Author : Marsha

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“May her memory be a blessing” is the traditional phrase to speak now of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, I’m told.  And in so many ways her memory and her life have been such a blessing already to so many.

There are no words to convey my sadness at the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg… affectionaly known as Notorious RBG to so many.

My thoughts on what her passing means to my country’s future will remain private – this isn’t the time for political ideologies… it is a time of mourning a loss of a great lady… and a time to celebrate the memory of a life so well lived that she will live on in history books and the decisions she made for equality for all.  She was a voice of logic, of common sense, of law, of the right thing to do – and her voice will be sorely missed.

Rest in Peace.  Rest in Power.  Rest knowing that there are thousands who will remember and be called to action in your memory.  And that is fitting for a warrior when cancer would be a factor in the length of the battle.

Can a fun-filled activity list from the past help to create a new future?

Art teacher Harley Welsh is charmed by her newest student—a little girl whose shyness disappears the second her hands are covered in clay or paint. Moving wasn’t easy for Nadia so to help her, Harley resurrects the countdown to the Great Pumpkin Patch—a must-do fall activity list from her childhood. She’s determined to show Nadia and her family how wonderful life in Crossvine Creek is. But Harley didn’t plan for Nadia’s father to be single, distractingly handsome, and everything she’s running from.

New high school football coach Josh McBride is hoping a smaller town will give him more time to focus on his children. While his son is adjusting to the move, his daughter is struggling. Harley’s offer to help via a fun, seasonal-themed activity list is a welcome gift. Her love for the town is infectious, and soon his kids aren’t the only ones falling under her spell.

But Josh can’t help but wonder…what happens when they reach the end of the list?

Titles in the Welsh Sisters series include –Dog Park SweetheartsPumpkin Patch Sweethearts

He came to collect a debt. He left with a wife.

Darius may be an ex-pirate and nameless bastard, but his word is his bond, and damsels in distress are his weakness. In order to collect a large debt and rebuild his lost fortune, Darius takes Eliza Penfold as his wife. It’s supposed to be a marriage of convenience, not passion. But from their first encounter, she stirs his blood like no other, and Darius wonders if he can truly leave her behind.

Deceived into a marriage contract with a dangerous man, Eliza is forced to admit she and her siblings need protection. She needs to let go of her wounded pride and flawed schemes if she’s to survive. But when her protector is a vengeful pirate running a scheme of his own, she may be getting far more trouble than help.

They’re both hiding something and when one of England’s most notorious and vicious criminals comes to call, lives will be in danger and loyalties will be put to the ultimate test…

Titles in the Daughters of Disgrace series include — The Road to Ruin – The Slide into Ruin

How far would you travel to find the truth?

It’s the 1960s and Jennifer Howells is a young woman with the world at her feet, just on the cusp of leaving her Welsh village for an exciting life in the city.

Then the contents of an inconspicuous brown envelope turn Jennifer’s world upside down. The discovery leaves her spiraling, unsure who she is.

Overnight, Miss Goody Two Shoes is replaced by a mini-skirted wild child who lives for parties and rock’n’roll.

But Jennifer’s experience with the excesses of sixties’ culture leaves her no closer to her true identity. She soon realizes she’ll have to travel further – first to Cardiff, then across the ocean to Sicily – if she wants to find out who she really is …

 

He’s used to stories with no happy ending…

Aiden Hughes never expected to return to Birdsong, but after a scandal rocked his professional world the former hard-hitting reporter needs a plan B. Covering local events for the small-town newspaper after chasing down national news is a huge step backward. But when he interviews the founder of a dog rescue whose heart is bigger than New York City, he wonders if there’s more to life than his byline in a prestigious paper.

Emily McLane has always had a sweet spot for animals. She plans an ambitious adoption festival to fund the expansion of her beloved dog rescue, but she needs publicity. When a former local boy offers to help her design a promotion, she finds herself falling in love for the first time.

They both have big dreams, but Aiden’s will take him far from Birdsong. Will they follow their hearts or are they only falling in puppy love?

Another crazy week in paradise!  Kinda.  Sorta.

This post has been shared on The Sunday Post, a weekly recap from so many amazing blogs is hosted by Kimberly over at Caffeinated Reviewer. 

This word link and the graphic will take you to The Sunday Post meme for this week – enjoy.  🙂

Just Life:

It’s been rather quiet around the homestead this past week – no major events, just getting through this pandemic… and the political scene.  I swear I’m going to avoid Twitter for a full 24 hours just to get a cleanse going on from all the political crap.

Did get to social distance visit with my best friend this week, that was the highlight.  Well, it’s mentionable because she’s moving to Tennessee at the end of October – and this damned quarantine is keeping us from doing stuff together before she goes.  But we got to spend an hour together on my patio enjoying the sunshine (and the annoyance of shouting over the neighbor’s lawnmower – grr – of course he was done when she was ready to leave!).

Last week on the blog:

Reviews were kinda light, for a change.

