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Guest Post about Fascinating Books by Melisa Marzett

Fascinating books, you might have never heard of

 Reading is probably the most wonderful activity we have ever encountered and the choice we have is impressive. There are plenty of genres and every reader can find something to his/her taste. However, as a rule, people pay much attention to the famous novels such as “Fahrenheit 451”, “The Great Gatsby”, “The Green Mile” etc. That’s why this list will include less propagated books but interesting nevertheless.

The Song of Solomon” by Tony Morrison

Macon is a seeker who wants to finally understand who he is and show what he is made of. Macon Pomer is a child from a wealthy family intended to find out more about the history of his family and his heritage. At the beginning, he just wants to find the treasure hidden by his father but then he is more intended to disclose the mystery of his family. He wants to know what kind of people the member of his family was. In the course of his adventure, he realizes that there is nothing more important and precious than his family regardless all their odds. Since Tony Morrison is a representative of an African American, besides the ideas of love, she also highlights the problems of prejudice and infringing of black people. It perfectly shows the nature of human relationships within the family and society in general. Since Tony Morrison is a Nobel Prize winner her books including this one are worth reading.

The house of mirth by Edith Wharton

She is said to be named a “Lev Tolstoy in the skirt” thanks to this novel. Her masterpiece the novel “The Age of Innocence” was awarded by the Pulitzer Prize and filmed by Martin Scorsese. The house of mirth is the place where the hearts of the fools are being kept, according to the Book of Ecclesiastes. New York at the turn of the century is most likely the house of mirth, the golden age where the young and beautiful Lily Barth, who rejects marriage proposals by means of which her family can win back their place in the society and their wealth. Is it reasonable for her to seek for the true love or it will only lead to her self-destruction?

 “Runaway” by Alice Munroe

She is a Canadian writer, the winner of the Nobel Prize in 2013, as “the master of modern short prose,” and Man Booker International Prize in 2009 for a lifetime contribution to the literature and was named a “Chekhov of our time”. This is one of the most prominent works or her life. This is a story about a woman who was trapped in a bad marriage and then she decided to run away and change her life.

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers stands alongside such titans of modern American literature as William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, Flannery O’Connor, Harper Lee, as a representative of the “Southern Gothic”. The author is twice a laureate of the Guggenheim Foundation (in 1942 and 1946), the winner of the Henry Bellamann Prize for his outstanding contribution to the literature. “This is a psychological novel telling about the relationships between two deaf-mute friends. The main heroes are the following: a tomboy Mick, an alcoholic and agitator Jack, and Biff Brennom, the owner of a bar and Dr. Benedict Copeland, a black psychiatrist idealist.

The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

The author is the winner of the Booker Prize. In her world, women are numb, they can’t have property, work and love, read or write. They are considered to be blind machines created to born children and serve. This is another good representative of dystopian novels you probably never heard of.

“Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain

What is the meaning of a successful person that our society tries to make us believe? This is a strong optimistic and communicative person ready to continue moving forward no matter what. Susan Kane tries to convince us that introverts are no worse than extroverts and capable of dealing with complex tasks. Moreover, there are certain peculiarities of introverts’ features that even more beneficial than extroverts’ ones.

Just Kids” by Patti Smith

Patty Smith is an American rock singer and poetess, a friend and a favorite model of the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. In her memoirs she perfectly and accurately described New York in the late sixties and early seventies, the atmosphere of Andy Warhol’s Factory and the Chelsea hotel, meetings with great writers and legendary musicians and perfectly combines it with the history of her growing up as one of the greatest representatives of her generation.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This novel has no racial, gender of age borders. It should be written just as a very interesting representative of a modern literature. This is an amazing love story of Hazel Grace, a sixteen-year-old girl suffering from thyroid cancer, and Augustus, a seventeen-year-old boy, she meets at the support group meetings. Hazel gives Augustus the book “The Royal Illness” by Peter Van Houten. Having finished reading it, Augustus is upset since he considers the novel not to be finished. He sends a letter to the writer. Van Hooten responds that he can tell about the end of the story only face to face. Hazel Grace, her mother, and Augustus go to Amsterdam to meet Peter Van Houten. However, this man appeared to be a drunkard who wants to ruin their fantasies about this book but it didn’t stop them from spending a wonderful vacation in Amsterdam.

The State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Brave and risky girl Marina Singh is looking for a miracle, and her intuition tells her that it is within the jungles of the Amazon. She will succeed but her adventures will show her different shades of truth.

