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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?

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


I’m thinking of GREEN today!  Yes, with St. Patrick’s Day coming on Monday, I am definitely thinking Irish thoughts.  

Ireland Dolls and Photos
Ireland Dolls and Photos

Above:  In a corner of my bedroom, I have a collection of Irish things that form a little vignette.  And the photos surrounding the dolls, etc., were taken in Ireland by my photographer son, of Craig Robinson Photography.

What do you think of on St. Patrick’s Day?

It was a pretty good week.  My book cover design is still “in progress.”  Hopefully I will have something to show….soon.


Creative Tuesdays:  Intros/Teasers – A Desirable Residence

A Long Way to Go:  An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Throwaways:  An Exploration – Booking Through Thursday

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – “And the Dark Sacred Night”

Review:  Twelve to Murder, by Lauren Carr

Review:  Save Yourself, by Kelly Braffet

Review:  Love Story, with Murders, by Harry Bingham

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

INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Two review books came in my mailbox!  And I downloaded an e-book to feed Sparky.

No Book but the World, by Leah Hager Cohen (Amazon Vine)


At the edge of a woods, on the grounds of a defunct “free school,” Ava and her brother, Fred, shared a dreamy and seemingly idyllic childhood—a world defined largely by their imaginations and each other’s presence. Everyone is aware of Fred’s oddness or vague impairment, but his parents’ fierce disapproval of labels keeps him free of evaluation or intervention, and constantly at Ava’s side.

Decades later, then, when Ava learns that her brother is being held in a county jail for a shocking crime, she is frantic to piece together what actually happened. A boy is dead. But could Fred really have done what he is accused of? As she is drawn deeper into the details of the crime, Ava becomes obsessed with learning the truth, convinced that she and she alone will be able to reach her brother and explain him—and his innocence—to the world….

Dancing in the Streets, by Steven P. Unger (Author Review Request)


Now and then, you still can see the tattered remains of a bumper sticker exclaiming: “If you remember the ’60s, you weren’t there!” But Steven P. Unger is an exception to the rule-he took notes. As a result, his novel Dancing in the Streets is replete with unforgotten and unforgettable images of events and scenes that have long been lost in a smoke-filled haze. From the Merry Pranksters’ Wavy Gravy teaching breathing lessons outside Nixon’s first Inaugural Ball to a near-fatal encounter with Charles de Gaulle’s Republican Guard in Paris, there are compelling scenes from beginning to end no less cinematically vivid for the fact that they’re real. And while the story-chapters of Dancing in the Streets have more than just a ring of truth to them along with generous helpings of riotous comedy, there is also a compelling mystery haunting Unger’s alter ego, Steven Strazza: a deathbed revelation that leads to the discovery of long-buried secrets of murders affecting families on three different continents.

Straight from the Heart (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky


As the head of cardiology at New Haven Medical Center, Dr. Robert McCrae knows a lot about the human heart. But it’s not until he spots Heather Cole’s beautiful face at one of his lectures that he realizes how much more he needs to learn. From the moment he sees her, his heart skips a beat—metaphorically speaking—and his pulse rate soars. It turns out that Heather is a local hand-bag designer who’s not just playing doctor; she’s putting her heart on the line. Rob may be the only one who can help. But first she’ll have to trust him—and take a risk on falling in love…


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

The Blonde, by Anna Godbersen (Vine)


Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey (Vine)


And the Dark Sacred Night, by Julia Glass (Vine)


And perhaps I am being optimistic, but if I have time, I want to dive into this one:

Reconstructing Amelia (e-book), by Kimberly McCreight (Mt. TBR Challenge)



That’s my week!  I hope you all enjoy your upcoming week, and that you’ll stop by to share your thoughts.  And here’s one final St. Patrick’s Day moment…..




  1. readerbuzz

    I was thinking that St. Patrick’s Day was yesterday. Sigh. Too bad. Tomorrow will be one of those awful days at school when everyone who doesn’t have on green will be pinched. Double sigh. Hopefully their teachers will be proactive and make green shamrocks for everyone!


  2. I can’t wait for your new book to release since I enjoyed Web of Tyranny so much! Do you have any date yet? I like your haul this week: Barbara Delinsky, Julia Glass and the first book, No Book But the World, looks intriguing.
    Your dinner photo made me hungry 🙂 I am still on pureed foods after my stomach surgery and so I can’t partake this year, but I am a decent Irish soda bread baker, so will make for my family as usual. My husband’s grandparents were all from Ireland, and I have a couple of great-grandparents from there, so we do celebrate St. Pat’s, but not with green beer, just good food, music and maybe watch some of the parade. Have a great week!


    1. My ex-husband has a bit of the Irish, so my kids (and I!) are all into the holiday.

      Thanks for your wonderful comments about Web of Tyranny. Every step of the process seems to take forever, but Interior Designs should be out and about very soon (in April, perhaps?). We are involved in cover design, as I mentioned. If I hadn’t wanted to tweak the designs, thus sending it back for more work, we would be further along…sigh. But it has to be just right!

      Thanks for stopping by, Rita, and your Irish soda bread sounds wonderful.


