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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…..




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st-patricks-day-comment-001Welcome to our St. Patrick’s Day Sunday Salon.

I think that my favorite thing about this holiday—aside from the food and drinks—is that it seems to herald spring days ahead.

Yes, we had our Spring Forward last week, but nothing sets the mood more than this holiday.

Today I’m going to enjoy some corned beef and cabbage and other goodies with family.

What are the rest of you planning?


A Nod to the Irish

A Nod to the Irish


I do love a good book in an Irish setting, but none of mine this week met that test.

I did some outdoor work yesterday, though, and then spent some time in the neighborhood park.


Here’s Some of My Blogging Stuff for the Week:

Drooling & Musing Over Upcoming Reads

Hump Day Potpourri:  Stuff I’ve Been Putting Off….

Thursday Sparks:  Mood Reading

Guilty Pleasures:  Living With No Regrets

Sweet Saturday Sample:  Teen Rebellion (An Excerpt from a WIP)

And My Reading:  Click Titles/Covers for Reviews:

1.  The View from Penthouse B, by Elinor Lipman (Amazon Vine)



2.   While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, by Wendy Wax (Publicist Request)


3.  The Tin Horse, by Janice Steinberg (Amazon Vine)



4.  The Lion Is In, by Delia Ephron (Library book)

the lion is in


My week was heavily weighted with review books…but what I’m reading today:  The Sixes, by Kate White, promises to be a fun journey.



What does your day look like?  Your upcoming week?

Come by and chat!

Come by and chat!