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The Festival in Town

What a Weekend!  It was Fall Foliage Weekend in our town and what a weekend it was.  There were so many “leaf peeper” and people from outside our town and state!  The craft fair portion was interesting (even with me being a contributor). I did not get a chance to get up and watch any of the competitions, but I heard from others - they were good.  I love the looks on people’s faces when they see various things. I must say with all humility - that I enjoyed the positive comments thrown my way.

 

A few takeaways from the weekend:

Maple Candy is wicked awesome!  

Watching people work on a hand lathe forming furniture was fascinating.

The book sale at the library and the historical society were quite well attended and I saw lots of books going home with people.  One of my favorite sights was a baby stroller filled with books while the baby was being carried!

When people say, “Are you sure?” after you give them a price, they are expecting a discount - JUST FOR THEM.  

There are people who do not understand that the foliage in the fall is all around us, not just in specific places for photo ops.

Yes, I make the crafts I sell, honestly.  There is no craft fairy who leaves completed pieces behind. Garden Whimsies (see picture attached) 

 

I have to admit, the people watching was much more interesting than any book I could ever read!  I loved watching their mannerisms, their laughter and joy, and the love of the day. The number of dogs brought to the festival surprised me tremendously, mostly for the lack of barking and noise.  This afternoon when the sun was out with the blue sky and the parade of bands and floats and firetrucks was a perfect day.

 

Books read this week

Single in Sitka by Katy Regnery

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Vendetta in Death by JD Robb

 

Fall Foliage

I did read some great books this week AND I might be almost caught up with my TBR list - NOT. Okay, so it is getting longer!  Red Sox Baseball has ended for the season and I had all these plans for reading madly all these books. Yup - That didn’t happen.  Instead I have spent a lot of time getting ready for our Fall Foliage Festival here in my small town. It is next weekend and then I can really take a deep breath.  

According to the Visit NH website, we will be at peak foliage in the next week or so.  Right now there are some beautiful spots with some bright trees in their fall glory mixed with all the greens of summer.  The dichotomy between the colors and the greens always amaze me. How can two trees, the same species near each other change so differently?  The glory of the colors of nature is something to see. I saw lots of out of state cars in town today on their way to “leaf peep”.  

I did have some time to read!  

  • A great Middle School read called The Tornado by Jake Burt was excellent and will probably show up on some of my student’s reading lists. The lesson of how to deal with bullies without being overbearing was well done!   

  • Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker was a great cosy mystery about Everly with her Iced Tea shop in the town of Charm, North Carolina. She seems to have a penchant for finding and investigating murders.  The fact the murderer keeps threatening her is not a major stopping point for her. Her love interest is the local detective, who does have to keep her safe and investigate the murder.  

  • The Shape of the Night by Tess Gerritsen was a wonderfully creepy mystery with lots of interesting small town characters and lots of unexplained happenings.  

  • Last and not least was Single in Sitka by Katy Regnery, a wonderful romance with lots of charm, but since it comes out on Tuesday - you will have to wait for that review!

Once again, Elise Cooper has a fabulous interview with Kyle Mills and the new Vince Flynn’s Lethal Agent by Kyle Mills.  This book is right up some of your alleys with bioterrorism, a presidential election and lots of twists and turns to keep you in your seat!

G’mar Hatima Tova for my friends who celebrate  Yom Kippur. Happy Harvest Days and Fall Foliage for people in New England.  

 

Wishing you a week of good reading!

Books read this week.

The Tornado by Jake Burt

Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker

The Shape of the Night by Tess Gerritsen

Single in Sitka by Katy Regnery

 

Obstacles to reading

I love to read.  I know that is not a surprise to most of you.  There are times where I feel like life conspires to prevent me from reading.  Ordinary things like dishes, vacuuming, laundry interfere with reading, never mind grocery shopping, cooking and even work.  I sometimes wish there was an 8th day each week to devote toward a passion, like reading for me.

