WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: HUNKERING DOWN — SEPT. 15

PicMonkey Collage-updates collage

Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Notorious Spinks Talks Books, for September’s Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

The month is half over, so it’s time to hunker down!  And what a week it has been!  I’ve had a lot of blogging and reading to keep me indoors, since the hot days are still with us.  Yes, cooler mornings and evenings, but not nearly enough.

So grab your cup of coffee and let’s talk about our weeks.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday from the Interior:  Musing About Upcoming Books

Guilty Pleasures?  Intros/Teasers

Serendipitous Wednesdays:  Upcoming Reads

A Thursday from the Interior:  Imagery

Serendipitous Fridays:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – “Lie Still”

Review:  Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, by Paula Daly

Review (Blog Tour): Mr. Monk Helps Himself, by Ty Conrad

Review:  The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

Review:  In the Drink, by Kate Christensen

Review:  Lie Still, by Julia Heaberlin

Read:   The Perks of Being a Wallflower (e-book), by Stephen Chbosky – (Review Will Be Posted on 9/21/13 – for Banned Books Week)- On An Interior Journey

INCOMING BOOKS:

Between my mailbox and my downloads (from free, purchased, & review books), I have quite a haul.

All are linked to Amazon…

A Dark Mind, by T. R. Ragan (Amazon Vine)

17171915

W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton (Purchase)

815yQf-3mLL._SL1500_

Sinnerman (e-book), by Jonathan M. Cook (Blog Tour Stop – Oct. 17)

18332273

Diary of a Wildflower (e-book), by Ruth White (Author Review Request)

18364338

Cold Winter Rain (e-book), by Steven P. Gregory (Author Review Request)

61moU5teWYL._SL1052_

Second Nature (e-book), by Nora Roberts (Purchase)

51CFRqDwSnL

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (e-book), by Stephen Chbosky (Purchase)

71WUbGaHjWL._SL1400_

Out in the Country (e-book), by Kate Hewitt (Freebie)

91Y5FcMaOXL._SL1500_

THIS WEEK ON THE BLOGS: (All Books Are Linked to Amazon)

Sinnerman (e-book), by Jonathan M. Cook

18332273

Happy All the Time, by Laurie Colwin

1101867

A Dark Mind, by T. R. Ragan

17171915

Divas by the River (e-book), by Juno Ross (Author Review Request)

518zRwgLa+L

***

Now…I hope you’ll come on by with a second cup of coffee…and chat about your books.

logo

WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: NEW BEGINNINGS — SEPT. 8/9

sunday salon logo187193

vectorstock_43821-1-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Notorious Spinks Talks Books, for September’s Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

Today I’m celebrating the first signs of fall…it shows up in the crisper air in the mornings, and the cooling down at night.  Fall is like a New Beginning for me.  Even though the days of school are long behind, for me and for my kids, I still enjoy the energy through my grandkids.

Over the Labor Day holiday, I took some time off to see the Lee Daniels’ The Butler movie.  Wonderful!

 

81lMXwPG9YL._SL1500_

 

And now, as a nod to New Beginnings, I am combining all the Sunday/Monday Posts into this one.  So let’s begin.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday From the Interior:  Intros/Teasers – The Garden of Last Days

Hump Day Potpourri:  Relishing Upcoming Movies…& Downloading Books

Bookshelf Clearing Giveaway Winner – Congrats to Laura

Serendipitous Fridays:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Saturday Snapshots:  Memories

Can You Go Home Again? — An Excerpt from “Embrace the Whirlwind”

Review:  The Supreme Macaroni Company, by Adriana Trigiani

Review:  The Garden of Last Days, by Andre Dubus III

Review:  Revenge Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger

INCOMING BOOKS:

This week brought one review book in the mailbox; I purchased a book at Barnes & Noble; and downloaded some e-books for Sparky.

All Titles/Covers Link to Amazon Product Pages

Lie Still, by Julia Heaberlin (Amazon Vine)

16099154

The Lost Years, by Mary Higgins Clark

12553276

The Good Wife (e-book), by Jane Porter

816TwMULEzL._SL1500_

Sure Signs of Crazy (e-book), by Karen Harrington

81yUN7sHPjL._SL1500_

The Silent Wife (e-book), by A. S. A. Harrison

71VbTZrI9HL._SL1500_

THIS WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

On Tuesday, check out Rainy Days and Mondays for my blog tour stop for Mr. Monk Helps Himself

Upcoming Reads: (Titles/Covers link to Amazon Product Pages)

Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, by Paula Daly

17414612

The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

17623569

In the Drink, by Kate Christensen

71nD5ogrKYL._SL1174_

***

What is happening on your blog(s)?  Grab some coffee and come on by to chat.

coffee cup

SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY: HELLO SEPTEMBER! — SEPT. 1

sunday salon logovectorstock_43821-1-1

187

Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post, and head over to Notorious Spinks Talks Books, for September’s Mailbox Monday.

