WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: NEWS & REVIEWS — HAPPY EASTER!

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee, and let’s talk about our weeks.

 

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Join me this week on my Story Corner blog for a Six-Year Blogoversary Giveaway….

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

News from the Interior:  Beth Hoffman’s “Looking for Me”- Soon Available in Paperback

Creative Tuesday:  Intros/Teasers – “The Bookstore”

Commiserating:  An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

A Peek Behind the Scenes – Embrace the Whirlwind/Interior Designs

Creative Friday:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Casebook”

Creative Saturday:  After the Game – Highlights

Review:  Safe with Me, by Amy Hatvany

Review:  True Blend, by Joanne DeMaio

Review:  Dancing in the Streets, by Steven P. Unger

Review:  The Bookstore (e-book), by Deborah Meyler

 

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Covers/Titles Linked to Amazon)

 

I had an empty mailbox this week…but I downloaded two books and bought one from Barnes & Noble’s bargain table.

 

The After Wife, by Gigi Levangie Grazer

 

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The Collector (e-book), by Nora Roberts

 

 

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When Girlfriends Step Up (e-book), by Savannah Page (Freebie)

 

 

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NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOGS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

Casebook, by Mona Simpson

 

 

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The Deepest Secret (e-book), by Carla Buckley

 

 

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Hidden (e-book), by Catherine McKenzie

 

 

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That’s my week….what did yours look like?

 

 

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REVIEW: SAFE WITH ME, BY AMY HATVANY

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When Hannah decides that, after a failed relationship, she should pursue her desire for children on her own, she uses a sperm donor and gives birth to Emily, the daughter who is everything she has ever wanted in a family.

But in one pivotal moment, twelve-year-old Emily is killed—struck by a car in front of their house. Submerged in grief, Hannah at first rejects the idea of donating Emily’s organs, but then changes her mind.

Now, a year later, she is still struggling with her grief and loss. She has moved from the Seattle home she shared with her daughter to an apartment over the new salon she is renovating. Her one friend and partner, Sophie, continues to manage the downtown salon.

Then one day, a woman and her teenaged daughter walk into the newly opened salon that Hannah owns, and she feels an instant connection to Olivia and Maddie. How will Hannah discover just what binds them together? And as Hannah and Olivia grow closer, what dirty secrets does Hannah discover are hiding behind the doors of the upscale home where Olivia, Maddie, and her husband James live? What will finally bring the truth to light?

Narrated from Hannah’s, Olivia’s, and Maddie’s perspective, Safe with Me: A Novel was an emotionally engaging read that had me eagerly turning pages. While the coincidences of the story seemed a bit convenient, I absolutely loved the tale anyway, hoping against hope that there would be a satisfactory resolution. Five stars.

WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATE: NEWS, UNEXPECTED HEAT, & BOOKISH DELIGHTS

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee, and let’s talk about our weeks.

 

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A few days ago, my newest novel, Interior Designs, became available on Kindle.  It is also available in paperback.

 

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For those of you out there still waiting for spring, today feels like a summer here in the Central Valley.  Too much of a good thing?

 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Potpourri:  Time with Fiona

Let’s Curl up with “True Blend” – Intros/Teasers

News from the Interior:  Kindle Version Is Now Available

A Cup of Coffee & a Chat:  An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Friday Potpourri:  Book Beginnings/The Friday 56 – “Keep Quiet”

Creative Saturday:  Shopping!

Review:  That Night, by Chevy Stevens

Review:  Invisible Ellen, by Shari Shattuck

Review:  The Peach Keeper (e-book), by Sarah Addison Allen

 

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

One book came in my mailbox, unexpectedly, from St. Martin’s Press.  Strangely enough, I had just downloaded that very book onto Sparky!  So I have two copies of this one:

Keep Quiet, by Lisa Scottoline

 

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And then, because I had heard so many good things about this one, I downloaded it as well:

 

The Headmaster’s Wife (e-book), by Thomas Christopher Greene

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT ON THE BLOGS? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

Safe with Me (e-book), by Amy Hatvany

 

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True Blend, by Joanne DeMaio

 

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Dancing in the Streets, by Steven P. Unger

 

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That was my week!  What did yours look like?

 

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REVIEW: INVISIBLE ELLEN, BY SHARI SHATTUCK

18693626Ellen Homes lives life on the sidelines. Overweight and with a scar on her face, she not only feels invisible, but she sets up her life to reinforce that feeling. She works nights, cleaning, at Costco; she lives in a studio apartment where she can view all of her neighbors and keeps notes on their activities; and she is afraid to voice her needs. She learned invisibility early in her life in a series of foster homes, after being abandoned by her abusive mother.

Then one day, she observes a blind woman on the bus: someone who is not afraid to ask her for help in finding her stop. And captivated, Ellen follows her off the bus, and serendipitously, sees three men attack the woman and grab her purse. Suddenly, Ellen finds herself in an unlikely position. She does something….by tripping the runaway purse snatcher and further incapacitating him by stepping hard on his foot.

What begins as an ordinary Good Samaritan moment changes everything about Ellen’s life. Temerity, the blind girl, swoops in and includes Ellen. Invites her to dinner, brings her along on other good deeds…and soon Ellen is involved.

