WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: READING, BLOGGING, & A GIVEAWAY AHEAD

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Book Dragon’s Lair, for Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

This week sped by, and as I examine my accomplishments, I am pleased.  And tired!  Remember the stress of last week, and my DMV exam?  Well, this week brought opportunities to read and blog; a coffee meeting with an old friend; and my actual driver’s license in the mailbox!

Meanwhile…I also had some fun serving up coffee in my more elegant cup and saucer.  For a change.

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Bookish Journey:  Musings

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers – Woman on Top

Waiting for “Keep Quiet”

Thursday Potpourri:  Whimsical Thoughts

Favorite Characters Return in New Wendy Wax Book

Friday Potpourri:  Spontaneity & Structure – An Unlikely Mix

Coming Next Week:  4-Year Blogoversary @ Curl up and Read

Guest Post – Author of Sinnerman – Jonathan M. Cook

Once Upon a Time – An Excerpt from An Accidental Life

Review:  The Whole Golden World, by Kristina Riggle (Vine Review)

Review:  Two Sisters, by Mary Hogan (Vine Review)

Review:  Sinnerman, by Jonathan M. Cook (Blog Tour)

Review:  Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert (Mt. TBR Challenge)

Review:  The Night Guest, by Fiona McFarlane (Vine Review)

Review:  Murder at Castle Rock (e-book), by Anne Marie Stoddard (Author Review Request)

INCOMING BOOKS: (All titles/covers linked to Amazon)

I received two review books in the mail…and one review book for Sparky.

Mother, Mother, by Koren Zailckas (Amazon Vine)

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How To Be a Good Wife, by Emma Chapman (Amazon Vine)

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Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes (e-book), by Joanne DeMaio

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

Blog Tour Stop for The Thunderbird Conspiracy, by R. K. Price (at Rainy Days and Mondays on Friday, 10/25)

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Reading List:

Circling My Mother (e-book), by Mary Gordon (Mt. TBR Challenge)

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Woman on Top, by Deborah Schwartz (Blog Tour Stop on 11/14/13)

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Mother, Mother, by Koren Zailckas (Amazon Vine)

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And don’t forget:  My 4-Year Blogoversary at Curl up and Read!  Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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There will be a giveaway and two winners!  Stop by and find out the details.  And bring your own coffee and/or mimosas!

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WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: SEASONAL RESTLESSNESS

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Book Dragon’s Lair, for Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

What a week!  Many distractions, including renewing my driver’s license, which involved going into the DMV for the first time in many years, and taking a written exam!  No worries…I passed.  But I hate the process…I like the interim years when I just have to mail back the form.

I took out some of my anxiety on the furnishings…and rearranged some things.

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I had a great day today, enjoying the fall breezes and luxuriating with my book at Barnes & Noble.  Sometimes it feels good to take a break from reading at home.

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Potpourri:  Slogging Through

Tuesday Sparks:  Intros/Teasers – The Whole Golden World

Hump Day Potpourri:  That Restless Feeling

Serendipitous Fridays:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Weekend Potpourri:  Seasonal Touches & Bookish News

Review:  Amsterdam, by Ian McEwan (Mt. TBR Challenge)

Review:  Big Girl Panties, by Stephanie Evanovich

Read:  The Thunderbird Conspiracy, by R. K. Price (Review will be up on 10/25 @ Rainy Days & Mondays)

INCOMING BOOKS: (Linked to Amazon)

I downloaded one e-book!

Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club, by Liz Stauffer

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

Sinnerman, by Jonathan M. Cook (Review & Guest Post on 10/16 and10/17 @ Rainy Days and Mondays)

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The Whole Golden World, by Kristina Riggle (Amazon Vine Review)

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Two Sisters, by Mary Hogan (Amazon Vine Review)

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Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert (Mt. TBR Challenge)

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Murder at Castle Rock (e-book), by Anne Marie Stoddard (Review book:  still reading)

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Grab some coffee, & let's chat!
Grab some coffee, & let’s chat!

WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: AUTUMN IS OUT IN FULL COLOR

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Book Dragon’s Lair, for Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

This week was one of upended plans and serendipitous moments.  You know the kind…you’re planning one thing, and then it doesn’t work out, and you are on a road to rediscovering spontaneity.