Recently I read that it is important to always include things that are important to you; things you feel passionate about.  Life can become more satisfying and people become happier, when there is time that you can devote to something that makes you feel passionate. It is important to find time everyday, even if you stay up later or start your day earlier.  

This is not a new or novel thought of me, but something I ran across on Lifehacks. I also found another article about three Stamford Researchers who have shown in research that following your passion may make people less successful.  Furthermore, people who follow their passion sometimes think that it will make life easier, when in reality it is not necessarily accurate.

I love my job and I don’t intend to give it up.  I am realistic that my blog might be my passion, but it is not how I am going to earn a living.  Although I do get lots of free books, which makes me very happy, it is not going to pay the rent or feed the fur babies. I might secretly desire not getting up in the morning, but I wake up early even on weekends.  I may stay up late reading, but know I will pay for it in the morning. SIGH

So it sounds like we need an 8th day of the week, so I can read.  I am just not sure where to order one from or who to ask. Perhaps one of you knows?  

Meanwhile, Elise Cooper has sent in another great interview. This week she interviewed Lynn H Blackburn about her new book One Final Breath.  What an interesting sounding book!

I was in a historical reading romance binge and many were about the Christmas season.  What great books will be available!

 

Books Read This Week

The Merry Viscount by Sally MacKenzie

London’s Late Night Scandal by Annabelle Bryant

Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes

Seduction on a Snowy Night by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, and Mary Jo Putney  

Cowboy Christmas Redemption by Maisey Yates

Primal Howl by Piper Davenport

 

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The Highland Games

The Highland Games Weekend is always a fun time.  The long weekend is spent further north in New Hampshire at Loon Mountain (a ski resort).  Once a year, the hills become alive with the sounds of bagpipes. There are hundreds of pipers and drummers.  There are dancers and drum majors as well. Watching all the musicians together is one of the more special times.  

Being gone for so many days and spending time with people I love does cut into my reading time. There was time to talk and laugh, share stories and catching up, but not so much time for reading.  At the games, there were so many things to see, all the competitors, and the people. The people watching was prime! I ran into friends from high school, spoke with ‘The Buchanan’ (the laird of the Buchanan clan), watched various pipers and drum majors.  This afternoon, I watched both the amateur and professional athletes. And YES, they do wear something under their kilts. Reading was put on the backburner for sure.

Elise Cooper interviewed Sean Parnell about his newest book, All Out War.  The book sounds like it is a thriller that keeps you guessing. I have lots of reading to do to catch up from my time away.  Until next week.  

 

Books Read This week:

Wrapped Up in You by Jill Shalvis

Say It Again by Catherine Bybee

Seduction on a Snowy Night by Mary Jo Putney, Madeline Hunter and Sabrina Jefferies

 

Time of the Sunflowers

Today is a beautiful day in New England with sunny skies a tremendous color of blue.  Fair temperatures with late summer flowers blooming and the sounds of cicadas. There are butterflies and grasshoppers entertaining the cats outside with limited success (like none).  It is a fabulous day.  

However, I am feeling like I am mourning a dear friend. Dorothea Benton Frank died recently.  One of my favorite authors with her yearly lowland books. She wrote about living life fully. Her books made me fall in love with the long summer days as she wrote about them.  I found her books around 2010 and have enjoyed her writing style. Luckily, I realized I have not read all of them, so I can still look forward to reading her novels, but knowing that there are no more to come is saddening.  I guess it is a reality that I need to face, authors grow older just as we do.  

This week was an interesting one for reading.  The psychological thriller of 29 seconds held me in its grasp.  I felt such anxiety reading this novel and found my emotions all over the place with the novel.  I actually stopped reading the book at one point and read a romance before going back and finishing the novel.  Another exceptional read was This Tender Land. An epic journey both physically and mentally by four children in a canoe looking for home and love.  The book really highlights the hordes of homeless during the Depression and the conditions of depravation without harping on it. Odie, the narrator, while unreliable at his young age makes the story even more heartwarming.   I also read two historical romances that were excellent. Anna Bradley and Mary Balogh are good writers whose characters are interesting and rarely simpering.   

