New Book Releases

In Texas it’s too hot to spend much time outside. This is the hottest summer I can remember. So many days in a row with temperatures 100 or more make me want to sit in the air conditioning, drink iced tea, and read a good book. Here are some new ones you may not have heard about yet or eagerly anticipated:

Smokin’ Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Janet Evanovich

V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone Myster), Sue Grafton

Learning (Bailey Flanigan Series), Karen Kingsbury

Cart Blanche (latest James Bond), Jeffery Deaver

Sisterhood Everlasting: A Novel (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Ann Brashares

Comedian and Author Anita Renfroe

Anita Renfroe is a well-known comedian who appears on the program for Women of Faith conferences. If you’ve never seen her or heard her she is hilarious. I found one of her books at the local library and checked it out. Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You: Kids, Carbs, and the Coming Hormonal Apocalypse. She is famous for the “Mom Song” which can be found on YouTube. Renfroe sings all the things a mom says to her kids in one day set to the tune of the “William Tell Overture.”

Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You will keep you laughing as she goes through experiences women go through including weddings, child birth, and mammograms. I recommend this one for some light reading. It will make you chuckle and make you laugh out loud. Enjoy!

Reading Challenge

In our area the school 2010 – 2011 year is over next Friday. My grandson is ready for a break as are his teacher parents. Let me invite you and your children or grandchildren to check your local libraries for story hours, movies, activities, and reading clubs. Children earn prizes for reading and it keeps them involved in books through the summer break. It keeps their skills sharp for the next school year.

If you don’t have children or grandchildren around, then here is a challenge. Read at least two books a month during June, July, and August. Keep a list of your books and then come and share what you read on this blog. The three readers with the most books read and who post comments about them for this challenge will each win an autographed copy of one of my books. If you plan to participate, then please leave a comment. You can start at any time beginning June 1st and continue through August 30th.

Spring Reading

We’re all spending more time outside with spring and summer activities. Gardening. Baseball. Picnics and time at the park with our children or grandchildren.

Some of the great new reads include:

Mystery & Thrillers –

I’ll Walk Alone, Mary Higgins Clark

The 6th Man, David Baldacci

10th Anniversary, James Patterson


Southern Comfort, Fern Michaels

Smokin’ Seventeen, Janet Evanovich

Texas Blue, Jodie Thomas

Audio Books

Audio books have been around for quit a while. There is a section at most book stores where you can find them and of course you can purchase them online through various websites like Amazon and Barnes & Nobel. I’ve borrowed many of them from the public library. I’m always reading more than one book at once and spend hours on the computer writing or reading so much that my eyes get tired. Listening to a book lets me enjoy reading even when my eyes are too tired to read from a  printed book.

Audio books remind me of bed time stories. Sometimes I listen to them while I’m cleaning house or working in the yard and garden. Audio books can be downloaded from some libraries and many books that are classics can be down loaded for free to computers or MP3 players.  One of the sites I use is Free Classic AudioBooks. They are great to keep you company and awake on road trips if you’re traveling alone or your companion is asleep during the drive. They are enjoyable and are a great way for people with vision problems or who have lost their sight to continue reading.

I’d love to hear how you feel about audio books. Leave a comment.