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We Asked Author K.B. Owen: Where Do Stories Grow?

Harry S. Truman once said: “There is nothing new in the world, except the history you do not know.” That was certainly the case with a major enigma in my life, my mother-in-law. (I know what you’re thinking…go ahead, insert mother-in-law jokes here). What I discovered about her, and the circumstances under which I learned it, are responsible for the historical mystery series I write today.

Joan was a school librarian and an avid reader. Books were one of the ways she and I connected with each other when moments grew awkward, especially in the early years of our relationship (she was a stoic Yankee, and I am definitely not). In the summer of 2005—she had been my mom-in-law for fifteen years by then—she suffered a devastating head injury and slipped into a coma. I would read to her in the rehab hospital, though I had no idea if she could hear me or not.

For the Book Lover: Pride & Prejudice Coasters

Sigh and swoon! If you're a Jane Austen fan (or rather a Lizzie and Darcy fan) then these are a must have. Featuring some of the most beloved quotes form the book and movie, this set of four is the perfect furniture-protecting perch for your spot of tea or nip of wine.

Handmade by Eliza Jane's Creations, for a snippet under $20 bucks these can be yours.

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Book Review: Floating in Saltwater

Normal. What's normal? In the modern age I suppose it means flat screen TVs and video games. But what if that normal included outhouses and superstitions and secrets? What if it included a steady stream of borders and renters who kept your imagination as busy as your mother's daily list of chores?

Floating in Saltwater tells the first part of a coming of age story for Barbara Ann. The oldest of two natural born and a handful of adopted relatives and needy neighborhood children, Barbara Ann is slowly starting to figure the world and herself out. It is fast becoming apparent that life is unfair and not everyone is treated equally. She dreams of creating a life for herself, away from the mundane existance of home where she can pursue her art and be happy.

For the Book Lover: Bookmarks are for Quitters T-Shirt

Some people use bookmarks, some people dogear the pages, but the only the true, hard-core book lover reads from start to finish, no bookmarking required.

This t-shirt made us laugh out loud and we certainly appreciate the implied literary challenge. 

If you're one of those voracious reader who just won't put it down until you've read the very last word on the very last page, then you gotta get this shirt!

Made and shipped by Raes Custom Decals, for $26 you can proclaim your reading superpower to the world.

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Curator's Pick: Darkness of the Womb

No one ever said motherhood would be easy. And for Marigold? Well, it's harder than most would ever fathom. Her unborn child is destined to be the savior of mankind...only he doesn't want to be. This story is an incredible mash up of mundane reality and a fantastic other dimension where human characteristics like Instinct, Imagination, and Purpose become characters in their own right. Some are working to help Marigold, and her husband Jeff to save their unborn child...others have ulterior motives.

Richard B. Knight has an incredible imagination. The characters and plot line are unlike anything else I have ever read. A forty-something first-time mother makes for an unusual protagonist, but you can't help but find yourself wanting her to succeed. Marigold and Jeff are likable, flawed characters weighed down by life; they are very relatable.

Curator's Pick: Gavril of Aquina

What happens to a king who has everything he could ever want - magic, wealth, women - taken away by a coniving adversary? Does he resign himself to life as a prisoner? A nobody? Or will a chance meeting with a beautiful woman change his mind and give him the reason he needs to find his inner strength and fight for his people?

Gavril of Aquina is a fun fantasy romance that pits strong, interesting characters on a well-paced plot line.  I found myself wanting to know how it all worked out. Would Gavril get his magic back? Would he get the girl he wants and his kingdom?

The plot is exciting with a great deal of fast-paced action interspersed with internal monologues which help to acquaint us with the two main characters' and their journeys. The love scenes offer just enough chemistry without being overly graphic.

For the Book Lover: Book Club is Wine Club

This is part of a new feature on our blog where we seek out and share that a #booklovermusthave. These products are sold by independent, non-affiliated small-business retailers.

Are you in a book club? Then you have to have this bag! Sure, I joined the book club for the books, but the wine, well, that's kind of just icing on the cake!

Made and shipped by Kelly Connor Designs, for a tad under $25 (shipping included), you can proclaim your true love of  "the club." Just remember the first rule of book club: Drink the books and talk about the wine...wait, you know what I mean!

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Curator's Pick: The Sixth Seal

What if you were destined to live the same life over and over again? What if each time you were reborn you had to figure out who you were and what your purpose was or risk the annihilation of the entire human race?

Ana has been fighting mental health issues all her life, only she's not crazy. She's an old soul who must find the book that has been calling to her and draw upon hundreds and hundreds of year of experience from lives she can hardly remember. The Sixth Seal offers an intricate story line that is woven together with incredible finesse. It's got adventure, action, mystery,and more. From the very beginning I found myself rooting for for the main character. 

The book offers an excellent opening -- straight into both the action and the character's central internal problem. Will she escape from the instution where she's been committed? The pacing is brisk, and the flashbacks to previous lives is done exceptionally well.

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