For those of you who regularly follow this blog you may have noticed that I seem to accidentally overextend myself from time to time. I cannot tell you the number of times my husband has told me “DO LESS!” As simple a concept as that may seem I am still trying to master it. Annually I put together a book of sorts for my son’s hockey team and somehow the March deadline sneaks up on me, even though this is the third year in a row that I have done it! Regardless of my time management challenges it was my intention to diversify somewhat in 2014 and feature posts and opinions other than those of yours truly and I figured that there is no time like the present in which to do so.
I have been lucky enough to find some truly talented contributors some of whom who have already posted this past winter and some of whom you can look forward to in the coming weeks. I will detail for you below a sampling of the treats we can expect to be reading about.
Bitten (Television Series) – Based on the critically acclaimed series of novels from Kelley Armstrong. Set in Toronto and upper New York State, BITTEN follows the adventures of 28-year-old Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf. An orphan, Elena thought she finally found her “happily ever after” with her new love Clayton, until her life changed forever. With one small bite, the normal life she craved was taken away and she was left to survive life with the Pack.
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell – This unusual fictional account – in good part autobiographical – narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. The Parisian episode is fascinating for its expose of the kitchens of posh French restaurants, where the narrator works at the bottom of the culinary echelon as dishwasher, or plongeur. In London, while waiting for a job, he experiences the world of tramps, street people, and free lodging houses. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.
Nonofficial Asset by William Sewell –Peyton Stone never quit his day job. But it’s his other profession that might just get him killed.
Islamabad. Baghdad. Shanghai. Kazakhstan, Kabul. Langley. For Peyton Stone, that’s a work commute. But his is no normal job. On the surface he’s a world-renowned security expert. But his real occupation is serving as a “nonofficial asset,” a contractor working for the CIA when the government needs complete deniability. While advancing American interests globally, Stone discovers that those interests can exact a steep personal price. And when his business partner is murdered in a Shanghai hotel, ominous ghosts from his past return and he’s drawn deeper into the covert maze, on the hunt for a stolen nuclear weapon and the rogue Iranian admiral hell-bent on using it. In Nonofficial Asset his skills, training, tactics, mettle, and allegiance to family and country are all pushed to the limit as he races to prevent nuclear catastrophe.