The Portrait of a Lady” by Henry James

Henry James is an acknowledged classic of American literature, and ” The Portrait of a Lady” is one of James’s best novels. This novel is about the price we pay for the mistakes and misfortunes. The main character Isabel being a fortuneless young girl in Europe, denies quite worthy contenders for the hand, and having received a fortune, falls in love with rogue Osmond. He marries her only to ensure the decent life of his illegitimate daughter of Pansy, born by a courtesan. Illusions crumble, there is no hope of happiness, but brave Isabel overrides all the misfortunes that have fallen on her shoulders.

The feminine mystique by Betty Friedan

This book is about the time when women were considered only a part of the family rather than a full-fledged member of society. They were obliged to follow strict rules and be nothing like a trophy for a man. “The feminine mystique” must be read by every woman. It is a manifestation of women’s laborious movement as a part of the world culture. In this book, Friedan analyzed a similar social process that took place in postwar America. By means of her analysis, she manages to name the main reasons that triggered this process. With impressive passion, Friedan accuses everyone including sociologists and psychologists, professors and politicians that always try to convince that the role of a woman is a family keeper. She states that attitude deprives women of the opportunity to show their talents and skills and be whatever they want to be. Since instead, they are nothing more but housewives. Despite the fact that this book caused a lot of debates and critics, it became a bestseller almost at once.

Lyric Contingencies” by Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens

She was brave, she was young,  her poetry was interesting compared with one of the man-authors of her time who was boring to read. Unfortunately, she became renowned postmortally.  The first collection of her poems was published in 1890, and without corrections and editing in the fifties of the twentieth century. Emily Dickinson is considered one of the most important figures in the world of poetry thanks to her contribution to the American poetry and worldwide. Moreover, she is one of the most read American authors even today.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The author has written this book for fifteen years. The book has a very twisted storyline and includes the filming of “Cleopatra” with Elizabeth Taylor in a small Italian town and the television shows of modern America. The lives of the main heroes are weirdly intertwined and continue developing from the 1960s to our days. Everyone has his own role, which they perform brilliantly. The lovers, husbands and wives, dreamers and cynics, stars and losers. stolen love, broken and cured hearts and amiable characters.

Obviously, most of the very popular books were dismissed and there is a strong reason for doing that. You’ve already heard so much about them. It definitely won’t be interesting to read about them again trying to recall the characters and the storylines you’ve already heard about so much. These books are far less famous but they are very interesting and peculiar nevertheless since most of them are based on a personal experience of each author and it will be easy to find wisdom we are all seeking for on the pages of these ones.

About the author: The author of this essay and a great book lover is Melisa Marzett. She did her best to share with you her reading experience and interesting books. By means of her knowledge, experience and writing skills she writes a custom essay. Currently, she works as a freelance writer on http://livecustomwriting.com. If you need help with your writing assignment, she is available online 24/7.

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Want to Win an Amazon Gift Card? Check out the blog tour for Cloudy Rainbow

I’m celebrating the re-release of my paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, with a blog tour by Silver Dagger Book Tours. The tour runs through October 3rd and includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card. You can follow the tour and enter the giveaway from Silver Dagger Book Tour’s website or from any of the tour spots that are linked below with their scheduled posts.

kickoff at Silver Dagger Book Tours

Sep 10

A Modern Day Fairy Tale

 Sep 11

Viviana MacKade

Bedazzled By Books

Sep 12

A Pinch of Bookdust

Books all things paranormal and romance

Sep 13

All the Ups and Downs

Bookish Reviews

Sep 14

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Girl with Pen

Sep 15

Nicole’s Book Musings

Sep 17

books are love

Inside the Insanity

 Sep 18

Bound 2 Escape

Luv Saving Money

Sep 19

Kerrific Online

Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read

Sep 20

Midnight Book Reader

Rambling of a Book Nerd

Sep 21

Maiden of the Pages

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Sep 23

The Book Dragon

Sep 24

My Chaotic Ramblings

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

 Sep 25

Triple A – REVIEW

Paranormal Palace of Pleasures

Sep 26

Rabid Readers Book Blog

Scrupulous Dreams

Sep 27

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’

Sylv.net

Sep 28

Anna del C. Dye official page

Stacking My Book Shelves!

Sep 29

Twisted Book Ramblings

 Oct 1

fundinmental

eBook Addicts

Oct 2

Reads and Recipes – REVIEW

Declarations of a Fangirl

Oct 3

book review virignia lee

Teatime and Books

Excerpt:

Dulcie took a seat in the tapestry covered armchair, while Valerie sat on the couch next to a white lump of fur that had to be Coronet, the nine-hundred-lives kitty. The lump rolled over when she sat, but Valerie just patted it a few times and nestled next to it.

