How did this past week speed by so quickly? I’m not complaining, since I love cozy weekends…but I feel robbed. Yes, my week was an unsettling one with the Jury Duty summons lurking overhead.
However, by Thursday at 11:30, I was released and happily free!
While awaiting my fate, however, I busily created new blog headers and explored new themes. Yes, Bloggiesta is coming again…September 18-21, and since I have sooo many blogs, I typically choose one to renovate during this event.
Last time it was Serendipity.
This time…drum roll, please: it will be Curl up and Read.
Yes, I constantly create new headers and try new themes…but this time, I plan to go outside my comfort zone…and try a theme that I have never used. Yes, it does make me a little nervous.
Just for practice, I tried a theme like that over at Going out on a Limb. Check it out! That site seems to be a great place to risk things, doesn’t it? Taking a risk is the URL…and the theme.(Okay, after writing this post, I went back and changed the theme to a familiar one again, as I didn’t like the commenting system on the new theme. Alas!).
But we shall see. I already have a folder of potential headers.
Meanwhile, this month I have been going out on a limb with my reading genres, with four YA books read and reviewed so far. Don’t think for one minute, however, that I will be ignoring my favorite go-to reads. Just to reassure you, my current read is a book in a series I have loved that features three unlikely friends. The House on Mermaid Point, by Wendy Wax, is a new novel from the author of Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach, three unlikely friends who were thrown together by disaster get a do-over on life, love, and happiness . . .
Blurb: Maddie, Avery, and Nikki first got to know one another—perhaps all too well—while desperately restoring a beachfront mansion to its former grandeur. Now they’re putting that experience to professional use. But their latest project has presented some challenges they couldn’t have dreamed up in their wildest fantasies—although the house does belong to a man who actually was Maddie’s wildest fantasy once . . .
Rock-and-roll legend “William the Wild” Hightower may be past his prime, estranged from his family, and creatively blocked, but he’s still worshiped by fans—which is why he guards his privacy on his own island in the Florida Keys. He’s not thrilled about letting this crew turn his piece of paradise into a bed-and-breakfast for a reality show . . . though he is intrigued by Maddie. Hard as that is for her to believe as a newly single woman who can barely manage a dog paddle in the dating pool.
But whether it’s an unexpected flirtation with a bona fide rock star, a strained mother-daughter relationship, or a sudden tragedy, these women are in it together. The only thing that might drive them apart is being trapped on a houseboat with one bathroom . . .
What I enjoy most about a series is the chance to reconnect with characters I love…and this series brings all of that out. Especially if you read the first book and saw how none of them seemed likely to ever be friends.
What are you up to this weekend? With Labor Day on the horizon, are there plans for a getaway? Get-togethers? Come on by and let’s chat.