One of my spontaneous events was a midweek showing at the movies.  I saw The Family, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert DeNiro:  A riveting story about a mob family hiding out in the Witness Protection program…and how they cannot quite stay hidden.

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That shook up my week just enough that it felt as though I’d been on a little trip somewhere.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Potpourri:  A Lovely Weekend, & Some Musings About Reading

Tuesday Sparks:  Intros/Teasers – The Thunderbird Conspiracy

Waiting on The Whole Golden World

Serendipitous Fridays:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – Two Sisters

Creative Sparks:  Saturday Snapshots – Holiday Moments

Review:  Smoke Screen, by Sandra Brown (From Mt. TBR)

Review:  Children of the Fog (e-book), by Cheryl Kaye Tardif (From Mt. TBR)

Review:  W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton

Review:  The Star Attraction (e-book), by Alison Sweeney

INCOMING BOOKS:  (All Titles/Covers Are Linked to Amazon)

Three review books arrived in the mailbox; I purchased one book at Barnes & Noble and downloaded another from Amazon.

The Lady Who Cried Murder, by Lauren Carr (Author Review Request)

 

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The Night Guest, by Fiona McFarlane (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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The Whole Golden World, by Kristina Riggle (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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Summerland, by Elin Hilderbrand

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Cartwheel (e-book), by Jennifer Dubois

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

The Thunderbird Conspiracy, by R. K. Price (Blog Tour Date:  10/25/13 – On Rainy Days and Mondays)

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Amsterdam (e-book), by Ian McEwan  (From Mt. TBR)

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Big Girl Panties, by Stephanie Evanovich (Amazon Vine)

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Murder at Castle Rock (e-book), by Anne Marie Stoddard (Author Review Request)

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Now I’m off to enjoy a brand new week!  October has brought us colors…and Halloween is just around the corner.

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WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: LET’S HEAR IT FOR NEW BEGINNINGS! — SEPT. 29

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Notorious Spinks Talks Books , Beauty in Ruins, (Back-Up Host) for Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

This past week has been a great one for reading.  Cooler weather has kept me curled up in my comfortable reading spots….like this one.  I’ve also been watching the new Fall lineup on TV:

 

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I’ve been keeping an eye on my review books, and those that will help me finish some challenges.  Here’s what my week looked like:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Serendipitous Tuesdays:  Intros/Teasers – The Silver Boat

Weekend Potpourri:  New Books, New TV Shows, and Favorite Returns

The Beginning of Something Wonderful:  An Excerpt from “Miles to Go”

Saturday Snapshot:  Revisiting an Old House

Review:  Cleans Up Nicely, by Linda Dahl

Review:  Cold Winter Rain (e-book), by Steven P. Gregory (Author Review Request)

Review:  The Silent Wife (e-book), by A. S. A. Harrison

Review:  Diary of a Wildflower (e-book), by Ruth White (Author Review Request)

Review:  Sink or Swim (e-book), by Stacy Juba (From Mt. TBR)

 

INCOMING BOOKS:  (All Covers/Titles Link to Amazon)

Another bonanza of books this week:  some review books, some purchases, and a freebie.  Also, I received a lovely Amazon Gift Card from Stacy, at A Novel Life, for my participation in Bloggiesta.  Thanks, Stacy!

 

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Gringa in a Strange Land (e-book), by Linda Dahl (Purchased)

 

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Market Street (e-book), by Anita Hughes (Purchased)

 

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Who Asked You? (e-book), by Terry McMillan (Purchased)

 

 

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Poisoned (e-book), by Elaine Mack (Freebie)

 

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Two Sisters, by Mary Hogan (Amazon Vine Review)

 

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Big Girl Panties, by Stephanie Evanovich (Amazon Vine Review)

 

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The Thunderbird Conspiracy, by R. K. Price (Teddy Rose – Virtual AuthorTours: on 10/25/13)

 

 

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Woman on Top, by Deborah Schwartz (Teddy Rose- Virtual Author Tours – 11/14/13)

 

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And that’s it, folks!