August is over, and now we can turn our thoughts to what September can bring.  Here’s what happened this month….and what’s coming next.

ON THE BLOGS:

Another Tuesday Potpourri:  A Murder Mystery, A Ghostly Castle, and More!

Hump Day Sparks:  Waiting for “Stella Bain”

Thursday Potpourri:  More Tidbits

Friday’s Creative Journey:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Creative Sparks:  Saturday Snapshot:  August Birthdays

Wrapping up August:  A Good Month

Review:  She Can Scream, by Melinda Leigh

Review:  The Murders at Astaire Castle, by Lauren Carr

Review:  The Good Daughter (e-book), by Jane Porter

Review:  Good Girl, Bad Girl, by Christopher Finch

Review:  Accused, by Lisa Scottoline

INCOMING BOOKS:

I received two review books in the mailbox; purchased one book at B & N; downloaded three e-books; and received a giveaway book from Rose City Reader.

The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble (Amazon Vine)

17623569

Jessica Speight, a young anthropology student in 1960s London, is at the beginning of a promising academic career when an affair with her married professor turns her into a single mother. Anna is a pure gold baby with a delightful sunny nature. But as it becomes clear that Anna will not be a normal child, the book circles questions of responsibility, potential, even age, with Margaret Drabble’s characteristic intelligence, sympathy, and wit.

Drabble once wrote, “Family life itself, that safest, most traditional, most approved of female choices, is not a sanctuary; it is, perpetually, a dangerous place.” Told from the point of view of the group of mothers who surround Jess, The Pure Gold Baby is a brilliant, prismatic novel that takes us into that place with satiric verve, trenchant commentary, and a movingly intimate story of the unexpected transformations at the heart of motherhood.

Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, by Paula Daly (Amazon Vine)

17414612

Lisa Kallisto—overwhelmed working mother—is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. She holds down a busy job running an animal shelter, she cares for three demanding children, and she worries that her marriage isn’t getting enough attention. During an impossibly hectic week, Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a moment and her world descends into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend’s thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it’s Lisa’s fault. To make matters worse, Lucinda is the second teenage girl to disappear within the past two weeks. The first one turned up stripped bare and abandoned on the main street after a horrible ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after having been publicly blamed by Lucinda’s family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. As she begins digging under the surface, Lisa learns that everything is not quite what it first appears to be.

In Paula Daly’s heart-stopping debut novel, motherhood, marriage, and friendship are tested when a string of abductions tear through a small-town community. Gripping and fast-paced, Just What Kind of Mother Are You? introduces an outstanding new thriller writer with a terrifying imagination for the horrors that lurk in everyday lives.

Cleans up Nicely, by Linda Dahl (contest win)

17435052

When twenty-something artist Erica Mason moves from laid-back Mexico to Manhattan in the mid-1970s, she finds a hard-edged, decadent, and radically evolving art scene.

Peppered with characters who could only come from the latter days of the turn-on-and-drop-out ’60s in then-crumbling New York (a spaced-out drummer who’s completely given up on using or making money, a radical feminist who glues animal furs to her paintings of vaginas, and icons in the making like Patti Smith), Erica’s New York is fast-moving, funny, and heartrending just like the city itself. Ultimately, her rite of passage is not only a love affair with art, men, alcohol, drugs, and music in the swirl that was the downtown scene in a radically evolving era in New York, but also a resurrection from addiction and self-delusion.

More than the study of a celebrated period of artistic expression, Cleans Up Nicely is the story of one gifted young woman’s path from self-destruction to a hard-won self-knowledge that opens up a whole new world for her and helps her claim the self-respect that has long eluded her.

Lily Steps Out (e-book), by Rita Plush

81jURcXkKTL._SL1500_

Empty nest, retired husband … after thirty-three years of marriage as wife, mother, nursemaid, and family mediator, Lily Gold has had it! There must be more to life than making beds and cooking dinners. A lot more, she discovers, when she decides she needs something of her very own – a job.

