FRIDAY POTPOURRI: FAMILY, CONNECTIONS…

After reading Keep Her Safe, which I finished last night (click title for my review), I removed Did You See Melody?, as it was a duplicate.

Now, as I contemplate the remaining print books, I am also focusing on the numerous e-books languishing on Pippa.

But today is not about those books, but about sharing photos from the week.  My granddaughter Aubrey is enjoying her time in Prague (and Berlin, and other neighboring countries).  Here’s one I like.

 

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Let’s skip on over to a small town in North Dakota, where my step-grandson Spencer is enjoying time with his kids.  Here he is with Bella and Lilly:

 

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Lilly, Maddix, & Bella….

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Getting ready for Halloween:  Lilly & Bella…

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Now…let’s travel back to California, to LA and celebrities.  Here is a photo of my first grandson Alec, now 22 and a senior at Berkeley.  Yes, that’s Janet Jackson holding him.  At the time, she was secretly married to Rene Elizondo, the brother of Alec’s cousin-in-law, Hugo, a definite “six degrees of separation” thing.  I actually met Hugo and his wife Cherie, who is Alec’s mother’s cousin.  They enjoyed hosting parties for family and friends.

If you live in LA, anything can happen.

 

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So that’s my story today.  What are you sharing?

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HUMP DAY READING: ENGAGING…

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:

I’m two-thirds of the way through Lie to Me, by J. T. Ellison.  I’m loving it, although it reminds me of Gone Girl, just a bit, but it is different enough that it keeps me guessing.

 

And I’m starting Keep Her Safe, by Sophie Hannah

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

Say You’re Sorry (e-book), by Melinda Leigh (Book One – Morgan Dane)

 

Her Last Goodbye (e-book), by Melinda Leigh (Book Two – Morgan Dane)

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Spring Girls (e-book), by Anna Todd

 

Four sisters desperately seeking the blueprints to life—the modern-day retelling of Louise May Alcott’s Little Women like only Anna Todd (After, Imagines) could do.

The Spring Girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—are a force of nature on the New Orleans military base where they live. As different as they are, with their father on tour in Iraq and their mother hiding something, their fears are very much the same. Struggling to build lives they can be proud of and that will lift them out of their humble station in life, one year will determine all that their futures can become.

The oldest, Meg, will be an officer’s wife and enter military society like so many of the women she admires. If her passion—and her reputation—don’t derail her.

Beth, the workhorse of the family, is afraid to leave the house, is afraid she’ll never figure out who she really is.

Jo just wants out. Wishing she could skip to graduation, she dreams of a life in New York City and a career in journalism where she can impact the world. Nothing can stop her—not even love.

And Amy, the youngest, is watching all her sisters, learning from how they handle themselves. For better or worse.

With plenty of sass, romance, and drama, The Spring Girls revisits Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, and brings its themes of love, war, class, adolescence, and family into the language of the twenty-first century.

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My week, looking back.  What does yours look like?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: CURLING UP WITH BOOKS, ETC.

Good morning!  I love Sundays, especially now that I don’t have to “go to work” on Mondays.

I’m curled up in my office reading Book Two in Melinda Leigh’s new Morgan Dane series:  Her Last Goodbye.

 

A missing wife; Chelsea as an alternate narrator, who has been abducted and restrained in a dank container; and Morgan Dane and her partner Lance Kruger searching for her, while trying to determine who, if anyone, has taken her.  Could she have left of her own volition?  They are beginning to doubt this scenario.

I finished Book One this past week:  Say You’re Sorry (click for my review), which held me hostage throughout.

I’m in my office this morning…this is what I see from the couch where I’m curled up to read:

 

And I’m sitting here:

Tonight I am eager to watch another episode of Ten Days in the Valley, with Kyra Sedgwick, and a continuation of the story of her missing daughter.

Madam Secretary is another favorite on Sundays, along with a new episode in the Hailey Dean Mysteries on Hallmark.

