WEEKEND POTPOURRI: RELISHING THE MOMENTS…

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My three daughters!  Well, not exactly.  I only gave birth to the one in the middle, but the other two have lived with us at various points in time.  They spent a lot of time at my home when I lived in this townhouse:

 

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My loft room:

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And also in my A-frame in the foothills, especially during the holiday season:

 

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A more updated version of Heather, my “actual” daughter…with a friend during the holidays.

 

 

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I do enjoy checking out old photos…or finding new versions of my old photos on Facebook.  Do you relish the moments?

This post is linked to West Metro Mommy Reads for Saturday Snapshots.

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: CAPTIVATING BOOKS….

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Bridges:  A Daphne White Story (e-book), by Maria Murnane, is a book about the power of friendship.

 

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JUST FINISHED:

So far this week, I have read and reviewed two books:

Never Change (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg (click the title for my review).

 

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The Idea of You (e-book), by Amanda Prowse (click for my review).

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I have been trying to get my hands on this one, and so far, I have been unable to acquire it.  It will be released on 6/27/17, so I guess I can wait.

The Child, by Fiona Barton (author of The Widow), is a novel of twisting psychological suspense.

 

 

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As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

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What are you reading this week?  What is up next?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “BRIDGES: A DAPHNE WHITE NOVEL”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s featured e-ARC is Bridges:  A Daphne White Novel (e-book), by Maria Murnane, a tribute to the power of friendship.

 

 

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Intro:  Daphne juggled two sacks of groceries against a hip as she fumbled with her keys, hoping that if she dropped a bag it wouldn’t be the one holding the eggs.  Once safely inside the house, she rushed into the kitchen, put the eggs, milk, and orange juice into the fridge, then left the nonperishables on the counter before hurrying into her office.  She took a seat at the desk and powered on the computer, then checked the time on the screen to see how late she was.  Ten minutes.  Not that bad for her—but probably ten minutes later than Skylar, whose schedule tended to run like clockwork.  She logged into her e-mail account and clicked to open the link Skylar had sent, hoping she wouldn’t flub her first ever attempt at video chatting.

In a flash, her friend appeared on Daphne’s computer.  “Hi Skylar!”

“Hey hot stuff!  It’s great to see you, even if it’s just on a screen.  Can you believe it’s been over a year since we were last together in the flesh?  Scary how fast time is flying.”

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Teaser:  “There are few things I enjoy in life more than getting pampered at a spa,” Skylar said as they entered an empty sauna.  “How were your treatments?  Mine were heavenly.” (58%).

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Synopsis:  It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love. 

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What do you think?  Would you keep reading?

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: KITCHEN TIDBITS & BOOKS….

This week has been one for shopping.  I wrote about my wedding outfit/shoes shopping in Thursday Potpourri:  Spotlight Home and Family.

While I was out shopping, I circled around to the kitchen items. (Yes, I was in Target).

A few years ago, my daughter “borrowed” my blender, and I have yet to get it back.  She does that…with appliances, and cookbooks (she says “you don’t cook, so you don’t need it”).  Who knows what else has ended up at her place?

So…I wanted a blender, and since I’m not getting my original one back, here’s what I came home with.  I love red…in appliances, etc.  Note:  my March page of the Mary Engelbreit calendar, a favorite that I buy each year.  I also see that the top of my stove has lots of spices, etc.  It almost seems as if I cook.  LOL.

 

 

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And here’s my red coffee pot, toaster, and a full mug of coffee:

 

 

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The thing about buying new stuff…I have to clear out the old, and clean…and then rearrange everything.  So there is a method to my madness.

Today I want to make a smoothie for lunch.

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I just finished It Happens All the Time…(click title for my review), and I couldn’t stop turning the pages.  It was not a thriller, but it was a story about sexual dynamics and friendship.  I wasn’t sure how it would end.  I must say that I was a little sad about the ending for one of the characters…but it was a book that will make me ponder the nature of sex and friendship.

 

 

 

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What to read next…hmm, I have a couple of possibilities on my list.  The Fifth Letter...or The Mother’s Promise.

 

 

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What are your weekend plans?  Do you ever shop for new kitchen stuff, just for fun, or because you have done without an appliance for a few years and now miss it. Desperately?

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: SPOTLIGHTING HOME & FAMILY….

Welcome to another day of Coffee and Books…and photos of family, friends, and tidbits.