Dead Man Talking by Jana DeLeon

The Cowboy and His Runaway by Kaci Rose (this one might have triggers)

A Nanny Called Alice by Barbara Hannay

The Haunting on Palm Court by Stephanie Edwards

Dawn with a Duke by Erica Ridley

Once Hunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. Roth

A Cowboy’s Proposal by C. J. Carmichael

What Not to Wear to a Graveyard by Debra Sennefelder

The Watcher by Jennifer Pashley

New Books Added to the TBR:

I was actually pretty good this week.  I did add J.D. Robb’s newest, Shadows in Death – the next Eve Dallas & Roarke adventure is an absolute must for me.  And nothing from NetGalley (for a change).  A slow week in gathering books, but I’ve plenty to keep me occupied *looks at the Kindle* – yeah, I got books to read.  🙂

Have yourself a good week – read some great books – and stay safe.

 

 

Pearl Jenkins is a nobody. She was a woman who lived as a hermit in the woods. One day, she’s nowhere to be found, and all that’s left behind is a pool of blood and a child no one knew existed, raised completely off the grid, and in the grip of Pearl’s manic paranoia.

Kateri Fisher is used to being an outsider. Now, she’s the only female detective in the tiny upstate New York town of Spring Falls, where everyone knows everyone, but no one will talk. It’s fitting that she takes the case that no one else wants. But as Kateri struggles to navigate the harsh rules of a new town while trying to learn the truth about the Jenkins family, only one thing becomes clear: neither she nor Pearl is as invisible as she first thought. Someone’s always watching.

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After trading her Manhattan digs for her upstate hometown, fashionista Kelly Quinn has big plans for her grandmother’s consignment shop. But this All Hallow’s Eve someone is already dressed to kill . . .
 
A socialite’s missing dog has made front-page news in Lucky Cove—complete with a hefty reward. But between renovating the consignment shop, planning her costume for the 1970s themed Halloween party, and scouting a location for a fashion shoot, Kelly doesn’t have time to search. Yet a visit to the local colonial-era cemetery—ideal for the moody atmosphere she’s after—soon turns up the precious pooch. Kelly’s looking forward to collecting the check—until she makes a gruesome discovery in an abandoned farmhouse: The dog’s owner, stabbed through the heart.
 
Kelly can’t help wondering why Constance Lane was traipsing around the farmhouse in stilettos. But as Kelly gets decked out in a vintage disco caftan, that isn’t the only fashion misstatement spooking her. Hidden in the dead woman’s past is a secret that could be the motive for the murder. And as the Halloween party gets started, even a menacing clown and a threatening bearded lady can’t keep Kelly from trick or treating for the truth—even if it means her last dance.

Titles in the Resale Boutique Mystery series include – #1 Murder Wears a Little Black Dress – #2 Silenced in Sequins – #2.5 What Not to Wear to a Graveyard – #3 How to Frame a Fashionista –

She’s not willing to forgive. He’s unable to forget.

One year ago, Montana cowboy Dylan McLean left the love of his life at the altar and fled town, thinking he was doing the right thing by saving her from a scandal. He’s found success on the rodeo circuit, but his love for Cathleen never faded. Now he’s returned home to clear his name, claim his bride and rebuild his legacy.

Bed-and-breakfast owner Cathleen Shannon has moved on from her broken heart. That is until Dylan shows up at her house one night asking for help and a second chance. Despite Dylan’s betrayal, she promises to assist with his investigation. She doesn’t want an innocent man to go to jail, but her heart is most definitely off-limits.

But Cathleen has forgotten one important fact: Dylan is relentless when he’s going after something he wants. He walked away once, but she won’t let that happen again.

Titles in ‘The Shannon Sisters‘ series include – A Cowboy’s Proposal – A Convenient Christmas Proposal – A Home Town Proposal

 

Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there’s no such thing as normal.

Wolf shifter Hugh Lupine simply wants to make it through the month and win the bet he has with his best friend. He’s not looking to date anyone, or to solve a murder, but when a breathtaking beauty runs him over (literally) he’s left no choice but to take notice of the quirky, sassy newcomer. She’d be perfect if it wasn’t for the fact she’s the granddaughter of the local supernatural hunter. Even if he can set aside his feelings about her family, Penelope is his complete opposite in all ways.

Penelope Messing wanted to get away from the harsh reminder that her boyfriend of two years dumped her. Several pints of ice cream and one plane ticket to Maine later, she’s ready to forget her troubles. At least for a bit. When she arrives in the sleepy little fishing town of Everlasting, for a surprise visit with her grandfather, she soon learns that outrunning one problem can lead to a whole mess of others. She finds herself the prime suspect in a double homicide. She doesn’t even kill spiders, let alone people, but local law enforcement has their eyes on her.

The secrets of Everlasting come to light and Penelope has to not only accept that things that go bump in the night are real but apparently, she’s destined for a man who sprouts fur and has a bizarre obsession with fish sticks. Can they clear Penelope’s name and set aside their differences to find true love?

Titles in the multi-author ‘Happily Everlasting‘ series include –  Dead Man Talking by Jana DeLeon – Once Hunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. Roth – Fooled Around and Spell In Love by Michelle M. Pillow – Witchful Thinking by Kristen Painter – Total Eclipse of the Hunt by Mandy M. Roth – Curses and Cupcakes by Michelle M. Pillow – An Everlasting Christmas by Mandy M. Roth

There is, also, a ‘Happily Everlasting‘ World series, ‘Bewitchingly Everafter‘ by Mandy M. Roth — those titles include – Don’t Stop Bewitching – Everybody Wants to Rune the World – Do You Really Want to Haunt Me?  (I’ll be hopping into this world once done with the ‘Happily Everlasting‘ series.)

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