Grab some popcorn, pull up a chair, and enjoy Hot Sinatra and Poppy the Proud.
FOR THE ADULTS
Hot Sinatra by Axel Howerton is getting some rave reviews, as well it should. It features a lead character in Moss Cole that is someone we can both root for and worry about. Surrounding Moss is a unique and often hilarious, rag-tag group of characters who help bring this quirky, noir detective story to life. Whether you’re a fan of the old Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett novels, or the slightly newer Mickey Spillane or Robert B. Parker novels, you’re sure to love Hot Sinatra.
Moss Cole is a private detective, the kind you thought only existed in old movies and afternoon reruns. He’s smart, talented, sometimes even charming. You’d think he could find a better gig than carrying on his grandfather’s legacy as a ‘Private Dick.’
Cole is out of money, out of ideas, and out of his league. That’s why he’s stuck looking for a stolen Sinatra record… a record that may be just a figment of an old man’s imagination.
Of course, if that were true, Moss wouldn’t have so many people busting down his door.
A vivacious redhead, a foul-mouthed Irish rock star, and a whip-smart little girl only complicate the job, when all Cole wants is a good cup of coffee and some Hot Sinatra.
If only he can stay alive—and in one piece—long enough to find it.
You can get your copy of Hot Sinatra at these fine retailers: Amazon US, Apple iTunes-Books, Barnes and Noble, BookieJar, Diesel, Kobo, Smashwords, Sony, Amazon CA, Amazon UK
FOR THE KIDS (AND THEIR PARENTS, OF COURSE)
Poppy the Proud by Emlyn Chand has been a favorite among parents, when speaking of books from the Bird Brain Books series. It’s a new twist on an old, but always important, lesson: we mustn’t judge others solely on the basis of what we see on the outside. What lies inside each of us is the truly important thing, a lesson every child must learn. Poppy the Proud gives kids as young as 3 and as old as 8 that opportunity in a fun and visually appealing way, featuring wonderful color images by artist Sarah Shaw.
Poppy is the prettiest peacock in the entire garden, but one day his privileged existence is upset when an all-white peacock is born and promptly named the most beautiful by a smitten flock. Intensely jealous, Poppy no longer knows where he fits in and decides to reclaim his title as the fairest bird in all the land, no matter what it takes.
In a desperate attempt to regain the admiration of his peers, Poppy steals items from the humans that visit his park. He wraps himself in a beautiful silk scarf, wears a series of ornate bangles around his neck, and even tries to dye his feathers with colored dust from a festive Holi celebration. Unfortunately, each of these attempts not only fails to improve his appearance, they actually make it worse. What’s a poor bird to do?
In this compelling tale of self-esteem, pride, and learning what makes each of us special, Poppy the peacock discovers that true beauty lies beneath the feathers.
We hope you and yours enjoy this week’s double feature, and we thank you.