Good morning from my Potpourri Blog, where I enjoy changing things up…and specialize in quirky, whimsical, and obsessive topics.


As you may know by now, it is Tuesday Book Release Day…but I have yet to download a new book.  I know that one I have bookmarked has been released…but I think I’ll wait to see what the afternoon e-mail will bring.  I am trying to cut back, just a little.  For me, cutting back means:  Buying five books (so far) in December, compared to twelve in November.  A start, right?

But…here’s the one book I am pondering so far:

Cruel Winter (e-book, County Cork #4), by Sheila Connolly

Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan’s small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn’t sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan’s pub. But now she’s stranded in a bar full of patrons–and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder….


Last week, I downloaded Book 3:

An Early Wake (e-book, County Cork #3), by Sheila Connolly


Currently I am turning the pages of A Season to Lie, by Emily Littlejohn.  I was clipping along…and then I resumed my binge-watching of The Crown’s Season II...and finished the rest of the ten episodes last night.


The Crown, Season 3, may begin production soon…there are varying rumors about major cast changes.



Today will also be a day of running errands.  I’ve been procrastinating about completing some documents and getting them notarized.  I have to put one foot in front of the other…and proceed.

What is the hold-up?  I have to go to the copy store to have them copied before I complete them and get them notarized.  Go to the Notary…and then back to copy and Fed Ex the final docs.  Sigh. 

I am transferring title of my Time Share back to the company.  After ten years, I am tired of it…in fact, I haven’t used it since 2009…which did involve a lovely week in a Napa resort, with lots of wine tasting.

Since then, my second son has been using it every year.  He is tired of it, too.  So…the time has come for us to part company with Diamond Resorts.


What lies ahead in your day?  Do you have fun things to enjoy?  Or annoying chores?




As I rushed to my laptop this morning, I had two thoughts on my mind:  participating in Tuesday Intros/Excerpts...and checking out the new Book Releases. 


I’ve done the first…and then when I went to the second item on my list…sigh.  Nothing I wanted to buy!  Unless more tempting titles show up on this afternoon’s e-mail.

But…next week, there will be at least one I want.  Book Four in the County Cork Cozy Mystery Series is coming:

Cruel Winter:  A County Cork Mystery, by Sheila Connolly

Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan’s small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn’t sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan’s pub. But now she’s stranded in a bar full of patrons–and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder.

Maura’s been in Ireland less than a year and hasn’t heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell. But the locals have, and they’re not happy to be trapped with her. Diane, meanwhile, seeks to set the record straight, asserting her innocence after all this time. And since no one is going anywhere in the storm, Maura encourages Diane to share her side of the story, which she’d never had a chance to do in court.

Over the next few hours, the informal court in Sullivan’s reviews the facts and theories about the case–and comes to some surprising conclusions. But is it enough to convince the police to take a new look at an old case? A clever spin on the classic locked room mystery, Cruel Winter, the fifth in New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly’s series, will delight fans of the Emerald Isle.


Of course, I probably should read Book Three first:

An Early Wake, by Sheila Connolly

Pub owner Maura Donovan may have Irish kin, but she doesn’t seem to have the luck of the Irish. Who could have foreseen that bringing live music back to Sullivan’s Pub would lead to a dead musician?


I do love immersing myself in the Irish countryside in this series. 

Meanwhile, today I am starting to read Fragments of the Lost, by  Megan Miranda, a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl’s search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.


I have loved two other books by this author (All the Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger), so I plan to lose myself in the book.  Psychological thriller?  Twisty, with dark secrets?  These are my kryptonite.

What is your book love?  Do you like variety, or is there a special niche you enjoy?



Good morning!  Wait for it…yes, it is Tuesday Book Release Day.  And Pippa (above), is very excited.  Feeding Pippa is one of the things I enjoy most.

So far, I’ve only downloaded one new book:

A Hundred Small Lessons (e-book), by Ashley Hay, an emotionally resonant and profound new novel of two families, interconnected through the house that bears witness to their lives.


When Elsie Gormley leaves the Brisbane house in which she has lived for more than sixty years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, eager to establish their new life. As they settle in, Lucy and her husband Ben struggle to navigate their transformation from adventurous lovers to new parents, taking comfort in memories of their vibrant past as they begin to unearth who their future selves might be. But the house has secrets of its own, and the rooms seem to share recollections of Elsie’s life with Lucy.

In her nearby nursing home, Elsie traces the span of her life—the moments she can’t bear to let go and the places to which she dreams of returning. Her beloved former house is at the heart of her memories of marriage, motherhood, love, and death, and the boundary between present and past becomes increasingly porous for both her and Lucy.


