......George R.R. Martin
Well, another year down for me, as I celebrated my birthday on Thursday. Pandemic birthdays haven’t been much fun, but I got to spend it with Arthur, who made me “from scratch” Danish pastry for breakfast, and a great dinner, complete with delicious homemade rolls. He has become quite the baker over these two years, so my freezer is always filled with homemade bread. I spent most of the day reading, which is my favorite thing to do. A hot cup of ginger tea and a good book makes everything better…well almost everything.
I have found some amazing authors who are new to me during these last few years. I just finished a book that actually took me by surprise several times. After many years of reading some of the finest authors, I tend to guess what is happening before it is revealed. In her novel, The Marriage Lie, Kimberly Belle shocked me…twice, and that is difficult to do anymore.
Some of my favorite authors have books coming out this year, too, and I can’t wait to read/review them for you. Linwood Barclay has two books for us this year (Take Your Breathe Away will be published in May and Look Both Ways is due out in June) while Julie Clark’s The Lies I Tell is due out June 21. Of course, my favorite “light read” author, David Rosenfelt, has a few books coming out this year, and Andrew Gross promises another best seller as well.
Robert Bailey’s newest, Rich Blood, is due out in August and promises another fun peek into life (and death) in the Deep South. David Baldacci’s upcoming novel, The 6:20 Man, and J.D. Trafford’s Merchants Bridge both look like exciting additions to this year's upcoming library of books.
Lastly, Alex Finlay, who blew me away last year with Every Last Fear, has followed up with a new winner, Night Shift. I discovered Finlay accidentally last year and couldn’t wait for his next novel. I did some research hoping to find past books of his that I might have missed and found that Alex Finlay is the pseudonym of another author who I have read and enjoyed through the years. My review of Night Shift will follow this blog. It is due out in a few weeks and is definitely something to look forward to reading.
I was happy to see that the pandemic did not stifle the creativity of the men and women who deliver us so much knowledge and entertainment with each novel that they present. Although I try to never repeat the quotations I begin each weeks’ blog with, I felt George R.R. Martin’s words were worth repeating. I, for one, would like to acknowledge these fine authors for making these last two years tolerable for me. They took me on adventures when I could not leave my house, and I thank them for that on a daily basis.
As always, a complete review of this book follows my blog.