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HOEDOWN with Misty Simon

There are days where I almost cry because I spent all my book money.  Here is a book that is going on my wish list and it’s not just because of the title.

  • Ivy Morris Mysteries – Hoedown Showdown

With the Tasty Tomato Tournament just days away, the small town of Martha’s Point is all abuzz. This is the first year without a sure winner, and the competition is fierce to gain the judges’ approval, even before the tournament starts.

But when Ivy finds one of those judges dead in a shed across the street, things go from bad to worse. All she wanted was seven glorious, kid-free days of messing around with her husband. Instead, she’s going to be tracking down a killer, staying out of the way of a pickle-obsessed farmer, and dodging the new cop who seems out for her blood.

Rating: Spicy

Excerpt

“Myrt,” I said patiently, as if talking to a small child. “First of all, this wasn’t the tomato crusher. It was Judge McIntyre.”

I didn’t even get to the next part since she started wailing. “Oh, my stars! I’m never going to win the Tasty Tomato Tournament now! It’s the fiftieth anniversary, and I wanted at least one chance before I die! And now I will never win this! I’ll be a dead woman long before I can ever show my face again in the tournament! And this was supposed to be my year!”

Not only was that a lot of exclamation points, but she also dragged the last word out until it sounded like a cat dying. I tried to calm her down by settling my hand on her shoulder. She shook me off while dropping her cane at her feet. With a ton of creaks and cracks, she knelt down beside him and started babbling about how sorry she was.

“I don’t think you should touch him.” I said this while definitely keeping my distance. I did not want to touch him more than I already had. To be honest, it had been some time since I was involved in anything more than feeding and playing with my kids or running my store and being a wife. Occasionally I would help Ben with a case or two in his work as a private investigator, but it was more paperwork than anything else. I did not want to even know what had happened to the judge, much less who had done it. Ben was not going to be pleased. At all.

“I’m so sorry, Mr. McIntyre,” Myrt said with her face close to his, her hand patting his chest. There was a crinkling noise, but she was still talking. “So very sorry. When Irma died last year in her sleep after winning her forty-ninth straight tournament, I thought I finally had a chance, and now I hit you, and I’m so very, very sorry, and I can’t believe I mistook you for a burglar.” She twisted her hands together like she was wringing out a dishtowel. And she was going to draw blood if she continued biting her lip in between babbling some more.

I had few choices right now. I have to admit here that I had no desire whatsoever to call the police. I didn’t want to be involved in things. I had plans this week. This was not going to keep me from swinging from the freaking chandelier if I could.

Of course, I could go across the street and call from the house, or have Ben call and then remove myself from the situation altogether. But that would be completely unfair to Mrs. Crandall.

I couldn’t help myself. I let out a scream that would have brought down an opera house, something between frustration and fright because, at that moment, something furry ran against my leg before shooting into the bushes.

In the end, the decision of what to do was taken out of my hands because the police came tearing up in the one marked car in town, screeching to a halt at the curb. A man in uniform was out of the car before I could blink again. And I’m glad I didn’t blink because I would have missed the way he jumped from the car and then did a forward roll across the front lawn as if he was in some crazy-assed shootout.

 

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Author bio: Misty Simon loves a good story and decided one day that she would try her hand at it. Eventually she got it right. There’s nothing better in the world than making someone laugh, and she hopes everyone at least snickers in the right places when reading her books. She lives with her husband, daughter and three insane dogs in Central Pennsylvania where she is hard at work on her next novel or three. She loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at misty@mistysimon.com

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D.R. Grady Cover Reveal!

Farmer’s favorite D.R.Grady book is the Nerd and the Marine.  AND NOW THIS!  What is a book lover to do?

Odd things keep happening to Dr. Sara Newton. She’s a soon-to-be-unemployed pediatrician with an alleged stalker, a hot cop on her heels breathing dire warnings, and way too much student debt.

It doesn’t help that the hot cop is Clay Morrison, her best friend’s older brother. The man has made her heart pound and her palms sweaty since puberty. The trouble is, he only interacts with her when he’s expounding on new security measures. He sees threats everywhere.

Clay Morrison is frustrated. He hates his new job, misses his Army Ranger days, loves his well-meaning, pushy family—and when did sweet Sara Newton grow up? She won’t admit she has a stalker, and she won’t keep out of his thoughts. He can only protect someone in denial for so long. No matter how attractive she is…

Clay and Sara are circling each other, trying to meet in the middle. Then a brand new threat sends them in a completely different direction.

D.R. Grady lives with her husband near Hershey, PA. She adores chocolate, laughing, collecting bags, books, and shoes, and writing stories that resonate with others.