Let’s take a peek at the world of my eldest son, with these photos of scenic Prague, with its amazing architecture and old buildings.  I like the creepy looking tree branches seemingly twisting themselves around the tower:

 

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Another shot with a view:

 

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Back in the US, in North Dakota, we can see my step-great-granddaughters on their third birthday.  First, Bella on her tricycle:

 

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Lilly is showing off her new trike, too:

 

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Nearby is Maddix, the Big Brother:

 

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This week, my granddaughter Fiona posted this photo from a few years ago, reminding us of another version of her:

 

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In late February, she presented this version:

 

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A couple of weeks ago, I switched some lamps around…and here is how they are now glowing in their new positions in the living room.  The one in the forefront, left, was once in my office nook:

 

 

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My office nook has a lamp that was once featured in the living room:

 

 

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A new NetGalley review book is bringing glee:  The Marriage Pact, by Michelle Richmond.  I love this author!  Release Date:  July 25, 2017.

 

 

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In this relentlessly paced novel of psychological suspense, New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond crafts an intense and shocking tale that asks: How far would you go to protect your marriage?

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Earlier today, I went on the Amazon Vine site and found another book to request…it is now headed my way:

Small Hours, by Jennifer Kitses, a story in the vein of Richard Russo and Tom Perrotta, is a gripping, suspenseful, and gorgeous debut novel–told hour-by-hour over the course of a single day–in which a husband and wife try to outrun long-buried secrets, sending their lives spiraling into chaos.

 

 

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Do you have some photos that spotlight your week or your life?  I’m linking to West Metro Mommy Reads for Saturday Snapshots.

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today I want to share an e-ARC from NetGalley, a book by a beloved author that I will be starting soon:  It Happens All the Time (e-book), by Amy Hatvany, is a provocative and compelling novel about two friends whose lives are changed by a drunken kiss.

 

 

 

Intro:  (Tyler)

I don’t see the gun until it’s pointed right at me.

“Drive,” she says, shifting her upper body toward me.  We are in the cab of my truck, me behind the wheel, Amber in the passenger seat.  Her arm trembles, from uncertainty or the weight of the weapon, it’s impossible to tell.

I look at her, blinking fast.  “Amber, wait—”

“Shut up.”  Her voice is stone.  Unyielding.  She cocks the hammer with her thumb and I jerk to the left, toward the driver’s side window.  My shoulders hunch up around my ears and then—I can’t help it—I say her name again.

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Teaser:  (Amber)

My already racing pulse sped up more.  How would I tell Daniel anything?  How would I tell him that I’d flirted with Tyler for weeks, how I’d dressed slutty for him last night, then danced with him like a stripper, kissed him, and let him lead me upstairs. (53%).

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Synopsis:  I want to rewind the clock, take back the night when the world shattered. I want to erase everything that went wrong.

Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks have been best friends since they were teenagers—trusting and depending on each other through some of the darkest periods of their young lives. And while Amber has always felt that their relationship is strictly platonic, Tyler has long harbored the secret desire that they might one day become more than friends.

Returning home for the summer after her college graduation, Amber begins spending more time with Tyler than she has in years. Despite the fact that Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart, a flirtation begins to grow between them. One night, fueled by alcohol and concerns about whether she’s getting married too young, Amber kisses Tyler.

What happens next will change them forever.

In alternating points of view, It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent.

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Do the excerpts grab you?  Would you keep reading?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: HANGING OUT WITH A FAVORITE AUTHOR….

Today is a Musings kind of day…so I’m linking up to Ambrosia, at The Purple Booker.  Check out these prompts!

 

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION:If you could be best friends with an author, who would you choose and why?

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I always wanted to hang out with Louisa May Alcott, because I loved her books as a child.  Even now, I admire her, and named my laptop after her (Louisa May).

But as for contemporary authors, there are many I admire…but I’ve been a fan of Elizabeth Berg for many years.  Her books show us the ordinary details of daily living…and change them into extraordinary moments.  One of my favorites:  Open House, which became an Oprah book club pick…and later a TV movie.

 

 

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Blurb:  Samantha’s husband has left her, and after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany’s, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her eleven-year-old son. Her eccentric mother tries to help by fixing her up with dates, but a more pressing problem is money. To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in boarders. The first is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed comfort; the second, a maladjusted student, is not quite so helpful. A new friend, King, an untraditional man, suggests that Samantha get out, get going, get work. But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness. In order to really see people, she has to look within her heart. And in order to know who she is, she has to remember—and reclaim—the person she used to be, long before she became someone else in an effort to save her marriage.

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What are your Monday thoughts?

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