Morristown NJ Festival of Books Oct 11 & 12, 2019

The book festival will be even better than last years. My first time attending was last year, but the event has been held for 6 amazing years. They will have books for all ages. They have put together an amazing schedule of authors who will speak in panels and then sign books. The event is free to attend. Books will be on sale for purchase. The event will kick off on Oct 11, with the keynote speaker Preet Bharara. This will be a ticketed event. The cost is 55.00 for adults and 25.00 for students. The adult ticket will come with a signed copy of his book. Tickets can be purchased here:

The main event is held on Saturday, October 12. They will have fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children panels. The authors will be interviewed and audience will have a chance to ask questions. Then the authors will go to the autographing area to sign. They will have an amazing schedule for children and activities. Main event page

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Plus music, crafts, writer’s workshop, and lots of activities! Full KidFest schedule coming soon.

























Special Event: Book Club Girl Luncheon at the MFOB
Meet and mingle with some of your favorite book club authors at an exclusive sit-down lunch at the festival.
Jean Kwok ⋅ Beatriz Williams ⋅ S.A. Chakraborty ⋅ Jennifer Robson

Authors will visit with each table, sharing stories, answering questions and signing books — and you’ll take home an amazing swag bag filled with books plus an exclusive advance copy of a Winter 2020 title from William Morrow.
Tickets: $30 (includes lunch + swag bag!)
You can purchase tickets here

I was super thrilled to know that Book Club Girl will have an event also. I attended my first event at BookCon this past year and was happily surprised at the amazing line-up of authors, free tote and books, plus snacks which is included with ticket purchase.

Me and Mom At Bookcon Book Club Girl
2018 Haul of Books

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part One & Two by J.K. Rowling

Goodreads Blurb

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. 

My Review: Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Hands down to J.K. Rowling’s for writing another continuation of Harry Potter in a different format. I loved that it’s a manuscript, which gives each character a higher purpose. Makes the story much more fun especially when you get to act each character out differently. I loved how she brought us so many scenarios in which Harry Potter’s success and turmoil could have changed in a blink of an eye. As a reader, I was able to cherish the moments from the past, but also the present. Yes, I would have loved to see a different outcome especially with Voldemort and all the terror he brought to Harry. Sometimes, the past just can’t be changed, even if it’s for the better. This was the perfect beginning and ending to knowing what happen nineteen years later. I highly recommend this amazing story.

Author Biography

Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling. She calls herself Jo and has said, “No one ever called me ‘Joanne’ when I was young, unless they were angry.” Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business. During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling. In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.

Rowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling (née Volant), on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Bristol. Her mother Anne was half-French and half-Scottish. Her parents first met on a train departing from King’s Cross Station bound for Arbroath in 1964. They married on 14 March 1965. Her mother’s maternal grandfather, Dugald Campbell, was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran. Her mother’s paternal grandfather, Louis Volant, was awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles-le-Comte during the First World War.

Rowling’s sister Dianne was born at their home when Rowling was 23 months old. The family moved to the nearby village Winterbourne when Rowling was four. She attended St Michael’s Primary School, a school founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce and education reformer Hannah More. Her headmaster at St Michael’s, Alfred Dunn, has been suggested as the inspiration for the Harry Potter headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

As a child, Rowling often wrote fantasy stories, which she would usually then read to her sister. She recalls that: “I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it. Certainly the first story I ever wrote down (when I was five or six) was about a rabbit called Rabbit. He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee.” At the age of nine, Rowling moved to Church Cottage in the Gloucestershire village of Tutshill, close to Chepstow, Wales. When she was a young teenager, her great aunt, who Rowling said “taught classics and approved of a thirst for knowledge, even of a questionable kind,” gave her a very old copy of Jessica Mitford’s autobiography, Hons and Rebels. Mitford became Rowling’s heroine, and Rowling subsequently read all of her books.

