New In Death Book

Okay so since we saved a lot of money buying books the cheap way for two weeks now we have to spend a little moolah.  Yes I know I said I would always post about cheap books but I have to divert a little today for a very important reason.


Now hopefully those readers following me know that Nora Roberts has a pseudonym.  She also writes as J.D. Robb.  These books are still just Nora only with a slightly sharper edge.  These books are one of my most favorites.  Unlike her other series which usually stick to quartets or trilogies, this is an entire series that builds on itself book after book.  There are 30 something books out right now.

Here is the thing.  If you are just starting this series it is a must that you start at the first book which is called Naked in Death.  One needs to start there because if not, you will be missing character development.  The characters get introduced during certain points in the story and are always relative to the book as well as a building block to the series.

The main couple in the series is Eve Dallas and Roarke.  Roarke has no last time. I could tell you why but that is just no fun at all. Eve is a cop with a past.  Her childhood was bad and her life begins to turn on Christmas Eve when she is 8.  Roarke comes into the picture as a suspect in a case.  Turns out surprisingly enough, he didn’t it. What he does do is awaken parks of Eve she had no idea existed.  They start their life together and move forward solving cases and having a strong relationship.  Now since I have read the entire series I can confidently tell you that their relationship is not all roses.  That is the best part of a Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb book.  All of her characters are real and have a backbone .  You will not find a simpering Susie in th bunch. These books are futuristic and set just slightly ahead.  Enough that cars can go vertical and autochefs prepare some of the food.  It is enough to make it really cool and just different enough that it’s not hokey.  Prostitutes in the books are licensed and called Licensed companions (L.C.s for short).  Marriages are made up of many different types of arrangements. I love the way she writes people.  She has an understanding of people who I hope to convey when I finish writing my own book.  Right now, I have gobbly gook but its a start.  I have about 5 chapters worth of information.  It feels good to write and I hope my stories turn out like hers.

Getting back to the series,  The most recent book is called Celebrity in Death.  This book deals with a movie being made of an old case of Dallas’.  A book was written about her case and then a screen play from that.  One of the main characters writes both but I am not telling who.  Those who know the series will be able to sniff it out like a good reporter.  ( Therein lies a hint.)  Of course since Dallas is a murder cop, murder comes into play with the book.  She and her team will work together to figure out the whodoneit part of a mystery.  It is almost always not the person that you think it is,  she will turn a few times before delivering one hell of an ending. The time to read this series will be an investment but I promise you will love every minute of it.  The hardest part is waiting for the next one.  There are usually two in one year in addition to whichever series she is working on as Nora.

You know, I think I will talk about cheap books as a round-up.  I thought about where you can get the first part of the series if you wanted to start reading it.  Does your library have a Friends of the Library section?  This section is dedicated to books that the library has retired or that they just simply had too many because of donations.  These books are for sale for a very low price usually around $1.  Some as low as a dime.  I have bought MANY books this way.  My library  has an honor book section.  This section while owned by the library, has no strict due dates.  These books are just taken and returned as needed.  I have done both over the years.  I usually have at least 100 books running around the house so I try to recycle them.

Enjoy these new books and tips!  See you next week!


Irish Hearts

Ok so I guess this series is going to be next.  The Irish Hearts series is of course by Nora Roberts.  I am going to Ireland this July so it has been on the forefront of my mind.  I have always loved Nora Roberts.  Nora Roberts writes lovely books about Ireland so it becomes the perfect mix.

Irish Hearts starts out with Irish Thoroughbred.  This book is the beginning of the series as well as the beginning of the Grant Family.  Travis Grant meets a little lady from Ireland by the name of Adeila.  She turns out to be a little spitfire sprite of a woman who stands just 5′ 2″ tall.  One would thing that someone so small would not cause much trouble.  Well, being a leading lady written by Nora is just not going to let that happen.  Nora’s women are always strong and smart.  A reader will not find simpering weanies in her books.  Adeila is no different.  She is smart and very capable with Travis’ horses.  It’s these skills with the horses that gets here out and about in the stable where of course she bumps into Travis.  Travis, as owner of the ranch seems to be untouchable. Enter Uncle Paddy.  Adeila’s Uncle Paddy has worked for Travis’ ranch since Travis was a boy. The two men are more like father and son than boss and employee.  When Paddy has a heart attack, Travis offers marriage for to Adeila as he promises to protect her forever.  Little does he know that he is well past half way in love with her.

The story of Travis and Adeila is Nora Robert’s very first published book.  It was so easy to see that she was going to be an author to watch.  Since this book she has written many others.  I would have to say thought that this book is one of my very favorite.

Next post, I will finish telling about this book.  There is a second story in the book you see.  Adeila has a cousin named Erin.  She is going to meet a man named Burke.  But what will she do with him?  I guess you will have to find out what happens next week, or just cheat and go pick the book up at Walmart.

Amazon Kindle

Do you have an Amazon Kindle of some generation?  That is wonderful if you do!  They are wonderful little machines.  Are you without a Kindle but you have a smart phone?  Good news!  You can download the free app.  For me personally, I use the app on an Apple iPhone 4s.  Now let me give you a few reasons on why you should have one or the other.

You can get books!  Lots of books!  Instantly even!  This is unfortunatly, my down fall.  The app that I use makes it so easy to download books, I download a few a week.  For that reason, I have learned how to shop smart.  I don’t mean “Shop smart, Shop S-Mart.”  like Ashe from The Evil Dead.  I mean searching for the best deals on Amazon so that one does not go broke purchasing books.

My favorite cheap way of getting new books is the Kindle Lending Library.  If you have Amazon Prime, which is a membership based service, you can get one book per month for free. Last month, I got The Hunger Games.  I have not been able to finish it because lately all I have been reading is textbooks.  It is still a comfort to know that it is there when I am ready as it does not go away after a certain amount of time.  It will just always be there for me to enjoy.

Amazon lists many books for low prices or sometimes for free.  Most of the classics are in fact part of a free service where a reader can have access to all of the literary classics for free so that they can enjoy them.  I feel this is nice because these books are the basis of our society and people need access to them.

One author I particularly love is Nora Roberts.  The fun thing about the Kindle is that many of her older titles are available for download.  Most of them are $3-$7.  The newer books are of course more but it is still wonderful to be able to get to some of the older series. The most recent series I read by her was her Born in Series.  Born in Fire, Born in Ice and Born in Shame tell the story of three Irish sisters and the village  they live in.  Nora’s books are always good for the heart.  Her sense of adventure gets it pumping, her tales of love keep it warm and her sense of humor keeps it happy. The Born in series is no different. I actually read all three books over the course of one weekend.  My Kindle app came in so handy when the last two books were not yet re-released in the store.  I was able to bip on over to Amazon and download the last two. Some might say this takes away the fun of anticipation. Personally, I say NEED MORE IMPUT!  So for now, I leave you with this final thought.  Reading Rainbow’s intro song  once asked us “to take a look inside a book.”  Now, any book you want is in the palm of your hand.  Enjoy the view!