Friday, September 18, 2015

This is just an enjoyable book and I really liked it

This Book Review is posted by Anna Patterson. Writer, Journalist, Book Reviewer,   date to be set, 2015

THE SCAM A Fox and O’Hare Novel – Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg – Random House publishing Group, Ballantine, Bantam Mystery and Thrillers. Publishing date: September 15, 2015.

I am a blogger and reviewer. I was privileged to read this book as a professional reviewer on Net Galley. I received a copy to read through the Net galley program in exchange for an honest and unbiased review which I am happy to share now.

I would give this book Five Stars because I consider it high impact entertainment from beginning to end.

Because I wanted to share my interest in this book with my friends, I am posting a review on several of my blog sites

Kate O’Hare is a woman who is comfortable in her own skin and in her profession until she is drawn into a complicated venture with a man she doesn’t trust. She is an FBI agent, and he is a man who is possibly a genius at going the other way and getting others to run after him. She begins to do this, and their escapades are nothing short of delightful.
Kate is drawn into a rocky relationship which is complex and interesting throughout.
Kate considers her own thoughts of Nick at one point: “Kate squelched a grimace. It was nice to know he cared enough to risk his own safety, but it was frightening to think of Nick bumbling through the forest. Especially since her dad probably had it bobby-trapped.”

 This book is described as the fourth book in the fast-paced, action-packed Fox and O’Hare series from Janet Evanovich No. 1 bestselling author of the blockbuster Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, bestselling author of the Monk series. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

This is a Serious Book and Worth Reading Many Times: a Book Review



Posted by Anna Patterson. Writer, Journalist, Book Reviewer

BLACK EARTH – Historical, nonfiction by Timothy Snyder.
I would like to say of this book:
Thoroughly Documented
A Workable Time-Piece to connect to for that period of War
In this book the evolution of Adolph Hitler’s plan came together in the war fares scattered across much of the world. It was after all; in Hitler’s opinion part of a final solution of determining what he had said was the natural animal fight for supremacy and dominance in their species. For Hitler, as explained in this sweeping text of that era and that war, this is described clearly and in details which grasp the reader with their very magnitude. 
     In this book, the author quotes Hitler’s reason to want to invade the Ukraine as he wanted their very fertile land and that of their neighbors, the Russians, Belarusias and the Poles. He goes on to say, Hitler saw this as a quite simple logic and plan so that his own people would see that “no one is able to starve us again!”
It tells of Hitler leaving prison in 1924 and the author describes him as “a much cannier politician then years after his failed putscht. The book goes on towards the Year 1934 when Hitler’s title became “Fuhrer” and even “Reich Chancellor.”
Hitler began developing “a Nazi Party created upon the assumption of endless racial conflict with the traditional state asserting the right to control and limit violence.”
With his vision clearly forming into reality before his very eyes, Hitler established the first concentration camp that at Dachau in 1933, “as a place where his National Socialist Party could punish people.”
Over and over to carry the reader forward dramatically in exploring these complex issues, a further visual aid is a series of maps.  These surely unique maps lead the reader into an understanding of the historical piece of literature with a smooth entwined blending of word imagery and visual map display.
I would give this book Five Stars for more reasons than one, but it is a very good read and well thought out one.
Publication date is September 8, 2015 by Crown Publishing, of Tim Duggan Books, in the History, Nonfiction adult category. 

This book is very easy reading of an intriguing, but difficult subject with such depth of thought that it can be at times dazzling to see it captured so vividly. I also found the research and resources placed at the end of the book informative also, with its arrangement though detailed, nonetheless, furnished in an easy to follow manner. The work which is involved in this monumental task is awe-inspiring also.

Friday, September 4, 2015


THIS IS A BOOK REVIEW: Of the book titled: JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart, 266 pages. Publisher is St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books of New York.


