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ROSEMARY AND RUE, Seanan McGuire (Release Date: Sept. 1st)


Carrie’s Conversation with Seanan McGuire

Carrie:  What inspired you to write ROSEMARY AND RUE?
I’ve always loved folklore and the old fairy tales — the ones that were around before Grimm came along and “cleaned them up” to turn them into children’s stories.  I was visiting the Japanese Tea Gardens in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park one day, and suddenly everything clicked together.  I knew who Toby was, I knew what her problem was, and I really, really wanted to know how she was going to get out of it.  Everything followed from there.

Carrie:  In general, how does an idea for a book come to you? Does it perk slowly in your mind or does it come in a flash?
It depends on the book, really.  ROSEMARY AND RUE came slowly.  The second book in the series, A LOCAL HABITATION, came to me all at once, and just had to be refined from there. It’s very situational for me.

Life After Genius, Ann Jacoby

Guest Book Review:  Life After Genius
Savy Verse & Wit, Serena Agusto-Cox


Theodore Mead Fegley’s father runs a furniture store and funeral home with his brother Martin, while his mother’s main goal in life is to push her son to achieve as much as possible and not squander his intelligence. The pressure mounts for Mead as he speeds through his elementary and high school years, reaching the University of Chicago at age 15.

American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld (Guest Book Review, Avis from She Reads and Reads)

WifeAvis answered my Guest Book Review Invitation with a resounding “YES” and submitted the following review. To get links to more reviews on Sittenfeld’s American Wife or read more great reviews by Avis, check out her website, She Reads and Reads.

Avis’s She Reads and Reads American Wife review:

When I requested American Wife, I had no idea it was a fictionalized account of Laura Bush’s life. All I knew was that it had been written by Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep, which I first read about in an article in the New York Times about the making of a bestseller. My curiosity was piqued, so when I heard about Sittenfeld’s latest book, I wanted to read it.

Matters of Faith, Kristy Kiernan–Guest Book Review, Redlady’s Reading Room

RedLadyBonnie from Redlady’s Reading Room is our first guest book review blogger. The following is Bonnie’s review of Kristy Kiernan’s Matters of Faith. I will be interviewing Kristy on a Quick & Wordy interview next week, so stay tuned… 

Redlady’s Reading Room Review:

Summary: At age twelve, Marshall Tobias saw his best friend killed by a train. It was then that he began his search for faith; delving into one tradition, then discarding it for another. While his parents were at odds over his behavior, they found common ground with his little sister Meghan, whose severe food allergies required careful attention.

Now Marshall is home from college with his first real girlfriend. Meghan is thrilled to have her around, but there is more to Ada than meets the eye—including her beliefs about the evils of medical intervention. What follows is a crisis that tests not only faith, but the limits of family, forgiveness, and our need to believe. Matters_of_Faith150

When I read a review of this book at Booking Mama I knew that it was a book that I had to read. This book is about a family that has a child with life-threatening food allergies but it is also about so much more. You see, it is especially meaningful to me as , I too, have a child with life-threatening food allergies and know from first hand experience what it is like to raise a child with severe food allergies. My son is now 9, but we knew from the age of 1 that he had severe food allergies. Most parents who have children with food allergies like this are always on alert and cautious and our worst fear is that our child will be exposed to something that could literally take their life.

Guest Book Reviews ~ An Invitation

Book stackHey WTM Friends!

I’m extending an invitation to anyone interested in being a guest book reviewer here at Words To Mouth.

If you are a book review blogger and would like to share one of your latest takes on a new release OR if you just love reading and would love to share your impressions, but don’t have the time or inclination to start your own blog…Do I have a deal for you?!

I’m inviting you to submit your new book release review for consideration. It doesn’t have to be a highly professional piece, so please check any intimidation at the door. This will just be a place for you to share your impressions and have fun.

There aren’t a bunch of submission guidelines, except these few paramaters:

  • The book must be a new release
  • Keep it positive ~ I’m not into bashing anyone
  • No Spoilers
  • Keep the review between 250–500 words. If you’ve got your own blog and have a more extensive review already posted, you can provide a taste of your review on Words To Mouth with a link to the full content on your site.
  • I reserve the right to edit for grammar and lengthGirl laptop

Once you’ve submitted a review, I’d encourage you to leave a voice mail message at 206–309–7318 that I can play as a little “promo” on my next podcast—Something to the effect of “Hi, this is YOUR NAME and I wrote a review on BOOK NAME by AUTHOR NAME” and then maybe a brief blip on your thoughts to entice listeners to go to the site to read your review.

Simple Enough?

Looking forward to your submissions to Oh, and if you just want to leave a book recommendation or your impressions about a particular book you’ve read that’s not been spotlighted on Words To Mouth, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments or on voice mail 206-309-7318.

Love to hear from you ~ Take good care…until next time.

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