Friday Pimping…

The picture has nothing to do with the book I’m pimping today, but I love it. There’s just something about the sepia tone and overall mood of it that struck me. 🙂

The book I’m pimping today isn’t a m/m book at all. It’s a mystery called THE DAUGHTER OF TIME by Josephine Tey. I read it this week and throughly enjoyed it.

Here’s the blurb:

Josephine Tey is often referred to as the mystery writer for people who don’t like mysteries. Her skills at character development and mood setting, and her tendency to focus on themes not usually touched upon by mystery writers, have earned her a vast and appreciative audience. In Daughter of Time, Tey focuses on the legend of Richard III, the evil hunchback of British history accused of murdering his young nephews. While at a London hospital recuperating from a fall, Inspector Alan Grant becomes fascinated by a portrait of King Richard. A student of human faces, Grant cannot believe that the man in the picture would kill his own nephews. With an American researcher’s help, Grant delves into his country’s history to discover just what kind of man Richard Plantagenet was and who really killed the little princes.

It was fascinating for me to read. I’ve heard both sides of the argument about Richard III and it’s an intriguing debate. After reading the story, I can why it spawned an entire society dedicated to clearing Richard’s name.

I’m in a historical mystery mood (though that one wasn’t technically a historical mystery. It was written in the 1950s, so it has that feel to it.) I finished another this week that takes place in the early months of the Prince Regent’s reign. 🙂

Do you have any recommendations? (It can be for any type of book…any genre. I’m not picky)

Also, I have a general question. I’m tossing around the idea of getting my poems together into a book. Now I would probably end having to self-publish it. Simply because I don’t know many publishers who do poetry books. Who would be interested in a book like that from me? (I promise not to hold you to it if you say you would be interested. 😉 )

Hope everyone has a good Friday.

10 Responses “Friday Pimping…”

  1. Ann says:

    Hi TA- there are several publishers that do collections of poetry, but either way count me in, I’d love a copy.
    If you liked The Daughter of Time, another good one by Josephine Tey is Brat Farrar.

  2. DR says:

    Hi TA, I do enjoy some of your poems and I have thought for awhile that you should put together a collection.
    As for recommendations, I tend to be all over the board – Louis L’amour for westerns, David Eddings earlier releases for sci fantasy, Leon Uris’ Mila 18 has always been a favorite, Jonathan Kellerman, M.C Beaton’s Hamish mysteries and a new favorite Naomi Novik.

  3. critinkerbelle says:

    I’ll take a copy of poetry please!

    I’ve been on a non-fiction kick lately so here are my recs:

    -The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs. I really really enjoyed this quirky memoir. It’s the story of an agnostic (Jacobs) who followed all the Bible rules literally (except some legally questionable ones), even the rules having to do with kooky things like eating crickets. He also talks about his travels and meeting up with real life Biblical literalists. All in all I found this a really fun, at times wacky, read.

    -Darfur: A Short History of a Long War by Julie Flint and Alex de Waal. I’ve read numerous accounts of this crisis (if you want to read up further I’d highly recommend Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide, Revised and Updated Edition by Gerard Prunier or The Devil Came on Horseback by Brian Steidle for an eye-witness account) but this one remains, in my mind, the most informative for the history of the region leading up to the genocide. A new edition will be out in April in which they talk about the current situation and international reaction since the book was first written in 2005.

  4. Gina, Book Dragon says:

    Print another copy for me!

    Raymond E Feist has written a series of trilogies (23 books so far). I’d start with Magician. Fantasy, some of it on the dark side. All of it good.

    I am currently reading Soldier’s Choice by D.L. Warner (again) and crossing my fingers that she finishes Soldier’s Fate soon.

    I’m also reading Nora Robert’s Blood Brothers. Dark paranormal, I read something else between this one and bedtime 🙂 This is the first in a trilogy & I’m hoping they’re published close together.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I would love your poetry book. So count me in especially if you include the short scenes you write as well. Dancing comes to mind.
    Carol H.

  6. dawn says:

    a poetry book would be cool

    i highly recommend heroes and ghosts by s.a payne
    covenants by lorna freeman
    turning point by lisanne norman

  7. Melissa says:

    I’ve though all along you should put your poems into a collection. So count me in. 🙂

    Books to pimp: From Stonehenge to Samarkand: An Anthology of Archaeological Travel Writing by Brian Fagan. He explores the early forays into archaeology, like Lady Stanhope’s visit to Palmyra and Persepolis, Bingham’s exploration of Macchu Picchu as well as Napoleon’s army in Egypt. Also check out A Peace To End All Peace by David Fromkin which talks about the end of World War I and the creation of the modern Middle East. And finally Lines of Fire: Women Writers of World War I edited by Margaret Higonnet. It is an amazing read about the various homefronts and combat zones as experienced by women who were eyewitnesses and victims. They spare nothing, writing about rape, starvation, and death as well as sharing their own thoughts about the politics of the time.

    Have a great weekend!

  8. T.A.Chase says: that’s four. 🙂

    Actually Yvonne, I was thinking of calling the book, “I’m Not You: Poems about Love, Life and Loss” So I’m Not You would definitely be in there.

    I might add some of the short scenes I’ve written as well.

  9. Sylvie says:

    Hi T.A.,

    I would be interrested in any of your books. I love your poems even when they are dark… You have a way of making me care for the people you write about even with a few lines.
    By the way I liked very much the longer version of The Vanguard. It was worth every cents spent on it.

    Have a great day.

  10. Yvonne says:

    Good Morning- need you ask???? Even though I am not totally into poetry, what you write moves me. I smile, I cry, I think. BUT it will have to contain ‘I’m not you’. I love that poem and carry it around with me. When the turkeys are getting on my last nerve, I pull it out to center myself- to get my perspective back.

    I would need to preorder 3 copies please. One for me and the others as gifts.

    Have a great weekend.

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