I received a copy to read through the Netgalley program in exchange for an honest and unbiased review which I am happy to share now.
 I would give this Five Stars as a well told story, interesting, and the author clearly knows her subject.
Publication date of this book is September 1, 2015.
It is in the genre of History, Literature and Fiction, adult.
This Book Review is posted by Anna Patterson. Writer, Journalist, Book Reviewer,   date to be set, 2015

This book starts with a piece of a letter written by a bookseller to his nephew who is part of a sailing ship crew. In this way, the story begins an intriguing tale which leads to a mystery and a murder during a time when people are gathering to be a part of festivities for the Emperor of China.
The author describes this point in time in the 1700s in many eloquent ways including in this passage, “The great connoisseurs of tea could take a sip and follow in their minds the entire journey of the leaves, a mapped trajectory of taste and fragrance.”
This book’s main character, Li Du, is a man who has become a wonderer by circumstances and because he is forced to become a refugee. He stops along the way to see a relative and finds signs that The Emperor of China is expected to this quaint community of Dayan. The man wants to immediately leave, but is detained by his relative needing his temporary help.  
The events the man becomes entangled in are set against a beautiful backdrop of the place which the author describes so well and the people who inhabit this rich and beautiful country. At one point one of the characters of the book explains his reason to enjoy travelling as: “The quarrels of emperors and kings do not reach the caravans.”
The man, Li Du, is drawn into deep conversations and finds himself more involved than he ever wanted to be there, but he is trying to rush forward and leave the intrigue and danger he finds in the town as it awaits the Emperor’s state visit.
 The book, Jade Dragon Mountain, holds more than one beautifully told story within it. The scholar travels far away from the place he had once lived and worked as a librarian in a priceless library of books. His journey is becoming entwined with a mysterious Jesuit Missionary and another guest at the Emperor’s official guest house.
Talks over the famous tea of the period continue and the stories of captivating memories are shared. As one traveler states, “The East India Company is the real Western Power now in this part of the world – everyone knows it – everyone outside of China, that is.”
In a description of the book, the story is about a Chinese librarian, Li Du, whose travels bring him to the town of Dayan, the last Chinese town before the border with Tibet. He finds himself unexpectedly part of a large group of travelers, soldiers and merchants, all of them expectant to see within just a few days an eclipse of the sun. Although Li Du wants to continue his journey over the Jade Dragon Mountain and out of China, he is pulled back by the murder of an astronomer and his own desire for truth.

     About the Author: Elsa Hart was born in Rome, Italy and lived in Moscow until 1991 with her family. She has lived in the Czech Republic, the United States, and in China.

     She wrote this, her first novel, in Lijiang, the city that has grown up around the old town of Dayan.

She earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


THIS IS A BOOK REVIEW: Of the book titled: POKERGEIST by Michael Phillip Cash, 172 pages. Publisher is Chelshire, Inc., Author Buzz.


I received a copy of this book to read through the Netgalley program in exchange for an honest and unbiased review which I am happy to share now.

 This book is described as a book about life and how sometimes life and also death can become an issue about Second Chances. Telly Martin is described as luckless, and an awful gambler, but despite this, has become a professional poker player. He finds some luck when he becomes the protégé of a world famous poker champion named Clutch Henderson.

 Unfortunately, Clutch is a ghost and under his companionship, Telly finds himself trying to navigate “the weedy gambling underbelly of Las Vegas working towards a seemingly impossible win at the International Series of Poker”

 Learning to trust each other could mean everything to them, for it includes repairing shattered personal relationships and actually could lead to redemption in life and the hereafter.

 I would give this Four Stars I am a blogger and reviewer. I was privileged to read this book as a professional reviewer on Net Galley.

I would give this book a recommended reading, and thought it had an interesting angle and a delightful message that perhaps ghosts can be found in the most surprising places, like a championship tournament poker game.
I am posting a book review on my own blog site, which is linked to my Goodreads site and linked to a few other blog sites of mine.

