Sunday Post: Happy Halloween!

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

We had quite a bit of rain this week, but two of the days were bright and sunny so we took a trip to southern Indiana to see the autumn leaves in Brown County.

Brown County, Indiana

Southern Indiana has more hills than the area of Indiana we live in. And it has lots of trees that turn beautiful colors in the fall. It’s one of the best areas in Indiana to enjoy a lovely fall day since there are panoramas and quaint little towns that tourists love to visit. I don’t think the autumn colors had reached their peak, but we enjoyed our time anyway.

We drove to Brown County during the week hoping it would be less crowded since I’d read that on weekends it gets lots of visitors. For the most part, we didn’t see many crowds except when we visited Nashville, Indiana–the county seat of Brown County–to have lunch. There was lots of traffic and lots of other people we recognized as fellow retirees! They also had taken advantage of the nice weather and the middle of the week. Oh, well. We had to walk a bit after we found parking to find a place to eat so I took a few pictures in the town. However, after we ate we didn’t stay around to shop. We drove on narrow roads, saw very few other people on them and enjoyed the vistas and the colors. All in all, worth the trip since I love Autumn.

Central Indiana autumn color

More color is showing on the leaves in my part of Indiana and I’m loving that.

Blog

Not much done on my blog last week. I’m needing to get busy on Thanksgiving plans since I’m going to have family members here for breakfast Thanksgiving morning. I want to get a few more things put away, moved around and cleaned up before we show everyone our new house. I unpacked more boxes of books last week and rearranged books I’d already put on bookshelves. I also have books to take to the library to donate.

I did listen to a podcast–Indie Book Talk–where the two people talk about independent book publishing. I really enjoy reading books by authors who publish the books themselves or use a small independent book publisher. I’ve found some really good books and authors that way. In this podcast they talk mostly about the publishing process for independent authors, but they do occasionally talk about books they read and I found some new authors to try. I think indie book authors would discover lots of good information.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • November 2021 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Quartet Murders by J.R. Ellis
  • The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
Books read
  • Bellwether by Connie Willis
  • A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
New books

None!

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs

So happy to see a new Mercy Thompson urban fantasy coming in March 2022!

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Soul Taken

by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson #13

Published by Ace

Publishing date: March 8

Genre: Urban Fantasy

352 pages

Synopsis: The vampire Wulfe is missing. Since he’s deadly, possibly insane, and his current idea of “fun” is stalking Mercy, some may see it as no great loss. But when he disappears, the Tri-Cities pack is blamed. The mistress of the vampire seethe informs Mercy that the pack must produce Wulfe to prove their innocence, or the loose alliance between the local vampires and werewolves is over.

So Mercy goes out to find her stalker—and discovers more than just Wulfe have disappeared. Someone is taking people from locked rooms, from the aisles of stores, and even from crowded parties. And these are not just ordinary people but supernatural beings. Until Wulfe vanished, all of them were powerless loners, many of whom quietly moved to the Tri-Cities in the hope that the safety promised by Mercy and Adam’s pack would extend to them as well.

Who is taking them? As Mercy investigates, she learns of the legend of the Harvester, who travels by less-trodden paths and reaps the souls that are ripe with a great black scythe. . . .

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I’ve been reading Patricia Briggs fantasy since before she started writing the Mercy Thompson books. I’m always happy to have one of her books to look forward to. I love the covers of her books, too!

Sunday Post: To Michigan and back

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

We’ve had lots of fall weather this last week! Cool temperatures and some rain at times.

Only one of my daughters was able to go to Michigan this week. We were sorry Kate (my older daughter) couldn’t get away from work, but Karen (my younger daughter) and I had a great time together. And Kate has come to visit us for a long weekend. She has to go home Monday or Tuesday.

Michigan

Karen and I left Wednesday morning for southwestern Michigan. The drive took about three hours since we made a few stops along the way. We couldn’t check into our airbnb until later in the afternoon so it was great to take our time and enjoy the drive.

We took one of Karen’s dogs, Bailey with us. Her yellow lab Juneau doesn’t always get along with other dogs. (She was bitten by another dog a few years ago when she was in doggy day care so she’s afraid.) Bailey had a wonderful time being the only dog for a change and Juneau was spoiled by my husband!

I hadn’t been to this part of Lake Michigan before. And it’s beautiful. Lots of cute towns, beaches and autumn foliage. I’m sure it’s very crowded in the summer since those cute little towns have some nice restaurants, gift stores, beaches and views. We found a couple of bookstores and bought some books plus we found places we could take Bailey. One brewery allowed dogs because they didn’t serve food so that was nice. Bailey loved it since everyone wanted to pet her.

