Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Poor Dateless, Hopeless Gomez

According to Graham Parke’s book titles poor Gomez doesn’t stand a chance!  He’s apparently both Dateless & Hopeless!  Not good combinations!

Graham Parke is author of both No Hope for Gomez & No Date for Gomez.  I received a limited edition signed copy of No Date from the author in exchange for an honest review.  This post is my review of said book!  Don’t worry, just keep reading!  I’m getting to it!  I am VERY EXCITED to announce I also received an extra Limited Edition Signed copy to giveaway here on my blog!  WooHoo for you guys!!!
No Date for Gomez is a short 65 page Novella.  Warning from author: If you breath in too hard, you WILL swallow it!  Here’s a little blurb about the book (copied from authors site)…The events in this novella take place 5 years prior to those described in the international bestseller (fingers crossed): No Hope for Gomez!

“I’ve always worried that we have one particular hair on our heads which, upon removal, causes all other hair to fall out. A Master Hair of sorts.
     It’s probably nonsense. It’s highly unlikely. Nevertheless, I comb very carefully.”
-- Gomez Porter, Blogspot.
[5 years and 2 days ago from blogfox] 

Gomez’ attempts to secure a date with the new girl in his building are nothing if not unorthodox and alarmingly awkward. But, as fortune would have it, this is not your typical girl next door. This strange creature hides a dark secret, one in which Gomez may well find himself caught up. 
Now finally my review of No Date for Gomez!  This is not your run of the mill author and or book!  The book may be short, but it’s not lacking entertainment!  The book takes you through Gomez’s past with females, up to current day where Gomez finds interest in a certain female living in his building.  I found that poor Gomez doesn’t have any hope!  So, the title of Graham’s other book No Hope for Gomez must be true!  I often wanted to reach in the book & smack Gomez upside the head!  At the same time you can’t help but love him!  Will he finally get a date!?  You’ll have to read the book to find out!  Overall I loved this short little novella!  The characters were likeable & I found myself constantly laughing!  The wit & humor in it was excellent!  I must say if you’re looking for a quick (literally), entertaining read that will make you laugh out loud then you must read No Date for Gomez!  I can honestly say…I can’t wait to read No Hope for Gomez!

As I said above…the author was nice enough to send me an extra Limited Edition Signed Copy to giveaway here on my blog!  I will be posting the giveaway soon!  So, be sure to keep your eyes peeled!  In the meantime if you just can’t wait you can jump on over to Graham Parke’s Forum & enter the giveaway for the same book there!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Any Hope For Gomez?

Is there any hope for Gomez!?  According to the title of Graham Parke's book No Hope For Gomez, apparently not!  If you read my last post (which you better have) you will know Gomez is on my Wish List!  Parke's is an author I recently discovered on Goodreads.  The book title quickly caught my eye & has been on my Wish List ever since!  It's getting great reviews & sounds like an uproarious read!  It's probably safe to say he's not, by all means, your run of the mill author!  Here's a blurb about No Hope For Gomez which you can also read on Parke's website!

It's the age-old tale:

   Boy meets girl.
   Boy stalks girl.
   Girl already has a stalker.
   Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.

We've seen it all before, many times, but this time it's different. If only slightly. 

    When Gomez Porter becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial, he is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a blog. What Gomez isn't ready for, is so many of his experiences suddenly seeming strange; the antiques dealer trying to buy his old tax papers, the phone-sex salesman who hounds him day and night, the super sexy research assistant who falls for him but is unable to express herself in terms outside the realm of science. 

   But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure who he can trust and which of his experiences are real and which merely drug induced delusions, he decides it's time to go underground and work out a devious plan. 

   Now, years later, his blogs have been recovered from a defunct server. For the first time we can find out firsthand what happened to Gomez as he takes us on a wild ride of discovery. 

    Oh yeah, and there's also a nurse with big boobs!

