Tag, You’re It

mustache-questionsI saw this fun meme over at Literary Feline’s blog and it’s been so long since I’ve done one of these that I couldn’t resist.

Here are my answers to the “I Mustache You a Question” meme.

Four names people call me other than my real name (could only come up with three):
1. Bookgirl
2. ili
3. Chica

Four Jobs I’ve Had:
1. Executive Assistant
2. Marketing Coordinator
3. Public Relations Account Coordinator
4. Human Resources Generalist (current and most experience)

Four Movies I Have Watched More Than Once:
1. Bridget Jones’s Diary
2. Little Miss Sunshine
3. Love Actually
4. Garden State

 Four Books I’d Recommend (I looked on my “keeper” shelf for this one):
1. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
2. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig
4. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Four Places I’ve Been (Other than Germany & Mexico):
1. Iceland
2. Belgium
3. Denmark
4. Austria

Four Places I’d Rather Be:
1. At a crafty retreat
2. Hanging out at a bookstore
3. On the beach in Isla de Mujeres, Mexico
4. At a spa in the Harz, Germany

Four Things I Don’t Eat:
1. Grapefruit
2. Hot Dogs
3. Kale
4. Steak

Four of my Favorite Foods (I love carbs!):
1. Breakfast tacos
2. Spinach and cheese omelette
3. Rice
4. Baked goods

Four TV Shows That I Watch:
1. Bosch
2. Grimm
3. Gotham
4. La Sombra del Pasado (telenovela I watch with my mom)

Four Things I’m Looking Forward to This Year (2015):
1. Going on vacation
2. Planting more succulents in our garden
3. Trying our Vitamix (we just got it today!)
4. Coloring my hair (maybe). Too many grays now and I may finally take the plunge.

Four Things I’m Always Saying:
1. “What are you thinking about?”
2. “I heard on NPR”
3. “I’m overwhelmed”
4. “Another book for my TBR list”

Four People I Tag: I’m not tagging anyone but I hope you’ll do this.

I don’t know what you guys are up to this weekend but I have gotten the dreaded “Holds Available” email from the library which means I have four books to pick up. Yikes. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I plan to do a bit of reading!

Barricade In Hell

barricade-hell“Moonlight filled our bedroom with windblown tree shadows and uncertain light that gathered in pools on the carpet. Gabe still slept peacefully next to me, one hand splayed on his chest and unaware anything was amiss. I envied him that. Nocturnal visitors seldom summoned my husband from dreams. A ghost, a tiny girl of no more than four or five, stood in one puddle of light.”

Barricade in Hell
By Jaime Lee Moyer

In the follow up to Delia’s Shadow, a couple of years have passed by and Delia continues to use her special gift of seeing ghosts to help her husband Police Captain Gabe Ryan solve crimes. The couple has faced some difficult personal situations but overall has settled into a tranquil life.

Unfortunately that peace is threatened by the appearance of a new ghost. While it may be the ghost of a small child, it is proving to be very difficult to make disappear and the little girl is attached to Gabe. Delia fears for Gabe and brings in her friend Dora, who is a medium, to help her understand what this spirit wants and get rid of it.

Meanwhile Gabe is facing another difficult case this one involving the murder of the commissioner’s son-in-law. Gabe’s leads take him to a charismatic evangelist who preaches peace but it is clear there is something evil that is taking hold of the people who follow this evangelist.

This is an enjoyable mystery series with a paranormal twist. I found the first in the series to be a bit bogged down by the introduction of so many characters, the special circumstances and by the romance aspect but I feel like the author is now comfortable in that she’s established the premise and can move into a more substantial mystery.

I think the writer did a great job especially in the first part of the book with setting the scene and really going for a creepy, spooky atmosphere. Which you would expect when dealing with ghosts, right? I’m looking forward to the next Delia and Gabe adventure.

Source: Advance review copy

Doll God

doll-god-coverAbout the collection: “Luanne Castle’s debut poetry collection, Doll God, studies traces of the spirit world in human-made and natural objects–a Japanese doll, a Palo Verde tree, a hummingbird. Her exploration leads the reader between the twin poles of nature and creations of the imagination in dolls, myth, and art.”

From the first poem, which reveals the child’s wish to be godlike, to the final poem, an elegy for female childhood, this collection echoes with the voices of the many in the one: a walking doll, a murderer, Snow White. Marriage, divorce, motherhood, and family losses set many of the poems in motion. The reader is transported from the lakes of Michigan to the Pacific Ocean to the Sonoran Desert.

This debut poetry collection invites the reader into a world that seems dream like at times in the vivid descriptions. I am reminded old myths and legends. And, yes, there is a lot of imagery of dolls but these aren’t the beautiful dolls of your childhood. When we think of dolls you might think pretty, playful, and all things feminine but these poems explore perhaps a sadder side.

Excerpt from Snow Remembers an Old Tale
Through my screen, that
nighttime scent on the breeze,
a stranger surprising me
out of the dark I put my
hand against, luring
me to another tale.

From that other screen
once upon that time
a girl crawled out at night to dance
in aisles of cornfields
from Mayday to Halloween.

If I can think of an overall theme I would say it is of loss. I felt that a lot of the poems had a deep sense of longing for something in the past. There were several poems that really spoke to me, in particular Debris, Hemmed In and Calculating Loss.

I love to read poetry even if there are poems and poets that I don’t feel like I have a grasp on and that was the case here. I found myself going back to re-read poems after I had just finished them because I felt like I was just missing something. I was close to getting it but still couldn’t quite grasp the meaning. And, that’s okay. Perhaps the poet intended one thing and I found another meaning.

I hope you will give this collection a chance. I would love to hear what you thought about it and I invite to visit the other participants in this book tour. Thank you to Serena and Poetic Book Tours for inviting me to participate.