TUESDAY POTPOURRI: WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT TUESDAYS?

 

Tuesday is one of my favorite days of the week!  Why?  It’s NEW RELEASES DAY!

This fact was not known to me for a long while, and then I caught on.  There was a pattern in the release dates for books I was eagerly awaiting.

I have a little notebook in which I list the upcoming releases…and their dates.  I also bookmark them on Amazon, but sometimes they disappear off of my list…so I have to go searching.  That’s where the notebook comes in handy.

 

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Today’s releases, which I promptly downloaded (I know, curb the impulse!) are:

The Night the Lights Went Out, by Karen White…

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street series comes a stunning new novel about a young single mother who discovers that the nature of friendship is never what it seems….

Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren’t helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail….

…In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee’s house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women….

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My other pick today:

The Widow of Wall Street, by Randy Susan Meyers…

 

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A provocative new novel by bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers about the seemingly blind love of a wife for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall.

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Next Tuesday, I’m waiting for this one:

Any Day Now, by Robyn Carr….

 

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The highly anticipated sequel to #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr’s What We Find transports readers back to Sullivan’s Crossing. The rustic campground at the crossroads of the Colorado and Continental Divide trails welcomes everyone—whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or a whole new lease on life. It’s a wonderful place where good people face their challenges with humor, strength and love. 

And, over at Bookfan, enjoy this great review…

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Every day of the week has something special to anticipate in my blogging/reading life.  What do you love about Tuesdays?  Or any of the other days?

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: A WEDDING AT THE BEACH….

It was a beautiful weekend at the beach.  Facing the water, walking on the sand, and watching the bride walk down an aisle of “bottled flowers.”  My daughter Heather was escorted by her son Noah.

 

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The bride and groom exchanging vows…

 

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Another view of the bride and groom…

 

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I call this one “happiness.”

 

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Heather and Noah again, afterwards…

 

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The bride and groom at the post-wedding lunch…

 

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Also at the lunch:  my son Brett and grandson Alec, with me in the middle…

 

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The next day, we were back in town for the reception…

 

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We did a little goofing off with some frames…First, bride and groom…

 

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Then, bride and mother of the bride…

 

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The weather was perfect, and the fairytale ambience carried us through.  After all, who doesn’t dream of a beach wedding, along with a happily-ever-after?

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I am linking to West Metro Mommy Reads, for Saturday Snapshots.

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HUMP DAY READING: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE

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:

One Perfect Lie (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline, is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will have readers riveted up to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget.

 

 

For some reason, I have done very little reading yesterday and today.  Perhaps because I’m still adjusting after the beach getaway this past weekend, and the party here in town after we returned home.  I’ve also been catching up on my DVR shows.  But I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far.

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JUST FINISHED:

At the beach hotel, I sat on the terrace and read, and then read some more before falling asleep at night.  I loved this book, which I finished on Saturday:   Small Hours, by Jennifer Kitses, an Amazon Vine review.  (Click the title for my review).

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I have a long list bookmarked on Amazon, with some upcoming releases as soon as next week, like this one:  The Widow of Wall Street, by Randy Susan Meyers.

 

 

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Blurb:  A provocative new novel by bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers about the seemingly blind love of a wife for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall.

Phoebe recognizes fire in Jake Pierce’s belly from the moment they meet as teenagers. As he creates a financial dynasty, she trusts him without hesitation—unaware his hunger for success hides a dark talent for deception.

When Phoebe learns her husband’s triumph and vast reach rests on an elaborate Ponzi scheme her world unravels. As Jake’s crime is uncovered, the world obsesses about Phoebe. Did she know her life was fabricated by fraud? Was she his accomplice?

While Jake is trapped in the web of his deceit, Phoebe is caught in an unbearable choice. Her children refuse to see her if she remains at their father’s side, but abandoning him feels cruel and impossible.

From penthouse to prison, with tragic consequences rippling well beyond Wall Street, Randy Susan Meyers’s latest novel exposes a woman struggling to survive and then redefine her life as her world crumbles.

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I’ve been seeing this one everywhere, and my anticipation has grown.  Now I can’t wait!

What has your week been like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “ONE PERFECT LIE”

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-ARC from NetGalley (4/11/17):  One Perfect Lie, by Lisa Scottoline, an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will have readers riveted up to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget.

 

 

Intro:  Chris Brennan was applying for a teaching job at Central Valley High School, but he was a fraud.  His resume was fake, and his identity completely phony.  So far he’d fooled the personnel director, the assistant principal, and the chairperson of the Social Studies Department.  This morning was his final interview, with the principal, Dr. Wendy McElroy.  It was make-or-break.

Chris waited in her office, shifting in his chair, though he wasn’t nervous.  He’d already passed the state and federal criminal-background checks and filed a clear Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Form, Child Abuse Clearance Form, and Arrest/Conviction Report & Certification Form.  He knew what he was doing.  He was perfect, on paper.

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Teaser:  Mindy scrolled through Facebook on her phone in bed, not bothering to comment on the funny animal videos, baby pictures, or inspirational sayings.  Usually she was a Facebook slut, liking all her friends’ posts and counting the likes on her posts.  But not tonight. (49%).

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Synopsis:  On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He’s applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he’s ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.

But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.

Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he’s being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Justin’s baseball games. But Justin is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.

Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon’s wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them.

At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?

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I can’t wait to read more.  What do you think?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: LET’S LOOK AT OUR 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:

The Cutaway, by Christina Kovac, is a striking debut that will haunt you long after you reach the last page.

 

 

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JUST FINISHED:

Persons Unknown, by Susie Steiner (click for my review), a riveting book with characters that resonated with me.

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I’m excited about an upcoming release that I can’t wait to get on my shelf:  Every Last Lie, by Mary Kubica, the author of Good Girl, Don’t You Cry, & Pretty Baby, will be released on June 27, 2017.

 

Blurb:  Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.

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What does your reading world look like this week?

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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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