Re-entering the work force is harder than it seems, and Lily has difficulty finding a position that’s just right for her. When she finally does, she knows it’s a perfect fit. But husband Leon wants no part of it, and off he goes to the bank to put the kibosh on her chance of opening her own antique center.

This is marriage? This is war! Lily steps out of the tired old habit of always letting Leon have his way. This time she turns the status quo into quid pro quo and gives him a run for the money. And, while she’s at it, with a little help from her friends, she breaks the mold of Lily Gold. But does she have what it takes to create a new Lily – a Lily’s renaissance?

Lily Gold’s journey is the journey of every woman who wants it all – love, respect, personal fulfillment, and real happiness.

The Star Attraction (e-book), by Alison Sweeney

81gksXo1XwL._SL1500_

“Can you blame a publicist for blurring the lines between what’s real and what’s a dream, when her client is a gorgeous actor?” –Jodi Picoult
Sophie is a Hollywood publicist who has a fabulous job, a fabulous boyfriend, and a fabulous life. She even scores her PR firm’s most important actor client and every woman’s dream—Billy Fox.

But will a steamy make-out session in a restaurant alley with her big-name client cost Sophie her job? And does she really want an escape from her life and her loving, if imperfect, relationship with her investment banker boyfriend? The Star Attraction takes us on a wild ride through one woman’s daytime soap come to life. “Alison Sweeney’s novel is an entertaining, backstage glimpse at those who organize the lives of the Hollywood elite. It’s great fun for any reader who secretly sneaks peeks at People magazine in the checkout line at the grocery store, and wonders, What if . . . ?” –Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Lone Wolf and The Storyteller

Cross Stitch Before Dying (e-book), by Amanda Lee

81pPo6E+GBL._SL1500_

Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer is about to find out that show biz and sew biz don’t mix!

Marcy’s mom Beverly is the costume designer for a lavish, Bollywood-style production…and she suggests Tallulah Falls as a great place to shoot part of the film. Everyone at the embroidery shop, and around town, is in a flutter that a glamorous movie production is taking place in their midst. But when the star of the film is found murdered, the police suspect Marcy’s mom, who made it no secret she did not care for the diva’s attitude regarding her wardrobe.

Marcy might as well issue an open call for suspects, because the star had a long list of enemies. To save her mom’s career and keep her from accessorizing with handcuffs, Marcy and her friends will need to stitch together the clues to catch one crafty killer who may have designs on Marcy next…

The Silver Boat, by Luanne Rice

513CvoZ9WOL._SY346_

In The Silver Boat, New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice has written a heart-wrenching yet heartwarming portrait of a family in all its flawed complexity. The McCarthy sisters have come to Martha’s Vineyard to say good-bye to their family’s beach house—the place they were happiest together. Each has her own complicated issues and is struggling with the difficult process of letting go, but when a cache of old letters spurs them to visit Ireland, each woman comes to see herself in a new light. True-to-life sisters, the beach, laughter, and passionate love—The Silver Boat is Luanne Rice at her very best.

***

Now I think I’d better settle back and start planning how to incorporate these new titles into my weeks ahead!

I hope you’ll come on by and chat!

logo

SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY: FALL IS NEAR! — AUGUST 25

sunday salon logo

vectorstock_43821-1-1

187

Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post, and head over to  Bermudaonion for Mailbox Monday.

Another week has sped by.  School has started for the grandkids…and the temperature is going down just a tad.  I can sense that autumn is near at hand!  My favorite time of the year.

Autumn-Leaves2

Here’s My Week on the Blogs:

Serendipitous Tuesdays:  Intros/Teasers – “Blue Plate Special”

On Tenterhooks for this One:  “Critical Mass”

Thursday Potpourri:  The Tea is Steeping and the Book is Delicious

August Bookshelf Clearing:  Come on Down!