I would recommend this book to my friends because it is a unique and fun find for me. It also had very serious overtones and characters not easily forgotten. It tells of a man “pushing seventy. . . with silver hair, light eyes, called the ‘Silver Fox’, by the ladies. He was at the top of his game, playing a young man who in online card games had to beat one hundred and sixty-five thousand contestants for the chance to play the Silver Fox card player in an International Series of Competitions.
Later, the book introduces a young man, Telly Martin, who is trying to climb that enormous success ladder, but he knew his own odds to succeed were awful. The author describes Telly as he thought of these things. “He pushed his hands deeper and felt the hard surface of a coin. It was a penny. That was it, his last penny.”
This book has depths with a firm niche in the genres of Fiction, Thriller, and Sci-Fi Fantasy.
The concept of a modern poker player being haunted by a former pro player was interesting and I also enjoyed how their separate lives played out as both tried to make sense of how the two of them came to this strange situation.
Publication date of this book was July 18, 2015.
It is in the genre of Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy.
This Book Review is posted by Anna Patterson. Writer, Journalist, Book Reviewer,   date to be set, 2015
Author Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning screenwriter and novelist. His Best Selling novels list includes Stillwell and Witches Protection Program.

He lives on the North Shore of Long Island. He admits, he has played poker for over twenty years and has also placed First in Poker Championship Tournaments.

Monday, August 24, 2015


This is a book review of THE CONGREGATION, a novel of 260 pages by Desiree Bombenon, and published by River Grove Books of Greenleaf Book Group. Publication date is August 25, 2015.

This Book Review is posted by Anna Patterson. Writer, Journalist, Book Reviewer,  
I received a copy of this book to read through the Net Galley program in exchange for an honest and unbiased review which I am happy to share now.
In this book’s description, it is noted that this is the second book in the Jake and Amanda Bannon novels. A brilliant and successful couple is introduced in these books as events lead them into an entertaining display of their ability to be both charming and able to solve difficult mysteries involving dangerous adventures. Their efforts at sleuthing takes them from scenic locations, Hawaii, Rome,  but their good intentions to enjoy themselves in these beautiful places becomes instantly totally halted when they become innocently enough involved in things most deadly.
As Jake ponders over a situation like this, his thoughts explain their involvement in mysteries as, “It was Amanda who said, yes. It was always Amanda, and here they were about to go at it again . . .”
As for Amanda, there were many reasons the couple was close, they agreed on many things. “Amanda felt her clairvoyance was the reason she and Jake tended to get into all kinds of trouble.”
It seems that Amanda’s dark visions, even turning of a sinister nation, could be revealing something terrible about this quest they were on which eventually brought them to Chicago. It was meant to be just carrying religious relics to people who had wanted them, but some of the characters worrying about this couples ability to deduce the truth, well, they had a very dark side. One of them was exhibiting his most abusive nature to his wife at that point of the mysterious other hidden secret part of the adventure.

In a further explanation, the book’s description explains, “With a cast of well-drawn and original characters, The Congregation is a fast-paced and sometimes shocking tale of what happens when the idealism and innocence of youth unveil the dark history of hypocrisy in the Catholic Church. Bombenon’s adventurous and romantic couple provides the perfect amount of humor and wit in a sophisticated, exciting, and thought-provoking book”
I did read the first novel about this adventurous couple and found it interesting, and also capturing the earthy reality of life. This second book does the same. I did like the contrasting views expressed by Amanda and her critical views of the church, but at the same time it is pointed out, her mother is a devout Catholic and Amanda is willing to go all the way to Rome to have a relic blessed there because of her mother’s devotion and belief in the church.
Because of this realistic look at families and their diversified differences of opinion, I felt this added depth to the novels. The second book, I believe, delves into what could be considered controversial issues of today’s reality. Because of both book’s frankness, I would not consider them just a light read. I would give The Congregation Four Stars. There are many things I found to like about the book, and some things which made me stop in a thoughtful pause.

The author, Desiree A. Bombenon, was born in Colombo, Siri Lanka, and has been a successful CEO and certified strategic leader. She is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and has won several industry and leadership awards globally.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Spending some time reading good books, like this one

THE OFFERING, a novel of 215 pages by Desiree Bombenon, and published by Greenleaf Book Group of Live Oak Book Company. Publication date was August 28, 2012.