 

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

 

Smoke Screen, by Sandra Brown (From My Toppling Mt. TBR)

 

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Children of the Fog (e-book), by Cheryl Kaye Tardif (From Mt. TBR)

 

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The Star Attraction (e-book), by Alison Sweeney

 

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W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton

 

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Let’s hear it for the books!  Come on by with your coffee or mimosa, and let’s chat!

 

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WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: BANNED BOOKS, BLOGGIESTA, & MORE — SEPT. 22

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Notorious Spinks Talks Books, , Beauty in Ruins, for Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

This has been quite the week!  Between reading and reviewing a “banned/challenged book,” (hosted by Sheila) and participating in Bloggiesta, there was plenty of reading that engaged me.  I did my work for Bloggiesta on this blog.  Note the changes in theme, header, sidebar, and pages.  Not to mention the background.  Hope you like it.

Last week found me “hunkering down,” with the month half over, and this week revealed how many review books are still left to devour.  Forging ahead!

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Potpourri:  Musing About “A Dark Mind”

Serendipitous Tuesdays:  Intros/Teasers – “Cleans Up Nicely”

Join Our Journey:  Waiting for Wednesday

Bookish Descriptions:  Imagery Part 2

Thursday Potpourri:  Cozy Reading, Pivotal Moments, & Coincidences

Go out on a Limb for Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Establishing Connections:  An Excerpt from “Chasing Stardust”

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Review:  Happy All the Time, by Laurie Colwin

Review:  A Dark Mind, by T. R. Ragan

Review:  Cross-Stitch Before Dying, by Amanda Lee

Review:  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (For Banned Book Week)

Read:  Sinnerman, by Jonathan M. Cook (Review will be posted for blog tour stop – 10/17 Rainy Days and Mondays)

AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE:

Rita, My Home of Books, reviewed my book Web of Tyranny.

INCOMING BOOKS: (All Covers/Titles Link to Amazon)

All of my incoming books came via download onto Sparky this week.  The first is a review book, the other two are my purchases.

Murder at Castle Rock (e-book), by Anne Marie Stoddard (Author Request)

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Final Sentence (e-book), by Daryl Wood Gerber (My Purchase)

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The Girl You Left Behind (e-book), by JoJo Moyes (My Purchase)

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UPCOMING WEEK ON THE BLOGS: (TITLES/COVERS linked to Amazon)

Cleans Up Nicely, by Linda Dahl (Won from Rose City Reader — thanks!)

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Diary of a Wildflower (e-book), by Ruth White (Author Review Request)

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Cold Winter Rain (e-book), by Steven P. Gregory (Author Review Request)

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I have plans to hurry through these books and pick up one or two more…to whittle down those review books on the stacks so I can grab one that I’m drooling over…a book that came in the mailbox last week.  Can you guess which one?

Come on by and let’s chat.  Bring coffee, because I might be curled up with my breakfast in bed.

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WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: HUNKERING DOWN — SEPT. 15

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Notorious Spinks Talks Books, for September’s Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

The month is half over, so it’s time to hunker down!  And what a week it has been!  I’ve had a lot of blogging and reading to keep me indoors, since the hot days are still with us.  Yes, cooler mornings and evenings, but not nearly enough.

So grab your cup of coffee and let’s talk about our weeks.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday from the Interior:  Musing About Upcoming Books

Guilty Pleasures?  Intros/Teasers

Serendipitous Wednesdays:  Upcoming Reads

A Thursday from the Interior:  Imagery

Serendipitous Fridays:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – “Lie Still”

Review:  Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, by Paula Daly

Review (Blog Tour): Mr. Monk Helps Himself, by Ty Conrad

Review:  The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

Review:  In the Drink, by Kate Christensen

Review:  Lie Still, by Julia Heaberlin

Read:   The Perks of Being a Wallflower (e-book), by Stephen Chbosky – (Review Will Be Posted on 9/21/13 – for Banned Books Week)– On An Interior Journey

INCOMING BOOKS:

Between my mailbox and my downloads (from free, purchased, & review books), I have quite a haul.

