Guest Post – Richard Baker, Author of Cao Bang

I’m please to have a guest post from Richard Baker today. He is the author of Cao Bang, an historical fiction novel available from Amazon. I normally read and review authors’ books myself when they contact me, but I am not a fan of this particular era and subject matter. I didn’t want anyone who might be to miss hearing about this book however. As you’ll read below, Richard Baker has the experience and personal knowledge needed to make this a very realistic piece of fiction! Please join me in welcoming him to The Book’s the Thing. – Erika

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What Are You Reading Wednesday – The Mine by John A. Heldt

What are you reading Wednesday – 9/2/15

What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

Now for my answers this week…

1. The Mine by John A. Heldt
The Mine (Northwest Passage #1)

2. Ten minutes after leaving the Canary, Joel discovered that stores on Main Street did not take credit cards. They did not exist in prewar America. Two Sacagawea dollars clinking in his pocket were similarly useless, as was a checking account opened in 1996.

3. This is a time-travel / romance novel. While I wouldn’t mind visiting the past, I would not want to leave everything (and everyone) behind to stay there!

So what are you reading today? Any new recommendations for me? 🙂

New Release – Burnt Secrets by Barbara A. Martin

It’s Release Day for Burnt Secrets by Barbara A. Martin

Title: Burnt Secrets
Author: Barbara A. Martin
Series: Bodies Everywhere #2
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Genres: Clean Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Barbara A. Martin

I’m happy to help promote this one – a cozy for anyone who likes their mystery on the clean side (no graphic language, violence, sex etc…). While I do read grittier mysteries, I also enjoy books I can share with my daughter after I have read them! I’ll try to get my review posted sometime later this month.

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No Rhyme (Nor Reason)

Happy Tuesday / September / National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day!

No – I’m not making it up. In the US, September 1st has been designated as the “unofficial” day for celebrating words in the English language that do not rhyme with any other words – like orange.

In celebration (ok, just for fun…) I thought I would see how many I could think of with without using Google or any other outside assistance. Here’s what I came up with – it is a short list! Let me know if you can think of more, or if you know a word that rhymes with one of mine. I’m sure I’ve missed lots. 🙂


UPDATE: a few more, from various sources around the web…let me know if you can come up with a rhyme for any of these! 🙂

borscht (adopted into English, does that count?)