Friday Potpourri:  Book Beginnings/The Friday 56 –“Accused”

Sweet Saturday Sample:  Another Look at Evan (Excerpt)

Sunday Potpourri:  A Trip to the Library

Review: Townie (e-book), by Andre Dubus III (From Mt. TBR)

Review:  Is This Tomorrow (e-book), by Caroline Leavitt

Review:  Blue Plate Special, by Kate Christensen (Amazon Vine Review)

Review:  The Great Gatsby (e-book), by F. Scott Fitzgerald

INCOMING BOOKS:

Accused, by Lisa Scottoline (Amazon Vine)

16045124

Mary Dinuzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet, brought to the firm by a thirteen-year-old genius with a penchant for beekeeping.  Allegra Gardner’s sister Fiona was murdered six years ago, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case: the accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him; most damningly, Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty.  But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned. The Gardner family is one of the most powerful in the country and Allegra’s parents don’t believe in reopening the case, so taking it on is risky.  But the Rosato & Associates firm can never resist an underdog.  Was justice really served all those years ago?  It will take a team of unstoppable female lawyers, plus one thirteen-year-old genius, to find out.

The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel (Valentine Trilogy), by Adriana Trigiani (Amazon Vine)

larger image

In The Shoemaker’s Wife Adriana Trigiani swept her readers across generations of an Italian family, from the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy. In The Supreme Macaroni Company, she weaves a heartbreaking story that begins on the eve of a wedding in New York’s Greenwich Village, travels to New Orleans, and culminates in Tuscany. Family, work, romance, and the unexpected twists of life and fate all come together in an unforgettable narrative that Adriana Trigiani’s many fans will adore.

Good Girl, Bad Girl, by Christopher Finch (Amazon Vine)

17398831

In May of 1968, New York City is broke and on the skids, and private eye Alex Novalis is hard up for gigs. So when he’s offered a case from wealthy construction mogul Gabriel Kravitz, he can’t refuse.

Kravitz’s eighteen-year-old daughter Lydia has gone missing. Though she’s presumed to be with Jerry Pedrosian, the radical middle-aged artist and known womanizer she’d been sleeping with, there are few clues. Information is hard to come by; everyone seems to be hiding something. And then there’s Andrea Marshall, Lydia’s miniskirted and vinyl-booted best friend, who Novalis is deeply distrustful of…and unfortunately attracted to.

But as Novalis traverses the city, tracking Lydia from scummy artists’ lofts in pre-gentrified SoHo to luxury penthouses overlooking Central Park, he’ll face threats deadlier than any he signed on for.

Smart and sophisticated, Good Girl, Bad Girl provides a rare, fascinating snapshot of late 1960s New York City—a glimpse into the forbidden sex, politics, art, drugs, and counterculture violence that ran rampant in its once gloriously gritty streets.

***

Another week to look forward to!  Come on by and share some thoughts….

logo

SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY: LOST IN BOOKS — AUGUST 18

sunday salon logo

vectorstock_43821-1-1

187

Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post, and head over to  Bermudaonion for Mailbox Monday.

How did this past week skip by so quickly?  The best thing about it was how lost I got in some of my reading.

c_hawkins_books_translation_500x279

And then there was the blogging!

i-think-therefore-i-blog

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED ON MY BLOGS:

Serendipitous Tuesdays:  Intros/Teasers:  Mr. Monk Helps Himself

Thursday Sparks:  Borrowing?

Thursday Potpourri:  Book Drives, Review Books, & Movies

August Bookshelf Clearing:  Come on Down!

Friday Potpourri:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – Is This Tomorrow

Sweet Saturday Sample:  A Great Escape

Review:  We Are Water, by Wally Lamb

Review:  MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood

Review:  The Obituary Writer (e-book), by Ann Hood

Read:  Mr. Monk Helps Himself, by Ty Conrad (Review will be posted on 9/10 at Blog Tour Stop:  Rainy Days and Mondays)

 

INCOMING BOOKS:

No books came in the mail, but I downloaded two e-books to feed Sparky

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What Maisie Knew (e-book), by Henry James

51xTZbGttvL

Strikingly modern in its subject and narrative voice, this 1897 novel centers on a child’s view of her parents’ bitter divorce. Maisie develops a precocious maturity as she observes the adults’ irresponsible and immoral behavior. Rather than a gloomy parable of innocence corrupted, the tale abounds in dark humor and savage wit.

Alterations (e-book), by Rita Plush

81DAds2gChL._SL1500_

Author’s Note:  Many of these stories hark back more than fifty years, unwritten stories that lived in me the way stories do, as a bit of memory – a certain smell, the turn of a head, or the particular sound of a voice. Or, in the case of “Love, Mona,” in a quilted dime-store night table and a sleeping Mexican painted on a cupboard door.

