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Weekly Wrap-Up Sunday Post #13

Posted August 1, 2021 by Marsha in Discussion Post, Sunday Post / 6 Comments

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 for this week – enjoy.  🙂

Just Life:

Well.  Whewww! *plops into a chair exhausted*  Yes, still unpacking boxes, finding places to put things, and basically making this new house our home – but that’s certainly not a bad thing, simply a time-consuming thing.  How I envy people who can move and have their home set up – completely – in a few days!  What is the secret?  I seem to keep rearranging because I don’t like where I put something… then have to go back and start all over again!  And don’t get me started on drawers!  I have a huge kitchen now, with an island, and tons and tons of drawers on one wall.  Why is that a problem?  It’s not… I just can’t remember what I put in those drawers so it’s a puzzle finding things for now.  🙂

So, on to the important things — books.  🙂

I’ve made my monthly Harlequin haul for review over on my Happily Ever After Romance blog – I should do a Sunday Post for that, too, but it seems a bit overkill to take up two spaces on Kimberly’s list.  I picked up a few new-to-me authors, but they certainly aren’t new to everyone.  I got Nicki Night’s Intimate Negotiations and Oh. My. Goodness.  How in the world have I missed this author before now?  She writes an amazing, believable romance that had me hanging on to my Kindle hoping that the characters would make the right choices.  Now, I need to go to the backlist and get caught up!

For Keeper Bookshelf I picked up Heather Graham’s newest Krewe of Hunters release, The Forbidden – I’ve been addicted to this series for so long now and it still keeps my attention riveted to the book and keeps getting better over time, in my opinion.  I still have so many NetGalley reviews to get caught up on but I couldn’t resist two Christmas romances (I never can pass by a Christmas romance).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next week – I hope all your reading has a happy ending… or at least a good one. 🙂

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Weekly Wrap-Up Sunday Post #12

Posted July 4, 2021 by Marsha in Discussion Post, Sunday Post / 6 Comments

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 for this week – enjoy.  🙂

Just Life:

Well.  Whewww! *plops into a chair exhausted*

News that hasn’t been shared a lot previously is that in the last couple of months we have been house hunting, found the house we wanted (and could afford), waited impatiently for all the will we get the mortgage madness to pass… finally got the thumbs-up, then the closing a few weeks ago.  This past Wednesday we finally moved into a house that is ours, no landlord popping around being an annoying pest – all ours.

Of course, nothing goes smoothly so we found ourselves with 1/4th of our stuff moved when the movers “ran out of time and had to go to their next job”… WTH????  So instead of a chaos-filled moving day which we expected, we ended up scrambling to get friends to help move the rest of the house in vans… and it was not pretty, at all.  But we have an amazing circle of friends and people who care so it got done, eventually.  And that company will be dealt with for their actions.  Really?  Who in the world schedules another job after telling the customer that you paid for X amount of hours, but don’t worry if it goes over that time we’ll simply add on the additional hours it takes… and then just leaves with enough time to offload at our new home and then simply go away with the job not even half done???  I don’t think we even had time to be properly furious (that came later) because we had to figure out a way to get moved since our lease was up on that day… we had to get out, no other options.  But it got done, thanks to people who do care, so I guess in the end that’s what matters most.

So, needless to say, but my reviewing has gone down drastically – I’ve read on breaks and such but getting those reviews up was sporadic at best.  Something I need to apologize for.  Yet, the major chaos is behind us, unpacking has begun, my computer, Kindle, and all my notes on what I have read are firmly in place to start again.

What an absolutely mind-boggling couple of months!  But, we are home, maybe not a forever home, yet it’s all ours for the next few years to create an atmosphere that works for us and I’m loving that fact.  I’m a homeowner!  Yay!

