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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, and let’s talk about our weeks.



This week, I had breakfast on my patio, inside the newly constructed and painted fence.  The weather cooperated beautifully!

For all the mother’s out there:  Happy Mother’s Day!





Hooked on Netflix: Another “Guilty Pleasures” Weekend

Curl up with Intros/Teasers – “Mercy Snow”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Waiting on “Eyes on You”

Hump Day Risks:  A Looming Rock, Blog Themes, & Images

What Ignites Your Passion on a Wednesday

Come Celebrate the Fourth Blogoversary & Ignite Some Snow Sparks

Plot or Characters?  Can You Choose?

Friday Out on a Limb:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Landline”

Friday Potpourri:  Breakfast on the Patio with Books

Creative Sparks:  Saturday Snapshots – Moments

Review:  And Then I Found You, by Patti Callahan Henry

Review:  Mercy Snow, by Tiffany Baker

Review:  On the Rocks, by Erin Duffy

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



INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Two books came in my mailbox this week:  a book from Amazon Vine and a book from the author.


1.  The Book of You, by Claire Kendal (Vine)






She Can Hide, by Melinda Leigh






And then I downloaded TWO e-books:


The Unwitting (e-book), by Ellen Feldman








The Apple Orchard (e-book), by Susan Wiggs










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


Landline, by Rainbow Rowell (Vine Review)







The Opposite of Maybe, by Maddie Dawson (Vine Review)






The Arsonist, by Sue Miller (Vine Review)







Redesigning Rose (e-book), by Lydia Laceby (Mt. TBR Challenge)








That’s it, folks!  What did your week look like?  What’s coming next?







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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGood morning, Sunday Saloners!

And for those who are mothers, Happy Mother’s Day!

I am having brunch with my daughter and some friends.  I’m looking forward to a little of this:


Another busy week behind me….not a lot of reading.  A little bit of blogging, like Tempting Images on Pinterest, Bookish Treats, & New Obsessions.

Hump Day Serendipity:  Waiting for “No Child of Mine”

Let’s Curl up and Talk Books

Sweet Saturday Sample:  Neighborhood Watch (An Excerpt from Defining Moments)

Reading:  (Click Titles/Covers for Reviews)

Fly Away, by Kristin Hannah

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Instructions for a Heatwave, by Maggie O’Farrell


Finding Lily (e-book), by Lisa D. Ellis (Review will be up on Rainy Days and Mondays on 5/30/13 – Blog Tour)

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Today I’m reading The Bodyguard and the Show Dog, by Christy Tillery French (A Mt. TBR/Sequel Challenge read).


And this week, I’ve been searching online and finding upcoming reads that I’m excited about, like a new one from Joyce Maynard, After Her; it’s coming August 20!  From the author who gave us Labor Day, among others.


It’s the summer of 1979, and a dry, hot, northern California school vacation stretches ahead for Rachel and her younger sister Patty – the daughters a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome and chronically unfaithful detective father who loves to make women happy, and the mother whose heart he broke. Left to their own devices, the inseparable sisters spend their days studying record jackets, concocting elaborate fantasies about the life of the mysterious neighbor who moves in down the street, and playing dangerous games on the mountain that rises up behind their house. When young women start showing up dead on the mountain, the girls’ father is charged with finding the man responsible, known as The Sunset Strangler. Seeing her father’s life slowly unravel when he fails to stop the murders, Rachel embarks on her most dangerous game yet: setting herself up as bait to catch the killer, with consequences that will destroy her father’s career and alter the lives of everyone she loves. It is not until thirty years later that Rachel, who has never given up hope of vindicating her father, finally smokes out the killer, bringing her back to the territory of her childhood, and uncovering a long-buried family secret. As with her novel, Labor Day, Maynard’s newest work is part thriller, part love story, Loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case that terrorized Marin County in the late seventies, her tale delves deep into the alternately thrilling and terrifying landscape of a young girl’s first explorations of adult sexuality and the loss of innocence, the bond between sisters – and into a daughter’s tender but damaged relationship with her father, and what it is to finally trust a man.


And here’s a book that arrived in my mailbox yesterday:  Sweet Salt Air, by Barbara Delinsky.  Can’t wait to read it!




So much to look forward to in the next few months.  What was your week like?  What’s ahead?