My Brooklyn stories were told through the eyes of a child growing up with the rumble of the El along 86th Street, walking with her mother in her big-shouldered mouton coat, as she did her errands and talked with the shopkeepers. The walkup apartment house where she lived with her family, the damp steamy smell of the lobby where the metal taps on her shoes made a satisfying clicking sound as she ran up and down the marble steps. The seamstress in her apartment building, her friend’s father who seldom spoke, the people her parents knew, the relatives – her ear pressed to the wall, hearing talk that was not for her to hear – the people they spoke of in Yiddish so the child would not understand.

Decades later, they called to me, the memory of them morphing, changing, altering, becoming characters that were and were not them. And I kept writing about the loving and sometimes mysterious bonds of family. I dressed my characters, gave them habits and a particular way to speak, and put them down on the pages, wanting things they could not have, remembering things they wanted to forget. They mended and they sewed, they owned stores and boutiques, they jerry-made contraptions and carved dollhouse furniture. They dug in the dirt and planted tomatoes, they hunted for bear and did a jigsaw puzzle in a far off mountain cabin. Makers and fixers, they had the creative qualities derived from my parents and passed down to me.

Beginning with Frances, the young child grieving for her mother in “Love, Mona,” these stories come full circle to Rusty in “Feminine Products,” pregnant but unmarried, desperate to make a family for her unborn child. Family is a recurrent theme in my stories.

***

I picked the Henry James book after seeing the newly released DVD, What Maisie Knew, updated to the present day:

51NboPogQXL

And that is my week!  What a ride!!  And now I am curious about your week…come on by and let’s chat.

logo

SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY — COOLING DOWN! — AUGUST 11

sunday salon logovectorstock_43821-1-1187

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post, and head over to The Reading Fever...or Bermudaonion for Mailbox Monday.

This past week has brought slightly cooler weather…and I had a little longer in the mornings to read outside in the cool air.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

THIS WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Intros/Teasers:  The Interestings

Hump Day Sparks:  Waiting on Thankless in Death

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56:  Ladies’ Night

Sweet Saturday Sample:  Life Throws a Curve

(Review) Amy Falls Down, by Jincy Willett

(Review) Necessary Lies, by Diane Chamberlain

(Review) The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer

(Review)  Ladies’ Night, by Mary Kay Andrews

 

INCOMING BOOKS:

The mailbox brought two review books…and I downloaded one purchase.

Blue Plate Special, by Kate Christensen (Amazon Vine)

 

16071779

 

“To taste fully is to live fully.” For Kate Christensen, food and eating have always been powerful connectors to self and world—“a subterranean conduit to sensuality, memory, desire.” Her appetites run deep; in her own words, she spent much of her life as “a hungry, lonely, wild animal looking for happiness and stability.” Now, having found them at last, in this passionate feast of a memoir she reflects upon her journey of innocence lost and wisdom gained, mistakes made and lessons learned, and hearts broken and mended.
In the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher, Laurie Colwin, and Ruth Reichl, Blue Plate Special is a narrative in which food—eating it, cooking it, reflecting on it—becomes the vehicle for unpacking a life. Christensen explores her history of hunger—not just for food but for love and confidence and a sense of belonging—with a profound honesty, starting with her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a mercurial legal activist who ruled the house with his fists. After a whirlwind adolescent awakening, Christensen strikes out to chart her own destiny within the literary world and the world of men, both equally alluring and dangerous. Food of all kinds, from Ho Hos to haute cuisine, remains an evocative constant throughout, not just as sustenance but as a realm of experience unto itself, always reflective of what is going on in her life. She unearths memories—sometimes joyful, sometimes painful—of the love between mother and daughter, sister and sister, and husband and wife, and of the times when the bonds of love were broken. Food sustains her as she endures the pain of these ruptures and fuels her determination not to settle for anything less than the love and contentment for which she’s always yearned.
The physical and emotional sensuality that defines Christensen’s fiction resonates throughout the pages of Blue Plate Special. A vibrant celebration of life in all its truth and complexity, this book is about embracing the world through the transformative power of food: it’s about listening to your appetites, about having faith, and about learning what is worth holding on to and what is not.