The above slideshow shows some of our sights during the weekend. We had some wind and rain, but that made the waves on Lake Michigan fun to watch. It didn’t rain constantly so we got out for walks with Bailey who didn’t mind getting wet at all! We got home Friday afternoon. We had a great time and plan to visit again.

Weekend cooking

On Saturday Kate made a birthday crepe cake for her sister’s birthday since she hadn’t been here to celebrate earlier in the month. It was so fun to watch her put together the cake. While the cake was chilling we played cards. The cake tasted so good. It was a fun day.

Blog

I managed to visit a few book blogs and made a few comments before we left for Michigan on Wednesday morning. It’s always nice to see what people are doing and what they’re reading.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Bellwether by Connie Willis
  • The Good Son by Dustin Stevens
Books read
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
  • The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Boat Man by Dustin Stevens
New books

What did you do last week? What are your plans for next week?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Between Kings by W.R. Gingell

The tenth book in a great series!

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Between Kings

by W.R. Gingell

Series: The City Between #10

Publishing date: December 31

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: G’day. I’m Pet. Heirling. Biter of fae lords. Trouble.

I have a lot of names these days—including my own, real name. Unfortunately for me, someone else knows that name too; not to mention the names of my other heirling friends. Now those heirling friends have disappeared, stolen by the current King Behind for a fight to the death where only one contender to the throne remains.

The rules say there’s no way in and only one way out of that fight, but I’ve always preferred to work outside the rules. I just have to trust my friends to help each other stay alive long enough for me to get them out—without becoming a contender for the throne myself.

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W.R. Gingell is one of my favorite authors and this is one of my favorite series. I’m afraid this might be the end of the series which makes me sad, but I know Gingell will write something new just as good.

Sunday Post: Mid October

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

Finally, some true Autumn weather! The temperature this morning was a little below 40 degrees! Coldest temps since mid May.

My daughter took her dogs for a walk this week to enjoy the Autumn weather.

Short trip to Michigan

This next week my daughters and I are taking a short trip to southern Michigan along Lake Michigan for an Autumn break. I think it will be so much fun. We’re staying on a small farm in an airbnb. There will be chances to go on walks and spend time learning more about the area.

My cardmaking

I’ve been working on cards for family and friends. So much fun to make cards again. I still have some organizing to get done in my craft room, but when I want to make cards I can do so. I’m hoping to make fall and Halloween cards this next week and also get started on Thanksgiving and Christmas cards. I always mean to make Christmas cards throughout the year, but it doesn’t usually happen!

Partial picture of Olaf this week

That’s Olaf almost totally underneath a recliner! (He weighs 15 pounds, but he was squeezing himself under.) I thought he was after one of his toys, but when I moved the chair a big spider ran out with Olaf in pursuit.

Blog

I forgot to post my Can’t Wait Wednesday last week even though it was ready. I’ve decided to schedule as many of my posts as I can so I don’t keep forget about them.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
  • The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Boat Man by Dustin Stevens
Books read
  • Crash Land on Kurai by S.J. Pajonas
  • Dark Enough to See by Katherine Pathak
New books

What did you do last week?

October 2021 books on my list

Fantasies, time travel, historical mystery, Christmas romance

books-on-my-list

I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and add to it as the year goes on. As each month comes along I create a list on my blog for others and for me to keep track of as the months go by.

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope these people will point me toward books I might not know about! The links to the following books will take you to the book on Goodreads.

I don’t buy all these books–since I already have way too many books to read and some of the new books are very expensive. I’m trying to stick to a budget! I always check my library for the expensive books and I add authors to eReader IQ which then tells me when the authors’ books have gone on sale.

October 5

I’ve read the first two books in this series and really enjoyed them so I hope to read this book soon.

The Wicche Glass Tavern

by Seana Kelly

Series: Sam Quinn #3

Published by NYLA

Genre: Urban Fantasy

350 pages

Synopsis: I’m Sam Quinn, the werewolf book nerd owner of the Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar. Clive, my vampire gentleman caller, has asked me to marry him. His nocturne is less than celebratory. Unfortunately, for them and the sexy vamp doing her best to seduce him, his cold, dead heart beats only for me.

As much as my love life feels like a minefield, it has to take a backseat to a far more pressing problem. The time has come. I need to deal with my aunt, the woman who’s been trying to kill me for as long as I can remember. She’s learned a new trick. She’s figured out how to weaponize my friends against me. To have any hope of surviving, I have to learn to use my necromantic gifts. I need a teacher. We find one hiding among the fae, which is a completely different problem. I need to determine what I’m capable of in a hurry because my aunt doesn’t care how many are hurt or killed as long as she gets what she wants. Sadly for me, what she wants is my name on a headstone.

