Category Archives: Random Thoughts

Simple Pleasures Author Event ~ Raven A. Nuckols

Simple Pleasures Books & Gifts is pleased to announce our first Author Event of 2012! This event will take place  on Sat., March 10, 2012 for Raven A. Nuckols author of the historical novel Had the Queen Lived- An Alternative … Continue reading

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Review: The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

  Book Review: The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stachniak Imagine yourself in the Imperial Court of 18th century Russia. You are a young girl, the daughter of a tradesman- a gifted tradesman, who has … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves

Book Review: Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves Using the real-life Jack the Ripper case as the premise for a novel isn’t a new idea. It has, in fact, been done many times. However, Amy Carol Reeves novel, Ripper takes that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard

Review: Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard In Voices of the Dead, Peter Leonard has created a gripping story of mystery and intrigue built on a framework of fate, coincidence and sheer happenstance. The incredible story of Harry Levin, … Continue reading

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Review: We’ve Got a Job… by Cynthia Levinson

Review: We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson   We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March is a book directed to young people, about young people. Although it chronicles an event that happened … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White

Book Review: The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White Karen White returns to her Tradd Street Series with this third installment, The Strangers on Montagu Street . Once again  Charleston, South Carolina realtor and reluctant psychic, Melanie Middleton is … Continue reading

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Becoming Part of “Books For Soldiers”

There have been times in my life when books have been my escape, my sanctuary and a soothing balm in a troubled world. They have made me laugh when I needed to laugh almost as much as I needed to … Continue reading

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Wrapping up Banned Books Week

Yes… I’m aware that Banned Books Week officially ended Saturday, but it was a weekend of birthday celebrations. My grandson’s then … mine! So I got a little sidetracked. Without further ado… We are  wrapping up Banned Books Week by … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week- Day 4: Be a Reading Mentor!

Banned Books Week- Day 4 Be a Reading Mentor to Someone! In my Day 3 post , while talking  about some of the banned and challenged classic books, I related my first experience reading To Kill a Mockingbird. The woman … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week- Day 3

Banned Books Week- Day 3 Caged Birds, Banned Classics & the long history of banning books…   It’s day three of Banned Books Week, and I’m finishing up Maya Angelou’s biographical narrative, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In … Continue reading

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