Spotlight & Giveaway: Night In Shanghai by Nicole Mones

Avid historical fiction lovers, you're in for a treat! Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours has offered a copy of Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones to one of my lucky readers (US only). Visit the complete tour schedule to check out reviews by other bloggers.In 1936, classical pianist Thomas Greene is recruited to Shanghai to lead a jazz orchestra of fellow African-American expats. From being flat broke in segregated Baltimore to living in a mansion with servants of his own, he becomes the toast of a city obsessed with music, money, pleasure and power, even as it ignores the rising winds of war. Song Yuhua is refined, educated, and bonded since age eighteen to Shanghai’s most powerful crime boss in payment for her…


Sunday Salon

Setting:I'm sitting in The Leisure Club (my favorite place in downtown Pensacola), enjoying a latte and listening to "Believe" by The Bravery, which is playing overhead.Recently Finished:The Word Exchange by Alena GraedonYou know, this one didn't quite live up to the hype for me. Still very enjoyable, though. I'll be gathering my thoughts and hope to post a review later this week.Recently DNF:Night in Shanghai by Nicole MonesI sooooo wanted to love this one! But it didn't click with me, and I really think it could be a timing thing (especially considering my recent slump). I read enough to be able to tell it could be an amazing read for a certain type of reader, though! I'll say a bit more and spotlight it…


Sunday Salon: Always the Bird

This past week hasn't been great on the reading front, simply because I've been exhausted and kind of distracted with other things. It hasn't been that I don't want to read, so I don't feel like I'm in a slump. I'm currently reading The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon and Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones.This morning I have one of my piano students covering my regular church job (great experience for her!) and I'm playing an orchestra gig at the large Presbyterian church downtown. Their choir is singing Mack Wilberg's Requiem and wow, is it stunning... reminiscent of both Aaron Copland and Eric Whitacre, in many ways. I'm playing flute and piccolo; I get to play a sweet little…


No Book but the World by Leah Hager Cohen

  Ava and her brother, Fred, grew up in a peaceful, idealistic environment; free to roam and explore the world around them, free to make all of their own decisions. Fred showed signs of mental impairment, but his parents chose to give him the space to develop naturally into his own person, without labels or stigmas. When Fred is later accused of a horrific crime, Ava is forced to reflect upon their childhood and their parents' choices. The narrative often moves in and out through time, between childhood memories and the crisis of present day. These are not presented in well-defined sections; rather, they weave in and out as Ava (and others) muddle through the attempt to make sense of…


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