted a review and also a special feature.  A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to Leader Dog Charity.  To see the full feature click HERE
Did his book raise the dead? Outraged when The Post Gazette overlooks him for a promotion, thirty-nine year old sports writer, Christian Kane quits and moves to the country to write fiction. Inspiration flows from a grave he stumbles upon in the woods. He compiles The Legend of Rachel Petersen, a fascinating story revolving around the dead twelve year old girl lying beneath the weathered tombstone. His book becomes a Best Seller; then Hollywood makes it in to a blockbuster movie. Kane becomes rich and famous, but only to have Rachel rise from the grave to seek revenge on him for slandering her name!  REVIEW
I am half way through The Philanthropist's Dan$e.  This book reminds me of the BBC whodunnit mysteries, or the game Clue - so far no murder, but I'm certain one will come.  Instead, it involves a group of people gathered at a mansion to receive a portion of a fortune. Their job is to decide who gets what.  If this wasn't hard enough, certain events can trigger any arrangement void and they must start over.  It's a great study in human behavior, greed, family and what drives us to achieve happiness, or what we perceive will make us happy.  
Twelve people. Five days. One fortune. Johnston Thurwell, one of the world’s richest men, dies unexpectedly. His family expects to inherit his wealth, but instead discover the dying philanthropist has spent his last days planning something called The Danse. The twelve most important people in his life are brought together to decide the most important question at the end of it. Who will inherit his fortune? The family is sequestered in the philanthropists’ remote country mansion with a group that includes his best friend, his most loyal servants, and his greatest rival. They must agree who among them will share the fortune, but they must do it against the clock. Every twenty-four hours, the fortune is reduced. In just five days, it will all be gone. The thin veneer of civility among the twelve is ripped away by naked greed as their lust for money drives them into betrayal, blackmail and violence. The desperate family will do anything to save their inheritance. Except share it.

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