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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for  Weekly Updates.

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Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee (or a mimosa), and let’s talk about our weeks.


breakfast for two


I hope everyone who celebrates the Fourth of July had a great one.  I had a quiet day, with reading and movies.  Here’s a movie I enjoyed.  Lots of stars from my youth, who are now older…as well as some young ones, too.  Tammy was a fun movie, with Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Kathy Bates, Dan Ackroyd, and Melissa McCarthy.




Here’s what this past week looked like:


An Experiment in Direct Communication:  Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Tuesday Out on a Limb:  Intros/Teasers – “The From-Aways”

Hello July!  Let’s Take a Look at June

Tuesday Potpourri:  After-Effects of an Unplugged Day

We Have a Winner! (300-Followers Giveaway)

Shaking Up My Interior World:  New Beginnings

Friday Potpourri:  Tidbits, Changes, & New Books

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Real Murder”

Creative Saturday:  Celebrating!

Review:  The Collector (e-book), by Nora Roberts

Review:  Sheltering Rain (e-book), by JoJo Moyes (Mt. TBR Challenge)

Review:  Little Lies (e-book, prequel), by Heather Gudenkauf


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)


Three books came in the mail for review (Amazon Vine), I purchased four e-books, and downloaded one freebie.


Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty (Vine)






Small Blessings, by Martha Woodroof (Vine)








Katwalk, by Maria Murnane (Vine)








The House on Mermaid Point (e-book), by Wendy Wax





One Plus One (e-book), by JoJo Moyes





I Love You More (e-book), by Jennifer Murphy







Dollbaby (e-book), by Laura L. McNeal






Stunner (e-book), by Niki Danforth (FREEBIE)








UP NEXT WEEK:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)


Currently Reading:  Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, by Susan Elia MacNeal






The From-Aways, by C. J. Hauser (Vine)






The Silver Boat, by Luanne Rice (Mt. TBR Challenge)







Little Mercies (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf








That’s my week!  What did yours look like?  Enjoy the summer….EVEN IF IT’S A STAYCATION



Beautiful Staycation




  1. Ooo that breakfast looks yummy.I want to see Tammy it sounds hilarious. I am curious about the House on Mermaid Point. It has been so hot and humid I want to jump into the cover! Have a wonderful week Laurel


    1. I love that breakfast! My daughter’s fiance made that; isn’t he a doll?

      I love the Wendy Wax series…and it does look like it would definitely cool me off, too. Thanks for stopping by, Kimba.


  2. Happy 4th, and enjoy your week. I like staycations too, and reading and movies sound like a good way to spend the weekend. Mr. Churchill’s secretary sounds good, I eyeballed that one at the bookstore recently, the cover caught my eye. Hope it’s good!


    1. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. Lots of twists and turns and good espionage stuff. I say “enjoyed,” because I am only 30 pages from the end, so I’ll be finishing it this morning. Thanks for stopping by, Greg, and enjoy your week, too.


  3. I really want to see Tammy – it’s probably going to take ages for it to come to the cinemas in Finland, so I probably just have to wait until I go back to UK to see it. :<
    I hope you had a good 4th of July!
    Have a great week!


  4. Do you recommend Tammy? I saw an ad for it and wondered. I like McCarthy but even she needs a good script 🙂 Your new books look great (a few are on my shelf including the Luanne Rice book – thanks for the reminder!).


    1. If you like Melissa McCarthy, you should enjoy this one. She is revealed in all her bawdiness, but the vulnerability is there, too. And I love Susan Sarandon and Allison Janney. Great cast.

      I am hoping to love the Luanne Rice, and I’m wondering why I waited so long to read it? LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Mary.


  5. I’m glad you enjoyed July 4th. It’s nice to have quiet and peaceful day. Anyhow I really hope you’ll enjoy your new books and I cannot wait to see what you think of JoJo Moyes’ new book. Great haul 🙂


  6. I’ve been doing some staycation activities lately. I am currently reading Little Mercies. I will look forward to your review. I just added One Plus One to my list. Looks like you have a great collection of books! Have a great week!