I love a story that centers around a house, with its secrets and its memories.  I can’t wait to dive into this one.


Since December is right around the corner, I spent the weekend bringing in a few of my decorations.  Every year, I seem to bring in less, but not because I am turning my back on the season.  I’ve realized that less is more.  Sort of.

I surrounded myself with these trinkets for this year.  I found the Christmas bears at a neighborhood shop a few years ago.



I have three miniature trees.  This year I brought out this one…and one other (below).  The second tree has photo ornaments portraying my seven grandchildren…when they were younger:


On my pub table, I grouped some “friends”:


So…now I am in the mood for the holidays…and the constantly playing Hallmark Channel is a reminder…just in case I forget.

What do you love about Tuesdays?  About the holidays?



It is again time to celebrate Book Release Day!  Every week, I eagerly await the new books…and if I have ARCs being released, I post my ARC reviews on Amazon on the day of their release.  Today I posted The Story of Arthur Truluv, by Elizabeth Berg, and Poison, by Galt Niederhoffer.

What did I download to Pippa…so far?


Little Broken Things (e-book), by Nicole Baart

“If you liked Big Little Lies, you’ll want to crack open this new novel by Nicole Baart.” —Southern Living

An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl.


Then…this book was actually released a week ago, and I only now realized!

A Season to Lie (e-book, A Detective Gemma Monroe Mystery), by Emily Littlejohn

“Small town Colorado police detective Gemma Monroe is a human and fallible heroine I can’t wait to meet again, and Littlejohn’s prose is lyrical and gripping.”—Deborah Crombie

In Emily Littlejohn’s follow-up to her acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, a twisted killer stalks his prey in the dead of winter.


How time flies!  It has been seven years (Christmas 2010) since I got my first Kindle, a  gift from my daughter because she worried that my stacks of hardcover books would fall on me…and turn me into a crushed hoarder.


I named that first Kindle Sparky (above)…and learned to love reading e-books.  It took a while, though, and even now, as I approach three years with Pippa, my Paperwhite,(below), I still have some small issues with e-books. 

First…I don’t get to hold the beautiful book and admire the cover as I read…sigh.

Then…I have to take copious notes, as finding special things I want to quote are not easily navigated.  Yes, there are highlights and bookmarks…but the process is more time-consuming.

I prefer the e-books I receive to have actual page numbers, rather than “locations,” and you might hear an exultant squeal when I discover a new book with that feature.  Both of today’s downloads have PAGE NUMBERS.


Yes, quirky.  Obsessive?  Well, what do you expect on this blog?  LOL


So…now I just have to wait until this afternoon’s e-mail to see what other irresistible books might have been released.  So far I’ve purchased TEN books in November, not my biggest number…but with another week in the month, I suspect there will be a few more.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  On Friday, I plan to haul out the Christmas bins.  There goes my back again. Sigh.




It’s time to talk about obsessions…again.  My Tuesday Book Release Day is one of them. (Above) you’ll notice more of them:  fairytale images, books, quirky things, and my trusty little clock.

So far I’ve only downloaded two newly released books, and one was actually released a week ago.

A Bella Flora Christmas (e-book, novella), by Wendy Wax, was released last week, and is a tempting little novella to keep us satisfied until the next new book in May.

Then…Fragments of the Lost, by Megan Miranda, released today.  I loved this author’s previous books…so I am eager to curl up with this book.  I love the cover, too.

From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl’s search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.


Here’s one coming next Tuesday…I can’t wait!  I may have to pre-order it, just so I won’t forget to download it.  As if.

Little Broken Things, by Nicole Baart

“If you liked Big Little Lies, you’ll want to crack open this new novel by Nicole Baart.” —Southern Living

An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl.


Today I am reading Poison, by Galt Niederhoffer…a NetGalley ARC to be released next Tuesday.  Chop, chop!

With life-or-death stakes and irreversible consequences, Poison is a chilling and irresistible reminder that the closest bond designed to protect and provide for each other and for children can change in a minute.


So…quite a week, right?  Yesterday I had lunch with my old friend/colleague…and we saw Murder on the Orient Express.  I may have to see it again when it comes to Amazon Prime…or Netflix, as I was so full of lunch and my drinks that I nodded off a couple of times.  LOL.


So…now what?  This afternoon, I’ll be watching for the newsletter e-mail with all the releases (in my genre) for today.  It’s like waiting for a Christmas present.