 

The Murders at Astaire Castle, by Lauren Carr (From Author)

 

51AAPkUSpSL

 

Never tell Mac Faraday not to do something. Spencer’s police chief, David O’Callaghan, learns this lesson the hard way when he orders Mac Faraday to stay away from the south end of Spencer’s mountaintop—even though he owns the property. It doesn’t take long for Mac to find out what lies on the other side of the stone wall and locked gate, on which hangs a sign warning visitors to Keep Out! Topping the list of the ten most haunted places in America, Astaire Castle is associated with two suicides, three mysterious disappearances, and four murders since it was built almost a century ago—and Mac Faraday owns it! In spite of David’s warning, Mac can’t resist unlocking the gate to see the castle that supposedly hasn’t seen a living soul since his late mother had ordered it closed up after the double homicide and disappearance of Damian Wagner, a world-famous master of horror novels. What starts out as a quick tour of a dusty old castle turns into another Mac Faraday adventure when Astaire Castle becomes the scene of even more murders. Mac is going to need to put all of his investigative talents to work to sort out this case that involves the strangest characters he has run into yet—including a wolf man. No, we’re not talking about Gnarly.

 

The Dream You Make (e-book), by Christine Nolfi (.99 this weekend)

 

81CWbKpceHL._SL1500_

 

Each day Annie McDaniel’s dream of a brighter future slips further away.

After her nephew’s world is destroyed in a burst of gunfire, Annie receives temporary custody of five-year-old Dillon. Now the greenhouse she managed with her late father isn’t bringing in enough money. If she doesn’t get her financial house in order, a judge will allow a couple in Baltimore to adopt Dillon–and remove him from her life forever.

When Annie takes a second job at Rowe Marketing, the instant attraction she shares with Michael Rowe is a circumstance she can’t risk. But should she walk away from a love sure to last a lifetime?

Fresh, heartwarming and inspiring, The Dream You Make reveals that hope always carries the promise of new beginnings.

***

 

And that’s my week!  What does yours look like?  Come on by and let’s chat.

 

logo

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY: A NEW MONTH! — AUGUST 4

sunday salon logo

vectorstock_43821-1-1187

Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post, and head over to Bermudaonion for Mailbox Monday.

We’ve said goodbye to July this past week…and now we’re looking ahead to August and the final weeks of summer.

Here’s what’s been happening around my place(s) in the blogosphere.

ON THE BLOGS:

Serendipitous Tuesdays:  Intros/Teasers – Necessary Lies

Author Interview with Shalanna Collins

Monthly Wrap-up:  Goodbye to July

Thursday Sparks:  First Person or Third Person Voice

Go out on a Limb on Friday with Book Beginnings/The Friday 56

Sweet Saturday Sample:  Second Thoughts?

READING/REVIEWING: (Click Titles for Reviews)

Someone Else’s Love Story, by Joshilyn Jackson

Daddy’s Gone A Hunting (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark

The Wednesday Daughters (e-book), by Meg Waite Clayton

The First Lie (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain (Prequel)

INCOMING BOOKS:

Amy Falls Down, by Jincy Willett (Amazon Vine Review)

16066896

Amy Gallup is an aging novelist and writing instructor living in Escondido, California, with her dog, Alphonse. Since recent unsettling events, she has made some progress. While she still has writer’s block, she doesn’t suffer from it. She’s still a hermit, but she has allowed some of her class members into her life. She is no longer numb, angry, and sardonic: she is merely numb and bemused, which is as close to happy as she plans to get. Amy is calm.

So, when on New Year’s morning she shuffles out to her backyard garden to plant a Norfolk pine, she is wholly unprepared for what happens next.

Amy falls down.

A simple accident, as a result of which something happens, and then something else, and then a number of different things, all as unpredictable as an eight-ball break. At first the changes are small, but as these small events carom off one another, Amy’s life changes in ways that range from ridiculous to frightening to profound.

This most reluctant of adventurers is dragged and propelled by train, plane, and automobile through an outlandish series of antic media events on her way to becoming–to her horror–a kind of celebrity. And along the way, as the numbness begins to wear off, she comes up against something she has avoided all her life: her future, that “sleeping monster, not to be poked.”

Jincy Willett’s Amy Falls Down explores, through the experience of one character, the role that accident plays in all our lives. “You turn a corner and beasts break into arias, gunfire erupts, waking a hundred families, starting a hundred different conversations. You crack your head open and three thousand miles away a stranger with Asperger’s jump-starts your career.”

We are all like Amy. We are all wholly unprepared for what happens next.

Also, there’s a basset hound.

Innocent, by Scott Turow (Purchased)   (Sequel to Presumed Innocent)

7257982

The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, INNOCENT continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty’s wife.

***

The mailbox was very quiet…which is probably a good thing after the bonanza of books I received last week.  Now I just have to settle down and get some reading done!

logo