Next weekend, I will be at the New Hampshire Highland Games at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH.  There will be loads of men in kilts with bagpipes and then the strong men throwing cabers. (Yes, I realize I am totally sexist about this and I am not even slightly ashamed.) My blog will be up, but it might be later than usual.  

I wish you the joy of the fall with crisp mornings and warm days.  Leaves are changing, fall vegetables are coming in, sunflowers are blooming and the hours of sunlight are even more precious.  

Until next week, my friends.

 

Elise Cooper interviewed John Marrs and his newest book, the Passengers

Books read this week: 

29 Seconds by T M Logan

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

To Wed with a Wild Scot by Anna Bradley

 

Fresh Vegetables and Labor Day

This long weekend, is dedicated to the people who work.  Labor Day is “a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people”. For me, it is the demarcation between summer and fall.  The growing season is short here, but the lovely winter squashes are soon to be available. I love buying food at the local farmer’s market (Warner Area Farmer’s Market) and at a local farmstand (Musterfield Farm).  The picture is this week’s haul. I have been so grateful for the fresh food knowing that the time for this is limited. I am really grateful for all the farmers and recognize how hard they work.  

This week was the first week with students, so finding time for reading has been difficult.  I did find time for some romance novels. I also have to admit I am even late writing the blog today, because I wanted to finish a wonderful mystery called The Long Call by Ann Cleeves.  The book slowly built up to the conclusion and the characters were so well drawn that I really needed to finish it, before starting on this. BUT I got interrupted, so you will have to wait for next week for the review.  The Long Call by Ann Cleeves comes out on Tuesday. 

The days are getting shorter and cooler and life continues to move on, ever so much more quickly than when I was younger.  I used to think summer was soooooo long and know I think: What it’s done? Are you sure? LOL It is amazing how long a minute can be, but how short a month can be.

Elise Cooper has a great interview with one of our favorite authors, Linda Castillo.  The interview covers her newest book, Shamed. It is a great interview and the book was awesome. (Yes, I have already read it) Enjoy.

I hope that you enjoy your laborless day and those of you in the path of Dorian stay safe.  Thank you for reading!!!

 

Books read this month:

Once a Spy by Mary Jo Putney

Total Control by Laura Griffin
How to Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford

The Marquis She Has Been Waiting For by Ella Quinn

 

Currently Reading 

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

 

A LOT of work

Running a book blog is a lot of work.  More than I had ever anticipated! It is the amount of time I spend managing the account, that I did not expect. I spend at least three or four hours getting information up on the pages, which I expected, but what I did not plan on was the amount of time on other tasks.  

Finding new books or keeping up with authors I like and read was a task that I didn’t expect being a time eater.  I was surprised at how long I can spend checking out books to read. It sometimes eats hours of time! I mean hours.  It is like a vortex or a black hole. Fictfact was a huge help, but it is no longer a working site. Goodreads used to be a useful site as well, but lately they have changed their set up, so I am not always aware of what is newly published vs what is coming out in a different edition. I am now more cognizant of that, but in the beginning of the change, it was a problem.  Net Galley is always helpful, because the books on that site are supposedly new and to be published. At least Amazon stops me from buying a book I already own. 

The other task that I was not expecting (but should have) is the hours it takes to check, double check and organize the lists of books.  I have a list (sometimes growing) of when the books need to be read. I often need to check and recheck the dates. Another unexpected part is that the time I spend making sure the books are loaded on the kindle and in the correct organizational section, so I can find them when I have time to read. The additional time was not expected.

Despite all the time spent but not expected, the book blog is a dream come true. I am grateful to all of you for reading and checking in!  I have been offered preview novels to share with my readers, but I am not sure I am ready for that step as of yet. (Yup - still more hours!) I have loved having Elise join the blog. Her interviews and reviews are awesome!  If any of you readers want to send in a review, I would love to include it.