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Einstein in Love Review

Einstein in Love: A Scientific Romance was a tough read.  Technically it was much more difficult than reading than The Battle Of Midway.  The Battle of Midway hurt my bleeding heart for the lives lost on both sides but this hurt my eyes and my head.    There was nothing wrong with the font it was just that for my, children abducted  braincells, was difficult to comprehend such as on page 316 “In general relativity, determining the boundary conditions of the universe involved making assumptions about what happened to the metric, the geometry of space-time, at large distances and remote times from here and now under immediate consideration.” Whew…Maybe because of my fibromyalgia symptom of ADHD it was hard for me to concentrate on sentences like this.  However, according to the back cover Martin Gardner, The Washington Post had the opposite view “Written with such wit and verve that it is hard not to zip through in one sitting.”  It took me multiple sittings. Oh wait, I am wrong, that was praise for the author, Dennis Overbye’s other book; Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos.

In agreement with Gardner I did laugh out loud at his description of Einstein’s capers.  There was wit, I am not denying.  Einstein was a character.  I do carry a soft pity for his first wife, feeling an empathy of her symptoms as I myself struggle with correspondingly pensive moods at times.

Which makes me wonder…. what did they diagnose her with?  Did she have fibromyalgia?  I wonder how her life would have been if she had been able to scientifically work part time or full time and still raise a family?  What if Einstein had been more like my husband, understanding of disabilities?  What if Einstein had been more forgiving and sacrificing his quest for the quantum theory for moving closer to his boys?  And what happened to the lost daughter Lieserl?

I wonder if there is a book out there that is written about Mileva Einstein Maric, who Overbye states is buried in an unmarked grave in Zurich.???????

Was this book worth the read?  Yes, it brought me out of the textbook ideology of Einstein and into the humanity of a great thinker, lover and, possibly, not the best parent.

Started this book on December 7th, 2016 and ended it on January 11, 2017.

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The Pleasures of the Imagination……

The Pleasures of the imagination

Admit it, you thought it was a fantasy romance book I wrote.

However, this is a book that took me a month to read because I actually had to use my brain. (The thing that has been stuck on Cat and the Hat for the last ten years.)

Why did I choose this book?  I chose it because the Video Drama Club was talking about Pride and Prejudice coming to DramaFever and I wanted to get more background on the time period.Slide1

With the BBC added to DramaFever I am happy.  Classy costumes from around the world.  Great heroes that transcend time.

Check out what the club is thinking.

But I digress.

We are talking about the book that is 721 pages long, with illustrations from art of that time.