All are linked to Amazon…

A Dark Mind, by T. R. Ragan (Amazon Vine)

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W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton (Purchase)

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Sinnerman (e-book), by Jonathan M. Cook (Blog Tour Stop – Oct. 17)

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Diary of a Wildflower (e-book), by Ruth White (Author Review Request)

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Cold Winter Rain (e-book), by Steven P. Gregory (Author Review Request)

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Second Nature (e-book), by Nora Roberts (Purchase)

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (e-book), by Stephen Chbosky (Purchase)

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Out in the Country (e-book), by Kate Hewitt (Freebie)

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THIS WEEK ON THE BLOGS: (All Books Are Linked to Amazon)

Sinnerman (e-book), by Jonathan M. Cook

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Happy All the Time, by Laurie Colwin

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A Dark Mind, by T. R. Ragan

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Divas by the River (e-book), by Juno Ross (Author Review Request)

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Now…I hope you’ll come on by with a second cup of coffee…and chat about your books.

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WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: NEW BEGINNINGS — SEPT. 8/9

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Notorious Spinks Talks Books, for September’s Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

Today I’m celebrating the first signs of fall…it shows up in the crisper air in the mornings, and the cooling down at night.  Fall is like a New Beginning for me.  Even though the days of school are long behind, for me and for my kids, I still enjoy the energy through my grandkids.

Over the Labor Day holiday, I took some time off to see the Lee Daniels’ The Butler movie.  Wonderful!

 

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And now, as a nod to New Beginnings, I am combining all the Sunday/Monday Posts into this one.  So let’s begin.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday From the Interior:  Intros/Teasers – The Garden of Last Days

Hump Day Potpourri:  Relishing Upcoming Movies…& Downloading Books

Bookshelf Clearing Giveaway Winner – Congrats to Laura

Serendipitous Fridays:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Saturday Snapshots:  Memories

Can You Go Home Again? — An Excerpt from “Embrace the Whirlwind”

Review:  The Supreme Macaroni Company, by Adriana Trigiani

Review:  The Garden of Last Days, by Andre Dubus III

Review:  Revenge Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger

INCOMING BOOKS:

This week brought one review book in the mailbox; I purchased a book at Barnes & Noble; and downloaded some e-books for Sparky.

All Titles/Covers Link to Amazon Product Pages

Lie Still, by Julia Heaberlin (Amazon Vine)

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The Lost Years, by Mary Higgins Clark

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The Good Wife (e-book), by Jane Porter

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

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The Silent Wife (e-book), by A. S. A. Harrison

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THIS WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

On Tuesday, check out Rainy Days and Mondays for my blog tour stop for Mr. Monk Helps Himself

Upcoming Reads: (Titles/Covers link to Amazon Product Pages)

Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, by Paula Daly

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The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

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In the Drink, by Kate Christensen

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What is happening on your blog(s)?  Grab some coffee and come on by to chat.

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SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY: HELLO SEPTEMBER! — SEPT. 1

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post, and head over to Notorious Spinks Talks Books, for September’s Mailbox Monday.

August is over, and now we can turn our thoughts to what September can bring.  Here’s what happened this month….and what’s coming next.

ON THE BLOGS:

Another Tuesday Potpourri:  A Murder Mystery, A Ghostly Castle, and More!

Hump Day Sparks:  Waiting for “Stella Bain”

Thursday Potpourri:  More Tidbits

Friday’s Creative Journey:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Creative Sparks:  Saturday Snapshot:  August Birthdays

Wrapping up August:  A Good Month

Review:  She Can Scream, by Melinda Leigh

Review:  The Murders at Astaire Castle, by Lauren Carr

Review:  The Good Daughter (e-book), by Jane Porter

Review:  Good Girl, Bad Girl, by Christopher Finch

Review:  Accused, by Lisa Scottoline

INCOMING BOOKS:

I received two review books in the mailbox; purchased one book at B & N; downloaded three e-books; and received a giveaway book from Rose City Reader.

The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble (Amazon Vine)

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Jessica Speight, a young anthropology student in 1960s London, is at the beginning of a promising academic career when an affair with her married professor turns her into a single mother. Anna is a pure gold baby with a delightful sunny nature. But as it becomes clear that Anna will not be a normal child, the book circles questions of responsibility, potential, even age, with Margaret Drabble’s characteristic intelligence, sympathy, and wit.

