Authors Martin Amis, Lidia Bastianich, Ziggy Marley At Texas Book Festival, Schedule

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Book festival spotlight: Authors Martin Amis, Lidia Bastianich, Ziggy Marley will participate in the Texas Book FestivaL.Festival literary director Steph Opitz says that these are a few of the headliners for this year’s Festival, with more to be announced as the date gets closer.“This year’s Festival has some really cool opportunities for discovery,” Opitz says. […]

Pastels Unleashed Review

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Pastels Unleashed by Margaret Evans An unusual art book as it focuses on a medium that is often overlooked by artists.  Pastel crayons can make extremely successful paintings creating atmospheric effects. As Margaret points out ‘pastel is the most spontaneous medium you can paint with. Some have the preconception that pastels are just coloured chalks; […]

Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Audiobook Brought To Life By Renee Raudman’s Narration

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Tangled, Disney’s 2010 blockbuster based on the Rapunzel story, is finally available in audiobook form recorded by award winning narrator, Renée Raudman.Disney released Tangled: The Junior Novelization, in 2010 in conjunction with the premiere of their feature film of the same name. The original film earned over $600 million and an Oscar for Best Original […]

The Enchantment Emporium Review

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The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff I loved this book – it is really enchanting, mischievous and lively, a wonderful fantasy creation. Alysha Gale is twenty four, unemployed and tired of her family meddling in her life. Her job at a museum has just folded and she is in desperate need of work.  Then a […]

The Raven Queen Review

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The Raven Queen (Feral Child) by Che Golden The concluding book in the Feral Child series – and it is definitely good!  War in the faerie realm now threatens to spill into the human world. The Morrighan, queen of the Tuatha has awakened, and now Maddy has the task of trying to outwit the Morrighan […]

Three Must-Reads Before Comic-Con 2014 From Quirk Books

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Three cool books to take to Comic-Con and look for the Quirk Books booth too!Just in time for San Diego Comic Con, Quirk has produced a free e-book: Stuff Every Geek Should Know is packed with tips, articles, and how-tos on everything from performing Jedi mind tricks to creating your own cosplay gear to wooing […]

The Seat of Magic Review

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The Seat of Magic: A Novel of the Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney Years earlier, all magical beings were beings were banned from the Golden City though several of those residents chose to remain and live there in secret. Oriana Paredes who was banned from the city two weeks ago, supposedly went to visit her […]

Urban Sketching: The Complete Guide to Techniques Review

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Urban Sketching: The Complete Guide to Techniques by Thomas Thorspecken Vibrant, lively and constantly changing; towns and cities offer considerable scope to artists. The hardest part is getting the initial sketch done quickly because the scene can change so quickly around you.  This is where the work of Thomas Thorspecken can teach so much. Thorspecken […]

Inside Man Review

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Inside Man by Jeff Abbott Former CIA agent Sam Capra returns and this time he’s trying to make good on a debt of gratitude owed to close friend Steve Robles. Unfortunately, Steve was gunned down outside a Miami bar and Sam is determined to find the killer and bring him or her to justice. With […]

The Bone Seeker Review

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The Bone Seeker: An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery by M. J. McGrath Third of the Edie Kiglatuk Mystery series finds Edie, a half Inuit and half Anglo, working as a summer teacher in the tiny village of Kuujuaq near Lake Turngaluk located in the Canadian arctic. The lake has a fearsome reputation among the native people, a […]

Burn For Me Review

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Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews In private investigator Nevada Baylor’s world, magic and the power that comes with it, rules the land. Thanks to a serum designed for the military in the mid-1800”s, solder’s latent magic abilities were able to develop. It was soon discovered that the progeny of those test subjects carried that […]

Those Who Wish Me Dead Review

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From the moment thirteen-year-old Jace Wilson watched two men dressed as cops brutally murder a man, his young life was endangered. Placed into a witness protection program, Jace was sent to a wilderness survival camp high in the Montana mountains run by Ethan and Allison Serbin. Given a new identity, Jace was part of a […]

Chu’s First Day of School Review

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The first day of school can be a scary thing as Chu, a young panda cub is discovering. Fortunately, a nice teacher and lots of friendly children ease Chu’s fears, especially after he demonstrates a talent no one else in class has. Parents familiar with Chu’s Day will remember what that talent is, complete with […]

Wild Connection Review

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Wild Connection: What Animal Courtship and Mating Tell Us about Human Relationships by Jennifer L. Verdolin From aardvark to zebra, all animals, including humans seek to exchange DNA with the best possible mate. Toward this end, each species has evolved courtship and mating rituals. This compelling, science based book explores parallels and differences between human […]

The Cleaner of Chartres Review

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The Cleaner of Chartres: A Novel Paperback by Salley Vickers Cleaner of Chartres Found twenty years ago wrapped up in a heavy coat and sound asleep tucked in a quiet corner of the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral, Abbe Paul took pity on the young woman. Instead of waking Agnes Morel and sending her on her way, Abbe […]

Painting from the Collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art Review

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Produced in honor of the 50th birthday of the Sheldon Museum of Art’s Philip Johnson designed building and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association, this stunning catalog of one hundred twenty-five major works is a visual feast for both the eye and soul. Showcasing the work of predominately American artists, though the very […]

Five Review

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Detective Inspector Beatrice Kaspary has a talent for solving difficult cases but between coping with raising two small children, an antagonistic ex-husband and a demanding, unappreciative boss, she has her hands full. Then the body of a murdered woman turns up in a cow pasture with a series of numbers tattooed on the soles of […]

Say What You Will review

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Say what you will by Cammie McGovern Born with cerebral palsy, all through school Amy was always a special student and although intelligent, her use of a computerized communication device, wheel chairs and adult assistants kept her isolated from her peers. Now in high school and looking toward a future in college, Amy is determined […]

By Any Means Review

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By Any Means by Chris CulverAfter pissing off his supervisor, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department detective Ash Rashid now spends his time giving D.A.R.E. talks to school children instead of manning the streets. Returning home from work one afternoon, Ash comes upon a Mercedes wrapped around a telephone pole in a neighborhood where such high end […]