My latest audiobook is book 6 in the Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse mystery series by Sandra Balzo, A Cup of Jo.
Maggy’s heart, uncharacteristically, is swelling with optimism. Sure, her original Wisconsin coffeehouse, Uncommon Grounds, was destroyed in a freak early May blizzard. But, thanks to friend and new business partner, Sarah Kingston, a perfect location for its successor has been found in a quaint Brookhills railroad station recently revitalized by the creation of a commuter-rail connection between the old depot and the city of Milwaukee, fifteen miles east.
Maggy and Sarah hope to piggyback the grand reopening of Uncommon Grounds on the media coverage of Dedication Day for the train’s two terminal points. Maggy even digs deep into her development budget and commissions a giant inflatable Uncommon Grounds coffee cup for the celebrations. All seems perfectly poised for the great day, until Brookhills’ in absentia event manager, JoLynne Penn-Williams, finally makes her appearance – as a corpse in Maggy’s piece de resistance…
©2010 Sandra Balzo (P)2013 Sandra Balzo
My latest audiobook is the final book in the Chronicles of Valonia by Katie Paterson, The Quest for the Immortal Walker.
The Master of Hades has waited centuries to fill the world with his evil, and now he has his chance, with his despicable sorceress and his heinous creatures of death. Only the Immortal Walker can stop this catastrophe, and it is Rachel and Gareth’s final quest to find him. But who is the Immortal Walker and where is he?
Faced with dangerous situations the twins have to battle on and solve the mystery, before the Master of Evil takes over. But can Rachel and Gareth do this, and will they be in time to save the world from the eternal fires of Hades and its Supreme Master of Darkness? The Quest for the Immortal Walker is the fourth and last of the Chronicles of Valonia series.
©2012 Katie Paterson (P)2013 Iambik Audio Inc.
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle is now up on LibriVox. Had to do a lot more editing on this one to get it to match the PD gutenberg.org text; it has a lot more “great white hope” stuff that’s offensive to modern sensibilities, that had been edited out of the text I originally recorded.
The County Fair opened this weekend. I went by on Sunday to see how my pieces had fared (no pun intended). I entered a wee hedgehog in the Knitting (Non-garment) category. He got a first place ribbon. (The photos are fuzzy because I had to use the zoom on the phone’s camera.)
The previously mentioned shawl, which was entered in the Knitting (Garment) category, won a second place ribbon.
I think I counted about half a dozen knitted entries, total, so as usual, the ribbons aren’t terribly impressive, but still fun.
The fifth Maggy Thorsen book is out on Audible! From the Grounds Up by Sandra Balzo.
When Maggy Thorsen’s coffee house, Uncommon Grounds, is virtually obliterated by a snowstorm, she and her friend Sarah resolve to reopen – and Maggy’s found the perfect spot near the train station, just in time for the opening of the new commuter route. But when Sarah’s uncle dies suddenly, in the first of a series of ‘accidents,’ it is clear that someone doesn’t want Uncommon Grounds to reopen. Maggy, however, has no intention of yielding…
©2009 Sandra Balzo (P)2013 Sandra Balzo
I’m really enjoying the Knitting Circle I joined a few months ago.
Back in May we started a block-a-month Knit-along. There will be six knitted blocks and six crochet. Since I don’t crochet, but I still wanted 12 blocks, I’ve been searching ravelry for some extra blocks. I’ve done eight blocks so far. I won’t post individual photos of the blocks (though I have posted them on flickr if you’re really interested) , but I will post a photo of the finished afghan after I finish it in October or November.
My friend Angeline posted on facebook a few months ago (during the height of the Jayne hat fiasco) that she really wanted one, so I offered to make one. I ended up making three; a baby one to test out the pattern, and then one each for Angeline and myself.
I’ve made a few more baby hats for the Knitting Circle’s preemie project (along with the baby Jayne).