Interview this week by Elise Cooper: Old Bones by Doug Preston and Lincoln Child 

Books read this week:

Build by Gillian Archer

Fast by Gillian Archer

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

Currently reading:  Someone to Honor by Mary Balough

 

Back to School

The first week back to work is always sooo busy.  There never seems to be enough time to get everything done and planned before the students come.   I have a rough idea of the first lessons, but I haven’t really had a chance to plan it out as much as I would like.  The real problem is the amount of time it cuts into my reading. Such is the problem with having to work… 

I shouldn’t complain as today my co-contributor is packed and moving a distance away to a new home.  I do not envy her the work they have put it and the work to come! Good luck Elise. What kills me is she still found time to send in an interview with Joshilyn Jackson about her new book, Never Have I Ever.  Please read the interview - the book sounds wonderfully creepy.  

One of my favorite historical writers, Ashley York is madly working on her newest novel, Daughter of the Overking. This series of novels called The Warrior Kings are about the 11th century in Ireland and the struggle to live day by day while weaving in love stories that make you wait in the mist for your own warrior to come.  Meanwhile her first book in the series Curse of the Healer by Ashley York is on sale this week for 99 cents. It is a great read.

I have managed to read three romances this week, Iron Will, Never Have I Ever With a Duke and Wrapped in Ink.  I am presently working on another one, How to Cross a Marquess. Each a love story, but so different, one with the ton and not wanting to marry, one with a murder mystery, and one with a life long illness, Lupus, falling in love but not expecting anyone to stay with someone like her.  All three were lovely reads, short and hot. Just what I needed when I have been so busy.  

I love the coolness that has been around this weekend.  The days have been bright and sunny, but just a bit cooler than what has been.  I know this will change so I am loving what is ... right now! 

As always, thank you for reading.  Please check out the reviews and interviews. Leave notes or send a message!  Thanks to all of you as my numbers continue to climb!  

 

Books read this week:

Iron Will by PJ Daniels (No review up yet.)

Never Have I Ever With a Duke by Darcy Burke

Wrapped in Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

 

Around the Globe

Sometimes it takes a small sliver of glass in your foot for you to realize how much you could’ve, would’ve or should’ve been doing.  Today was one such day. I have so much to do and I have used the day as a lazy away day. The last day of true vacation, while tomorrow starts again in the real world.  The past couple of weeks, I have put up a picture of beauty daily on Facebook to remind me of each day and the good in it. I have enjoyed having pictures that show where I have been or what I have done each day. It has allowed me time to reflect on the warmth and sunshine before winter comes.   

This week (as last week), I was a reading fool!  I loved being up late at night reading to only get up the next morning to read more.  I have read so many different types of romance and thriller novels. I have gone to so many places from an island in Maine with The Missing Ones to the Alps in France with The Lake of Learning.  I have danced in balls, ridden motorcycles and been protected with dangerous men. I have laughed and loved with Mo, Lock, Bridger, and Rookie. I have seen more of WWII with all the people who worked to keep people safe. I have helped solve mysteries and been surprised by how some of the mysteries ended.  Perhaps hanging at the lake nearby was not a vacation by many people’s standards, but it allowed me to go places. And I got ice cream!

 

Books read this week:

The Lake of Learning by Steve Berry and MJ Rose

Lock and Key by Cat Porter

Quiet Man by Kristen Ashley

The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill

A Hand for the Duke by Meredith Bond

 

At The Lake

What a lovely long weekend!  I got to spend quality time with some people I love!  We spent time at my favorite lake and let me tell you - it was not a breeze like the weatherman said.  It was a gale force wind that sent us running for blankets and towels to wrap up in! And that was when the sun was out!  However, over at the campground there was less of a breeze, so we spent time there. Even the most intrepid of us did not want to get wet.  It was too cold even for him. I loved spending time hanging around with them. Throw in ice cream and fried haddock and I am a gonner.

