Monday, December 27, 2010

the last Tuesday Teaser...of winter break that is...

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading
It's time for us to tease each other unmercifully with snippets of books we're reading.
Only this time I'm going to use one book I'm reading and a few books I just received.

Nocturne by Syrie James
from page 41

' Nicole stood frozen for a moment, staring after him in dismay. I prefer to dine alone. Stay out of my study. How rude could you get? What did he think she was going to do, steal a book and run off with it into the snow? '

Black Dust Mambo by Adrian Phoenix
from page 48

' Kallie's skin goosebumped.
"Or what?" he asked.
Five-Mississippi. Six...Aw, to hell with it.
"Or this." Kallie hammered a hard-knuckled fist into Augustine's jaw. '

A Christmas Present from a friend...Pahazade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood - an escaped prisoner, a murder and a nine year old niece.... I just received it, and haven't been able to read it yet, so I'm using something from the first page:

' It was that kind of house.
Old, historic, near-derelict in places.'

A gift from my "Mom" (my dad's lady love, my granddaughter calls her my mom, Love it - she's black, I'm a juera {white spanish}, but the granddaughter only sees that she's with my dad, so that makes her my mom...even if I have gray hair. oh yeah, and another mom. I love the simple way children view the world. LOL)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.
' I am what they call in my village "one who has not yet died"-a widow, eighty years old. Without my husband, the days are long. I no longer care for the special foods that Peony and the others prepare for me. I no longer look forward to the happy events that settle under our roof so easily. Only the past interests me now. After all this time, I can finally say the things I couldn't when I had to depend on my natal family to raise me or relay on my husband's family to feed me. I have a whole life to tell; I have nothing left to lose and few to offend. '
Lisa See wrote Peony in Love - the book that was making the rounds in blogs a while ago. I never read it, and seeing the name Peony in this book makes me wonder if there are some of the same characters in both books.

Well, it's been a cold wintery day here, though less cold than the past few weeks - but cold enough to bother my neck and bones...Brrrr! :) I'm going to go to bed now and cuddle with my granddaughter who is spending the night with us. She does keep me warm when she stays over. Her on one side, my dog on the other - what else could I want?
:) Life is good, even when the bones :)


  1. "steal a book and run off with it into the snow"--that teaser made me laugh! :)

  2. Nocturne sounds interesting! I'll have to check it out and loved loved Snow Flower!
    Nice teasers,

  3. Wonderful teasers! Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a lovely book. My TT:

  4. Excellent selection there, stay warm.

    Mine is

    Sending you some warmth from Tropical North Queensland.

  5. Wow - those are all great teasers - I have to admit that the ones for Nocturne and Black Dust Mambo are particularly interesting. :)

    Here's my Teaser! ~ Wendi