  7. I am eager for Big Little Lies as a fan of Lianne Moriarty. I have seen Small Blessings on your blog and added it to my wishlist already. And I actually have that Luanne Rice book somewhere–I used to read her older ones and dropped off recently. I just finished Little Night and wasn’t that satisfying..hope to get The Lemon Orchard though.

    I have heard folks critical of the movie Tammy, but with Susan Sarandon and Alison Janney (yay, West Wing) it should be a hoot. I met Ms. Janney once when she visited the school I worked at in Maine. Her niece and nephew attended the school–her ex-sis-in-law lived near Boothbay Harbor, Maine …just name dropping here 😉
    Keep cool with an iced beverage and content with a good book!


    1. Oh, I loved the movie and the surprise appearances of some “oldies,” like Dan Ackroyd. It was like a reunion of all the actors that I remember from their youth…and mine. LOL

      There will always be people critical of Melissa, and she does have a bawdiness about her that seems startling…but then, beneath it all, we glimpse the vulnerability. Seeing Susan Sarandon with gray hair was interesting.

      Thanks for stopping by, Rita, and I am excited about Big Little Lies, too.


  8. I’m glad to hear Tammy was a fun movie! It’s one I want to see, though I’ll probably wait for Netflix. I bought several Luanne Rice novels at the last library book sale. I can’t wait to dig in!


  9. The movie Tammy looks funny. I love Melissa McCartney and Alison Janney is always great. I love the idea of a staycation but have yet to make one actually happen. Your weekend sounds pretty lovely though! Looks like you got some great books! I Love You More has been on my radar for awhile. It looks really interesting and I love the cover.


    1. I tend to go a little nuts with the downloads right after payday…LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Katherine, and I hope to enjoy all of these books.

      Loved Tammy…and the cast that surrounded her.


  10. The commercials for Tammy look so funny. I love Melissa McCarthy and want to see that. The Wendy Wax series looks excellent. I want to eventually get around to reading that.

    Have a great week!


    1. Thanks, Yvonne…I do love the Wendy Wax books and I’m always eager to dive in. Hope you have a great week,too.

      The Tammy movie was more enjoyable to me than her last couple of movies.


  11. katarguelles

    I want to see Tammy (Melissa McCarthy is hilarious!). And you got a lot great books this week, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great week!


    1. I am halfway through Little Mercies and did not want to put it down for sleep! I’ll be greedily reading it again this morning. I also really loved Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. Thanks for visiting, Cheryl.


  12. thebookdate

    Lots of books here that are on my wish list. The ones that are not on my list look like the should be. Love the idea of a staycation!


    1. Since I get to do what I want (pretty much) each day now, it doesn’t feel as though I need a vacation (or staycation). But maybe just a trip to the beach…or a day at some of the great places right close by.

      Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth…I am excited about my new books, too.


  13. I’m really excited about Big Little Lies. A friend and I want to see Tammy but we plan to see The Fault in Our Stars first – we want to see it before it leaves the theater.


  14. SO many great books here! I’m especially interested in the new Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes titles. Doll-baby looks good, too.

    I like to escape the snow and cold in the winter and tend to stay put in the summer… the weather is good, plus we’re close to both lakes and mountains. Have a good week!


  15. Teddyree

    And what an awesome week of reading you’re going to have! I’m just a little green with envy you have Big Little Lies, I love Liane Moriaty. The House on Mermaid Point is on my buy list for next week, can’t wait to get back to those girls. Off to check out some of your reviews. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


    1. I love my new books, too, and the fact that three of them are REVIEW books and can be read almost immediately…I’m ecstatic.

      Thanks for stopping by, Teddyree…I love Liane’s books, too, and a couple of years ago, I hadn’t even read any of hers!


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