MONDAY POTPOURRI: A RECLUSIVE DAY…

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It’s Monday, and it’s a holiday, but that doesn’t affect me much these days.  However, it means there will be no mail delivery…so I can stay home all day long!  Except…I do need a couple of things from the store.

My bed is made….so I guess I won’t be crawling back into it…although I was very tempted to do so today.

Maybe I’ll just run over to Target, just around the corner, instead of that extra mile to Save Mart.  LOL.

I love getting new bedding…not long ago, I got some new sheets I enjoy...

 

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…and now I have the quilt, at the top of the post.  It is also reversible.  I didn’t have to go out and shop for it, either.  I found it on Amazon.

Am I turning into a recluse?

Probably not completely, as I’ve posted several photos of me eating at The Elephant Bar, Marie Callender’s, etc.

 

 

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Earlier in the month, I went to my daughter’s house to celebrate Noah’s fourteenth birthday.  Now all of my grandchildren are either teenagers or twenty-somethings (Millennials).

 

 

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When did we start identifying people by the era in which they come of age?  Well, I do love being a Baby Boomer, which makes me feel special and privileged..LOL; except when I see those ads on TV that warn us we might be silent carriers of Hep C.  What’s that all about?

Enough said.

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Reading.  I am loving The Orphan’s Tale, and even though I had heard raves about it from other bloggers, I wasn’t so sure.  I am not really into circuses.  But the era pulled me in.  So I’m almost finished…and I’m glad I ignored my biases about the Big Tent.

 

 

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So back to reading…and catching up on DVR movies.  What are you enjoying this week?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: RAIN, READING, & BLOG DIFFICULTIES

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It has been raining most of the week.  I found this “rainy day” image appropriate for my “rainysnowday” blog (URL for Potpourri, of course).

The rain last night was pounding so loud that it woke me up!  I had been reading and watching TV very late (watched my recording of This Is Us), so I fell asleep on the couch.  I had also been reading The Other Widow, which is hard to put down.

 

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Yes, I have a TV in my bedroom…but I don’t really like reading there.  Despite my various pillows, it isn’t that comfy.

 

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Yesterday, I discovered that Word Press has tried to foil us again, making it impossible to go through that “back door” to the dashboard to write a post.  Rats!  But then I discovered that when I put in the name of the blog for my browser, the dashboard shows up below it (since it gives us recent places we’ve visited), and I copied down the dashboard URL for future reference, and then tried it…and voila!  I got in!

Shhh…don’t tell those folks at WP, who are constantly trying to lure us to the “new and improved” way of posting.  If only it were “improved”!

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I discovered an upcoming release that  went on my list immediately, since the author’s previous book was a win for me.  The Breakdown,  by B. A. Paris (of Behind Closed Doors), is coming on June 20, 2017.

 

 

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If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

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What do you think?  Would you keep reading?

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Remember how I was organizing my files, alphabetizing my images?  Well, that has worked out well.  However…I inadvertently deleted some files I still needed…and spent a lot of time restoring them!  Some times I think I should leave well enough alone.

But I do love being able to find my images more easily!

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What does your Hump Day look like?  Reading exciting thrillers?  Binge-watching something?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “THE MARRIAGE LIE”

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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 book is a fairly new one:  The Marriage Lie, by Kimberly Belle, is “ highly suspenseful, and heart-rending…enthralling right up to the shocking final twist.”

 

 

 

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Intro:  I awaken when a hand winds around my waist, pulling me head to heel against skin heated from sleep.  I sigh and settle into my husband’s familiar form, fitting my backside into his front, soaking in his warmth.  Will is a furnace when he sleeps, and I’ve always got some place on me that’s cold.  This morning it’s my feet, and I wedge them between two warm calves.

“Your toes are freezing.”  His voice rumbles in the darkened room, the sounds vibrating through me.  On the other side of our bedroom curtains it’s not quite morning, that violet-tinged moment between night and day, still a good half-hour or so before the alarm.  “Were they hanging off the side of the bed or something?”

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Teaser:  The sheet of paper inside could have come from a million different notebooks, purchased at a million different stores.  But it’s the three little words, scrawled in a script as familiar to me as my own, that suck the air from my lungs.

I’m so sorry.  (47%).

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Synopsis:  Everyone has secrets… 

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris’s happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers.
Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shock her to her very core.
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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: POST CHRISTMAS BLISS, ETC.

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Christmas is over!  On Tuesday, I packed up the Christmas decorations…but I did keep the red table runner and place mats in use….red is one of my favorite colors.

My Amazon gift card was in full use on January 1.  I stuck to my plan not to buy any more books in December…and I can now go a little mad.

Books coming my way:

The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher

 

 

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Becoming Queen Victoria, by Kate Williams

 

 

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The Best Awful, by Carrie Fisher (Out of stock; on its way soon!)

 

 

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Downloads:

The Marriage Lie (e-book), by Kimberly Belle

 

 

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The Twilight Wife (e-book), by A. J. Banner

 

 

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So…a good season of books for me! 

Today will be a quiet one, with nothing on the agenda until tonight, when I am going to dinner at my daughter’s home to celebrate Noah’s Fourteenth Birthday!  How did that happen?  He is as tall as his mom now, and his voice is deep.  The baby fat disappeared a long time ago, and this video-gaming young man has taken his place.

Here he was…on his First Birthday!

 

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And last April:

 

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And now:

 

 

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So…that’s my world on January 5, 2017.  What does your week/day look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “FAULTLINES”

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

My feature today is a relatively new download from an author I enjoy:  Faultlines, by Barbara Taylor Sissel, a story of tragedy and the testing of a close-knit family.