            “Well, then.” Mrs. Hanover took the matching chair on the other side of the room. “I know you, but you don’t know me yet. I’m Marjorie Hanover, but you can call me Marge. You, too, Val. I’ve been meaning to tell you to stop being so formal. I’ve always loved art and had an opportunity to collect nice pieces when my husband was alive, and we traveled the world. Since he passed, and I’m not sure when he’ll be back, I’ve bided my time here, but it has been a bit lonely.”

            Now it was Dulcie’s turn to roll her eyes at Valerie. How could she have gotten her involved in this insanity?

            “I realize you gals have a lot to do, so I’ll make this short,” Marge continued. “I’m a clairvoyant, but I don’t tell too many people about my power. I was surprised to learn I had this gift when I was ten years old and my dog Rudolph died. I had a dream the night before that he was hit by a car. I tried to tell my parents, but it was too late. Luckily, he came back as my cat Priscilla several years later. I knew there was no way we would be separated forever…but getting back to my point.”

            Dulcie was on the edge of her chair with her fingers on the cell phone in her pants pocket.

            Marge turned to face her directly. “This trip you are shortly going on will be the most important one of your life, my dear. I had to tell you that, so I asked Val to bring you over.”

            “I see.” Dulcie’s voice was a bit too high, but Marge didn’t seem to notice. She was using all the phony fortunetelling tricks of false mediums, telling people they were going on a trip, guessing their names, etc., although there had to be explanations for all of it. Dulcie would play along. “What about romance?”

            “Oh, that’s part of it, if you want it to be.” Now she was reaching. “Are you sure you girls wouldn’t like anything to drink or eat?”

            Valerie saved her from making another excuse. “We really can’t stay long, Mrs. H., I mean Marge, but thank you.”

            “I get the hint.”

Marge stood up from her seat and turned her back. Dulcie feared she’d go to the kitchen for that sharp butcher knife, but the woman was smiling when she turned back with those unnaturally bright teeth that had to be false. “I’ll see you tomorrow night then, Valerie. I have this Renoir you must see. Nice meeting you, Dulcie, dear.”

            They had almost escaped and were inches from the front door when Marge, coming up behind them, added, “So sorry about your cat, Dulcie. I know how special he is to you.”

Author Bio

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters-in-Crime, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her novels include the three books of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series published by Solstice Publishing: A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Written in Stone. Debbie has also published a romantic comedy novella featuring a jewel heist caper, When Jack Trumps Ace, a standalone mystery, Reason to Die, and has written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres. She lives on Long Island with her husband Anthony; daughter Holly; and Cat Stripey.

Social Media Links

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page: Author.to/DebbieDeLouise

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.wordpress.com

Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog: https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com

 

 

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An Update on my Book Projects: Something for Every Reader

For those who don’t subscribe to my author newsletter, I thought I’d post an update on my book projects. I believe my works-in-progress will appeal to readers of a variety of genres.

I’m currently editing a new version of my very first novel, a paranormal romance called Cloudy Rainbow.  This book was originally self-published but will now be reprinted in a new version by Solstice Publishing. I’m hoping it will be released by the end of the summer. The book was written after my 15-year old cat, Floppy, died and includes him as a character. It features themes of reincarnation, clairvoyance, and virutal reality and is told in alternating time periods from 1992 to 2008. It received an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Books Contest. Although only printed originally in paperback, it will now be available as an eBook on Amazon.com and will be free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Coming in the fall, I should be submitting my fourth Cobble Cove cozy mystery, Love on the Rocks, to Solstice. This book takes place near Valentine’s Day and features the Cobble Cove characters from the series with a few additions including a new kitty in town who keeps Sneaky on his toes.

I’m also working on a time-travel story that continues one that I wrote for an anthology called Cat Crimes Through Time nearly twenty years ago. The main character, Gina Garrett, now grown will once again travel back through time for two different reasons. I’m hoping this will evolve into the start of a new series.

I have two other completed novels that I hope to publish next year: The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady, the first of a new cozy series; and Sea Scope, a psychological thriller.

To view a video of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series including the upcoming fourth volume and my new standalone mystery, Reason to Die, click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1FmAW4U-jA

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What’s Your Great Read?

