Welcome everyone to the ‘Week in Review’ for all the latest and greatest happening here at Paperback Dolls! If you’re new to Paperback Dolls, you can find this feature every Sunday. So, lets get to it!
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On Monday, Day Put the Spotlight on Author Margaret Mitchell and her lesser known work Lost Laysen.
Read Day’s spotlight here Here
Tuesday, Afterlight Author Elle Jasper showed us her Savannah
Hey, I’m Elle Jasper and I’ve lived in Savannah my entire life, and it’s cool, creepy, mossy, and exciting! Follow me through the cobbled streets of the historic district, and out to the nearby coast, for a taste of the Old South, and maybe even take a peek at my heroine’s, Riley Poe’s, take on Colonial Savannah. 🙂
Read her guest blog Here
Wednesday Day Reviewed Midnight in Garden of Good & EvilShots rang out in Savannah’s grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt’s sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman’s Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the “soul of pampered self-absorption”; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.
Read’s Day’s review Here
Also Wednesday, honorary doll Deb shared her review of The Crossroads Cafe
A Hollywood actress known for her beauty flees to a secluded mountain cabin in North Carolina after being severely scarred in a car accident. There she finds unexpected love and a new life with a man who lost his family in 9-11.
Read Deb’s review Here
Wednesday we also had Author Terri Garey stopping by to discuss Spooky Stuff Southern Style!
I’m a Southern girl, born and bred, and while I don’t currently live in Georgia, I’ve been in it around it, and through it more times than I can count. It’s a beautiful state… rolling hills, plenty of “country” mixed with “big city”, great food, good manners, and more than its share of interesting characters… Read the full guest blog Here
Thursday author Jana Oliver was our guest – with a double feature – Dragon Con interview with Day, and a guest blog about her favorite spot in Atlanta – the Oakview Cemetery.
When I mention I live in Atlanta, Georgia, most folks conjure up images of the Civil War, Margaret Mitchell’s epic novel Gone With the Wind, maybe even the 1996 Olympics.
I think of dead people. Well, actually, graveyards. My favorite is Oakland Cemetery, just east of the city…
Friday our very own Mona Leigh interviewed author Richelle Mead
Read the interview HereThen later Friday, Paperbackdolls.com helped Cadsawan Jewelry launch the Vampire Academy Jewelry Collection!
Check out the special giveaway Here
Saturday we had a double feature with a review of Erekos and an interview with author A.M Tuomala
Her sister swore that she would never let her die; now the entire world may pay the price.
In a land where gods walk beside men and witches defy death, war changes everything. Scholar and warrior, witch and king, priestess and corpse—all must come together to save their world from the ravages of the coming tempest.
For three hundred years, Erekos and Weigenland have fought to hold the borderland between the two nations. As the first storms of the flood season scour Erekos from the swamplands to the feet of the mountains, the Erekoi king discovers a dangerous new weapon that might be able to end the war: the witch Achane, who has raised her sister from the dead.
Achane and her sister, dragged apart on the very doorstep of a temple, must work to find each other again before the magic that binds them also kills them. In the process, Achane must overcome her grief—and the temptation of the king’s plans for Erekos.
Meanwhile, on the mountainous border between the two warring lands, the student Erlen finds his research interrupted by the encroaching conflict. Driven by a militant love for this neutral territory and its people, he determines to defend his newfound homeland at any cost.
In a land where gods walk the earth and myth manifests along the rivers and in the mountains, ordinary men and women must fight to make their own stories before the war unwrites them all.
Read Day’s review and interview Here
On Saturday we also got to take a glimpse into the world of publishing, and the publishers of Erekos – Candlemark & Gleam. Who are also sharing a book giveaway!
|Read interview and enter the giveaway Here|
This week marks the beginning of Banned Books Week, in honor of this week, Sunday will be our Banned Books Day. The Dolls have a special Multi Doll commentary – Speak Loudly, which also refers to the efforts of one man to ban Laurie Halse Anderson‘s book SPEAK, and the online campaign to make sure this doesn’t happen.
Our very own tween and Doll-in-Training Desilula will be reviewing Speak: 10th Anniversary Edition
Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.
Desperate for riches, penniless Michael Tremayne, Marquess of Falconridge, is willing to auction away his only possession of any value–his title–to the highest bidding American father. But Kate Rose was the last daughter he had in mind to marry. The willful and headstrong Kate requires from marriage the one thing Michael is unable to give–powerful, unending love..
Kate refuses to give into her husband’s sensual demands until he has earned her love. Michael is not one to back down from a challenge, but neither does he believe in playing by the rules. While he is unfamiliar with love, he is extremely intimate with passion. He is determined to convince Kate that one can substitute for the other. And what better way to convince her than by patiently and skillfully seducing her?
Then, later, tween and Doll-in-Training Desilula will be reviewing Greek: Double Date by Marsha Warner
Two dates—same night!
Major oops. When Casey Cartwright’s brother begs her to be nerdy Dale Kettlewell’s date to the sure-to-be-boring Honors Engineering Awards, Casey says yes. Even though Dale is totally not her type… and might have a crush on her. Ugh. But it’s a nice thing to do, and Casey’s always been the “nice” girl.
But now, that night conflicts with the biggest event of the semester, the All-Greek formal. Casey already has a date lined up: hot transfer student Rob Howell. He’s her plan to get over her sexy-slacker ex, Cappie. And even nice girls get to be bad sometimes, right?
What to do? With a little help from BFF Ashleigh, unwanted advice from frenemy Rebecca Logan and even a push from Cappie, what Casey does may surprise even herself…
On Friday Elvie will review The English American: A Novel by Alison Larkin
When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that “culture clash” has layers of meaning she’d never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Larkin’s autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.
In many ways, Pippa Dunn is very English: she eats Marmite on toast, knows how to make a proper cup of tea, has attended a posh English boarding school, and finds it entirely familiar to discuss the crossword rather than exchange any cross words over dinner with her proper English family. Yet Pippa — creative, disheveled, and impulsive to the core — has always felt different from her perfectly poised, smartly coiffed sister and steady, practical parents, whose pastimes include Scottish dancing, gardening, and watching cricket.
Caught between two opposing cultures, two sets of parents, and two completely different men, Pippa is plunged into hilarious, heart-wrenching chaos. The birth father she adores turns out to be involved in neoconservative activities she hates; the mesmerizing mother who once abandoned her now refuses to let her go. And the man of her fantasies may be just that…
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