Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nora Ephron: Thoughts and Reflections

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Mystery Fanfare: HALLOWEEN CRIME FICTION/ HALLOWEEN MYSTERIES

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THE STILETTO GANG: Guest Interview with Marcie Rendon, author of MURD...

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Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: New Blog on the Block

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Hello Girls, Girl on the Train, My Cou...

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KRL This Week Update for 10/21/17

Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of the latest Longmire book by Craig
Johnson, "The Western Star"
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/21/the-western-star-by-craig-johnson/



Also a review & giveaway of another Halloween mystery by Kathi Daley,
"Murder at Midnight"
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/21/murder-at-midnight-by-kathi-daley/



And a review & giveaway of another perfect mystery for your Halloween
reading, "Familiar Motives" A Witch's Cat Mystery by Delia James
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/21/familiar-motives-a-witchs-cat-mystery-by-delia-james/



And a review & giveaway of "Dead in the Water" by Denise Swanson
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/21/dead-in-the-water-by-denise-swanson/



We also have a review & giveaway of another Halloween mystery, "Cat Among
the Pumpkins" by Mandy Morton
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/21/cat-among-the-pumpkins-by-mandy-morton/



And a review & giveaway of "The Color of Fear" by Marcia Muller
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/21/the-color-of-fear-by-marcia-muller/



And a review & giveaway of "Shadow Girl" by Gerry Schmitt aka Laura Childs
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/21/shadow-girl-by-gerry-schmitt/



We also added 3 more Halloween mystery short stories-by Guy Belleranti,
Katherine Fast, & Denise Johnson-that can be found in our Terrific Tales
section
http://kingsriverlife.com/category/kings-river-reviewers/terrific-tales/



On KRL News & Reviews this week, we have a review & giveaway of "The Last
Weekend" by Laura DiSilverio
http://www.krlnews.com/2017/10/that-last-weekend-by-laura-disilverio.html

Happy reading,
Lorie

Things Continue....

Things continue and there is no change for the better. Sandi had her eighth radiation treatment yesterday followed by fluids in infusion. Almost all of the time now she is sleeping. Her pain levels remain very high, even in her sleep, so she moans a lot in her sleep and violently jerks when back spams or stomach spasms hits. Then too there are the chills and shakes during cold spells and other issues.

Monday she has her next round of radiation followed by a visit with the radiation doctor.

Tuesday she has radiation and then we see her main cancer team for blood work and an office visit.

Friday, October 20, 2017

No FFB Today

While I don't have anything for you today, please go see Patti Abbott's blog for the links.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

7 Down, 18 To Go

Today was a little more difficult than normal as, while trying to get her dressed, Sandi slid off the end of the bed and fell onto the floor. It took awhile, but Scott and I finally managed to get her up off the floor. Got her dressed and out the door to the car so she could have her seventh radiation treatment this morning. Nothing has changed for better or worse as she is still in severe pain in her back and off and on pain in her stomach. The chills and shakes continue as do the severe back spasms. We told her radiation folks about what had happened this morning, and near as we can all tell there are no new issues from this fall.

After radiation tomorrow,  we go to infusion so they can do fluids for a couple of hours.  Hopefully, we will be back home by early afternoon.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Finally Home ....and Things Are Not Good.

Sandi had her fifth radiation treatment this morning and as of right now she is still scheduled for 20 more. She remains in severe pain from the tumor itself as well as the back spasms it is causing. She is also having some severe stomach cramps that could be those tumors in and around her intestinal tract reacting to the radiation or it could be another issue including some sort of sympathy spasms caused by the large spinal tumor.

That is not the worst of it as the visit with her doctor and the blood work indicates there are severe and worsening issues. There are multiple and worsening issues including one with her white blood cell count as it is soaring. More blood was taken from her for a second round of testing that will included the dreaded bacterial blood tests. The hope is she does not have yet another bacterial blood infection.

Several medications have been stopped as her blood pressure is far too low and that is another puzzler. After putting her into an actual hospital bed in one of the bedrooms instead of out in an infusion chair, they put a massive amount of fluid into her and slowly got her blood pressure back up. I am not sure how much it was, but I do know it was easily in excess of a liter. I suspect it was two.

The current plan is for her to have radiation this week as scheduled and into next week and have her come to the main office for fluids on Friday as well as a doctor visit and more fluid next Tuesday. Before we left this afternoon, two different staff members again went over the drill with me about what to look for, when to call the doctor, and when to call  911. One hopes that I never have to make another 911 call.


The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 10/16/17

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 10/16/17

Reviews by David Nemeth--Small Press Crime Fiction: Incident Report No. 13

Reviews by David Nemeth--Small Press Crime Fiction: Incident Report No. 13

Monday, October 16, 2017

In Reference To Murder Blog: Media Murder for Monday 10/16/17

In Reference To Murder Blog: Media Murder for Monday 10/16/17

Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers for 10/16/17

 Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers for 10/16/17

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Prince and I by Karen Hawkins

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Prince and I by Karen Hawkins: Reviewed by Ambrea Murian MacDonald loved Rowallen Castle, and she loved the immeasurably happy life she lived.   But when the ea...