I’m gathering my friends—werewolves, vampires, wicches, gorgons, a Fury, a half-demon, an elf, and a couple of dragon-shifters—into a kind of Fellowship of the Sam. It’s going to be one hell of a battle. Hopefully, San Francisco will still be standing when the dust clears.

I love the cover and it sounds like it will be fun.

A Spindle Splintered

by Alix E. Harrow

Series: Fractured Fables #1

Published by Tordotcom

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling

128 pages

Synopsis: It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it’s the last birthday she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one.

Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia’s last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.

October 12

This is a favorite series though I’m several books behind so I hope I can read a few of them before the end of the year.

God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen

by Rhys Bowen

Series: Royal Spyness Mystery #15

Published by Berkley

Genre: Historical Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: Georgie is back and hanging the stockings with care when a murder interrupts her Christmas cheer in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling Royal Spyness series from Rhys Bowen.

Georgie is excited for her first Christmas as a married woman in her lovely new home. She suggests to her dashing husband, Darcy, that they have a little house party, but when Darcy receives a letter from his aunt Ermintrude, there is an abrupt change in plans. She has moved to a house on the edge of the Sandringham estate, near the royal family, and wants to invite Darcy and his new bride for Christmas. Aunt Ermintrude hints that the queen would like Georgie nearby. Georgie had not known that Aunt Ermintrude was a former lady-in-waiting and close confidante of her royal highness. The letter is therefore almost a royal request, so Georgie, Darcy, and their Christmas guests: Mummy, Grandad, Fig, and Binky all head to Sandringham.

Georgie soon learns that the notorious Mrs. Simpson, mistress to the Prince of Wales, will also be in attendance. It is now crystal clear to Georgie that the Queen expects her to do a bit of spying. There is tension in the air from the get-go, and when Georgie pays a visit to the queen, she learns that there is more to her request than just some simple eavesdropping. There have been a couple of strange accidents at the estate recently. Two gentlemen of the royal household have died in mysterious circumstances and another has been shot by mistake during a hunt. Georgie begins to suspect that a member of the royal family is the real target but her investigation will put her new husband and love of her life, Darcy, in the crosshairs of a killer.

October 14

I’ve preordered the audiobook of this book. This series and the related time travel St. Mary’s series Jodi Taylor writes are so good and some of my favorite books.

Saving Time

by Jodi Taylor

Series: Time Police #3

Published by Headline

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel

352 pages

Synopsis: Life is good for Team Weird, now heroes and fully fledged Time Police officers. Luke can’t wait to bear arms. Jane has a date. And Matthew still hasn’t had his hair cut.

But Time waits for no one and neither do criminal masterminds. A major threat to the Timeline is looming, one far deadlier than mere idiots who want to change history. And when a familiar face becomes a Very Important Lead, will conflicting family loyalties spell trouble for Team Weird?

One missing. One guilt-ridden. And one facing the end of their Time Police career before it’s even begun. Not so good then, after all.

October 26

I’ve read quite a few of Jenny Colgan’s books and enjoyed every one of them.

The Christmas Bookshop

by Jenny Colgan

Published by William Morrow

Genre: Romance, Christmas

288 pages

Synopsis: When the department store she works in closes for good, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. She doesn’t want to move in with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered Edinburgh life.

Frankly, Sofia doesn’t exactly want Carmen there either. Her sister has always been sarcastic and difficult. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a client who needs a retail assistant for his ailing bookshop, so welcoming Carmen might still have some benefits for everyone.

At Sofia’s behest, Carmen is thrown into the daily workings of old Mr. McCredie’s ancient bookshop on the streets of the old dark city. Can she use her design skills to revamp the store and bring it back to popularity in time to benefit from Christmas shopping traffic? Can she choose between bad boy literary rock star Blair and quiet Quaker student Oke? And will she heal the rift with the most important people of all: her family?

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What October books are you looking forward to?

Sunday Post: A busy and fun week

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

We had lots of rain last week which was great since August and September were mostly dry months. It’s sunny this weekend and we’ve sat outside some.

Trip to Kokomo

We drove to Kokomo, Indiana last week on a whim. It has a population of about 60,000 and is the closest city that size to the north of us. It’s thought that the city was named after a Miami Indian chief, however in one account I read it’s not really known whether he really existed.

As we drove to the city I thought it had grown up as an agricultural center since we drove by farms and fields, but when I read some about Kokomo I learned it grew because it was an industrial city where natural gas was discovered during the 1800’s. This provided a cheap source of power for factories. The automobile industry had beginnings here since one of it’s citizens had his first successful trial run of his “horseless carriage” in Kokomo in 1894. There are still some automotive businesses in Kokomo today which provide many of the jobs for it’s citizens.