Drabble once wrote, “Family life itself, that safest, most traditional, most approved of female choices, is not a sanctuary; it is, perpetually, a dangerous place.” Told from the point of view of the group of mothers who surround Jess, The Pure Gold Baby is a brilliant, prismatic novel that takes us into that place with satiric verve, trenchant commentary, and a movingly intimate story of the unexpected transformations at the heart of motherhood.

Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, by Paula Daly (Amazon Vine)

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Lisa Kallisto—overwhelmed working mother—is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. She holds down a busy job running an animal shelter, she cares for three demanding children, and she worries that her marriage isn’t getting enough attention. During an impossibly hectic week, Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a moment and her world descends into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend’s thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it’s Lisa’s fault. To make matters worse, Lucinda is the second teenage girl to disappear within the past two weeks. The first one turned up stripped bare and abandoned on the main street after a horrible ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after having been publicly blamed by Lucinda’s family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. As she begins digging under the surface, Lisa learns that everything is not quite what it first appears to be.

In Paula Daly’s heart-stopping debut novel, motherhood, marriage, and friendship are tested when a string of abductions tear through a small-town community. Gripping and fast-paced, Just What Kind of Mother Are You? introduces an outstanding new thriller writer with a terrifying imagination for the horrors that lurk in everyday lives.

Cleans up Nicely, by Linda Dahl (contest win)

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When twenty-something artist Erica Mason moves from laid-back Mexico to Manhattan in the mid-1970s, she finds a hard-edged, decadent, and radically evolving art scene.

Peppered with characters who could only come from the latter days of the turn-on-and-drop-out ’60s in then-crumbling New York (a spaced-out drummer who’s completely given up on using or making money, a radical feminist who glues animal furs to her paintings of vaginas, and icons in the making like Patti Smith), Erica’s New York is fast-moving, funny, and heartrending just like the city itself. Ultimately, her rite of passage is not only a love affair with art, men, alcohol, drugs, and music in the swirl that was the downtown scene in a radically evolving era in New York, but also a resurrection from addiction and self-delusion.

More than the study of a celebrated period of artistic expression, Cleans Up Nicely is the story of one gifted young woman’s path from self-destruction to a hard-won self-knowledge that opens up a whole new world for her and helps her claim the self-respect that has long eluded her.

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

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Empty nest, retired husband … after thirty-three years of marriage as wife, mother, nursemaid, and family mediator, Lily Gold has had it! There must be more to life than making beds and cooking dinners. A lot more, she discovers, when she decides she needs something of her very own – a job.

Re-entering the work force is harder than it seems, and Lily has difficulty finding a position that’s just right for her. When she finally does, she knows it’s a perfect fit. But husband Leon wants no part of it, and off he goes to the bank to put the kibosh on her chance of opening her own antique center.

This is marriage? This is war! Lily steps out of the tired old habit of always letting Leon have his way. This time she turns the status quo into quid pro quo and gives him a run for the money. And, while she’s at it, with a little help from her friends, she breaks the mold of Lily Gold. But does she have what it takes to create a new Lily – a Lily’s renaissance?

Lily Gold’s journey is the journey of every woman who wants it all – love, respect, personal fulfillment, and real happiness.

The Star Attraction (e-book), by Alison Sweeney

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“Can you blame a publicist for blurring the lines between what’s real and what’s a dream, when her client is a gorgeous actor?” –Jodi Picoult
Sophie is a Hollywood publicist who has a fabulous job, a fabulous boyfriend, and a fabulous life. She even scores her PR firm’s most important actor client and every woman’s dream—Billy Fox.

But will a steamy make-out session in a restaurant alley with her big-name client cost Sophie her job? And does she really want an escape from her life and her loving, if imperfect, relationship with her investment banker boyfriend? The Star Attraction takes us on a wild ride through one woman’s daytime soap come to life. “Alison Sweeney’s novel is an entertaining, backstage glimpse at those who organize the lives of the Hollywood elite. It’s great fun for any reader who secretly sneaks peeks at People magazine in the checkout line at the grocery store, and wonders, What if . . . ?” –Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Lone Wolf and The Storyteller

Cross Stitch Before Dying (e-book), by Amanda Lee

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Embroidery shop owner Marcy Singer is about to find out that show biz and sew biz don’t mix!

