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

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

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




Did our US friends have a good Thanksgiving? Are the rest of you eagerly looking forward to Christmas or other winter holidays?  Here is what last week looked like for me.  On Thanksgiving, I was at my daughter’s home, relaxing…




And then….


Sunday Potpourri:  Reading, Blogging, & Unexpected Discoveries

Serendipitous Tuesday:  Intros/Teasers – “The Nightingale”

Hump Day Creativity:  Waiting on “Night Night, Sleep Tight”

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Cancel the Wedding”

A Reunion:  Destiny? – Excerpted from “Interior Designs”

Creative Saturday:  Giving Thanks

Saturday Potpourri:  Curl up and Enjoy the Coziness

Review:  The Pocket Wife, by Susan Crawford

Review:  Another Night, Another Day, by Sarah Rayner

Review:  River Road (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz



INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Two Vine books came in my mailbox; I bought one book at Barnes & Noble; and downloaded five e-books for Sparky, always greedy for more.

The Secrets of Midwives, by Sally Hepworth (Amazon Vine)





“With empathy and keen insight, Sally Hepworth delivers a page-turning novel about the complex, lovely, and even heartbreaking relationships between mothers and daughters.—Emily GifinThree generations of women Secrets in the present and from the pastA captivating tale of life, loss, and love…


Walking on Trampolines, by Frances Whiting (Amazon Vine)





Praised as “a tender exploration of friendship, families, and first love” (Liane Moriarty, New York Times bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret), this coming-of-age novel from bestselling author Frances Whiting is equal parts heartwarming, accessible, and thought provoking.


The Life You’ve Imagined, by Kristina Riggle (Purchased)






Two childhood friends reunite when stressful circumstances bring them back to their hometown. Anna, distraught over the loss of a beloved mentor, takes a leave of absence from her law firm and returns to her mother, Maeve, and their family convenience store. Cami deals with a gambling addiction and breakup by hiding out at her father’s home. Sadly, coming home doesn’t bring them the solace they seek. Maeve’s store is being threatened by an upscale development. Anna is nursing lingering feelings for the high-school sweetheart she left, who now has a wife and family. Cami still mourns her mother’s long-ago death and resents her alcoholic father’s emotional withdrawal. Riggle, author of Real Life and Liars (2009), explores what happens when real life diverges sharply from childhood dreams. Her strong and complicated female characters are interesting and likable, and she ably weaves together multiple story lines.



The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain





In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child.

CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she knows what happened to her missing infant, because two decades ago she made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make. Tell the truth and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of lies.


You (e-book), by Caroline Kepnes





When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.


The Look of Love (e-book), by Sarah Jio





Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives, specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love is utterly enchanting.


The Perfect Mother (e-book), by Nina Darnton







When an American exchange student is accused of murder, her mother will stop at nothing to save her.

A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis’s carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who’s studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of another student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder whether she ever really knew her daughter. The police charge Emma, and the press leaps on the story, exaggerating every sordid detail. One by one, Emma’s defense team, her father, and finally even Jennifer begin to have doubts.

A novel of harrowing emotional suspense, The Perfect Mother probes the dark side of parenthood and the complicated bond between mothers and daughters.


Betrayed (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline





Blockbuster author Lisa Scottoline returns to the Rosato & Associates law firm with Betrayed, and maverick lawyer Judy Carrier takes the lead in a case that’s more personal than ever.  Judy has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy’s beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy begins to suspect foul play.  The circumstances of the death leave Judy with more questions than answers, and never before has murder struck so close to home.




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


Currently Reading:  The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah (Vine)





Finding Jake, by Bryan Reardon  (Vine)





The Paying Guests (e-book), by Sarah Waters







That’s what my week looked like!  And that’s what lies ahead….what are you reading, blogging, and chatting about? 







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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 for December will be at Rose City Reader.

We had two great Thanksgiving get-togethers….here’s a favorite photo of Noah enjoying some dessert.

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My Interior World of Books:  Both Print & Digital

Pondering the End of the Year Challenges

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers – The Things That Keep Us Here

Waiting Eagerly for “Hidden”

Monthly Reading/Challenges Wrap-Up

Review:  Cartwheel (e-book), by Jennifer Dubois

Review:  Virgin Soul (e-book), by Judy Juanita

Review:  Finding Colin Firth, by Mia March

Review:  Market Street (e-book), by Anita Hughes


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers are linked to Amazon)

Three review books came in the mail; I purchased one book and downloaded two books for Sparky.

Morning Glory (e-book), by Sarah Jio


Lies You Wanted to Hear (e-book), by James Whitfield Thomson


One Hundred Names, by Cecelia Ahern (Amazon Vine)


What I Had Before I Had You, by Sarah Cornwell (Vine)


The Edge of Normal, by Carla Norton


The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion (Purchase)



UPCOMING WEEK ON THE BLOGS:  (Titles/Covers are linked to Amazon)

The Things That Keep Us Here, by Carla Buckley


Invisible, by Carla Buckley


Sense & Sensibility, by Joanna Trollope (Amazon Vine)



That’s what my week looks like!  Come on by and let’s chat….don’t forget the coffee!



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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 for November will be at I Totally Paused.

Another week bites the dust!  My Photographer Son’s Photo He Calls Feng “Sway” was my favorite image from my Saturday Snapshot Post: 


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Serendipitous Tuesdays:  Intros/Teasers -“Finding Colin Firth”

Romantic Journey:  Waiting on “Going Over”

Mourning the Fallen Prince:  Excerpt from Chasing Stardust (Nov. 22 Memorial)

Review:  The Good Wife, by Jane Porter

Review:  The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, by Fannie Flagg

Review:  Playing Dead, by Julia Heaberlin

Review:  The Girl You Left Behind, by JoJo Moyes



INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Received one book in the mailbox…and downloaded two for Sparky.

Sense and Sensibility, by Joanna Trollope (Amazon Vine)




Redesigning Rose (e-book), by Lydia Laceby




Fancy Free (e-book), by Shelley Munro (freebie)






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


Cartwheel (e-book), by Jennifer Dubois




Virgin Soul (e-book), by Judy Juanita




Finding Colin Firth, by Mia March






What did your week look like?  What are your reading plans?  Enjoy your Thanksgiving!







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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.


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)


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


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)


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!