Weekly New Book Haul:

Aside from my monthly Harlequin purchases (which are reviewed over on my Happily Ever After Romance blog) I haven’t picked up much for this blog because, honestly, I have so many NetGalley reviews that need to go up and those need to take priority over everything else.  Maybe something will catch my eye this week as I post reviews – that’s always when I do my spontaneous book shopping.  🙂

This post has turned into a “sorry I went missing but this is why” kinda tale with little to do with books… but they will come, next week, promise.  Until then I hope you have a fantastic reading week filled with interesting books.  And if you’re in the USA — Happy Fourth of July!!

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COYER Seasons – Spring 2021

Posted March 2, 2021 by Marsha in COYER, Discussion Post / 0 Comments

I really, really need to clean out my e-reader (COYER) – it’s overloaded beyond what I’m comfortable with these days.  Time.  It’s always never enough time in the day.  But… the Spring session of the COYER 2021 challenge is perfect to dip my feet back into this reading challenge once again.

To join, to learn the “rules”, or simply find a great community here’s the link to the Spring Season of Coyer (it’s also on the graphic over there <–)

In short, if you have any of those *free* series starter books on your e-reader (and I think most readers certainly do) then you’re perfect for this reading challenge – and it only gets better from there as any e-book under $2 or Audio or Physical book under $5 qualifies… and those 99¢ books add up, right?

Follow the link, check out the Spring season “rules” and have some fun while you make space on your e-reader for even more books – because, honestly, we all know that we won’t stop downloading books any time soon.  *wink*

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Stacking the Shelves #22

Posted February 20, 2021 by Marsha in Discussion Post, Stacking the Shelves / 2 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.  If you’d like to take part simply click on those links or the graphic to discover what this fun event is all about.  (the graphic will take you to Reading Reality’s home page)

MY CRAZY LIFE THIS WEEK

I don’t know about you but 2020/the start of 2021 has been quite an experience around here.  Living in a bubble might be a great escape for a week or so… but my family has been at it for a year now – and it’s getting old, real old.  But then – surviving this pandemic is the ultimate goal so I shouldn’t really be complaining, right?  Just as soon as the vaccine is available for me and my son you’d best bet we’re heading out of the bubble for that… until then we continue to live remotely, trying to keep our sanity intact.

I’ve done a lot of reading, escape/pleasure reading, and ARCs.  I’ve cut back a lot on requests for ARCs recently because, honestly, I often find myself in a dark place, more like a depression I’m certain, where writing up those reviews isn’t happening as quickly as I’d like.  I hate going back on my word, so I’ve cut back a lot.  I’m sure I’ll dive back in one day to far too many books to keep up with, but that day isn’t right now.  I don’t think I’m the only one feeling this way either so… hang in there, we’ll get to the other side of this one day.

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It’s been… a week, hasn’t it?

Posted January 10, 2021 by Marsha in Discussion Post / 0 Comments

Like most Americans (and, I’m sure others across the globe) I’ve spent the first week of 2021 crying my eyes out in disbelief, in anger, in frustration, and, in fear.

I want to say that this is not my America… but I’m no longer certain that statement is true.

I’ve done little more than doom-scroll through Twitter, watched endless, pain-filled hours of breaking news (and then the rewatching of the same).  Not much else happened beyond reacting to the horror unfolding before my (and the nation’s, the world’s) eyes.

But.

I cannot stay in this state of mind any longer.  It’s time to get back to work, back to doing what I enjoy… and that involves escaping into other worlds.  Once enjoyable, right now necessary for my sanity as a way to pass the time, and stop thinking of what is happening to my nation, my home right now.  I am sad beyond belief — but if I continue in this mindset then evil wins, and that cannot be allowed to happen.

I hope you are finding your own unique, individual way to cope with the events of January 6, 2021, and beyond.  As an American I know “we” are better than this, “we” will get beyond what was done – yet, as in all things horrible, we must not forget what was tried, what was done.  Otherwise, we learned nothing.

Take care of yourself today.  Then get back out there and live your life.

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Happy 2021!

Posted January 1, 2021 by Marsha in Discussion Post / 0 Comments

May you find what you search for – May you weather the storms – May you be healthy & happy –  May you survive with your courageous spirit intact.  And, of course,… may all your reading moments end in Happily Ever Afters.

