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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.) 🙂

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Stacking the Shelves #21

Posted July 27, 2020 by Marsha in Discussion Post, Stacking the Shelves / 0 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.  This week’s Stacking the Shelves is linked in the graphic.

My Crazy Life This Week

I don’t know that this week is much different than any other since February 2020 – my family is still safe within our bubble, politics are still infuriating and dangerous, and people are still cruel to others just because they are different (and there are so many ways to be different aren’t there?).  I’ve been doing some research this week on ways to de-stress although I’ve never been a yoga or meditation person – but soothing hobbies, that I can handle.  We’ll see how that works out once I find something that draws me in.  In all – we’re surviving, and I’ll take that and run with it.  🙂

New Books This Week for Review

Christmas ARCs are upon us and I’ve started my Christmas reading list, plus a couple that sounds very interesting:

You Betrayed Me by Lisa Jackson – If The Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon – The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas (anthology) by Jodi Thomas & Sharla Lovelace & Scarlett Dunn  (Covers linked to Goodreads)

And that was it for this week.  My wallet was very grateful that I didn’t go on a buying spree – for once.  🙂

Hope you found some great titles this week – enjoy the reading adventures that await you.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday

Posted July 22, 2020 by Marsha in Discussion Post, Weekly Meme/Books / 0 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, once hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Find out more here.

I’m trying to get back into weekly bookish things, and ‘Can’t-Wait Wednesday‘ was one that I enjoyed sharing last year.  This year is more than a little crazy but I’m trying to find a new normal – and that is talking about books in any way that I can.  So, here we go again.  🙂

I read across so many genres that picking out one for this week is a bit of a challenge.  But I believe that I’m most looking forward to the release of a “debut author” who is actually using another pen name as she moves into another genre.  I’ll put the link to her new name website at the bottom.  It’s no true secret for she’s mentioned it on Twitter and her other author name is on her new site.

Pretty Little Wife” by Darby Kane becomes available on February 16, 2021

Debut author Darby Kane thrills with this twisty domestic suspense novel that asks one central question: shouldn’t a dead husband stay dead?

Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn’t what she seems.

A student vanished months ago. Now, Lila’s husband, Aaron, is also missing.

At first, these cases are treated as horrible coincidences until it’s discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth…

With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lila, his wife. She’s definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body, and now it’s gone.

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