A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: INTERVIEW WITH LAUREAN BROOKS!

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TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 9/16-22

TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 9/16-22: Bookish events in Texas for the week of October 16-22, 2017:  Special Events: 9th DFW Metroplex Linguistics Conference , Fort Worth, Octob...

4 Down, 21 To Go

4 Down, 21 To Go as of today. No change here one way or the other. We met with the radiation doctor after the treatment and he remains very optimistic about how things are going. Sandi is  frustrated at how things don't seem to be getting better, but he says it will take a bit longer. How long? He never really answered that question.

After she has another radiation treatment tomorrow, we see her main cancer folks for blood work and an office visit.

Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Silent Murders by Mary Miley



Silent Murders by Mary Miley (Minotaur, 2014) is the second book in the Jazz Age historical mysteries. After recovering from events described in the tumultuous series debut that introduced Leah Randall, a vaudeville actress who aged out of the child parts she’d been playing, Leah has taken the names of her cousin and her father and moved to Hollywood. Now known as Jessie Beckett, friends from vaudeville helped her find a job as a script girl in the new United Artists film studio founded by Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and D.W. Griffith. Jessie is beside herself with delight when Bruno Heilmann, a famous director, invites her to one of his enormous parties. She is even happier when she discovers one of the caterers at the party is a former vaudevillian who often shared a stage with Jessie’s late mother. She makes an appointment to meet the caterer to talk over old times as she leaves the party.

Jessie learns early the next day that Heilmann has been found dead, clearly murdered, setting Hollywood in a tailspin. When Jessie arrives at the home of the caterer that afternoon for tea, she is devastated to find her dead, another murder victim. Within a few days, two more of the party-goers are poisoned. Jessie uses her acting skills, her access to costumes and make-up, and her ability to move around the film world unnoticed to investigate the crimes and protect her new Hollywood family.

Miley based this book on the unsolved 1922 murder of Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor. About this time a series of scandals made Hollywood synonymous in the mind of the public with depravity and immorality, and Miley mentions these scandals as this story unfolds. This is a well-written, soundly researched narrative that can be read as a stand-alone.

I particularly like the entertainment history that is woven into the background and the implications that changing technology had for the people who made their livelihoods from show business. In the first book, Jessie is out of work because the venues for vaudeville are drying up as the silent movie becomes the preferred form of mass entertainment. In this book the changes that sound would bring to the film industry are discussed in a brief aside. Many of the silent film stars were from other countries and had strong accents or little ability to speak English. They did not survive the transition to the talkies. The stars that could adapt continued their careers, for instance, consider Jack Benny, who started his career on the vaudeville circuit and transitioned into radio, film, and television. Not everyone was as versatile. Parallels to the effects of technological changes in the past 30 years are all too easy to draw.

·         Hardcover: 320 pages
·         Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition (September 23, 2014)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 1250051371
·         ISBN-13: 978-1250051370


Aubrey Hamilton © 2017
 
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal IT projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

KRL This Week Update for 10/14/17

Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of another Halloween mystery, "A Catered Costume Party" by Isis Crawford http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/a-catered-costume-party-by-isis-crawford/

And a review of "The Adventures of the REAL Tom Sawyer" A Memoir by Tom Sawyer. We also have an awesome giveaway-not only can you win a copy of the book but you can win a signed copy of a script from an episode of "Murder She Wrote" (written by Tom)! http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/the-adventures-of-the-real-tom-sawyer-by-tom-sawyer/

Also another Halloween mystery short story, this one by Margaret Hamilton http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/taste-before-you-buy-a-halloween-mystery-short-story/

And a review & giveaway of another Halloween mystery by Kathi Daley,"Trick or Treason" http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/trick-or-treason-by-kathi-daley/

We also have a review & giveaway of a fun Halloween anthology-"Witch and Treat" http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/witch-and-treat-a-collection-of-paranormal-cozy-shorts/

And a review & giveaway of another mystery set in the Halloween season-"A Hive of Homicides" by Meera Lester, and a fun Halloween related guest post by Meera http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/a-hive-of-homicides-by-meera-lester/

We also have a review & giveaway of another perfect book for your Halloween reading, "The Haunting of Dr. Bowne" by C.A. Verstraete http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/the-haunting-of-dr-bowen-by-c-a-verstraete/

And for those who also enjoy fantasy, over on KRL News & Reviews a review of "The Hunt" by Chloe Neill, and a giveaway of the first book in the series http://www.krlnews.com/2017/10/the-hunt-by-chloe-neill-reviewgiveaway.html

If you are looking for some fun Halloween reading for the kids, up in KRL this morning we have a review & giveaway of "Skoob Revisited" by Clovis author Kathy Goosev Howell http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/skoob-revisited-by-kathy-goosev-howell/

Happy reading,
Lorie


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Monday Mystery—Texas Authors: Earl Staggs

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