This Book Review is posted by Anna Patterson. Writer, Journalist, Book Reviewer,  
I received a copy of this book to read through the Net Galley program in exchange for an honest and unbiased review which I am happy to share now.
 There is something immediately engaging about the couple, Amanda and Jake. She was a business administration professional and met him in the same capacity. They also had something else in common, as he explained it; a basic belief that “spirituality was best kept in your own mind and soul.”
Once married they found their friendship grew even more, but he had a little trouble accepting her special gifts to catch mental glimpses of the future, both good and bad. It was this gift, and their willingness to help out a friend, which interrupted their break they were enjoying in a condo in Hawaii. Confronted with a friend’s heart-felt plea for help finding his missing wife and daughter and a former friend of his they found innocently that this sent the couple into a gripping adventure into terror.
While they found themselves locked into one perilous situation after the other, a girl they sought struggled with survival and agonized over the events which had brought her to this point. The author described this in this way, “She had to figure a way to get her family out of this mess. Carlos was supposed to be her friend.”
Meanwhile a Hawaiian police detective doesn’t know what to make of this couple when they arrive on the scene of his on-going investigation. Nonetheless, he takes them seriously since he knew they had once helped Canadian authorities track leads and finally break a case which had seemed too tough to solve.
I would give this book Four Stars, I did enjoy it, and found the couple and their exploits very enjoyable reading. The villains of the piece were in sharp contrast, rather a surprise, and the book’s descriptions of their lives and outlook was rather a shock of violence compared to the couple’s daring and yet very pleasant situations. Nonetheless, Amanda and Jake had hidden depths of character and abilities which came out as the book progressed. I did enjoy the read, and would have liked the book to be longer. I look forward to reading the next mystery involving this couple.

The book description tells of Jake Bannon and his wife, Amanda, and how their successful careers later gave way to a rescue mission involving something else they showed expertise in: firearms and serious survival skills.

The author, Desiree A. Bombenon, was born in Colombo, Siri Lanka, and has been a successful CEO and certified strategic leader. She is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and has won several industry and leadership awards globally.

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Hard Times Frugal Desserts: A Back to Basics Cook Book

  Working 12 hours plus and cooking can really be something, I should know. But no matter what I have done in life to earn money, teaching, cooking, many things in different phases of my life, nonetheless, I fell back on my knowledge of cooking. It always saves money when you know how to cook what is called "from scratch", that means nothing comes out of a box prepared.
But when you are short of time, you have to rely at times on things both out of a box, or out of a frozen food package. And of course, I don't care what anyone says, I still would be lost without a can opener.

But I have noticed something for some time and that is that many people are seeing their family budgets shrink. Those who aren't, are lucky I guess, but I do know I kept being asked how to cook, I mean really the basics, like how to cry something. And even what do measurements mean, and also how to chose what to buy so that the small amount of grocery money can go further and be used wisely.
So one day, my husband after one of these sudden teaching lessons I was giving to someone finished. I washed my hands, dried them on the hand tower over the back of a chair and went into the living room for a much needed break, my husband said, "You know you should write a book."
Believe me, I already felt there were thousands if not millions of cookbooks everywhere, so it took some persuading to get me to try this.
I was green as grass on how to write a book, but overly long on experience of cooking, and wanted many times to retire from the kitchen, but I saw a need, at least I felt I could help some people, and so I went to work writing things down.
My own rules were:
1. people had to have asked me many times, how do you make this dish
2. it had to be made of relatively cheap recipes you can buy on the tightest budget if need be.
3. it had to pass on some of the knowledge you only learn in the kitchen with what people call "hands on experience."

So I wrote a cook book and right away people told me how I could have done it better, and they told me after it was a done deal. But I have learned from the suggestions, and that really is how some of the other cook books were born.
Frankly I find that writing books is something like eating Oreo cookies, and their famous slogan, "Best you can't eat just one." I am probably quoting this wrong, but in writing cookbooks, after some time, I felt there were some things I should have said, so I wrote some more, gradually over a period of time.

One of my favorite recipes I share in the Frugal Dessert book is for banana pudding. IT is a great dish for just the family, or for friends, or for social events.

I hope you try it some day!