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In this book I learned

  1. People wrote to impress others especially patrons.
    1. Getting out of bed at 2 in the afternoon does not impress me.
    2. All the day light that is wasted and candles used when people were carousing.
  2. Most writers were split in the thoughts about the Ancients (Aristotle, Renaissance) and those of the Moderns and which was best.
  3. If politeness marks how well a society is doing..than I wonder what 1800 Century would think of our political correctness and manners?
    1. and this is just the intro.
    2. Love the tidbits in this book…pg.xxii John Brown was hired by a queen to “improve the morals of the Russian Court but killed himself before he reached St. Petersburg”
      1. That gets my attention.
  4. Has the publishing system changed since then?
    1. yes, we digitalized
    2. No, people like me can self  publish their books. (hack writer)
    3. hack writers are someone who write low quality books to order.
      1. I don’t do the “to order” part.
    4. My apologies to the intellectuals of the world.
  5. I felt like I was reading Barbara Cartland on some pages.
    1. My apologies to John Brewer
  6. Fine I didn’t read, read the book.  I skimmed it in places.
    1. Charles I’s court……
      1. I could be reading Leviticus
      2. His beheading was interestingly introduced.
  7. Scrofula has something to do with tuberculous and doesn’t look pretty.
  8. Coffee houses severed brandy and  wine too.
  9. The word Piazza makes me think of Pizza
    1. Not helping the diet.
  10. Anna Larpent sounds  like an interesting woman and makes me think of Anne Bradstreet from America.
  11. Still looking for Jane Austin.
  12. Journals
    1. Pg. 108  “Like any form of politeness, the exchange between the author and his diary was seen as a conversation”
    2. As a storyteller I should try this.  (All I have is calendars.)
  13. The fear that women are controlled by feelings provoked by movies, tv and books is the same as back then but instead they had theater, literature with the emphasis on the romance literature.
    1. I admit it. I am one.
    2. Men are controlled to.
    3. I did not know this but in the 1790s there were critics who were against sensibility.Austin must have had it rough.  I wonder if that is why she made the character Kitty in Pride and Prejudice.
  14. Authors have not changed.  There are those of us who write for monetary rewards and those who write to “edify, amuse and instruct.”
    1. I am all monetary. (still waiting for my huge fan club to buy out my $6.50 kid book and make millions)
    2. I am also not good at ignoring all the creative ideas that bug me until I have to let them out.
  15. Oh dear,  was not expecting the image of Richard Payne Knight’s book.
    1. Those images aren’t cut off fingers, which I first thought.
    2. Oh my.
  16. Sarah Siddons as an actress intrigues me.
  17. I haven’t found much direct Jane Austin information.
  18. Opera books had pictures of half naked people on them.
    1. false advertising
    2. And since I am watching Gag Concert just to see the comedian Ryu Geunji and if he shows his chest, this type of advertising works on me.
  19. Thomas Bewick is another person that I would like to read an biography on.
    1. I am interested in nature and how John Brewer describes Bewick makes me interested in a man who used nature as a means of moral instruction.
    2. Engravings
  20. Concert going was not cheap.
    1. Same now.
  21. Jane Austin’s Emma is mentioned on page 548, the chapter talking about music, dance assembles, and etiquette.
  22. Found my first typo. pg. 549  could instead of cd. (I can’t even make it a paragraph without a mistake.)
  23. Note to self. Pg. 552 talks about Organs.  This would be beneficial if I ever do another type of Golden Age of Radio program.
  24. Second note to self on pg. 555.  Methodist “pride [ing] themselves on the power of congregational singing.
  25. Music
    1. I want to have small music parties!
    2. I guess I better clean my house.
  26. Second typo on page 561.  It said that Marsh was married to 1774.  (I sigh with relief, a book this well written and intelligent has a few mistakes.  I don’t look like a complete moron now.)
  27. Anna Seward is another person that this book makes me think about researching.  She was a friend of Walter Scott.
    1. Was it the Sir Walter Scott of Ivanhoe fame?
    2. I may have to borrow Anna Seward’s writing style and the “sense of place”
    3. The author of this book writes about Anna Seward’s life and how she did not move from her hometown.  I understand this sense.  I too find if I were to move from my rural life that I would just become another housewife trying to become an author.  With my seclusion and agriculture setting I have become an unique storyteller.  This might be enough of an oddity to propel me to fortune and fame.
      1. Still waiting on my fan club to buy that kid book.
    4. Robert Burns is a distant, distant, distant relative of mine.
      1. Seward was a patron of his.
  28. While I am writing this the kids are in the basement trying to catch a rabbit that got loose.
  29. Welcome chapter 16.
    1. Jane Austin’s works are discussed in this chapter titled Culture, Nature and Nation.
      1. 1766 artist George Stubbs sounds familiar.
        1. I think that name was used in romance I read recently.
        2. song “Poor Stubbs is dead. Poor Stubbs…” Oh wait that is from Oklahoma and it is Judd not Stubbs.
  30. Not much Austin.
  31. John  Brewer did a lot of work in writing The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century.

If I can take anything out of this book it that I should write a journal.  I have something like it and I call it the Hag of War.  Why?  Because it sounds fun to me.  I need to write more in it.

I admit that I got this book because I wanted to learn more on Jane Austin and that time period. I found the writing humorous and intelligent, which for me was a challenge. Oh dear, I haven’t seen words like this since college. Took me a month to get through but I am glad I did. It was so much better than reading the Cat and the Hat for the umpteenth time.

When I returned the book to the library I headed over to the same section out of curosity and there a shelf down with a huge title it says..

Jane Austen’s England

Yep.  That’s me.
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Author Event: Titus Himmelberger

Titus Himmelberger

Yes, my youngest are holding hands.

It was a wet day in June.  June 27th, 2015 to be exact.  We were on our way to a 4-H rabbit showmanship clinic and I took the chance and went to From My Shelf Books and Gifts store, to see the author signing.  (Why?  Because I want people to come to my book signings, because I wanted a book to do a review on, and I like to collect autographed books. ) The author is Titus Himmelberger.  He is nice and polite. (I probably could use different words to describe him such as gentleman, approachable, etc..)  He lives in Pennsylvania and is into theater.  His bio says he travels and has done mission work.

You can see this in the later half of the book.  When it comes to Demon Hunter: To Heaven and Back, it’s all about the last half of the book.  I admit being a romance writer I have a formula and I expect that others use that same formula because most romance writer do.  First thing is first, I needed to change the way I approached the book and throw that formula out.  Once I stopped trying to predict what was happening, (and believe me, I had no clue), I started to get into the book.

The last half of the book propels you forward at a faster pace and leaves you at the end thinking “Why is this book only 159 pages.”  I wish this author blessings and hope this book does well because selfishly I would like to see a series with Travis Stone and his destruction and how God uses him.

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