I finished the body of my mother’s cardigan ages ago, and then had to put it on ice until she could send me her arm measurements. Now that I have them, I’ll be starting up on it again within the next couple of weeks. I’d like to get it to her before the weather turns.
After she and her friend saw photos of the Jayne hat, I got a request from her friend for a hat with ear flaps. I found this awesome pattern for a chullo with llamas on it. Mum liked it so much, she requested one for herself as well, in the same colour as her cardigan for the base colour.
And it’s Fair season! This year I’m going to enter a shawl I made last year. Technically, you’re only supposed to enter items you’ve made since the last fair, but a few weeks ago I ended up reworking about half of it (and making it a larger size) because I had found a dropped stitch the first time I wore it, so I figure that counts.
I recently recorded the two Doctor Dolittle books for The Sound Way. These books will only be available through their program, but, after a bit of editing to make sure I was using a completely public domain version, I have released the first of the two books on LibriVox: The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting. Book 2 coming up shortly.
My latest audiobook has been released. Aerenden: The Child Returns by Kristen Taber. This is the first book in the Aerenden series.
Seventeen-year-old Meaghan has no idea her perfect life has been a lie – until she witnesses her parents’ brutal murders at the hands of red-eyed creatures.
After nearly sharing their fate, she escapes with her best friend, Nick, who tells her the creatures are called Mardroch. They come from another world, and so does she. Now that the Mardroch have found her, she must return to her homeland of Aerenden or face death.
Left with little choice, she follows Nick into a strange world both similar to Earth and drastically different. Vines have the ability to attack. Monkeys freeze their victims with a glare. Men create bombs from thin air. Even Meaghan’s newly discovered empath power turns into a danger she cannot control. However, control becomes the least of her worries once the Mardroch begin targeting her. When Nick confesses he knows the reason they want her, she learns the truth behind the kingdom’s fifteen-year civil war – a long-buried secret that could cost Meaghan her life.
©2012 Kristen Taber (P)2013 Kristen Taber
For my latest audiobook, a bit of non-fiction, Asian-American Life Stories, a series of essays written by 11 young Asian-Americans, edited by Benjamin Choe.
Asian-American Life Stories is a very important audiobook for the study of Asian-Americans in the United States of America. This audiobook contains autobiographical writings by 11 young Asian-American leaders, who represent various segments of the Asian immigrant population in the United States. Many of the autobiographies, therefore, contain very valuable historical and sociological date for understanding the Asian experience in the United States.
This audiobook is ideal for use in the classroom at the high school and college levels, and can provide valuable points of reference for in-class discussions. Listeners will learn a lot about what it means to be an Asian in the United States. Furthermore, the real-life stories in this book are interesting as the young Asian-American leaders who share about their lives are very interesting, indeed. This book is edited by Benjamin Choe, whose grandmother served in the Korean government, as one of the most influential women in South Korea.
©2012 The Hermit Kingdom Press (P)2013 The Hermit Kingdom Press
My latest audiobook: A Charming Cure (Magical Cures Mystery #2) by Tonya Kappes.
Bubble…bubble… Psychic June Heal’s homeopathic cure shop, A Charming Cure, is the most popular shop in the unusual little town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky.
Cures and trouble… June is about to learn she has more than psychic abilities when she attends Hidden Hall, a spiritualist university, leaving her shop in the hands of handsome sheriff Oscar Park. Hidden Hall has an internal war between the Good-Siders and the Dark-Siders, putting June in the middle.
Magic Stirs… Hidden Hall is riddled with every type of spiritualist. Magic is lurking around every corner, even black-magic. Unfortunately, the Ultimate Spell gets into the wrong hands. But it is only discovered after a few spiritualists go missing or end up poisoned to death.
And Trouble Doubles… Madam Torres, June’s crystal ball, reveals that A Charming Cure is in shambles along with the rest of Whispering Falls. Will June figure out who has the Ultimate Spell and stop them before they destroy the entire spiritualist community?
©2012 Tonya Kappes (P)2013 Tonya Kappes