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Another distraction for me this week was ordering a new clock for my office.  The one I had broke, and while I don’t actually need one, since the computer shows the time, I want one to look at and check when the computer isn’t on.

So I ordered this decorative clock, coming by mail tomorrow.

 

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This week’s wildfires just north of here have heightened my anxieties….what next?  From hurricanes in the southern parts of the states to wildfires here, we have all had more than we were expecting.  And much more than anyone deserves.

Immersing myself in books and blogging keeps me distracted…but it doesn’t really alleviate the anxiety.  We’re all sending our positive energy out there, hoping for healing and resolution.

What are you thinking about on a Sunday?  Do your thoughts take you to a place of hope and healing?

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ANOTHER GREAT HUMP DAY OF READING…

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:

Say You’re Sorry (e-book, Morgan Dane Book 1), by Melinda Leigh

 

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

The Rules of Magic (e-book), by Alice Hoffman (NetGalley – 10/10)

 

When We Were Worthy (e-book), by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

 

Cardinal Cabin, by Joanne DeMaio

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Woman in the Window (e-book), by A. J. Finn

 

Synopsis:  For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-five languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble?and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.

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I am excited about this one.  I love thrillers, and especially find myself drawn to stories of recluses unable to leave their homes.  Very “Hitchcockian.”

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So…that is my week so far.  What does yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “KEEP HER SAFE”

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 feature is an e-book from the brilliant thriller writer Sophie Hannah:  Keep Her Safe…

LIANE MORIARTY says that “No one writes twisted, suspenseful novels quite like Sophie Hannah.” Packed with twists and clues, simmering with tension, this electrifying new thriller shows why.

 

 

Intro:  (Prologue)

For the longest time, I thought my sister, Emory, was the lucky one.  Sometimes I still feel that way.  She died before they could kill her.  No life at all is better than a life spent waiting to die.

The hardest thing is when the Kind Smiles promise I’ll survive—not just another day or week, but until I’m an adult, maybe even until I’m old.  If that’s true…but it can’t already be true if it hasn’t happened yet.  If it does in the future, I’ll have to stop envying the sister I never met and start feeling guilty because I made it and she didn’t.

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(I inadvertently purchased this book in a paperback version (a month ago), with a different title:  Did You See Melody?  I was frustrated to learn this, of course, but I’m trying to enjoy the book).

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Teaser:  I guessed right:  he’s willing to stay and talk if I don’t talk about Melody or our situation.  That means more time with the gun pointed at my head, but it’s worth it.  Anything’s better than the ropes digging into my wrists and ankles, cutting off my circulation. (61%).

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Synopsis: She’s the most famous murder victim in America. What if she’s not dead?

Pushed to the breaking point, Cara Burrows flees her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied — by a man and a teenage girl.

A simple mistake at the front desk… but soon Cara realizes that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving natural life sentences for her murder.

Cara doesn’t know what to trust — everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?

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What do you think?  Would you keep reading?

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A READING WEEK….

 

 

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: 

   The Rules of Magic (e-book), by Alice Hoffman (NetGalley – 10/10)

Cardinal Cabin, by Joanne DeMaio (Author Review Request)

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

A Dangerous Crossing, by Rachel Rhys

The Stolen Marriage (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain (NetGalley – 10/3)

Little Fires Everywhere (e-book), by Celeste Ng

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Sunburn (e-book), by Laura Lippman – Release Date:  2/20/18

Synopsis:  New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman returns with a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals—and cold-blooded murder.

One is playing a long game. But which one?

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays—drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other—dangerous, even lethal, secrets.

Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other’s lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away—or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them?

Something—or someone—has to give.

Which one will it be?

Inspired by James M. Cain’s masterpieces The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce, Sunburn is a tantalizing modern noir from the incomparable Laura Lippman.

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I love this author’s books, and I am excited that I can actually get my hands on this one…someday!

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A FRENZIED MORNING…

Tuesdays have turned into my second favorite day of the week, and today brought an extra layer of frenzy. 