I was interested in seeing the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company which was built in 1888 and uses the same techniques used then. I’ve worked with stained glass in the past and still have some stained glass I’d like to use. The company has public tours, but they have to be scheduled in advance. Since our trip was a spur-of-the-moment one we hadn’t planned for that. We also didn’t see some of the old buildings in town since by the time we’d had lunch and driven by the glass factory it was getting late. So we have things to do in future visits to the area.

Birthday Party

We celebrated one of our daughter’s birthdays yesterday. She and I cooked the meal together which was really fun. She chose pot roast for dinner. This was a meal I made a lot when the kids were little and is a favorite of all of them. I had made her birthday cake before she came yesterday afternoon.

We also played a new game–Wingspan–I had bought recently. We still have more to learn about it, but we learned the basics. I think it will be fun once we learn all the details!

Funny Olaf picture of the week

This picture makes Olaf look kind of like a giant monster cat! But the succulents in this photo are actually quite small. Olaf is trying to squeeze himself between the window and my desk in my craft room.

I’ve put some barriers up to try to keep him from climbing onto the desk from the cat tower I put in the craft room.

Blog

I forgot to post my October book list all week even though it was ready. I should have scheduled it, but every day I thought I’d remember the next day!

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • October books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
  • Crash Land on Kurai by S.J. Pajonas
Books read
  • Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
  • The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves
New books

What did you do last week?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Crowbones by Anne Bishop

Crowbones = the Crowgard bogeyman

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Crowbones

by Anne Bishop

Series: The Others #8

Published by Ace

Publishing date: March 8

Genre: Urban Fantasy

384 pages

Synopsis: Crowbones will gitcha if you don’t watch out!

Deep in the territory controlled by the Others—shape-shifters, vampires, and even deadlier paranormal beings—Vicki DeVine has made a new life for herself running The Jumble, a rustic resort. When she decides to host a gathering of friends and guests for Trickster Night, at first everything is going well between the humans and the Others.

But then someone arrives dressed as Crowbones, the Crowgard bogeyman. When the impostor is killed along with a shape-shifting Crow, and the deaths are clearly connected, everyone fears that the real Crowbones may have come to The Jumble—and that could mean serious trouble.

To “encourage” humans to help them find some answers, the Elders and Elementals close all the roads, locking in suspects and victims alike. Now Vicki, human police chief Grimshaw, vampire lawyer Ilya Sanguinati, and the rest of their friends have to figure out who is manipulating events designed to pit humans against Others—and who may have put Vicki DeVine in the crosshairs of a powerful hunter.

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What a great cover! I love this urban fantasy series and am so happy Anne Bishop has a new book coming soon.

Sunday Post: October days

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

Weather in the 80’s this week, but rain and cooler weather over this weekend and next week. Even if it rains it’s so nice to get outside when it’s cooler.

When we got out and about this last week we saw lots of harvesting plus tractors taking corn and soybeans to grain silos.

Geronimo

Geronimo, my daughter’s cat died this week. My husband and I took care of him several times for extended periods when our daughter deployed when she was in the Army plus we were there when she picked out her two kittens–Geronimo and Gato. So it felt like we were losing one of our cats, too. She asked us to come over and for me to come to the vet with her. He was 15 years old and he was losing weight so she knew the end was coming for him, but it came faster than she had anticipated.

Geronimo was such a special cat–he was an escape artist and a jumper. He loved to get on top of kitchen cabinets and learned to open downward lever door knobs as well as any door not latched completely. He was so smart and had so much personality. Geronimo and Olaf were good friends and visited each other regularly. He is missed.

Birthday Parties
Deviled Eggs

We celebrated my niece’s birthday on Saturday. We took her out to dinner Saturday night. (The deviled eggs were the first course.)

Next weekend we’re celebrating our younger daughter’s birthday. I’ll make a cake and she’s requested pot roast and mashed potatoes for dinner. I’m still trying to decide upon a birthday gift.

Fire pit

We’ve had a couple of fire pits already this fall. I love an outdoor fire during cooler weather.

Blog

Not much happening on my blog the last couple of weeks. My daughter has visited several weekends so the weekends are busy. And it has been busy during the week, too. I do plan to visit blogs this next week and catch-up with people.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • October books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
  • Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
Books read
  • The Dead Don’t Drink at Lafitte’s by Seana Kelly
  • Easy Mark by Shannon Baker
  • Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne
New books

What did you do last week?