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Merry Christmas 2020

Posted December 25, 2020 by Marsha in Discussion Post / 2 Comments

 

It’s been quite the year, hasn’t it?

And while this Christmas may look and feel different

the joy, contentment, and love

will always be there, no matter what happens.

 

In a year where good books brought me

joy, contentment, and love

I hope that you’ve found what you need most.

 

Merry Christmas, may you feel the magic

of this Season

in whatever way that makes you happiest.

Be safe

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Finally. Now It’s Time to Get to Work…or Back To Work

Posted November 8, 2020 by Marsha in Discussion Post / 0 Comments

I cannot adequately express my complete and unabashed relief at the announcement of victory for President-Elect Biden and Vice-President-Elect Harris.

This is a book review blog, it’s not political… yet, this is the most important election (in my opinion) for my country in a very long time.  I have friends on both sides of the aisle here.  Fortunately, we rarely (if ever) discuss politics.  I’m not into bashing anyone… that’s been done enough in the last 4 years.  But I am filled with such joy, so many runaway possibilities right now that my mind cannot even grasp them all.

My country has healing to be done, and that will not be an easy journey by any stretch of the imagination – yet, I believe it can be done, eventually.  It’s not going to be an easy task for the Biden/Harris administration to get done what must be done to heal us given the make-up of the political battlefront in place… but with compromise, it can be done.  (and I’m still hopeful for those run-offs in Georgia in the Senate elections)

But at this moment we have a President and Vice-President just weeks away from taking the official office who actually “SEE PEOPLE”.  If you aren’t one of the ‘invisible’ people in this world you cannot know just how incredible that feeling is.

I’m not foolish, nor naive… hate, bigotry, anger will still exist in our country (and I don’t know if that can ever truly be healed) but these are the first steps on a pathway that will lead out of the darkness of the last four long years… and for that alone (and so many other reasons) I will celebrate, laugh, smile, dance for joy, and pray for possibilities.  A new journey begins today…

…but for now, I need to get back to work on the things that bring me joy.  Books.  🙂

Be safe.  Be kind.  Wear a mask.

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“May Her Memory Be A Blessing”

Posted September 19, 2020 by Marsha in Discussion Post / 0 Comments

“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.

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Weekly Wrap-Up Sunday Post #10

Posted September 13, 2020 by Marsha in Discussion Post, Weekly Meme/Books / 1 Comment

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.

 

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Weekly Wrap-Up Sunday Post #9

Posted September 6, 2020 by Marsha in Discussion Post, Weekly Meme/Books / 5 Comments

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:

Quarantine life continues.  We had a small scare as one of our friends is sick and being tested for COVID-19.  Fortunately, she’d been off work for a week before her potential contact (with a doctor’s office nurse who was asymptomatic until a random sweep of the office personnel was done when she became sick), but it still sucks for her as she is now in total lockdown until she gets the results back.  This virus is so insidious.  You can have it and have not one single symptom yet pass it along to someone else.  Wash those hands, keep a social distance.  Mask up, people.  Yeah, it’s not comfortable but you’re protecting those you love and perfect strangers – and yourself -from this dangerous virus.  Not ranting, just pleading… be safe, and keep those around you safe as well.

In other home news, regarding my son.  He’s begun a new liquid oral medicine, Evrysdi (pronounced Ev-Riz-Dee) in place of the spinal shot with Spinraza (that nine-inch needle to the spinal column was always scary and painful… but it was the only treatment, at the time, for Spinal Muscular Atrophy).  I’m comfortable mentioning it as he’s shared this information with his Twitter followers and is truly all about helping others with information that might be helpful to them or someone they might know.  Any new direction in medical treatment is always a bit scary, yet the results from this have been good.  The chance to build stronger muscle with life-altering possibilities is something that has to be tried.  If this daily medicine will save his life, allow the possibility of affecting the strength of muscle… then I’m all for it, even as I hide that motherly concern behind a positive smile.  (I’m a mom, it’s part of my job description to worry about… anything.) 🙂

Reviews on the blog last week:

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