Marcy’s mom Beverly is the costume designer for a lavish, Bollywood-style production…and she suggests Tallulah Falls as a great place to shoot part of the film. Everyone at the embroidery shop, and around town, is in a flutter that a glamorous movie production is taking place in their midst. But when the star of the film is found murdered, the police suspect Marcy’s mom, who made it no secret she did not care for the diva’s attitude regarding her wardrobe.

Marcy might as well issue an open call for suspects, because the star had a long list of enemies. To save her mom’s career and keep her from accessorizing with handcuffs, Marcy and her friends will need to stitch together the clues to catch one crafty killer who may have designs on Marcy next…

The Silver Boat, by Luanne Rice

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In The Silver Boat, New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice has written a heart-wrenching yet heartwarming portrait of a family in all its flawed complexity. The McCarthy sisters have come to Martha’s Vineyard to say good-bye to their family’s beach house—the place they were happiest together. Each has her own complicated issues and is struggling with the difficult process of letting go, but when a cache of old letters spurs them to visit Ireland, each woman comes to see herself in a new light. True-to-life sisters, the beach, laughter, and passionate love—The Silver Boat is Luanne Rice at her very best.

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Now I think I’d better settle back and start planning how to incorporate these new titles into my weeks ahead!

I hope you’ll come on by and chat!

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SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY: FALL IS NEAR! — AUGUST 25

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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.

Another week has sped by.  School has started for the grandkids…and the temperature is going down just a tad.  I can sense that autumn is near at hand!  My favorite time of the year.

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Here’s My Week on the Blogs:

Serendipitous Tuesdays:  Intros/Teasers – “Blue Plate Special”

On Tenterhooks for this One:  “Critical Mass”

Thursday Potpourri:  The Tea is Steeping and the Book is Delicious

August Bookshelf Clearing:  Come on Down!

Friday Potpourri:  Book Beginnings/The Friday 56 –“Accused”

Sweet Saturday Sample:  Another Look at Evan (Excerpt)

Sunday Potpourri:  A Trip to the Library

Review: Townie (e-book), by Andre Dubus III (From Mt. TBR)

Review:  Is This Tomorrow (e-book), by Caroline Leavitt

Review:  Blue Plate Special, by Kate Christensen (Amazon Vine Review)

Review:  The Great Gatsby (e-book), by F. Scott Fitzgerald

INCOMING BOOKS:

Accused, by Lisa Scottoline (Amazon Vine)

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Mary Dinuzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet, brought to the firm by a thirteen-year-old genius with a penchant for beekeeping.  Allegra Gardner’s sister Fiona was murdered six years ago, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case: the accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him; most damningly, Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty.  But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned. The Gardner family is one of the most powerful in the country and Allegra’s parents don’t believe in reopening the case, so taking it on is risky.  But the Rosato & Associates firm can never resist an underdog.  Was justice really served all those years ago?  It will take a team of unstoppable female lawyers, plus one thirteen-year-old genius, to find out.

The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel (Valentine Trilogy), by Adriana Trigiani (Amazon Vine)

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In The Shoemaker’s Wife Adriana Trigiani swept her readers across generations of an Italian family, from the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy. In The Supreme Macaroni Company, she weaves a heartbreaking story that begins on the eve of a wedding in New York’s Greenwich Village, travels to New Orleans, and culminates in Tuscany. Family, work, romance, and the unexpected twists of life and fate all come together in an unforgettable narrative that Adriana Trigiani’s many fans will adore.

Good Girl, Bad Girl, by Christopher Finch (Amazon Vine)

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In May of 1968, New York City is broke and on the skids, and private eye Alex Novalis is hard up for gigs. So when he’s offered a case from wealthy construction mogul Gabriel Kravitz, he can’t refuse.