As I get older I have noticed that I might be getting kind of set in my way at times. (Anne - don’t laugh that hard.)  I found myself trying not to cringe at the way people were treating their paperback novels with dog earred pages and putting them down on the damp sand.  Never mind the seriously creased spines and the rolled back pages. Even now thinking about it gives me the shivers. Perhaps, it is because I read so many library books and they need to stay in great shape.  Anyway - I survived the calmanity without needing oxygen.

Elise Cooper has sent in both a book review (Iris Johansen’s new book Smoke Screen) and an author interview with Maisey Yates.  Both the books Maisey speaks about I have read and reviewed. The interview explains the characters and where the series are going.  Another Great Interview!

Tomorrow is supposed to be hot and sunny, but alas, I must work.  Such is the way it goes. My sister complained how hot she has been, so we have blamed her for the cooler temperatures this weekend.  It is a slightly easier explanation about why I am wearing my slippers in August. Now she is gone, maybe it will be warmer. I wish you all a wonderful week with lots of reading and laughter!



Book read this week:

Claws of Action by Linda Reilly

First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center.  

Just His Luck by BJ Daniels 

A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean 

Hyacinth by Chris Keniston

Devlin by Barbara Freethy 

Jason by Julia London

 

A New Job for Me - Fact Checker

What an absolutely beautiful day!  I hope everyone had a wonderful day and a chance to connect with the outdoors, family and friends.  I had a great day, though if you saw my face right now, you would recognize that I forgot sunscreen for my face.  JUSSSSTTTT a bit red. Not so red that I won’t be back at the lake tomorrow - with a hat and sunscreen.

Here the farmer’s markets and road-side stands are doing a banner business.  I love being able to eat the fresh veggies that have been picked recently. At the farmer’s market, I was able to buy some homemade bread and jelly - so yummy! I continue to be in awe of the bounty available.  It is so easy to eat local this season.   

I have a new pet peeve.  I know you all are just waiting to hear what my first world problem could actually be…  Well, it really, really bothers me when either the book blurb and/or the book cover do not match the story.  One of my favorite authors is Dorothea Benton Frank. Her newest book called Queen Bee does not contain an accurate blurb.  There were two other books I saw recently that also had blurb errors including an incorrect main character’s name. Now as I understand the publishing business, there are several steps between sharing a blurb and getting the novel into the reader’s hands.  I understand that there are revisions and changes that happen at all steps, but if the blurb is what people read in order to entice them to read the book, then they should be accurate. The other part of this pet peeve is having a cover that matches the story.  In a book I read this week, there was a cover of a man pouring poison in a woman’s drink...didn’t happen in the book. In one I read last month, the main character was a ginger and did not have a dog, but on the cover he had dark hair and a dog. Maybe that could be a new job for me. A checker of blurbs and covers for factual representations - like a junior, junior editor for certain authors or publishers.  

Elise Cooper has interviewed Leila Meacham about her new mystery from WWII about which spies in occupied Paris survived called Dragonfly.  The reviews this week should interest many. There are three distinctly different thrillers, The Escape Room, Before She Was Found and Because You are Mine along with a cozy mystery and a romantic thriller.  All great reads. Enjoy Reading! 

Books read this week

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

Because You are Mine by Rea Frey

The Ladies Guide to Ettiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman

Steel Resolve by BJ Daniels

 

My New Kindle among Other Things

Hello heated days of Summer!

