Books & Flicks: Carol O’Connell and Amy Plum

Posted by on April 10, 2012


First, let me say I mentioned all of these books last week here except the one I am currently reading: DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum.

In my effort to read some of the authors my agent, Stacey Glick, represents, I stumbled across this writer.

Anyway, I came across Amy Plum and was entranced by her eye-catching blog, which is a lot like her amazing cover to her book. I can honestly say this cover is one of my favorite covers ever. I just love every single thing about it — the color, the Paris skyline, the black scroll, the girl’s dress!!!

But, alas, you can’t judge a book by its cover. Luckily, the writing is great and the story is enthralling. So far,  (I’m about one-fith of the way in, it is  about an American teenager who moves to Paris to live with her grandparents after her parents are killed in a car crash. She is dealing with this earth-shattering loss when she meets a captivating teenage boy who is not quite what he seems in a really, sexy, dangerous way. I can’t wait to read more. Paris. Young love. Bad boys. Otherworldly qualities. Bring it on!

As a matter of fact, as soon as I finish this post, I’m tucking myself into bed with a glass of pinot noir and this beautiful little book. Yay me!

And sadly, that is just a postcard for Adriana Trigiani’s new book, THE SHOEMAKER’S WIFE. I’m going to pick that book up this weekend. I adore Trigiani. What’s not to love about a woman who writes like a rock star and then calls my bookclub for fun. When I picked up the phone, she said, “Hey, baby, what’s happening?”

Oh, Carol O’Connell how I admire you. A member of my writing group, Mickie, first told me about O’Connell’s Mallory character and I’ve been hooked ever since. I can’t stop reading books about Mallory who is a loveable sociopath. This one exceeded my expectations with Mallory and the murder mystery. The story of the murder mystery was very compelling partly because it was (SPOILeR) tied to a crime committed years before by children.


Secondhand Lions — I’d like to give a shout out to my Minnesota friend Val (versus my Vancouver friend Val) for this movie recommendation. I got it for family movie night and honestly cried a few times throughout and basically sat and sobbed at the end while my children looked at me like I was a crazy woman.

I just kept looking at them and saying, “This is just SUCH a good movie. It’s so good.”

Well, the six-year-old and the eight-year-old were less impressed. I suspect they might be a little young to appreciate the finer points of such a beautiful story. But who cares? I loved it. I’ve watched enough Disney movies over the past eight years that I can have at least one family movie night just for me.

(I am however, interested in any other family movie night recommendations! This is a weekly thing, folks, and like coming up with something new to blog everyday, can be a bit challenging. ; )

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