Kravitz’s eighteen-year-old daughter Lydia has gone missing. Though she’s presumed to be with Jerry Pedrosian, the radical middle-aged artist and known womanizer she’d been sleeping with, there are few clues. Information is hard to come by; everyone seems to be hiding something. And then there’s Andrea Marshall, Lydia’s miniskirted and vinyl-booted best friend, who Novalis is deeply distrustful of…and unfortunately attracted to.

But as Novalis traverses the city, tracking Lydia from scummy artists’ lofts in pre-gentrified SoHo to luxury penthouses overlooking Central Park, he’ll face threats deadlier than any he signed on for.

Smart and sophisticated, Good Girl, Bad Girl provides a rare, fascinating snapshot of late 1960s New York City—a glimpse into the forbidden sex, politics, art, drugs, and counterculture violence that ran rampant in its once gloriously gritty streets.

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Another week to look forward to!  Come on by and share some thoughts….

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SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY: LOST IN BOOKS — AUGUST 18

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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.

How did this past week skip by so quickly?  The best thing about it was how lost I got in some of my reading.

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And then there was the blogging!

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HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED ON MY BLOGS:

Serendipitous Tuesdays:  Intros/Teasers:  Mr. Monk Helps Himself

Thursday Sparks:  Borrowing?

Thursday Potpourri:  Book Drives, Review Books, & Movies

August Bookshelf Clearing:  Come on Down!

Friday Potpourri:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – Is This Tomorrow

Sweet Saturday Sample:  A Great Escape

Review:  We Are Water, by Wally Lamb

Review:  MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood

Review:  The Obituary Writer (e-book), by Ann Hood

Read:  Mr. Monk Helps Himself, by Ty Conrad (Review will be posted on 9/10 at Blog Tour Stop:  Rainy Days and Mondays)

 

INCOMING BOOKS:

No books came in the mail, but I downloaded two e-books to feed Sparky

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What Maisie Knew (e-book), by Henry James

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Strikingly modern in its subject and narrative voice, this 1897 novel centers on a child’s view of her parents’ bitter divorce. Maisie develops a precocious maturity as she observes the adults’ irresponsible and immoral behavior. Rather than a gloomy parable of innocence corrupted, the tale abounds in dark humor and savage wit.

Alterations (e-book), by Rita Plush

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Author’s Note:  Many of these stories hark back more than fifty years, unwritten stories that lived in me the way stories do, as a bit of memory – a certain smell, the turn of a head, or the particular sound of a voice. Or, in the case of “Love, Mona,” in a quilted dime-store night table and a sleeping Mexican painted on a cupboard door.

My Brooklyn stories were told through the eyes of a child growing up with the rumble of the El along 86th Street, walking with her mother in her big-shouldered mouton coat, as she did her errands and talked with the shopkeepers. The walkup apartment house where she lived with her family, the damp steamy smell of the lobby where the metal taps on her shoes made a satisfying clicking sound as she ran up and down the marble steps. The seamstress in her apartment building, her friend’s father who seldom spoke, the people her parents knew, the relatives – her ear pressed to the wall, hearing talk that was not for her to hear – the people they spoke of in Yiddish so the child would not understand.

Decades later, they called to me, the memory of them morphing, changing, altering, becoming characters that were and were not them. And I kept writing about the loving and sometimes mysterious bonds of family. I dressed my characters, gave them habits and a particular way to speak, and put them down on the pages, wanting things they could not have, remembering things they wanted to forget. They mended and they sewed, they owned stores and boutiques, they jerry-made contraptions and carved dollhouse furniture. They dug in the dirt and planted tomatoes, they hunted for bear and did a jigsaw puzzle in a far off mountain cabin. Makers and fixers, they had the creative qualities derived from my parents and passed down to me.

Beginning with Frances, the young child grieving for her mother in “Love, Mona,” these stories come full circle to Rusty in “Feminine Products,” pregnant but unmarried, desperate to make a family for her unborn child. Family is a recurrent theme in my stories.

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I picked the Henry James book after seeing the newly released DVD, What Maisie Knew, updated to the present day:

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And that is my week!  What a ride!!  And now I am curious about your week…come on by and let’s chat.

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