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Jun 13, 2009

The Sunday Salon - A Dud lands with a Thud

The Sunday

"What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them, and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake...."

Hello my blogger buds. Welcome to today's Sunday Salon.. where we talk about books. And blogs, and stuff.

I've gotten a couple more awards for which I thank everyone for mentioning me. Thanks to Zia of My Life in not so Many Words for the Lemonade Award. Ladybug from Escape in a Book honored me with the Proximity Award again, thank you! I also received 2nd Place in the Paperbackswap contest, so I put up a little extra Giveaway when I announced the good news, see that here.

This week was a crazy week at work and it's going to get crazier, I don't even want to think about it.. but I bring this up because I haven't even been able to concentrate on reading!! I have been trying to read My Lord John by Georgette Heyer for a full week now, and I am just tired of it. I love Heyer, and I love the medieval era. The two of them together is just not a good mix. I would really like to put this one down. Kinda like putting an animal out of its misery. A very bad analogy, but you get the point: this is not something that I want to do but I feel I have spent enough time plodding through it. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable, and to feel so dissatisfied with this book just misses the point.

So what happens when a publisher sends you a book that you read and dislike? What are your thoughts on this, & if this has not happened to you yet, what would you do? I feel like I have adequately given this book a chance to redeem itself, especially after hours of my time were spent on it. I have read enough of it that I feel qualified to give a review, even though the expectation of a review is that the reader has completed the book. I still have 100 pages to go, but this is a 430 page book.

On another note, I found out that my library is hosting Mary DeMuth in August. Mary DeMuth is the author of the recent novel, "Daisy Chain" and she has also written the novels "Watching the Tree Limbs", "Wishing on Dandelions" as well as inspirational books published by Zondervan, a division of Harper Collins. The Defiance Texas Trilogy began with Daisy Chain and the second installment is A Slow Burn to be released in October.

She has three more books coming this year. This busy lady also thrives on speaking about her faith in God as she tries to help others, and she inspires others with her ideas on the publishing industry to novice writers. Mary also lives in my hometown which is fun for me! This time she will be speaking on the topic of "So How Do I Get Published?" and I am hoping that you would be interested in watching a video of the presentation. I am going to attempt to upload it to the blog so that Mary gets a wider audience for her words of wisdom. Have you read any of her books?

This week at the blog Historical Tapestry, one of my favorite authors, Jean Plaidy, was spotlighted. Be sure to visit to see some interesting posts related to Jean Plaidy who was also popular as Victoria Holt, and be on the look out for the guest post review I did there on the 12th! I am honored to be a small part of both Historical Tapestry, and a tribute to Jean Plaidy who is one of the best historical fiction authors to date.

OH and I saw "The Hangover" in the theaters this weekend, which was totally hilarious! Thanks so much to A Novel Menagerie for her Monday Movie post last week with the trailers of movies!! I needed a date night and it was well spent. I even had a bit of a margarita, and then I woke up with a huge headache so I think it'll be another span of a year before I get the itch to have another drink again. Which is just fine with me, I'll stick to my tea!!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday and that the laundry gets done fast and easy for all of us!