As a librarian and an author, books have played a big role in my life. When I heard about the Great American Read, an outreach campaign by PBS that aims “to get the country reading and passionately talking about books,” I was excited to participate in this endeavor. I organized a display in my library of some of the 100 titles that were nominated and will be voted upon through the summer. These books range from classics such as Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice to contemporary works like Gone Girl and the Da Vinci Code. Childrens and Young Adult books as well as Science Fiction, mystery, and Horror tales are represented.  In addition, the complete Harry Potter series and James Patterson’s Alex Cross mysteries are listed with a few other multi-book sets.The title receiving the most votes will be announced in the fall. During the voting period, PBS will run a series featuring a discussion about the novels by celebrities, authors, and book readers across the nation. The launch episode, hosted by Meredith Vieira, can be viewed on the Great American Read website where you can find the 100 titles and cast your votes:  https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/

The website also features an opportunity to share your own story about how a novel changed your life and a Facebook group you can join to discuss books with fellow readers:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatreadbookclub/about/

While I applaud PBS for their effort to excite people about reading, there are many titles that didn’t make the cut to the list that I believe were worthier than others that did. I realize the difficulty of choosing only 100 novels from the sheer number of books published in the U.S. The choices excluded non-fiction and poetry. Some of of my favorites that weren’t featured are listed below:

  1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (time-travel romance made into a popular movie)
  2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (tear-jerker novel also made into a movie)
  3. Time and Again by Jack Finney (classic time-travel book featuring historical photographs, also a film)
  4. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (popular classic children’s book and movie)
  5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (childrens/young adult book)
  6. The Eight by Katherine Neville (This chess-themed mystery that features some chapters taking place during the French Revolution had a following in the 1970’s)
  7. The Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne (popular children’s time-travel series that is much requested at libraries and one that my daughter loved when she was younger.)
  8. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Great Expectations made the list, but this one is my favorite)
  9. The Cat Who Series by Lilian Jackson Braun (The only cozy mystery on the list is Agatha Christie’s And then there were None. This is one of my many favorite cozy series)
  10. The Winter People by Phyllis Whitney (although maybe not as popular as the others, this was the first gothic romance that I read as a teen that got me interested in authors such as Victoria Holt and Barbara Michaels).

What about you? Are there any books that you consider your own great reads? I’d love to see your comments.

 

 

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Update on My Mysteries

Since I have lots of news for my readers, I thought I’d share my updates on this blog. Most of you may have seen my announcement about the recent release of my standalone mystery thriller, Reason to Diebut you may not yet have viewed the book trailer.

I also have author appearances scheduled in April and May. I’ll be at the Port Washington Public Library’s Local Author Fair on Sunday, April 29, where I’ll be selling autographed copies of Reason to Die as well as all three books of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series. On Saturday, May 12, I’ll be at the St. Stephens Church Local Author Fair in Hicksville, NY, where I’ll be speaking about my books and also autographing copies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On May 4, two of my mystery short stories will be featured in Solstice Publishing’s Plots and Schemes, Vol. 2 anthology. “Murder at Lavender Lake Library” is a cozy mystery, and “Bullet in the Back,” a mystery thriller. I’ll let you all know when it’s officially released. I hope to see some of you at my upcoming appearances.

Reason to Die is also on a blog tour with a $15 Amazon gift card giveaway. Follow the tour at http://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/reason-to-die-book-tour-and-giveaway

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I sponsor a contest in my newsletter each month. For March, in honor of  spring, I asked my subscribers to answer the question, “What books are on your spring reading list?” Below are some of the responses. If you want to comment with your own list, please do. If you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter, sign up before April 2nd. to be notified of the next contest. You can sign up at https://debbiedelouise.com or send your email to me at debbiewriter@yahoo.com, and I can add you to the list.

Check out these books on my subscriber’s Spring Reading List (I’m happy to see that two of my Cobble Cove mystery books are included):

Rasberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke.

The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch

Death Sits Down to Dinner by Tessa Arlen

 

What’s on your Spring TBR?

 

 

Happy Spring to my Readers. 45+ Book Suggestions for Your TBR

Posted in A Stone's Throw, Cozy Mystery, Freebies and Special Offers, Solstice Publishing

Celebrate the Book Birthday of My First Cozy Mystery with a Free e-Copy

The first book of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery is free on Monday, March 5; Tuesday, March 6; and Wednesday March 7. You can get it here on those days: myBook.to/Stonesthrow2

If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, all my eBooks are free. check them out on my author page: Author.to/DebbieDeLouise

Widowed librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers…

After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York. She hopes to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library.

Secrets stretch decades into the past…

Assisted by handsome newspaper publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father has kept for over sixty years. Her investigation is interrupted when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected, sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John.

Back in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered…

When Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John. As the pieces fall into place, evidence points to John’s involvement in her husband’s accident. The past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears…

Has she fallen in love with her husband’s killer?