 

 

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Intro:  Jordy wasn’t dead.

Sandy plucked that single fact from the sea of information she was hearing from the police sergeant, and she clung to it as tightly as she clung to the phone.  Behind her, she felt the bed shift when Emmett sat up.  She felt his warmth, his sleepy unawareness—his beforeness, and she envied him.  “What is it?” he asked, and he was close enough that his breath on her bare shoulder made her shiver.

“Jordy’s been in a car accident,” she said, and the words floated away from her, separate, foreign sounding.

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Teaser:  Sandy saw the woman loitering by the cart-return area nearest her truck when she came out of the grocery store, and as she passed her, she had a sense of the woman’s stare drilling her back like the hot August glare.  She stowed her bags of groceries, searching her mind for a reference, and found none. (53%).

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Synopsis:  It’s the phone call every parent dreads: in the middle of the night, Sandy Cline learns that her twenty-year-old son, Jordan, has been in a car accident. Her nephew, Travis, was also in the car, along with Travis’s girlfriend. All three are alive—but barely. The car was smashed against a tree along a remote and winding road, beautiful but deadly, in their rural Texas Hill Country town.

In the wake of the car crash, the close-knit family is tested like never before. Jenna, Travis’s mother, blames Jordan—as well as her sister, Sandy—after reports surface that Jordan had been driving. As the young adults struggle to survive, tension between their parents escalates. But when trust is broken and a shocking family secret is exposed, it creates a perfect storm of harrowing consequences. Rumors in the small town spread like wildfire. When details of the accident are questioned, Sandy and Jenna wonder if their family has been destroyed beyond repair.

As always, there’s much more to the story…if the family is to survive, they will have to come together to confront the terrible truth and overcome their pain. But are some betrayals unforgivable?

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What do you think?  Would you keep reading?

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: COUNTDOWN TO YEAR’S END….

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Yesterday was a day off from reading and blogging.  My granddaughter was home from San Jose, where she has been attending school…and we had fun at Barnes & Noble. (In the photo below, I caught a stranger on my camera!);  and then we had dinner at Olive Garden, using one of my gift cards. (In the photo above, I was halfway finished with my food before remembering to capture the shot!).

 

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In these last days of the year, I have been sticking to review books…or the occasional older read that doesn’t count for the new upcoming challenge.  (Books Purchased Between July 2016 and December 31, 2017).

Before I went on my outing, I got one of those exciting e-mails from NetGalley, and now have a copy of It Happens All the Time, by Amy Hatvany.  Yay! (Release date – March 28, 2017).

 

 

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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.

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A nice change from thrillers, but the secrets and poor choices will rivet me to the pages.

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So sad about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, dying a day apart!  I had read one of Debbie’s books last month…and I’ve read several of Carrie’s books.

 

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I ordered Carrie’s newest book, The Princess Diarist:

 

 

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The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.  Named a PEOPLE Magazine Best Book of Fall 2016.

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The story will be bittersweet now.

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This weekend, I hope to watch movies, eat popcorn, and sip a little Champagne when the ball drops on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.  I do miss Dick Clark, who I met once when my son was an executive in his company.

What, if anything, are you planning for this weekend?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “NEVER ALONE”

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

My book today is a recent download from a favorite author:  Never Alone, by Elizabeth Haynes, is a brilliantly suspenseful and shocking story in which nothing is at it seems, but everything is at stake.

 

 

 

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Intro:  (Sarah)

Not for the first time, Sarah Carpenter stands at the top of the hill and thinks that this would be a good place to die.  It feels like the end of the world, so high up that even the trees don’t bother to grow.  It’s just tussocky windblown grass, clouds racing overhead, drops of icy rain when you’re not expecting them.

You could die here and nobody would notice.  You could lie down, and nobody would ever find you.  The wind would continue to blow and the sun, sometimes, would shine, and there would be rain and snow too, picking at your clothes and your flesh until there was nothing left but bones.  Even in January, though, with the weather unpredictable and sometimes even dangerous, it’s not just Sarah who comes up here.  There are wildlife rangers, fell-walkers.  Someone would find you, eventually.

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Teaser:  Sarah rinses the plates, slowly, and puts each one carefully into the dishwasher, while breathing in gasping, jerking breaths and trying not to cry.   If she cries, even briefly, Kitty will see and ask and she doesn’t know what she can possibly say. (53%).

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Synopsis:  Sarah Carpenter lives in an isolated farmhouse in North Yorkshire and for the first time, after the death of her husband some years ago and her children, Louis and Kitty, leaving for university, she’s living alone. But she doesn’t consider herself lonely. She has two dogs, a wide network of friends and the support of her best friend, Sophie.

When an old acquaintance, Aiden Beck, needs somewhere to stay for a while, Sarah’s cottage seems ideal; and renewing her relationship with Aiden gives her a reason to smile again. It’s supposed to be temporary, but not everyone is comfortable with the arrangement: her children are wary of his motives, and Will Brewer, an old friend of her son’s, seems to have taken it upon himself to check up on Sarah at every opportunity. Even Sophie has grown remote and distant.

After Sophie disappears, it’s clear she hasn’t been entirely honest with anyone, including Will, who seems more concerned for Sarah’s safety than anyone else. As the weather closes in, events take a dramatic turn and Kitty too goes missing. Suddenly Sarah finds herself in terrible danger, unsure of who she can still trust.

But she isn’t facing this alone; she has Aiden, and Aiden offers the protection that Sarah needs. Doesn’t he?

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What do you think?  Are you intrigued?  Would you keep reading?

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