Rowling has said of her teenage years, in an interview with The New Yorker, “I wasn’t particularly happy. I think it’s a dreadful time of life.” She had a difficult homelife; her mother was ill and she had a difficult relationship with her father (she is no longer on speaking terms with him). She attended secondary school at Wyedean School and College, where her mother had worked as a technician in the science department. Rowling said of her adolescence, “Hermione [a bookish, know-it-all Harry Pottercharacter] is loosely based on me. She’s a caricature of me when I was eleven, which I’m not particularly proud of.” Steve Eddy, who taught Rowling English when she first arrived, remembers her as “not exceptional” but “one of a group of girls who were bright, and quite good at English.” Sean Harris, her best friend in the Upper Sixth owned a turquoise Ford Anglia, which she says inspired the one in her books.

Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 Sept 1-10

Book Lovers Unite for

World Suicide Prevention Day

I copy and pasted from Eva Pohler’s page. You can see this post and enter the blogs from this page

So many people don’t understand mental illness. They think that sadness and clinical depression, or nervousness and clinical anxiety, are the same things. Well-meaning people say things like, “Suck it up,” and “Overcome,” and “Choose to be happy.” Or, “Focus on your blessings,” and “Put a smile on that face.” I’ve even said things like that–before I came to understand.

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And so many people feel alone and misunderstood and have given up on fighting their mental illness. They need to know about resources. They need to know to keep searching for the right meds or the right doc. In this modern day, there is no reason why anyone should be living a life of despair or debilitating anxiety. Sometimes mental illness is the root cause–a chemical imbalance. And sometimes it’s something else, like a weak thyroid. But for some reason, many people think of mental illness as a personal weakness rather than as an illness like high blood pressure or cancer.

The first annual Book Lover’s Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day Tour will kick off on Sunday, September 1st and will culminate in a twelve-hour Facebook Live Event on World Suicide Prevention Day, Spetember 10th.

Here’s the exciting line-up for the tour:

September 1st:

Raye Wagner (1)

Robert E Slater

Jessica Burkhart (1)

September 2nd:

Eva Pohler

Heather Hildenbrand


September 3rd:

elizabeth isaacs (1)


Book Lovers Unite Amy

September 4th:

Kat Smith (1)

Sheri Larsen (2)

Ely (1)

September 5th:

Katie M John (1)

s.t. bende (1)

Debra Kristi

Allie Burton (1)

September 6th:

Kaitlin Bevis (1)

Christina Oates

Sarah Churchill (1)

September 7th:

Brenda Hiatt (1)

aimee always

Amy Bernal (1)

September 8th:

Rose Garcia (1)


Yaritza (2)

September 9th:

Quinn Loftis

Tawdra Kandle (1)

sarah addison-fox

September 10th:

Buy a t-shirt for $20 to support the International Association for the Prevention of Suicide

Little Comfort by Edwin Hill

Goodreads Blurb

Harvard librarian Hester Thursby knows that even in the digital age, people still need help finding things. Using her research skills, Hester runs a side business tracking down the lost. Usually, she’s hired to find long-ago prom dates or to reunite adopted children and birth parents. Her new case is finding the handsome and charismatic Sam Blaine.

Sam has no desire to be found. As a teenager, he fled his small New Hampshire town with his friend, Gabe, after a haunting incident. For a dozen years, Sam and Gabe have traveled the country, reinventing themselves as they move from one mark to another. Sam has learned how trusting wealthy people can be—especially the lonely ones—as he expertly manipulates his way into their lives and homes. In Wendy Richards, the beautiful, fabulously rich daughter of one of Boston’s most influential families, he’s found the perfect way to infiltrate the milieu in which he knows he belongs—a world of Brooks Brothers suits, Nantucket summers, and effortless glamour.

As Hester’s investigation closes in on their brutal truth, the bond between Sam and Gabe is tested and Hester unknowingly jeopardizes her own safety. While Gabe has pinned all his desperate hopes of a normal life on Hester, Sam wants her out of the way for good. And Gabe has always done what Sam asks..

My Review , 4 out of 5 stars

A brilliant story that will have you thinking until the very end. Edwin gave us a story that slowly unraveled on what exactly Hester was going up against? The characters will have you screaming for more. I loved that the story didn’t give you a lot of information on the reason for finding both Gabe and Sam. The story slowly gave you a little more with the postcards from Sam to Lila his sister. They were beautifully thought out on the images and the movie quotes. Loved how Hester solved that mystery. Hester was such a super woman. She might be tiny and have a little girl name Kate under her care and a dog named Waffles, who doesn’t love waffles? But she truly knew how to kick ass. She went into danger even with a little girl, but she fought her way out of it. I felt terrible for Gabe, such a lonely soul that was constantly being used and abused. I wish he had more of a back bone and seen the terrible things he and Sam did were unforgiving. Sam only thought of himself and the power and status he longed for no matter the cost. This book will leave you with chills, fear, and fright on what will happen next? Serial killers come in many forms. The person who you least expect will be that person you should fear the most.  If you are looking for a mystery with hidden secrets, change of identity, and status seeking serial killers, then look no further.