What a fun week this has been!  Did I remember to tell all of you?  I bought a new Kindle with 32 gb of memory.  I read up about the new paperwhite kindles and decided to stay with the paperwhites and went for the biggest memory I could get. When I checked out the history of my kindles in the past, I keep them about 4 to 5 years and only get rid of them when they become SO SLOW.  Some of the negative comments I read pointed out the slowness of the start up and turning on. OBVIOUSLY, they have never had a full kindle or they would know what S L O W is. I loved how quickly all my books loaded on!! The hardest part was finding a new cover. It took two tries to find the right size cover…  

I have been reading more and more from my kindle with the other books being those borrowed from the library.  I am lucky that I have a great library to use! I have some authors that are always reads and some new authors who I am excited to find.  Covers do catch my attention, but plotlines are stronger. Recently, I have been disappointed in some of the covers and their inaccuracy with the story lines.  One book recently had a cowboy and a dog. In the story, there was no dog and the cowboy should have had red hair.

I wonder sometimes how other people read?  Kindles? Paperbacks? Hardcovers? Library? Buy?  And why do you read who you read? What attracts you to certain books?  Cover? Storyline? Favorite Author? I would love to hear from my blog pals about their preferences.

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner was a hit this week!  Elise has also done an author interview, which is so cool and I have included my review.  Check it out…. Another fact is that Lisa Gardner is a New Hampshire writer! The book is a seat gripper! Guaranteed to catch your attention!

There was plenty of time for reading this week so there are more reviews than usual.  I hope you have a chance to check them out!

Books reviewed this week:

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

Iron Heat by Daphne Loveling

Under Currents by Nora Roberts

Lobe, Loyalty and Mayhem by various authors

The Secret Letter by Debbie Rix

The Duke is But a Dream by Anna Bennett

Falling With You by Carrie Ann Ryan

Needled to Death by Annelise Ryan

 

TOO HOT

It hot….  I mean really hot. It is 95 degrees right now.  Here - in central NH.  

The sun is beating down on the yard, although there is an occasional breeze that is stirred up.  I spent a couple of days at the lake cooling off, but today I knew the lake would be unmanageable and I wanted to be lazy.  So here I am in my pjs with all the fans blowing on me attempting to stay cool. Even Oscar has given up and is sleeping on a patch of floor.  

 

All my book reviews are done, except for the book I am reading.  Staying low and slow was the key for today. I know many other places are struggling with the heat - so I am only one voice out of many.  Tomorrow the weather will change and by Tuesday it will be in the 70s!

 

What I have discovered about myself in the heat…

I don’t care what outfits I wear or how I look in them if I am hot - upper arm flab be damned.

It is always better to be wet when hot.  It helps cool off

Two fans are better than one and three fans are the best.

Sunglasses made with metal can be hot if left in the sun accidentally.

It is easier to fall asleep on the couch when you are hot.

Oscar still likes to sleep on you when it is hot.

Housework nor cooking is not done when it is hot,.

I don’t care if the gardens need weeding or if the lawn is mowed.

I wish there was takeout with delivery available up here.

It is hot in the sun, in the shade, on the deck and under the umbrella.

I love a good breeze.

Cooler weather is coming.  I hope I remember the heat come February!

Books read this week:

A Brand New Ending by Jennifer Probst

All Roads Lead to You by Jennifer Probst

Iris by Chris Keniston

The Conspiracy by Kat Martin

The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

Lone Wolf Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Falling With You by Carrie Ann Ryan (not reviewed yet)

 

I have ORD

I have ORD.  It is time to share the diagnosis with my friends and family.  It is not a surprise to many of you, but the diagnosis is clear now.  I have struggled with this since I began reading in elementary school.  It has ebbed and surged throughout the years. Lately it has become more apparent.

 

The list of criteria:  

I would rather read than sleep.

I bring a book with me everywhere.

I have fallen in love with many fictional characters.  

I can’t finish my TBR list in four lifetimes.

I count my book as my significant other.

I have nightmares about not having anything to read.  

 

For sure, it is obsessive reading disorder.  We can even add another couple of items to the list.

I will read a book in any format necessary.

I teach others how to read.

I always have at least one book going.

I have a list of always read authors longer than one single spaced page.

 

Like I said, it is clear.  ORD. Obsessive Reading Disorder.  As I understand it there is no cure and there is no medication available.  It is too deep seated at this point. I am sorry. NOT!

