Friday, March 15, 2019

Dear Abby - Dog Songs: "Hey Bulldog" by The Beatles (1969)

Dear Friends,

Hi!  Glad you are back.  I have a great dog song to share with you today.

"Hey Bulldog" was released by The Beatles in 1969.  It was mostly written by John Lennon, although it has the Lennon - McCartney song credit.  This song was written the same time as "Lady Madonna" and it has a similar blues influenced sound with a piano riff.  This song was from the Yellow Submarine Album.

Here's some fun trivia -- the song was originally called "She Can Talk To Me."  It had a line "hey bullfrog" (not "bulldog"!) and Paul McCartney barked at that line.  That's how it became "Hey Bulldog."  The barks that you hear in the song are done by Paul!  John sings lead.

More trivia -- The Beatles completed this song from start to finished recording in 10 hours.  They all participated on the record and their recording engineer Geoff Emerick said it was one of the most collaborative Beatles songs.

The original movie version of Yellow Submarine included this song, although it was later cut out of the American released movie. (Later it was added back in.)

My Momma is a huge Beatles fan and she really likes this song.  I hear a lot of Beatles music at my house, so I think I like it too.  Plus it is a fun song!

Here is a video of The Beatles singing "Hey Bulldog."



Are you a Beatles fan?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Love,

Abby xoxoxo

Book Review - Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain

Book Synopsis
Welcome to Safe Haven, where love—and a second chance—is just around the corner…

Sunny, carefree days splashing in the ocean—it’s the life Anna George has always wanted for her five-year-old twins. And now that they’ve made it to Safe Haven, South Carolina, she won’t let anyone stand in her way. Not the abusive ex she’s just escaped and not the rugged contractor who caught her setting up house in the shuttered beachfront cabins he’s refurbishing. When he offers Anna and her daughters a place to stay in exchange for her help with renovations, she’s tempted. His gentle way with her girls makes her want to trust him, but she’s been wrong before…

A family is the last thing contractor and former military man Sean O’Dwyer wants right now. But when he discovers Anna and her girls, he recognizes kindred spirits. They’re survivors who’ve seen the worst of people, just like he has, and he’ll do anything he can to help them. As he and Anna spend their days bringing the cottages back to life and their nights sharing kisses in the warm bayou breezes, Sean must choose between the life he always wanted and the family he can’t live without.



 

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My Review
Low Country Hero is the first book in Lee Tobin McClain's new Safe Haven series.  It is a southern novel set in the small coastal town of Safe Haven, South Carolina.  Anna George comes to live in Safe Haven with her young twin daughters after escaping her abusive husband.  While she is staying in an empty cottage by the beach she meets contractor Sean O'Dwyer, who has been hired to renovate the cottage and surrounding community.  A slow friendship and romance begins as Anna struggles to escape her past.

I was interested in reading Low Country Hero because of the setting.  I love southern novels, and especially love books set on the coast.  The author captured the Lowcountry coast perfectly - from the warmth of the people to the delicious southern food.  

Anna is a very sympathetic protagonist.  She is a warm, kind person, a devoted mother, and she really works hard to make a new life for herself and her daughters.   Sean is also a very likeable character.  He is working, too, to put his past behind him (his mother was an abused woman and he was raised in foster care).  I found their romance that began as a slow building friendship very realistic.

The novel explores domestic violence, including Anna's story, her new friend who runs a women's shelter in town, and the story of Sean's mother.  I felt this more serious storyline was handled very sensitively and it brought some real depth to what would otherwise have been a light romance.

This is the first of three books and I already look forward to continuing this series.  I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys women's fiction or romance with a more serious theme.  The southern setting is sure to appeal as well!


Author Bio
Lee Tobin McClain read Gone With The Wind in the third grade and has been an incurable romantic ever since. When she’s not writing emotional love stories with happy endings, she’s probably driving around a carload of snarky teen girls, playing with her rescue dog and cat, or teaching aspiring writers in Seton Hill University’s MFA program. She is probably not cleaning her house.

 

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Book Spotlight and Giveaway - Broken Bone China (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs

Book Synopsis
Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out.

As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers.

Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on.

Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO’s soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO’s personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques’ dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancĂ©e of one of Theodosia’s dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?

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Author Bio

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs. 

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

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Website – http://www.laurachilds.com/
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Book Spotlight and Giveaway - The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr


Book Synopsis

A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale

All love stories are ghost stories in disguise. 

When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turned post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh’s remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained glass folly set on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne’s last book, The Lost History of Dreams

However, Ada’s grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle’s story of Ada and Hugh’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights. 

 As the mystery of Ada and Hugh’s relationship unfolds, so does the secret behind Robert’s own marriage—including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since the tragic accident three years ago, and the origins of his own morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn’t—things from beyond the grave. 

Kris Waldherr effortlessly spins a sweeping and atmospheric gothic mystery about love and loss that blurs the line between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death.

 

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Author Bio

Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, and her fiction has been awarded with fellowships by the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and a reading grant by Poets & Writers. 

Kris Waldherr works and lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her husband, the anthropologist-curator Thomas Ross Miller, and their young daughter.

 

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Giveaway

Kris is hosting a The Lost History of Dreams giveaway worth $220! The gift package includes a Campo Marzio pen gift box with calligraphy nibs and ink, a handcrafted Lover's Eye pendant, bookmark and bookplate, and a signed copy of The Lost History of Dreams.

 

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Dear Abby - Dog Songs: Bird Dog by The Everly Brothers (1958)

Dear Friends,

I'm glad you stopped by today!  I have another "dog" song to share with you today.  This song is called "Bird Dog" and it's by The Everly Brothers.  It was a hit on both the country and pop charts in 1958, so it is an oldies song now.   The Everly Brothers were Don and Phil.  They spent most of their growing up years in Iowa and Tennessee.  They were discovered by country music great Chet Atkins, a friend of the family.  They later had great success in the 1950's, touring with Buddy Holly, and into the 1960's.

"Bird Dog" is a song about a boy named Johnny who is a "bird dog," trying to steal the singer's girlfriend away from him.   It was remade later by the Newbeats (1966), glam rockers Mud (1975), and the Bellamy Brothers (1978).

Of course, I have to tell you that although this song isn't ACTUALLY about a dog, I wanted to listen to it because it had "Bird Dog" in the title.  Bird dogs are dogs that hunt game -- pointers, retrievers, and spaniels.

I found an old video of the song in a medley with another Everly Brothers hit called "Till I Kissed You."  I hope you enjoy it!



I would love to hear from you in the comments, below.   I look forward to visiting again next week with you!

Love,

Abby xoxoxo