A Close Knit Group

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What do you get when you throw a girl who can’t even sew a button in with a room full of crafty knitters? Sounds like the start of a really bad joke. Well it wasn’t in my case. Instead I got an enjoyable afternoon of learning and socializing. I have to admit I was a bit intimidated sitting in with the Yarn Antics club at Indian River library one Friday afternoon, but the group and its facilitator, Audrey, welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like one of the group for that day.

The first thing Audrey asked was “Do you knit?” I, of course, answer with my button one liner and she replies, “Well, we can fix that.”  Continue reading “A Close Knit Group”

Staff Review: The Stage Dive Novel series

I love the anticipation of finding the “my next favorite author” whenever I wander the library shelves. I enjoy reading the book cover descriptions or sampling the first chapter of a book, as I’m on a quest for the perfect book for me.

I was thrilled last week as I looked through the books on the new book racks at the Central Library and discovered something new. The cover was provocative but tasteful, and the book’s description was just what I was looking for – a light read with some (okay, a lot) of romance and an intriguing plot. So, I checked it out.

I quickly realized that I had accidently selected the second book in a series called A Stage Dive Novel. However, it didn’t matter as I was able to follow along the story without having read the first book in the series. Each title in the four-part series tells the story from the perspective of a young woman and one of the band members. As usual, the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly, but isn’t that the best part of reading a romance, watching the process as two people fall in love and form a couple?

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When Evelyn Thomas, a college student/ part-time barista, goes to Las Vegas to celebrate her 21st birthday with her friend Lauren, she hadn’t anticipated waking up the next morning hung over, lying on the floor of a bathroom next to an extremely attractive man who claims to be her husband. And that’s how Ev finds out that she married David Ferris, lead guitarist for the world famous rock band Stage Dive. How is she going to explain this to her father? And what is she going to do about the paparazzi and all those fans? If you want to find out what happens next, read the book. Continue reading “Staff Review: The Stage Dive Novel series”

Staff Review: The Girl with the Long Green Heart ♥

The Girl with the Long Green Heart

Are you a fan of  volatile thrillers that involve calculating femme fatales and men with hardened hearts and illegal mindsets? How about intricate murder scenes that entail painful suspense? Do you prefer skillful grifters to arrogant money makers? Or all of the above? As a devoted reader of romance, I wasn’t certain. Crime and mystery have never been my first choice, yet I am always up for something new. One of my favorite library patrons – a regular with an animated personality – prefers audiobooks while she is traveling to work. Those special days when she would visit the library, on the hunt for a fun title, we would discuss our favorite authors. On one of her particular visits, she could not stop gushing about Lawrence Block. I had never heard of him, but he seemed quite popular according to the library catalog. Usually, I never take up requests from patrons if I am not interested in the genre, but there was something so vibrant in how my patron expressed her love for the author’s talent. “It is not only the book itself,” she explained,” but how he writes.” As a writer myself, I was hooked. Continue reading “Staff Review: The Girl with the Long Green Heart ♥”