I had a NetGalley review of The Stolen Marriage to post on Amazon.

Then I wrote and posted my review of the fabulous Little Fires Everywhere, which I finished reading late last night.

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Then…finally, I went to check out my Amazon bookmarks for new releases…and downloaded these two (so far):

Odd Child Out (e-book), by Gilly Macmillan (I feel like I’ve been waiting forever!)

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Without Merit (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

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Next I went over to my Tuesday Excerpts post and started visiting blogs that are also sharing their snippets.

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An added layer of frenzy today came from an action I took yesterday.  After Firefox updated my browser, I ran into some glitches which required that I clear out my cookies.  I hadn’t remembered that I would then have to enter all my site passwords AGAIN!  LOL.  More time-consuming, but it did feel as though I had gotten a fresh start.

Whew!  I am now tired, so I plan to start reading my next ARC, The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman, with a release date of 10/10.  I need to hurry!

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What does your Tuesday look like?  Do you have a scheduled set of frenzied activities?  Or is your day calm and relaxed?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: CONTINUING A JOURNEY….

Good morning, and welcome to another post spotlighting unique photos.

As most of you know, my second son visited my eldest son in Prague this past week, after spending some time in Spain and Ibiza.

Let’s take a peek at some of the sights.  Left to Right:  Craig, Brett, Aubrey, and Aubrey’s roommate.

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Brett, with a Prague at night backdrop….

More Prague at night…

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Gorgeous building…

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A visit to Budapest…

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Brett, Aubrey, & Friend…in Vienna…

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Brett and Aubrey enjoying the view…

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Meanwhile, here at home in my cozy nest, I’m reading and enjoying movies and TV. 

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HUMP DAY READING….

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:

I am taking the America’s Queen book off of my “currently reading” list, as I’m only occasionally picking it up to read.  I have finished more than half of it…so when I actually finish, you will see it here in that category.

A Dangerous Crossing, by Rachel Rhys

The Stolen Marriage (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain – (NetGalley – 10/3)

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click on titles/covers for my reviews).

Our Souls at Night (e-book), by Kent Haruf

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, by Agnes Martin-Lugand

Open House, by Amanda Pays & Corbin Bernsen

I’ll Have What She’s Having (e-book), by Erin Carlson

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Family Next Door, by Sally Hepworth (Coming March 13, 2018)

Synopsis:  Small, perfect towns often hold the deepest secrets. Such is the case for Essie and her family. Essie is a new mother, but few of her friends know that in a moment of maternal despair: she once walked away from her newborn, asleep in her carriage in a park. Disaster was avoided and Essie got better. But she still fears what lurks inside her, even as her daughter gets older and she has a second baby. When a new woman moves next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in this neighborhood. Why single, when everyone else is married, with kids? Why renting, when everyone else owns? What mysterious job does she have? And why is she so fascinated with Essie? As the two women grow closer and Essie’s friends disapprove, it starts to become clear that Isabelle’s choice of neighborhood was no accident. And that her presence might bring even more secrets to light.

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I have enjoyed some books by this author, so it was a no-brainer to add it to my list.

What does your week look like so far?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: CURLING UP WITH BOOKS, ETC.

A simple lunch yesterday offered the opportunity to curl up and read…and ponder what lies ahead in the week.

Currently I am reading two books, which I don’t do very often, but one is an e-book and the other is a print version.

Dangerous Crossing, by Rachel Rhys, is an interesting story about a young woman traveling from England to Australia…and how everything about her life changes before she arrives in the “promised land.”

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Then there is the light and fun romp, I’ll Have What She’s Having, by Erin Carlson, a peek behind the scenes as Nora Ephron writes and sometimes directs three of my favorite rom-coms:  When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail.

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Later today I have an appointment for a hair styling…with no color.  I wonder how that will turn out?

I am determined, however, to go natural…and avoid the skin reactions.

What does your day look like?  What new books are bringing their special joy?

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