Oh, & did I mention he's doing a giveaway for a copy of this book on his website!?  I've entered & am crossing my fingers & toes to win a copy!  Have you!?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

My Never Ending Wish List

Just like my TBR list my wish list seems never ending!  I am constantly adding new books that I wish I had!  The bad part is…I don’t seem to choose books by the most popular authors, nor the newest/newer released books.  The books (though not all) that seem to attract me most are older books & what I refer to as “forgotten authors”.  Forgotten authors to me can be defined as authors of only a few, couple or even one published book.  Though they could have been popular at one time they unfortunately are not so today.  Don’t get me wrong!  There still are some popular authors & new releases that catch my eye & make it on my wish list.  Here are a few books that I Wish I May, I Wish I Might, Have This Book Off My Wish List Tonight…

No Hope For Gomez by Graham Parke Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show by Frank Delaney Just Kids by Patti Smith The Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz
The Marrowbone Company by M. Glenn Taylor Itchy Donner by Doug Lambeth The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews The Last River Child by Lori Ann Bloomfield

Friday, April 9, 2010

Honest Scrap Award

I received this Honest Scrap award a little wile back from Whitney at her She Is Too Found Of Books blog.  If you have a second swing by & check out her blog!  I always enjoy reading her posts!  Honest! ; )

Now for the fine print...
For the Honest Scrap Award I need to list ten facts about myself and pass this on to ten other bloggers,
Ten Honest Things:
  1. Mom of 3 boys.
  2. I'm a full blown Book-a-holic!
  3. I love music as much as I love books!
  4. I despise shopping for anything other than books!  I can spend hrs. in a single bookstore!
  5. I prefer older movies to new ones.  Ranging from the 1980's & back.
  6. Since I was old enough I always wrote a lot.  After having my sons I of course stopped due to time.  I'm now trying to motivate myself to get back into it.
  7. I love photography & am always snapping random photos of thing that my hubby says "why are you taking a picture of that"!? lol
  8. I love antiques & vintage items.
  9. I love pigs & have a collection of various pig things.  I blame my love of pigs on my best friend (whom I met in the 5th grade & have been best friends with ever since).  It's all her fault!
  10. We have 2 dogs, both of which are Chocolate Labs.  The oldest (bless her heart) is 12 yrs old.
Now I will pass this award on to...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Prolific Blogger Award!

I am very excited & of course honored to have received this lovely Prolific Blogger Award from Sherrie at her blog Sherries Books!  If you haven't check out Sherries Books you should swing by!  It's a cute & fun blog to visit!  And I'm not just saying that because she gave me an award either! 

Alright, now on with the details!  From the description: 'A Prolific Blogger is one who is intellectually productive… keeping up an active blog that is filled with enjoyable content.'

1. Every winner of the Prolific Blogger Award has to pass on this award to at least seven other deserving prolific bloggers. Spread some love!

2. Each Prolific Blogger must link to the blog from which he/she has received the award.

3. Every Prolific Blogger must link back to this post, which explains the origins and motivation for the award.

4. Every Prolific Blogger must visit this post and add his/her name in the Mr. Linky, so that we all can get to know the other winners. (Click here for the Mr. Linky page.)

I will be passing this Prolific Blogger Award on to...
~Emidy at Une Parole
~Kris at The Cajun Book Lady
~Bridget at Readaholic

Monday, April 5, 2010

My Greatly Deprived TBR Shelf

I've been feeling so guilty about my very greatly deprived TBR shelf.  If you check out my blog fairly regularly you will have noticed I've been reading Gus the Great by Thomas W. Duncan for...Well, for what seems like forever now!  Therefor depriving all the books screaming to me wanting to be read!  

I don't want to give the wrong impression of Gus the Great.  It has been a good read so far.  Part of the problem I know, is I can't seem to stay awake long enough to read more than a few pages at a time!  I typically do my reading at night (in case you didn't figure that out).  Aside from that, the book has been kind of a slow read for me.  Most books I fly through.  This is not one of them.  I'm not sure why that is, as most books that I seem to drag through are ones I don't really care for.  Like I said before...This one I am enjoying.

Until the day in the far distant future (O.k. well, maybe not...O.k. hopefully not far too distant) here are the poor, deprived, neglected books just sitting there, waiting TO BE READ!

This is just naming a few & not mentioning the ones I'm awaiting to arrive in the mail!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

Hosted by Crazy For Books this is a great, fun way to discover new book blogs!  Just hop on over, sign up & then visit some of the others on the list.  Easy as pie!  Don't forget when visiting another book blog from the hop to mention you found them by hopping! 

Here's a couple hopping blogs I discovered last week!  
In the Hammock 
Zoe Reads 

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Yo Tweeps!

Follow mybookbarn on Twitter

 This is all about following and meeting some new twitter friends.  It'll be fast, easy and in your face.  Hosted on Supah Mommy's blog!  Swing by her blog to get all the details!  Great fun way to gain Twitter followers & meet new friends!  Who knows!?  You may even stumble across a few new blogs to follow as well!