Author Biography

Edwin Hill is the author of the critically-acclaimed Hester Thursby mystery series. His first novel, Little Comfort, was nominated for an Agatha Award for best debut. The second in the series, The Missing Ones, will be available in September of 2019. 

Visit his website for more information. 

(A note from the author on rating other writers: I used to be more critical of writers’ work but these days only rate books that I’ve read and liked, and mostly give fives. Once in a while, I’ll throw in a four to a well-established author whose earlier work was even better than their current work. Anything below a four, I keep to myself.) 

Candace Bushnell Book Signing

Candace and me
Me and Candace Bookcon 2015

I was super excited to meet Candace again. Sex in the City is one of my favorite shows. The first Sex in the City movie is my favorite, I have watched it so many times that I can tell you word for word each thing the characters say. Check out her new release Is There Still Sex In The City.

Goodreads Blurb

Twenty years after her sharp, seminal first book Sex and the City reshaped the landscape of pop culture and dating with its fly on the wall look at the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, the trailblazing Candace Bushnell delivers a new book on the wilds and lows of sex and dating after fifty. 

Set between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a country enclave known as The Village, Is There Still Sex in the City? gathers Bushnell’s signature short, sharp, satirical commentaries on the love and dating habits of middle aged men and women as they continue to navigate the ever-modernizing world of relationships. Throughout, Bushnell documents 21st century dating phenomenon, such as the “Unintended Cub Situation” in which a sensible older woman suddenly becomes the love interest of a much younger man, the “Mona Lisa” Treatment—a vaginal restorative surgery often recommended to middle aged women, and what it’s really like to go on Tinder dates as a fifty something divorcee. Bushnell also updates one of her most celebrated stories from Sex and the City, “The Bicycle Boys,” a breed of New York man who was always trying to bring his bike up to women’s apartments. Once an anomaly, Bushnell charts their new ubiquitousness, in addition to where, and how to do your own man stalking via bicycle (and whether or not it’s worth it).

In Is There Still Sex in The City? Bushnell looks at love and life from all angles—marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all. This is a pull-no-punches social commentary and an indispensable companion to one of the most revolutionary dating books of the twentieth century.

Where Privacy Dies by Priscilla Paton

Goodreads Blurb

An executive’s corpse is discovered in a Minneapolis wetland, and with it the photo of a girl. Is she unconscious or dead? Detective Erik Jansson takes on the investigation and is mismatched with a new partner, the imposing Detective Deb Metzger. They soon learn that the murdered man worked for a reputation management firm that serves wealthy clients. Other employees from the firm have also vanished, but information is withheld from the detectives by a corporate cover-up.

Erik and Deb pursue promising leads about the identity of the photo girl. When these leads take them to a down-and-out family and a Northwoods cabin, they seem to be dead-ends–or are they?

Despite informants who lie, the online targeting of another girl, and threats to their own safety, Erik and Deb delve deeper. The story becomes stranger and more unsavory as intensely private and deadly secrets come to light.

My Review : Rated 3 out of 5 stars

This story had a great plot. I felt like the story was slow. I was hoping to have some action and thrill and it ran short of that. The author is great with details and humor.

Author Biography

Priscilla Paton writes mysteries set in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Priscilla grew up on a dairy farm in Maine. She received a B.A. from Bowdoin College, a Ph.D. in English Literature from Boston College, was a college professor and taught in Kansas, Texas, Florida, Ohio, and Minnesota. She has previously published a children’s book, Howard and the Sitter Surprise, and a book on Robert Frost and Andrew Wyeth, Abandoned New England. She married into the Midwest and lives with her husband in Northfield, Minnesota. When not writing, she participates in community advocacy and literacy programs, takes photos of birds, and contemplates (fictional) murder.