 

Books read this week

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

A Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber

The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin

The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery

 

Life is a Collection of Moments

Life is a Collection of Moments was on a pin I found today.  Such simple words for such a huge thought. The small simple moments that make up a day and make up a life are they the true meaning of life. When I was young, my Aunt Barbara would say how grateful she was for the small blessings like seeing someone’s new baby or having coffee with her sisters.  I remember thinking that those are not blessings, but are things that happen. How wrong I was! Those are the happenings in a collection of moments.

 

The last two weeks, I have thought a lot about my collection of moments.  I realized that some of my moments that I have collected were very precious to me, but at the time, I did not recognize their significance.  I have tried to be more aware of the moments. I have seen flickers feeding their babies, I have seen the cardinal calling his mate, I have seen a fox trotting down the driveway and Oscar sleeping on his back sprawled in the sand.  I have always tried to stop and live in the moment with them, but now I realize I need to be more receptive to even more. This week I saw my bestie and her daughter for the first time in three years. Those moments playing Rummikub or Skip Bo in the hotel laughing and plotting how to beat each other are some of that collection to save and cherish. Of equal importance was sitting quietly with each other as we read our novels was also a moment to save and cherish.  Those moments from a quick visit in an anonymous hotel between our homes were special moments - it is those moments that make up a life well lived.  

 

This week, Elise has given us an interview with Laura L Sullivan about her book Milady.  If any of you have ever read The Three Musketeers, you may recognize the character of Milady De Winter.  It is a great interview. I have read a number of books this week that are romances and one very disturbing book, Don’t Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson.   I have to admit, I have had trouble letting the Lucy Dawson book go. It is a twisted story that really has made me think about how the main character in the book… well read it and let me know what you think….

 

Enjoy your collection of moments this week - may you find them precious.

 

Books Read this week:

Cowboy to the Core by Maisey Yates

The Bad Luck Bride by Jane Goodger

The Reluctant Duchess by Jane Goodger

One Night of Temptation by Darcy Burke

One Night of Scandal by Darcy Burke

 

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Kirke | Reply 10.06.2019 12.03

The news Jacquelyn Winespear is on my summer reading list.
Looking forward to another Maise Dobbs

KATHY | Reply 24.12.2018 00.28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

Jeannie | Reply 01.10.2018 16.20

Happy Birthday! I remember when book club started when you turned 50. OMG! 100% agree with political status. So disappointing. Happy Foliage!

Jeannie | Reply 27.05.2018 23.23

Outraged, too! It is just getting coverage. This government is shameful under this leadership.

Jeannie | Reply 26.03.2018 16.01

At first I thought it said spa season. Either way it is a sign of rejuvenation! On a Kristin Hannah kick, loved Winter Garden. Happy reading!

Jeannie | Reply 19.03.2018 14.10

Cities are fun but exhausting. Like you the quiet is needed.

Kirke | Reply 28.08.2017 06.12

August snow days! What a fantastic idea! I've been reading Martin Walker's Bruno series set in rural France full or recipes. Yum

Kirke | Reply 17.07.2017 09.13

Like you Marty, neither my heart nor my brain have ever been able to grasp why an adult would humiliate a learner. Slowness and errors are just part of learning

Barbara | Reply 02.07.2017 06.35

Hey, Marti - Found the blog about your dad. Very nice. I have to tell you that Zane Grey is one of my favorites, too. I've read Riders of the Purple Sage 2-3x

Kathy | Reply 18.06.2017 23.27

What a lovely tribute to your dad! And an excellent example of how a father's attention and a shared love of reading can positively impact a child's life.

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I love reading. I will start reading Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley after my https://www.goldenbustours.com/grand-canyon-tours/ and hope it would be interesting.

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The news Jacquelyn Winespear is on my summer reading list.
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24.12 | 00:28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

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Happy Birthday! I remember when book club started when you turned 50. OMG! 100% agree with political status. So disappointing. Happy Foliage!

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