  3. You always have a good selection of books on hand. The only one I’ve read is RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA. I found it very intriguing and a book every parent should read. Looking forward to your thoughts on it.


  4. Happy St. Patrick’s day! Looks like you got some good ones this week- I like the cover of The Blonde, that certainly gets your attention. An alternate take on Marilyn Monroe… could be interesting! Enjoy your week.


  5. Patty

    I am not sure what I think about on St.Patricks Day…it was easier and greener when I was teaching…and I am not sure that I am a fan of Irish foods. I just got the Leah Hager Cohen book, too…it sounded really good. I loved Reconstructing Amelia! I love your Irish corner!


    1. I read one other book by Leah Hager Cohen (The Grief of Others), which, now that I think of it, had some parts I didn’t enjoy. Hmm…this one might be better! I am looking forward to Reconstructing Amy. Thanks for visiting, Patty.


    1. Oh, you are missing a treat, Kimba…but that’s just my opinion…My daughter makes it really well. Thanks for stopping by. And now that you mention it, my Jameson bottle went empty this morning…LOL.


  6. joyweesemoll

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m thinking of our trip to Ireland in the late spring of 2012 and how it truly was 40 shades of green.


  7. My husband is Irish and we’d love to go to Ireland one day, but we don’t have any Irish traditions. We’ve never even had corned beef and cabbage. That’s something I really need to make one of these days.


  8. I think you’ll like Reconstructing Amelia! I thought it was absorbing anyway 🙂 St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday- I”m still working out my dinner menu but hopefully inspiration will strike soon. Hope your week is a good one!


    1. Ha-ha…Yes, I only have the Irish heritage “by marriage,” and through my kids…but I’m thinking this year will not be a big celebration. Too much going on in their lives. Thanks for visiting, Sam, and I love that cover on The Blonde, too.


  9. thebookdate

    Happy St Patrick’s Day. We do celebrate it here as the school I work at is a St Patrick’s School, so we had a fun day, with games and relays etc, with a prayer service and a movie and ice-blocks. Our school was started by Irish nuns so there you go.
    I quite like Barbara Delinsky and the one you have listed here is one I am going to put in my wishlist right now.


  10. My nan and pop would cook corned meat, cabbage and white sauce every time we visited, they weren’t Irish, maybe that’s why it was bloody awful lol. And the Dark Sacred Night looks good, hope you enjoy it. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


    1. Ha-ha, Teddyree..love your expression: “bloody awful.” It’s funny what we remember about our celebrations. I think I mentioned earlier in a comment that, when not properly cooked, the corned beef and cabbage could taste like dishwater.

      As if I’d tasted dishwater…but I can imagine it!

      Thanks for stopping by!


    1. I’m glad you like my eclectic mix…I try to arrange things so that I’ll be engaged throughout the week.

      Last week, however, I had far too many books about murders!

      Thanks for visiting, Camille, and have a great week.


  11. Straight From the Heart looks good – is it a new Delinsky novel? I’ve only read one of hers and enjoyed it.
    We host an annual St. Pat’s party for family – this year it was Saturday. Lots of fun is the payoff for lots of prep. My husband has the corned beef down to an art form after 30 years, lol. It’s delicious! The best part is just the getting together for a fun time.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Mary, and the Delinsky book was published on Kindle in 2012…but I see that a print volume was published in 2001. Somehow I missed it, though, so it’s new to me. Your St. Patrick’s Day event sounds wonderful!


  12. No Book But the World appeals to me.

    We don’t do anything special for St. Patrick’s Day but maybe we should. I asked an Irish friend if they celebrated it and he said it’s second only to Christmas for them.


    1. Thanks, Kathy…and as I made my way around the blogs, I have seen reviews of a book I have on Sparky that I was not going to read yet, but now I might have to change my plans! LOL

      Enjoy your week.


  13. I like the bumper sticker: “If you remember the ’60s, you weren’t there!” LOL. I love St. Patrick’s Day. It’s all family – my niece’s birthday and corned beef and cabbage (on Sat.). Have a great week!


    1. Oh, Elizabeth is Missing is wonderful so far….and it reminds me a bit of that book we liked called The Night Guest (I think that was you!) A little scary for those of us thinking about the aging process! Thanks for visiting, Leslie…and I love the cover on The Blonde, too.


    1. I think so, too, Bookworm…and I am also craving corned beef and cabbage. My daughter is too busy to make it today, but around the corner from me is a restaurant that is featuring it today. Yum! Thanks for stopping by.


    1. I love your sister’s blog…I subscribe to it! I guess I must have known she was your sister, but I had forgotten…LOL. I’m glad when someone appreciates my little vignettes…my daughter thinks my “treasures” are clutter…

      I just had some yummy corned beef and cabbage at Marie Callender’s, right around the corner, and have leftovers for tomorrow!

      Enjoy your week, Elizabeth.


    1. Yes, after posting the picture of corned beef and cabbage, I’ve been thinking about it all day. So I went around the corner to my favorite little restaurant and had some. (Marie Callender’s).

      Thanks for visiting, Joy…and we have had really nice weather for several days. In the 70s.


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