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

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.


Another quick week.  Lots of reading, blogging, some errands, and even a bit of house cleaning, my least favorite activity.  FOUR books read and reviewed…and my challenge total:  103.  Somehow I’ve managed to adjust to the time change…although I was super tired for a few days, which doesn’t jibe with the idea that we were gaining an hour of sleep!

November is speeding by, with the weeks seeming to vanish without a trace.  I haven’t watched anything on Netflix this week, but I have been enjoying the Thursday night lineup on TV; those shows are already nearing winter finales.  How is that even possible?  My favorite daytime shows are keeping me glued to the screen with lots of cliffhangers on Fridays.  From General Hospital and the “two Jasons” to Will’s resurrection on DOOL...followed by the public revelation of the leader of the sex ring on Y & R.  Big Bad Dollar Bill has gone too far on B & B.

Yes…I am a soap addict.  LOL. 

The Christmas movies are reminding us that we will soon be hauling out the decorations, and I am caught up in the fairytale stories that sweep us away into the glitter of the holidays.

So…what else happened this week?  Let’s grab another cup of coffee and find out.


Sunday Potpourri:  All About the Clocks…& Books

Tuesday Potpourri:  From Fairytale Images to Russian Novels…

Tuesday Sparks:  “Even If It Kills Her”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Books, Books, & More Books…

Coffee Chat:  Past Journeys…and Looking Ahead

Keeping Track:  The Status of My TBR

Bookish Friday:  “The Cruelest Month”

Coffee Chat:  Tidbits, Chores, An Excerpt…

A Cozy Saturday…

Review:  Seven Days of Us (e-book), by Francesca HornakReview:  The One & Only, by Emily GiffinReview:  Cold as Ice (e-book, #6 Country Club Murders), by Julie MulhernReview:  The Last Mrs. Parrish (e-book), by Liv Constantine


INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Two Purchased Books came in My Mailbox…and I received one NetGalley review book….Then I downloaded some books…

The Girls in the Picture (e-book), by Melanie Benjamin (NG – 1/16/18)

Purchased Books:

Every Breath You Take (Under Suspicion Series), by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton


Bonfire (e-book), by Krysten Ritter

Dead of Winter (e-book), by Wendy Corsi Staub

Wonder Valley (e-book), by Ivy Pochoda



Currently Reading:  All the Best People (e-book), by Sonja Yoerg


And then…some NetGalley books like…

Poison (e-book), by Galt Niederhoffer (NG – 11/21)

The Story of Arthur Truluv (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg (NG-11/21)


That was my week…what did yours look like?  And…because I can’t resist, I’m sharing my comfort dessert from last Monday…






Madelyn (Maddy) Carson had some very strict rules for her personal life. As a script supervisor for The Wrong Doctor, a soap, she definitely chose not to date actors.

So when she begins dating one of the show’s executives, Craig Williams, she tells herself she is not technically breaking her own rules.

When she gets an idea for a reality show based on her hometown in Wolf County, and collaborates a bit with Craig before presenting the idea to their boss, she is totally unprepared for Craig’s betrayal, which definitely makes her question her own rules.

Then when Adam, one of the actors on the show, asks her out and pursues a relationship with her, she begins to wonder if she needs that rule book.

Scared Scriptless: A Novel was a delightful story about life behind the scenes in Hollywood, and the author definitely knows her material, as she starred in Days of Our Lives for several years, and has been on other TV shows as well.

The story is narrated in the first person voice of Maddy, a character I could not help but root for. I recommend this book for all who love stories about Hollywood, and those who have read any of Sweeney’s books. 4.5 stars.


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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 mimosa), and let’s talk about our weeks.




What happened to this week?  All I know is that I continued my purging and rearranging, even going so far as to add a spit and polish to things…and then I enjoyed catching up on movies and TV shows on my DVR.  The reading was very intermittent…and so was the blogging.

On Thursday night, my granddaughter Fiona spent the night, and we rose early on Friday to take her to the train for her trip.

So that’s what happened to my usual activities.  But some weeks are like that, aren’t they?



fiona starting over




Guess What?  My Interiors Are In Flux Again!

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers – “Ruin Falls”

Hump Day Creativity:  Waiting for “A Small Indiscretion”

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Savoring the Moments

Thursday Potpourri:  The Aftermath of the Purge

Review:  The Carrier, by Sophie Hannah (4 ****)

Review:  Accidents of Marriage (e-book), by Randy Susan Meyers (5 *****)



INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

The mailbox was alive and waiting with goodies this week, albeit only two gorgeous ones from Amazon Vine.  And then I downloaded an e-book, as Sparky was complaining about hunger again.





When We Fall, by Emily Liebert (Amazon Vine)






Ready for a fresh start, Allison Parker moves back to her hometown in the suburbs of New York. While she’d once savored the dynamic pace of city life, sadly, it lost its allure after her husband’s untimely death. Now, ready to focus on her art career accompanied by her ten-year-old son, Logan, Allison doesn’t anticipate that her past will resurface. When the wife of her husband’s best friend from summer camp takes her under her wing, things begin to spin out of control.



The Oleander Sisters, by Elaine Hussey (Amazon Vine)







An emotionally riveting tale of the bonds of family and the power of hope in the sultry Deep South

In 1969, the first footsteps on the moon brighten America with possibilities. But along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a category five storm is brewing, and the Blake sisters of Biloxi are restless for change. Beth “Sis” Blake has always been the caretaker, the dutiful one, with the weight of her family’s happiness—and their secrets—on her shoulders. She dreams of taking off to pursue her own destiny, but not before doing whatever it takes to rescue her sister.


Ruth’s Journey (e-book), by Donald McCaig (Purchased)






Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

“Her story began with a miracle.” On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor—an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French émigrés, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.




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


Currently Reading:  Dear Daughter (e-book), by Elizabeth Little






Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is sly, stunning, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a high-society beauty known for her good works and rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie makes herself over and goes undercover, determined to chase down the one lead she has on her mother’s killer. The only problem? Janie doesn’t know if she’s the killer she’s looking for.



Ruin Falls, by Jenny Milchman





Liz Daniels has every reason to be happy about setting off on a rare family vacation, leaving behind her remote home in the Adirondack Mountains for a while. Instead, she feels uneasy. Her children, eight-year-old Reid and six-year-old Ally, have met their paternal grandparents only a handful of times. But Liz’s husband, Paul, has decided that, despite a strained relationship with his mother and father, they should visit the farm in western New York where he spent his childhood.

On their way to the farm, the family stops at a hotel for the night. In the morning, when Liz goes to check on her sleeping children, all her anxiety comes roaring back: Ally and Reed are nowhere to be found. Blind panic slides into ice-cold terror as the hours tick by without anyone finding a trace of the kids. Soon, Paul and Liz are being interviewed by police, an Amber Alert is issued, and detectives are called in.


Further Out Than You Thought, by Michaela Carter







Combining the eloquence and raw sensuality of Jeanette Winterson with the romantic, renegade spirit of Patti Smith, Further Out Than You Thought is a taut and erotically charged literary debut, set against the chaos of the 1992 L.A. riots, about three people searching for identity and meaning from award-winning poet and indie bookshop co-founder Michaela Carter.




And that’s all for the week, folks.  What are you all reading and blogging about?  What life moments are you sharing?