What other serendipitous moments bring Ellen into further involvement in helping others and changing her outlook? How will Ellen, Temerity, and Temerity’s brother Justice team up to bring a halt to a crime?

Invisible Ellen is a captivating story of how life can change and turn in a whole new direction by one act. And how one act can lead to more, until someone on the sidelines feels needed. How someone invisible can truly become a participant in life instead of simply an observer. Four stars.

WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: ENJOYING THE SPRING!

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee, and let’s talk about our weeks.

 

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This week, I’ve been busily updating blogs and my website, now that my newest novel, Interior Designs, is available on Amazon.   The Kindle version should be available by the end of next week.

Are you enjoying spring yet?  I hope that the snowy places will soon be full of spring blossoms and fragrant air.

 

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Wrapping up March:  Let’s Curl up and Read Again in April

Tuesday Potpourri:  A Photo Op of My New Book & New Icons

Hump Day Thoughts from the Interior:  Waiting for “The One and Only”

Creative Mark-Ups:  Yes or No

A New Release:  “Interior Designs,” by Laurel-Rain Snow

Creative Friday:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – “Bluebonnets for Elly”

Review:  Dead Weight (e-book), by T. R. Ragan

Review:  This Dark Road to Mercy, by Wiley Cash

Review:  Bluebonnets for Elly (e-book), by Sandra Nachlinger

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

I received one review book this week, from Amazon Vine.  I then bought a book at Barnes & Noble, followed by some downloading of e-books from Amazon.

 

Casebook, by Mona Simpson (from Amazon Vine)

 

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Purchases:

 

Hidden (e-book), by Catherine McKenzie

 

 

 

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Waiting for Wednesday (e-book), by Nicci French (3rd Book in the Frieda Klein Series)

 

 

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Everywhere That Mary Went (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline

 

 

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Everyone Worth Knowing, by Lauren Weisberger

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

That Night, by Chevy Stevens (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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Invisible Ellen, by Shari Shattuck (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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The Peach Keeper (e-book), by Sarah Addison Allen

 

 

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And that’s my week!  What did yours look like?

 

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REVIEW: THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES, BY ALLISON WINN SCOTCH

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Willa Chandler-Golden grew up in a family headed by Richard Chandler, best-selling author of a book about the inevitabilities in life. How there is no choice, and that destiny rules.So when she finds herself stuck on a path that accepts this premise, she is stunned by two things that shake up her world: she loses her job in advertising over something she really could not change; and her husband Shawn decides to leave New York for the summer for a project in Palo Alto, and he doesn’t want her to go with him. In fact, he sets up a “contract” for their separation, dictating the rules of their lives.

Is she going to accept this? Or will she follow the advice of her best friend Vanessa, who persuades her to go to Seattle to work on a self-help book…and get this! A book about “resisting the inertia” and doing just the opposite of her father’s guide.

But is she really making a choice? Or is she just following someone else’s path? And when she “runs into” her ex-lover Theodore, is this, too, something she has “chosen”? What will happen to alter her view of life and choice?

We follow along with Willa on her journey toward a different kind of life, making choices that seemed impossible before–and just when it seems as though the old path is now available to her when Shawn comes home, she surprises herself by what comes next.

The Theory of Opposites was a quirky story that held my attention, even as the characters were frustrating as they stumbled along, imperfect souls that they were. 4.0 stars.

WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: SPRING, COVER REVEAL, & MORE….

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee, and let’s talk about our weeks.

 

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This has been a great week, in terms of movement on my newest book, Interior Designs.  Here is the book cover, and the book itself should be released by mid-April…or sooner.

 

 

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We are definitely having some spring weather, but there was some rain earlier this week…and even some wind.  But it’s not cold.  Or hot.  So that works for me.

 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

 

Thoughts from the Interior:  Intros/Teasers – “No Book but the World”

Here’s an Upcoming Release for My Collection: “The Collector”

Let’s Get Ready, Set, & Go! – March 27-30 – Bloggiesta

Creative Explorations:  Through Reading

Cover Reveal & Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Creative Changes:  From Hairstyles to Book Covers

March Mt. TBR Challenge Checkpoint

Review:  Reconstructing Amelia (e-book), by Kimberly McCreight

Review:  No Book but the World, by Leah Hager Cohen

Review:  The Theory of Opposites (e-book), by Allison Winn Scotch

 

INCOMING BOOKS:  (Covers/Titles Linked to Amazon)

I received two review books in my mailbox…and downloaded four e-books due to the Amazon credit some of us got…What a windfall!  Yay!

 

Invisible Ellen, by Shari Shattuck (Amazon Vine)

 

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That Night, by Chevy Stevens (Amazon Vine)

 

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Tempting Fate (e-book), by Jane Green

 

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The Last Letter from Your Lover (e-book), by JoJo Moyes

 

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Before We Met (e-book), by Lucie Whitehouse

 

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You Should Have Known (e-book), by Jean Hanff Korelitz

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT WEEK? (Covers/Titles Linked to Amazon)

 

Letting Go (e-book), by Belinda Tors (An Unread Book from This Last Week)

 

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This Dark Road to Mercy, by Wiley Cash

 

 

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The Peach Keeper (e-book), by Sarah Addison Allen

 

 

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Dead Weight (e-book), by T. R. Ragan (Lizzy Gardner Series # 2)

 

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That’s my week!  What is coming up next for you?

 

 

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