Monday, September 16, 2013

Vote for December's books

The vote page for December's books is up and running.  The list is a little heavy on Historical Romances because the winter is the perfect time of year to read one.  Here is the link to the voting page:

Friday, September 13, 2013

October's Books

The two books for October are "Dark Places" by Gillian Flynn and "The Search" by Nora Roberts. Both of these title will be downloaded on the Nooks. 

Dark Places
by Gilian Flynn

I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

The Search
By Nora Roberts
(Romantic Thriller)

To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life-a quaint house on an island off Seattle's coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescues. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare...
     Several years ago, Fiona was the only survivor of the Red Scarf serial killer, who shot and killed Fiona's cop fiancĂ© and his K-9 partner.
     On Orcas Island, Fiona found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life. But all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He's the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, foisted upon him by his mother. Jaws has eaten through Simon's house, and he's at his wit's end.
     To Fiona, Jaws is nothing she can't handle. Simon, however, is another matter. A newcomer to Orcas, he's a rugged and in-tensely private artist, known for the exquisite furniture he creates from wood. Simon never wanted a puppy-and he most definitely doesn't want a woman. Besides, the lanky redhead is not his type. But tell that to his hormones.
As Fiona embarks on training Jaws, and Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona's life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Vote for October's Books

There is still time to vote for our book choices.  We are meeting tomorrow night (9-12-13) at 6 o'clock in the Board Room. Hope to see everyone there!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My Week at the RWA Conference Part 1

For those of you who don’t know the Romance Writers of America named me the Librarian of the Year.  I was able to attend the RWA conference in July.  All I have to say it that it was an absolutely amazing time. 

First I was just excited to be picked up at the airport by a car. Then the driver said that he had to also pick up another attendee.  He could not locate her at the airport and asked if I had Mary Jo Putney’s number, I had to tell him “No, I don’t happen to know her number”.  Also my excitement was lost on my husband.  For those of you, who don’t happen to know Mary Jo Putney, was honored this year with RWA’s Lifetime Achievement award. 

Wednesday was Librarian’s day at the conference.  Right off the bat I got to meet two of the former Librarians of the Year, Wendy Cructher and Jennifer Lohmann.  I found out that there is a new category in fiction. This new genre is called “New Adult”, which is basically fiction that has the main character is between the ages of 18 and 25.  While this may technically be a new genre, some of my favorite writes such as Diana Peterfruend, Meg Cabot and Megan McCafferty.  

This was also the day for RWA’s Literacy signing. Hundreds of romance writers sign copies of their books with all of the proceeds going to literacy organizations.  This year the “Readers for Life” event raised $52,000 in just two hours.  Here I was able to get a book signed by Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz.  

I was also lucky enough to attend a dinner organized by Nancy Berland.  This was a wonderful opportunity to talk about the trends in Romance publishing.  I was seated next to Carla Neggers and Gwen Reyes from Fresh Fiction.  The whole evening was filled with great insight into the romance genre. The only bad part was that the twenty minute ride to the restaurant turned into an hour because the shuttle driver was new and got lost.  I am so not used to eating dinner at ten o’clock at night.

The conference gets in full swing on Thursday with a day packed with wonderful workshops. Since I am not a writer and don’t plan on being one, many of the workshops did not interest me. I did attend some of the research based workshops.    This was also the day for the Keynote speech, given by Cathy Maxwell.   She gave a truly inspiring speech.  It almost made me want to become a writer.  I really think that RWA needs to give out tissues at the door because you certainly need them.  Here is the link to the entire speech.    

I was lucky enough to have nothing planned for Thursday evening; so I was able to go out to eat with Jan and my husband.  Jan’s hairdresser had suggested a restaurant called Einstein’s in Buckhead.  Einstein’s had a great bistro feel, wonderful food, and a very relaxed atmosphere.  This was in stark contrast to the cab ride home.  There a couple of things that made this cab ride memorable.  First there was a very unique smell to the cab, and by unique I mean funky. Secondly, the seat that my husband & I sat in rocked back and forth.  And thirdly, there were no seat-belts, which really were needed due to the speed of the cab and how quickly he changed lanes.  At least because of the speed it was a short ride, taking about half of the time it took to get there.  It reminded me of that video game from the early 2000’s called Crazy Taxi.

There are still two days left to tell you about but I think that this is enough for now.  The next installment will be posted next week.