What are you waiting for?  What are you reading?



From my interiors filled with collections:  books, fairytale figurines, dolls, and other potpourri, I bring another Tuesday Book Release Day. 

Above, notice my white distressed bookshelf with many of my favorites…including a new addition of the shabby chic clock, added last weekend.

What’s new today?  Well, I haven’t yet downloaded anything, but I got an e-mail reminder from Goodreads about a book I have on my Virtual TBR Shelves:  The Revolution of Marina M, by Janet Fitch.

St. Petersburg, New Year’s Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers’ rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn.

As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina’s own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman’s journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.


Why have I not immediately downloaded this one?  Well, for starters, it is historical fiction, not my go-to genre…BUT it is the Russian period that most fascinates me, and that era and the preceding years took me down a pathway of Russian novels read during one long-ago summer.  I read several Dostoevsky books that year.  I called it my RUSSIAN NOVEL PERIOD.

And…it is JANET FITCH.  I loved White Oleander and Paint It Black...and have the first one as a DVD movie starring Alison Lohman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright, and Renee Zellwegger.  My granddaughter Fiona and I watch it often…she loves it, and so do I.

But…and here’s a biggie:  How many pages are in this tome?  On Amazon, it says 1168 pages for the Kindle version, but the hardcover weighs in at 816 pages.  I guess I can understand how there would be a difference.  Hmm…Okay, I am not afraid of long books.  Ha-ha!  I read GWTW several times while I was a teenager, and that one has more than a thousand pages.  There were others, too. 

I know that the problem is BLOGGING.  Pressured to read LOTS of books.  I haven’t even finished my more than 544 pages of America’s Queen (although the issue there has been very fine print..and a lot of repetitive detail).


So…what to do?  Plus, I know that there might be other books I MUST download today…so, for now, this book is waiting in line, bookmarked on Amazon.

What are you eagerly awaiting on this Release Day?  Or do you patiently add books to your list and grab them from the library later?  I should do that, I know.  Sigh.  Enjoy whatever you do today.



When I am not in my office hunkered down over my laptop (Louisa May), I am curled up on the sofa (above).  Recently I rearranged the sofa table decor…and switched out a miniature horse for the Swan-with-Boyd’s Bear in the center.

The horse ended up on the hall tree (below) with some dolls….I like photographing the hall tree with its mirror images of the bookshelf and entertainment center…


Since today is Tuesday, I am eager to find out what new books have been released.  I’ve already discovered one, which I downloaded earlier:



Even If It Kills Her, by Kate White (A Bailey Weggins Mystery)

Description:  Bailey Weggins’ great new friend in college, Jillian Lowe, had everything going for her. Pretty, popular, and whip-smart, she lit up any room that she walked into. All of that dramatically changed during her sophomore year, when a neighbor became unhinged and murdered her family. Jillian immediately left school, and ever since, Bailey has felt guilty for not staying in closer contact and being a greater support to her friend.

Now, sixteen years later, Bailey is shocked to see Jillian at her book event, and even more stunned when her still-gorgeous friend approaches her with a case. The man accused of murdering her family is on the brink of being cleared of the crime through new DNA evidence. With the real killer walking free, Jillian is desperate for Bailey’s help to identify him and allow her the closure she yearns for.

As the two women return to Jillian’s childhood town to investigate, it doesn’t take long for their sleuthing to cause shock waves. Someone starts watching their every move. As they uncover deeply-guarded secrets, so shocking that they make Jillian rethink her entire relationship to her family, Bailey and Jillian find themselves in great peril. They must decide just how much they’re willing to risk to finally discover the truth about the Lowe family’s murder.


While waiting to discover what other books have been released, I am enjoying Y is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton.

Our sleuthing MC, Kinsey Millhone, is investigating a sex tape that was part of a murder from 1979.  The perpetrator has just been released from prison (in 1989) and the family has received a copy of the disturbing tape…and a ransom demand.

The story goes back and forth in time…and like most of Kinsey’s investigations, she is also tracking other perpetrators, like the man who tried to kill her the year before.

I am savoring this story, because I like how we get to follow Kinsey in her pursuits, and enjoy little tidbits she drops about her daily life and activities…like her fondness for peanut butter and pickle sandwiches and the strange menu she likes to avoid at Rosie’s diner down the street.


What does your Tuesday look like?  Come on by and share.



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.


(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).


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%).


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?


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?



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.


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!)


Without Merit (e-book), by Colleen Hoover


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


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!


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



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.”


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.


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?