2012 Reads

New Americana from Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen – Cold Spell!! – I Love his Mandolin!

Cold Spell

[spotify track=”null”]With thoughts of Rob Ickes swirling in my mind last night, I listened again to Cold Spell, the new release from Frank Solivan andCold Spell Dirty Kitchen, on the way to work at Target last night. Ickes is a guest on the album and as usual provides some great dobro to go with Solivan’s fine mandolin picking!!

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen – Cold Spell

Cold Spell – From Mandolin Master Chef Frank Solivan and his Dirty Kitchen

With thoughts of Rob Ickes swirling in my mind last night, I listened again to Cold Spell, the new release from Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, on the way to work at Target. Ickes is a guest on the album and as usual provides some great dobro to go with Solivan’s fine mandolin picking!!

Cold Spell

Cold Spell is the third release from Frank and his band and with each release the band and Frank’s star has risen!  Back in August, when the band released  Cold Spell,  it rose to No 3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts! In addition, Frank and the band have been nominated for the following International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards…..

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Book 38 of 2012 – Sign of the Cross – Chris Kuzneski

I first met Jonathan Payne and David Jones on their fourth adventure The Lost Throne  for Book 3 of 2012, I traveled back in time to their second adventure Sign of the Cross. Both books sprout from the mind and pen of a terrific writer Chris Kuzneski. From his website:

The first victim is abducted in Italy then crucified over a
thousand miles away. The next day, the same crime
is repeated—this time in Asia and Africa.
Three different continents but one brutal pattern:
someone is reenacting the execution of Christ.

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Book 37 of 2012 – Michael Robotham – Say You’re Sorry

The first Michael Robotham book I read was Suspect. I was introduced to one of the best characters in the mystery-thriller genre Joe O’Loughlin, who not only battles wits against the bad guys but also battles Parkinson’s disease. Since that first books I’ve followed all of Joe’s adventures and Book 37 of 2012 Say You’re Sorry  is the fifth book in the series that just keeps getting better.

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Book 36 for 2012: State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the American Mind

So my goal for the Goodreads Reading Challenge was 40 books this year. For the longest time it looked like I would come nowhere near that total but a good October and November has brought me within 4 of that total. Now the trick will be to get 4 more books reads before the end of the year. December is always a challenging reading month, with so much to do getting ready of Christmas and then I usually am working more at Target, etc, so it will be tough but maybe doable!!

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New Releases – James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell and Preston & Child!

Here’s a couple of new thrillers to look forward to: James Rollins and  Rebecca Cantrell: The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines Series– January 8, 2013. Sounds pretty good and the best thing it’s Book 1! From Amazon:

In his first-ever collaboration, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins combines his skill for cutting-edge science and historical mystery with award-winning novelist Rebecca Cantrell’s talent for haunting suspense and sensual atmosphere in a gothic tale about an ancient order and the hunt for a miraculous book known only as . . . The Blood Gospel  An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators—Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist—are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl….

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Book 34 for 2012 – The Prophet – Michael Koryta

Book 34 for 2012 is the latest from Michael Koryta The Prophet. I have read a couple of the books in the Lincoln Perry  series and really liked the series! I also started one of Koryta’s stand-alone novels So Cold the River, got bogged down in the middle, and never finished it, so I’ve stayed away from some of his other books, passing them up for other reads. Well, I’m sorry that I have and will need to go back and make up for that after reading The Prophet. 

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Book 31 of 2012 – Wild Fire – Nelson DeMille

So it’s been 22 years since I read my first and only Nelson DeMille book The Charm School, and in the intervening years DeMille introduced the main character in Book 31 of 2012 John Corey. Book 31 is Nelson DeMille’s 2006 release Wildfire. To be precise, John Corey was first introduced in DeMille’s 1997 novel Plum Island. Wildfire is Book 4 in the series. Corey is an ex-NYC Homicide Detective working as a special contract agent for the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, under the supervision of his wife FBI Agent Kate Mayfield.

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A Happiness Project Update and Books 28 and 29 of 2012

So I’ve learned one thing during the first month of my happiness project, I suck at keeping track of my resolutions by marking a chart each day!! But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been working on the resolutions.  Over the last 20 days, I’ve been exercising regularly, running three times a week and trying to eat a little better. I’ve had whole wheat bagels with cream cheese a couple of times for breakfast and started putting walnuts back on my cereal in the morning, I also switched to natural waffles!

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Stay Close – Harlan Coben

Stay Close - Harlan Coben
Stay Close – Harlan Coben

Ray Levine an ex-photojournalist, who has now fallen so far that he is taking pictures as a fake paparazzi. Ray visits the same abandoned iron mill in the New Jersey Pines every year on February 18th. His life had come crashing down on that date, seventeen years earlier his life. On that day,  his girlfriend found an the body of an abusive customer, Stewart Green lying dead in a pool of blood on the path that Ray was now walking.  She knew Stewart from the strip club  where she worked.  She ran to protect herself – to protect Ray.

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